POSTSEASON DEDICATED TO CHUCK
Just got this release from the NBA. A classy move by ex-Piston coach Rick Carlisle and the rest of the league's coaches to dedicate the postseason to Chuck Daly and create an award in his honor. Daly is seriously ill with pancreatic cancer.
The National Basketball Coaches' Association
(NBCA) announced today that it will dedicate the 2009 NBA Playoffs to
former NBA Head Coach Chuck Daly.
Dallas Mavericks Head Coach and President of the NBCA Rick
Carlisle and NBCA Executive Director Michael Goldberg announced that NBA
coaches throughout the Playoffs will wear a lapel pin emblazoned with
the initials CD as a show of support for Daly, who was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer in February and is currently undergoing treatment.
The Hall of Famer coached the Cavaliers, Pistons, Nets and Magic and led
the 1992 Men's Olympic Dream Team to a Gold Medal.
In addition to honoring Daly throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the
NBCA also announced that it is developing the Chuck Daly Lifetime
Achievement Award to honor a current or former NBA Coach (Head Coach or
I am pleased to announce that the NBCA is dedicating the 2009
NBA Playoffs to Chuck Daly and we all send our thoughts and best wishes
to him and his family, said Carlisle. Chuck has played such an
important role as a friend and mentor to so many NBA coaches, its only
fitting that we develop the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in
The Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded yearly
to a current or former NBA coach who, throughout an NBA career, has made
a special contribution to the sport and whose work has had a positive
impact on the NBA coaching profession. The award will be voted upon by
the members of the NBA Coaches Association and will be announced at the
conclusion of the NBA regular season.
The inaugural award will be presented later this year.