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Paul Westphal, N.B.A. Hall of Famer and Coach, Dies at 70

He was an assistant coach with the Suns for 4 seasons earlier than he was named head coach in 1992-93, once they posted the N.B.A.’s finest regular-season report at 62-20, led by Charles Barkley, the league’s most useful participant, together with Dan Majerle, Kevin Johnson and Danny Ainge. However the Suns misplaced to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in a six-game championship remaining.

Westphal coached a number of excellent Suns workforce afterward however was fired in January 1996 when the Suns, riddled with accidents, had been enjoying poorly.

He coached the SuperSonics and the Kings for all or elements of three seasons every and closed out his teaching profession as a Nets assistant from 2014 to 2016.

Paul Douglas Westphal was born on Nov. 30, 1950, in Torrance, Calif., a son of Armin and Ruth Westphal. His father, an aeronautical engineer, and his older brother, Invoice, shot hoops with him within the household’s driveway when he was a teenager.

He was a basketball star at Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, then performed for the College of Southern California for 3 seasons. He averaged 16.4 factors a recreation and was voted as a second-team all-American in The Related Press ballot for 1971.

Westphal’s survivors embody his spouse, Cindy; their daughter, Victoria, and a son, Michael. An entire checklist of survivors was not instantly out there.

“In coaching camp, he advised us his best asset could be his potential to narrate,” Kevin Johnson advised The Seattle Instances in February 1999 when Westphal was in his first season because the Sonics’ coach. “He was a rookie, he was an All-Star, he was a free agent, he obtained waived, he was traded, he obtained outdated. He’s been by way of each potential expertise.”

“I hoped to be a participant, however at all times deliberate on being a coach,” Westphal mentioned. “I used to be capable of play for 12 years and postpone my teaching profession.”

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