Chuck Daly

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Chuck Daly
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Player information
Full name Charles Jerome Daly
birthday June 20, 1930
place of birth St. Marys , Pennsylvania , USA
date of death May 9, 2009
Place of death Jupiter , Florida , USA
college Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Clubs as coaches
1963–1969 Duke Blue Devils ( NCAA ; assistant coach) 1969–1971 Boston College Eagles (NCAA) 1971–1977 Penn Quakers (NCAA) 1978–1981 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant coach) 1981–1982 Cleveland Cavaliers 1983–1992 Detroit Pistons 1992-1994 New Jersey Nets 1997-1999 Orlando MagicUnited StatesUnited States
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gold 1992 Barcelona as a trainer

Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly (born June 20, 1930 in St. Marys , Pennsylvania , † May 9, 2009 in Jupiter , Florida ) was an American basketball coach . He led the so-called " Dream Team " as a coach to win the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. As a club coach, he won two championships with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, the most important professional league in basketball . He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1994 and a second time as a member of the Dream Team in 2010 . Daly is listed as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history .

In March 2009, Chuck Daly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , from which he died a short time later.

Career as a coach

After studying at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a two-year military service, Daly was coach of a high school team in Punxsutawney in 1955 . In 1963 he moved to Duke University in North Carolina , where he was six years as an assistant coach of the Blue Devils called college team in the NCAA . In 1969 he was appointed coach in charge of the Eagles at Boston College before returning to Pennsylvania two years later and coaching the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania . In the first four years he won four championships with the Quakers in the Ivy League , where he also reached the round of 16 of the " Sweet Sixteen " in the national NCAA finals in the first two seasons . At the end of his six years with the Quakers, however, he had no more successes worth mentioning with this team.

1978 Daly was assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in the professional league NBA. The 76ers were then with their star player Julius Erving to the leading teams in this league, but lost the 1980 NBA final series against the Los Angeles Lakers and the 1981 final series of the Eastern Conference against the Boston Celtics . During the following season he was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as responsible coach, who had been accepted as a new franchise by the NBA a year earlier . With the unsuccessful team, he achieved nine wins in 41 games before he was released before the end of the season by the Cavaliers, who won 15 of 82 games this season.

In 1983 Daly was signed by the Detroit Pistons . The Pistons had not celebrated any notable successes in the NBA for 30 years and Daly gave the team around Isiah Thomas , Bill Laimbeer , Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars a defensively oriented style of play, with which the Pistons had consistently positive season results in the nine seasons under Daly . In 1988, Daly ended the ongoing rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics, which had shaped the NBA in the 1980s and won eight of nine championships from 1980 to 1988.

After the Pistons won the Eastern Conference finals series, which they had previously lost to the Celtics twice in a row, the NBA, which had benefited from the Lakers and Celtics rivalry and enjoyed a huge upswing, marketed the duel in the 1988 Lakers finals series and Pistons cleverly positioned between the defensively oriented bad boys from the city of the automotive industry Detroit and the Showtime Lakers from the city of the Los Angeles film industry .

After losing the final series in 1988 with three wins in seven games, the final series was reissued in 1989 , which the Pistons clearly won with four wins without a single defeat against the Lakers. In 1990 you could defend the championship when you defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games in the final series after the Conference title in seven games against the Chicago Bulls . Subsequently, Daly and his team failed to hold down the Chicago Bulls around their superstar Michael Jordan in the Eastern Conference, which also won the following NBA championships.

At the end of his coaching time in Detroit, Daly was appointed coach of the US national team in 1991, which was to compete for the first time with professionals from the NBA at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​after having previously only competed with college players from the NCAA, which did not violate the previously applicable amateur rules. At the Pro premiere, Daly had a unique collection of players who made the NBA great in the 1980s, many of whom were individually inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . The media coined the term “ Dream Team ” for this team .

The fact that Daly's long -time development player Isiah Thomas was not included in the selection for the Pistons caused controversy , so that ultimately no player of the Pistons was represented in this team. Daly knew how to keep up the tension and rivalry in the team, who presented themselves to the public more like summer vacationers during the games. The athletic quality and athleticism of the team led to a unique superiority over their competitors at the Olympic tournament, especially since the previously best European nations, the Soviet Union as defending champions and Yugoslavia as world champions, had broken up and competed with different teams. The smallest distance with which the Dream Team won a game at the Olympic tournament was 32 points difference in the final against Croatia .

After the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, Daly was coach of the New Jersey Nets, which had not had any notable success after being accepted into the NBA in 1977. After two seasons with the Nets, in which one was eliminated in the first play-off round for the championship, Daly resigned from his position and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 9, 1994 . In 1996, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the NBA, he was chosen by selected journalists among the 10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History .

In 1997 Daly was persuaded to return to the dugout and take over Orlando Magic, while Julius Erving became vice president of that franchise. The Magic, which two years earlier had been in the final series against the Houston Rockets , had lost their star player Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers and suffered in the NBA 1997/98 from a prolonged injury to their all-star Penny Hardaway , which is why they in the end missed the championship play-offs. In the following season NBA 1998/99 they returned to the play-offs, but lost in the first round against the 76ers, where Daly had started his NBA career. Then Daly ended his coaching career in the NBA for good.

See also


  • Peggy Matthews, Rose and Pat Williams: Daly Wisdom: Life lessons from dream team coach and hall-of-famer Chuck Daly . Advantage Media Group, 2010, ISBN 978-1-59932-163-9 (English).

Web links


  1. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Chuck Daly. Retrieved April 17, 2020 .
  2. ^ Keith Langlois: Chuck Daly, 1930-2009. National Basketball Association , May 9, 2009, accessed May 12, 2013 .
  3. ^ NN: Top 10 Coaches in NBA History ( January 17, 2010 memento on WebCite ) On: NBA website, New York 2017; accessed on June 17, 2017 (in English)