Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Fame player and coach Bill
Sharman died Friday. He was 87 years old.
Sharman impacted both of the NBA's signature franchises, as a player with the
Boston Celtics and as a coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Times said Sharman died at his home in Redondo Beach. He had
suffered a stroke last week.
Sharman starred as a player with the Celtics from 1951-61. He was an eight-
time All-Star and won four NBA titles with Celtics after playing his first
season in 1950-51 with Washington.
Elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 1976, Sharman was also inducted as
a coach in 2004. John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens are the only others to be
honored in both categories.
Sharman began his coaching career with San Francisco in 1966 and spent two
seasons with the Warriors before moving to the ABA in 1968. He guided Utah to
a championship in 1971, then returned to the NBA with the Lakers for their
historic 1971-72 season.
The Lakers won a professional sports record 33 straight games during Sharman's
first season and finished with a record of 69-13, then won the NBA title for
the first time in Los Angeles.
Sharman coached the Lakers for another four seasons, then moved into the front
office as general manager. He had an overall coaching mark of 333-240 in seven
NBA seasons and 133-113 during his three-year stint in the ABA.
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