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Chuck Daly

Posted on: May 9, 2009 11:29 am
Perhaps the most underrated coach in recent NBA history died on Saturday morning. What he'll be remembered for is simple: Chuck Daly was able to corral some of the strongest personalities in the sport and several times formed daunting basketball powers.

I covered Daly when he coached the New Jersey Nets which had hardheaded players like Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson. Daly was able to get the most from those players and make the entire thig mesh. He was, at times, brilliant.

I always believed that Daly's time in New Jersey was one of the best coaching jobs of his career and that's saying something.

As coach of the Detroit Pistons he crafted a team that was tough on defense and understated in its elegance. Daly was able to reach players like the freakish Dennis Rodman, getting even him (most of the time) to fit into the Piston team concept. Those Bad Boys won two titles. It's no coincidence that after Rodman left Detroit and Daly's influence Rodman ended up in a death defying spiral, his life out of control.

As coach of the Dream Team Olympic champions Daly got an eclectic, hodepodge group of eternals to mesh.

Daly was always able to command the respect of his players while never being subservient to them or allowing them to undermine his authority. That trick is the toughest part of coaching and Daly pulled it off like a skilled magician.

That will be his legacy. He was a man who dressed sharply and coached smartly but was respected by his players. He also won championships.

Not a bad legacy. Not a bad legacy to have at all.
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Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 2:19 pm

Why single out Rodman?

I think Bill Laimbeer was the worst of the lot. If anything, these early years were where Rodman was taught his bad-boy on court behavoir.

Rodman still won three more championships after that with the Bulls. Sure, he ended his career in a fog of denial, trying comebacks with teams such as the Long Beach Jam, but we've seen that with a number of athletes such as Rickey Henderson and Kevin Mitchell.

By his own admission, Rodman did hit bottom with drugs and alcohol, but it had nothing to do with Chuck Daly.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 1:18 pm

Chuck Daly

R.I.P. Chuck. You'll be remembered and missed.

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 1:06 pm

Chuck Daly

   I think everyone whoever came in contact with Chuck Daly was a better person for it. He was a bb genius and had the full respect of his players and his peers.(refs too). Another sad day in the world of sports.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 12:17 pm

Chuck Daly

A total class act.  He would even get the respect of todays players.  Great Coach, Great Dresser, Great Guy.

We'll miss you "Daddy Rich"!

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 12:07 pm

Chuck Daly

Terrific synopsis of Daly's career and personhood, Mike.  Those back to back Piston champs simply are impossible to forget, and that is mainly due to the genius of Daly.  They are impossible to forget mainly because it is hard to imagine another team with a similar mesh of personalities dominating as they did, and hard to imagine any other coach as a better fit to make what happened happen.

Daly appeared to be a man who was not enamored with "legacy," even though you assigned him one.  That also speaks volumes about him.  RIP

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