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mavsfanforever
06-27-2003, 12:02 AM
Who is the greatest coach of all time?

mavsfanforever
06-27-2003, 12:07 AM
Just to give some info: The # of wins are not accurate as you can see Nellie has only 867 wins listed here.

Link (http://netscape.nba.com/history/top_10_coaches.html)

Red Auerbach 938 wins 479 losses (.662)
Third-winningest coach in NBA history ... Served 20 seasons as NBA head coach ... Coach of the Year for 1964-65 ... NBA 25th Anniversary All-Time team coach ... Selected as the "Greatest Coach in the History of the NBA" by the PBWAA in 1980 ... Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968.

Chuck Daly 605 wins 420 losses (.590)
Fifteenth-winningest coach in NBA history ... 1998-99 is his second season as Orlando Magic coach; 14th season as NBA head coach ... Guided Detroit Pistons to victories in 1989 and 1990 NBA Finals ... His teams posted winning records in 11 of 13 campaigns ... Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Bill Fitch 944 wins 1,106 losses (.460)
Second-winningest coach in NBA history ... 22 seasons as NBA head coach with Cleveland, Boston, Houston, New Jersey, LA Clippers... Guided Boston Celtics to victory in 1981 NBA Finals ... Coach of the Year for 1975-76 and 1979-80.

Red Holzman 696 wins 604 losses (.535)
Eleventh-winningest coach in NBA history ... Served 18 seasons as NBA head coach ... Led Knicks to victory in 1970 and 1973 NBA Finals ... Coach of the Year for 1969-70 ... Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.

Phil Jackson 545 wins 193 losses (.738)
Best winning percentage in NBA history ... Enjoyed nine successful seasons as Chicago head coach (1989-98) ... Reached 400 wins in only 557 games, second-fastest to milestone in league history ... Guided the Chicago Bulls to NBA championships in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98 ... 1995-96 Coach of the Year.

John Kundla 423 wins 302 losses (.583)
Coached Minneapolis to five NBA championships in six seasons from 1948-49 through 1953-54 ... Served 11 years as NBA head coach ... His 1949-50 Minneapolis team recorded fourth-best home winning percentage in NBA history (.868/30-1) ... Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

Don Nelson 867 wins 679 losses (.575)
Sixth-winningest coach in NBA history ... Has served 20 years as NBA head coach with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas ... Joins Pat Riley as the only coaches ever to be named Coach of the Year three times (1982-83, 1984-85 and 1991-92) ... His clubs have recorded nine 50-plus-win seasons and seven divisional championships.

Jack Ramsay 864 wins 783 losses (.525)
Seventh-winningest coach in NBA history ... Served 20 years as NBA head coach ... Coached 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers to victory in NBA Finals ... Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Pat Riley 914 wins 387 losses (.703)
Fifth-winningest coach in NBA history ... Achieved 800th career win on Nov. 2, 1996, reaching the mark faster than any coach in league history... 1998-99 will be his fourth season as Miami head coach; 17th season as a head coach in NBA ... Led four L.A. Lakers teams to victory in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988 NBA Finals ... 1989-90, 1992-93 and 1996-97 Coach of the Year.

Lenny Wilkens 1,120 wins 908 losses (.526)
Winningest coach in NBA history ... 1998-99 will be his sixth season as Atlanta head coach; 26th season as a head coach in NBA ... 1993-94 Coach of the Year ... Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 ... Recently selected one of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

foglemann
06-27-2003, 12:19 AM
I say Phil Jackson, he got lucky, but the best make the best better. Red is right behind, but he didn't do it with two different teams. Phil just gets it done. I hate him, but he does his job well.

Mandyahl
06-27-2003, 12:21 AM
i would be more impressed with phil if he didn't just step into teams that were already championship contenders and that had the most dominant player in the nba at the time he was coaching the teams.

mavsfanforever
06-27-2003, 07:32 AM
I have to go with phil. Althogh RED has won as many championships as Phil as a coach and that is commendable, but looking at the competition and salary cap issues its really tough to win championships now.

signoftimes
06-27-2003, 09:26 AM
It starts and ends with Red Auerbach.

Mavsfanforever- I know what you mean about it being tougher to win championships in today's game. I don't know how Phil won all those rings with players like Jordan, Shaq and Kobe(sarcastic emoticon)

Mandyahl
06-27-2003, 11:01 AM
i have to agree with you, signoftimes.

jayC
06-27-2003, 03:58 PM
Red won like 9 rings in a row and had a hand in building those teams. Phil fell into great situations much like joe torrie with the yankees. West deserves most of the credit signing shaq trading for the great unknown Kobe Bryant.

mavsfanforever
06-27-2003, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by: signoftimes
It starts and ends with Red Auerbach.

Mavsfanforever- I know what you mean about it being tougher to win championships in today's game. I don't know how Phil won all those rings with players like Jordan, Shaq and Kobe(sarcastic emoticon)


Did any of these players Shaq, Kobe, Jordan ever win a championship under a different coach?

I guess that answers the question.