Bill Sharman

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Basketball player
Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics, signed.jpg

Bill Sharman in the Boston Celtics uniform he wore for ten years.

Player information
Full name William Walton Sharman
birthday May 25, 1926
place of birth Abilene , Texas , United States
date of death October 25, 2013
Place of death Redondo Beach , California , United States
size 185 cm
Weight 79 kg
position Shooting Guard
college Southern California
NBA draft 1950 , 2nd pick, Washington Capitols
Clubs as active
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Clubs as coaches
1961–1962 Los Angeles Jets 1962 Cleveland Pipers 1962–1964 Los Angeles State College 1966–1968 San Francisco Warriors 1968–1971 Los Angeles / Utah Stars 1971–1976 Los Angeles LakersUnited StatesUnited States
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William Walton "Bill" Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene , Texas , † October 25, 2013 in Redondo Beach , California ) was an American basketball coach and player. Sharman moved to California with his parents as a child and later attended the University of Southern California .

Player career

Between 1950 and 1961 he played in the North American professional league National Basketball Association (NBA) with the teams of the Washington Capitols and the Boston Celtics . At the Celtics, he and Bob Cousy formed one of the best backcourts in league history. In total, Sharman won four titles with the Celtics (1957, 1959–1961). He was appointed to the All-NBA First Team for four consecutive seasons (1956-1959) . In addition, Sharman was chosen for eight consecutive seasons (1953-1960) in the NBA All-Star Team of the Eastern Conference . He was considered one of the best shooters in the league when he was active and led them in a total of seven seasons in terms of the hit rate for free throws .

In addition to basketball, Sharman was also active as a baseball player from 1950 to 1955 . He was the Brooklyn Dodgers drafted , but played only in Affiliation teams (Pueblo Dodgers, Elmira Pioneers, Fort Worth Cats, St. Paul Saints and Bears Mobile) of the Dodgers .

Coaching career

Sharman began his coaching career in the short-lived American Basketball League (ABL), where he initially took over the Los Angeles Jets team as player- coach . After this had to stop playing during the first season for financial reasons, he won the ABL championship in 1962 as John McLendon's successor with the Cleveland Pipers. Then Sharman coached the basketball team of Los Angeles State College . From 1966 he was coach of the San Francisco Warriors for two years , which he led in 1967 in the NBA finals series. From 1968 to 1971 Sharman coached the Los Angeles Stars in the American Basketball Association (ABA), which he led to the ABA Championship in 1971 - now based in Utah .

In 1971 he took over the coaching position of the Los Angeles Lakers , left the floor with the team 33 times in a row as a winner and led them to the 1972 NBA championship in their first season . It was the Los Angeles Lakers' first title since they moved from Minneapolis in 1960 . In 1976 he resigned as coach of the Lakers and accepted the post of general manager. In 1983 he took over the duties of team president until 1990. He then stayed with the Lakers in an advisory capacity.

Sharman was the only one in US professional sport to lead teams in three different leagues to championship titles (Cleveland Pipers 1962, Utah Stars 1971 and Los Angeles Lakers 1972). Sharman is considered to be the inventor of the shootaround , i.e. immediate game preparation by means of rather relaxed, unstructured throwing exercises.


In addition to John Wooden , Tommy Heinsohn and Lenny Wilkens , Sharman is the only member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to be inducted as both a player (1976) and a coach (2004). At the 50th anniversary of the NBA in 1996, Sharman was one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History . In 1972, he was named the NBA's best coach . In the 1955 NBA All-Star Game , Sharman was named MVP of the All-Star Game .


Sharman suffered a minor stroke on October 19, 2013 . He died with his family on October 25, 2013, at the age of 87 at his home in Redondo Beach, California. He leaves behind his wife Joyce and two daughters and two sons.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Stuart Lavietes: Bill Sharman, Two-Time Basketball Hall of Famer, Dies at 87 (English) , New York Times . Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. NN: Bill Sharman. On: Baseball Reference website; Philadelphia, PA, 2000-2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018 (in English).
  3. The NBA's 50 Greatest Players ( Memento from April 5, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  4. Bill Sharman, LA sports legend, speaks softly, carries a big heart article from October 21, 2013 (English)
  5. Hall of Famer, former Lakers coach Bill Sharman dead at 87 article from October 25, 2013 (English)