OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jack McMahon, a former NBA player and coach who was the director of player personnel for the Golden State Warriors, died in his sleep Saturday night in Chicago, team officials said Sunday. He was 60.
McMahon, a starting guard on the St. Louis Hawks' 1958 championship team who later coached the Chicago Zephyrs, the Cincinnati Royals and the San Diego Rockets, was in Chicago for a pre-draft camp and died in his hotel room.
McMahon had held the post with the Warriors for the past three seasons after spending 14 years with the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach and director of player personnel.
'No one has ever loved the game of basketball more than Jack McMahon,' Warriors head coach and General Manager Don Nelson said in Chicago. 'He was my first pro coach (with the 1962 Chicago Zephyrs) and has been one of my closest friends for many years. I feel blessed to have had the chance to work with him the past two years.'
NBA Commissioner David Stern said, 'The NBA has lost one of its truly outstanding members. Jack McMahon has been an integral part of our league for over 36 years. His knowledge of the game and players is unquestioned...We will miss him greatly.'
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., McMahon played eight years in the NBA, first with the Rochester Royals in 1952-55 and then with the St. Louis Hawks for five years. He was a starting guard on the Hawks' 1958 championship team.
McMahon coached Chicago during the 1962-63 season and then moved on toCincinnati in 1963, leading the Royals into the playoffs in each of his four seasons.
He became the first coach and general manager of the San Diego Rockets and was the first pro mentor of current Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley.
McMahon left San Diego midway through his third season with a career record of 260-289 as an NBA head coach.
After coaching Pittsburgh of the ABA for two years, McMahon joined the 76ers where he remained 14 years before joining the Warriors.
He is survived by his wife, Kay, and three children. Funeral arrangements were pending in Philadelphia and a memorial service was planned in the San Francisco Bay area.