facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Two-time Hall of Fame inductee Bill Sharman dies

Oct. 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Bill Sharman, who was voted one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All Time and a two-time Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, died Friday at the age of 87.

Sharman suffered a stroke last week and died at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif., his wife told the Los Angeles Times.

Sharman was twice inducted into the National Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was voted in as player in 1976 and in 2004 as a coach. John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens are the only other player-coach inductees.

In 1996, Sharman was among the players named among the 50 Greatest Players of All Time, when the NBA marked its 50th anniversary.

Sharman was an eight-time All-Star (1953-60) and helped the Boston Celtics to NBA championships in 1957, '59, '60 and '61 as a player.

He is the only coach to lead teams to titles in three leagues, taking the Cleveland Pipers to the ABL banner in 1962, the Utah Stars to the ABA title in 1971 and the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA championship in 1972.

The 1971-72 Lakers team won 33 consecutive games en route to 69 wins, an NBA record until the Chicago Bulls went 72-10 in 1995-96.

He coached for seven NBA seasons, building a record of 333-240.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Cung Le recieves 9-month ban from UFC for HGH use Cung Le recieves 9-month ban from UFC for HGH use
2
Tiger Woods opening restaurant in South Florida Tiger Woods opening restaurant in South Florida
3
Former Patriot Rodney Harrison says Tom Brady looks 'scared to death' Former Patriot Rodney Harrison says Tom Brady looks 'scared to death'
4
Despite rumors, ESPN's Jon Gruden not interested in Raiders head coaching gig Despite rumors, ESPN's Jon Gruden not interested in Raiders head coaching gig
5
Surging Tiger-Cats take on slumping Lions
Trending News
x
Feedback