Dave Cowens

David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948)[1] is an American retired professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6' 9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Cowens has held numerous NBA head coaching positions. Most recently Cowens served as an assistant coach and then as a special assistant to Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars.[2]

Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens.jpeg
Cowens in 1976
Personal information
BornOctober 25, 1948 (age 70)
Newport, Kentucky
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolNewport Catholic (Newport, Kentucky)
CollegeFlorida State (1967–1970)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1970–1980, 1982–1983
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number18, 36
Career history
As player:
19701980Boston Celtics
1982–1983Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1978–1979Boston Celtics
19941996San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
19961999Charlotte Hornets
20002001Golden State Warriors
2006Chicago Sky
20062009Detroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points13,516 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds10,444 (13.6 rpg)
Assists2,910 (3.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

College career

After starring in high school at Newport Catholic High in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky, Cowens played his collegiate basketball at Florida State University from 1967 to 1970. He scored 1,479 points in 78 games at Florida State, at 19.0 points per game, and ranks among Florida State's top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

He is the all-time Florida State leading rebounder with 1,340 rebounds (17.2 rebounds per game). He holds the team record for best seasonal rebound average (17.5 in the 1968–1969 season). He once grabbed 31 rebounds (second best all-time) against LSU in the 1968–69 season.

He was named The Sporting News All-America second team in 1970. His number now hangs in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center.

NBA career

Rookie year

Despite some critics who felt Cowens was too small to play center, Cowens was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 1970 NBA draft, largely at the recommendation of former Celtics center Bill Russell.[1] "No one is going to tell that kid he can't play center," Russell said of Cowens.[3]

During his rookie year, Cowens averaged 17.0 points per game and 15.0 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and shared the NBA's Rookie of the Year honors with Portland's Geoff Petrie. He also led the league in personal fouls that same year.

Middle years

In 1973, Cowens averaged 20.5 ppg, 16.2 rpg and 4.1 apg while helping the Celtics to a league-best 68–14 record. In that season also, Cowens scored 20 points, grabbed a career-high 32 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in a home win over the Houston Rockets. He carried the Celtics towards the semifinals wherein they met the New York Knicks. They won Game 1 of that best-of-7 series after Cowens recorded 15 points and 18 rebounds. However, they bowed out to the Knicks, 3–4, losing in Game 7. [4]

He was chosen the NBA MVP as well as MVP of the All-Star Game that same season. Cowens and fellow Celtic Bill Russell both have the distinction of being named MVP of the league but not being included on the All-NBA First Team.

The next season, in 1974, Cowens averaged 19.0 PPG, 15.7 RPG, 4.4 APG and 1.3 BPG while guiding the Celtics to a record of 56-26. Cowens was instrumental in bringing the Celtics into the playoffs wherein they defeated the Buffalo Braves in 6 games, the New York Knicks in 5 games. And in the Finals series, Cowens and the Celtics faced the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Both teams split the games 1 to 6 with each team winning at least once on the home court of one another, and it leads to a decisive Game 7. In Game 7, the Celtics are in the home of the Bucks but they were not afraid as they blistered they way out thanks to a strong performance by Dave Cowens who have recorded 28 PTS and 14 REB as the Celtics take home their 12th NBA championship. His teammate, John Havlicek, was named the NBA Finals MVP of the series.

As a testament to his all-around ability, Cowens is one of only five players (Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the others) to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He accomplished the feat in the 1977–78 season, averaging 18.6 points, 14.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.3 steals as Boston finished 32-50.[5]

In his final Boston season, 1979–80, Cowens helped the Celtics improve to 61–21, after finishing 29–53 the season before. Cowens had served as player-coach for the remainder of the 1978–79 season (27–41) after Satch Sanders (2–12) was fired after a poor start.[6]

Alongside rookie Larry Bird in 1979-1980, Cowens averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists under coach Bill Fitch. Along with Bird, Tiny Archibald, Cedric Maxwell, Pete Maravich, Chris Ford, M.L. Carr and Rick Robey, Cowens and the Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-0 in the Eastern Conference playoffs, before losing to the Philadelphia 76ers with Julius Erving 4–1 in the Eastern Conference finals. Cowens averaged 40 minutes, 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 76ers series.[7][8]

Retirement I and II

Cowens retired as a player in 1980, as Boston drafted Kevin McHale and traded for Robert Parish to replace him at center. Boston then won the 1981 NBA Championship.[9] "I have sprained my ankle at least 30 times over the duration of my career, broken both legs and fractured a foot," Cowens said upon retiring. "Two years ago, a team of foot and bone specialists said they were amazed that I could play up to that point without sustaining serious injuries."[3]

However, in 1982–83, Cowens felt the itch to play again and talked to the Celtics about trading him, as they still held his rights.

"I think that would be best," he said of a trade. "The Celtics are set up front (with Bird, McHale and Parish). They could trade me, work something out. No disrespect to Bill Fitch. I'd advise any younger players to play for him, but I'd probably be better off somewhere else."[3] After first negotiating with the Phoenix Suns, the Celtics traded Cowens to the Milwaukee Bucks, coached by former Celtic teammate Don Nelson. The Celtics received Quinn Buckner from Milwaukee as compensation.[3] Cowens averaged 8.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 minutes per game with the Bucks, playing alongside Bob Lanier, Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief and Junior Bridgeman.

The Bucks finished 51-31 and defeated Cowens' old team, the Boston Celtics, 4–0 in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bucks lost 4–1 to the eventual NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern conference finals. But, Cowens had been injured in the final game of the regular season, and was unable to play in the playoffs for Milwaukee.[10][3]

Cowens had played 40 total games for the Bucks during the 1982–83 season, before retiring for good.[11]

During his NBA career, Cowens averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds. with 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 766 career NBA games. Cowens was selected to eight All-Star Games, was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times, and was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team in 1976 and All-NBA Defensive Second Team in 1973 and 1980. He was a member of the Celtics' 1974 and 1976 NBA Championship teams.[11]

Cowens' playing credo was all-out intensity at both ends of the court, a style that never wavered during his 11-year NBA career. "He was quick, fast, strong and skilled, and played hard," Knicks Hall of Fame center Willis Reed said of Cowens.[3]

"No one ever did more for the Celtics than Dave did," said John Havlicek of his Celtic teammate.[3]

Coaching career

Dave Cowens - 2005 NBA Legends Tour - 1-21-05
Cowens in 2005

He began his coaching career by serving as a player-coach for the Boston Celtics during the 1978–79 season, but he quit coaching after the season and returned as a full-time player before retiring in 1980.[12]

Cowens coached the Bay State Bombardiers of the Continental Basketball Association in 1984–85.

Cowens returned to NBA coaching ranks, as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in 1994–96 and was considered for the coaching job of the Boston Celtics during the 1995 off-season.[13]

Cowens was head coach of the Charlotte Hornets from 1996 to 1999.

He was head coach with the Golden State Warriors from 1999 to 2001, a tenure of 105 games.

In 2005–06 Cowens was head coach of the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Cowens was an assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons from 2006 to 2009.


In 1990, Cowens, a former Democrat, ran as a Republican for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. However, because he did not register by June 5, 1989, he was unable to appear on the primary ballot.[14][15] Cowens considered running a sticker campaign for the Republican nomination, however he decided to drop out of the race.[15]


  • In 1973, Cowens was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.[16]
  • Cowens was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977.[17]
  • Cowens' #13 is an Honored number at Florida State University.[18]
  • On February 8, 1981, the Boston Celtics retired Cowens' #18. Celtics' #18 had previously been worn by Jim Loscutoff, who had asked that the number not be retired for him, so future Celtics could wear it.[12][19]
The Celtics retired Cowens' #18 in 1981.
  • Cowens was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.[21]
  • There is a street named after him in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky: "Dave Cowens Drive".

Head coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Cowens won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

1970–71 Boston 81 38.0 .422 .732 15.0 2.8 17.0
1971–72 Boston 79 40.3 .484 .720 15.2 3.1 18.8
1972–73 Boston 82 41.8 .452 .779 16.2 4.1 20.5
1973–74 Boston 80 41.9 .437 .832 15.7 4.4 1.2 1.3 19.0
1974–75 Boston 65 40.5 .475 .783 14.7 4.6 1.3 1.1 20.4
1975–76 Boston 78 39.8 .468 .756 16.0 4.2 1.2 0.9 19.0
1976–77 Boston 50 37.8 .434 .818 13.9 5.0 0.9 1.0 16.4
1977–78 Boston 77 41.8 .490 .842 14.0 4.6 1.3 0.9 18.6
1978–79 Boston 68 37.0 .483 .807 9.6 3.6 1.1 0.8 16.6
1979–80 Boston 66 55 32.7 .453 .083 .779 8.1 3.1 1.0 0.9 14.2
1982–83 Milwaukee 40 34 25.4 .444 .000 .825 6.9 2.1 0.8 0.4 8.1
Career 766 89 38.6 .460 .071 .783 13.6 3.8 1.1 0.9 17.6
All-Star 6 4 25.7 .500 .714 13.5 2.0 0.7 0.2 12.7


1972 Boston 11 40.1 .455 .596 13.8 3.0 15.5
1973 Boston 13 46.0 .473 .659 16.6 3.7 21.9
1974 Boston 18 42.9 .435 .797 13.3 3.7 1.2 0.9 20.5
1975 Boston 11 43.5 .428 .885 16.5* 4.2 1.6 0.5 20.5
1976 Boston 18 44.3 .457 .759 16.4* 4.6 1.2 0.7 21.0
1977 Boston 9 42.1 .446 .773 14.9 4.0 0.9 1.4 16.6
1980 Boston 9 33.4 .476 .000 .909 7.3 2.3 1.0 0.8 12.0
Career 89 42.3 .451 .000 .744 14.4 3.7 1.2 0.9 18.9

See also


  1. ^ a b "Dave Cowens". Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 30, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "Pistons Roster". NBA.com. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g https://www.celticsblog.com/2015/9/5/9237179/the-unusual-1982-trade-of-the-retired-dave-cowens
  4. ^ "Dave Cowens - Celtics legend". NBA.com. Unknown parameter |retrieved= ignored (|access-date= suggested) (help)
  5. ^ 1977-78 Boston Celtics Statistics, Basketballreference.com. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
  6. ^ "1978-79 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "1980 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics". Basketball-Reference.com.
  8. ^ "1979-80 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  9. ^ "1980-81 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  10. ^ "1982-83 Milwaukee Bucks Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  11. ^ a b "Dave Cowens Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ a b Eskenazi, Gerald (November 18, 1991). "No. 32 Receives New Life on 76ers". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  13. ^ Writer, Michael Arace; Courant Staff. "Ford Reaches Point of No Return with Celtics". courant.com.
  14. ^ "Sports Extra: People". Daily News of Los Angeles. January 14, 1990.
  15. ^ a b Lehigh, Scot (February 23, 1990). "Ex-Celtic Cowens Bows Out of GOP Race for Secretary of State". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  16. ^ "Florida Sports Hall of Fame - Dave Cowens".
  17. ^ "Dave Cowens Bio". Florida State Seminoles. June 17, 2014.
  18. ^ "Honored Numbers/Jerseys". Florida State Seminoles. July 5, 2017.
  19. ^ "Cowens's No. 18 Retired by Celtics". Associated Press. February 9, 1981. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  20. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Dave Cowens". www.hoophall.com.
  21. ^ "David W. Cowens".

Further reading

  • Heisler, Mark (2003). Giants: The 25 Greatest Centers of All Time. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-577-1.

External links

1970–71 Boston Celtics season

The 1970–71 NBA season was the Celtics' 25th season in the NBA.

1970–71 Portland Trail Blazers season

The Portland Trail Blazers were one of three new teams to join the NBA. They played their first game in Portland, beating their expansion brethren, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-112 on October 16. The Blazers would finish last in the Pacific Division with a record of 29–53. Of the three expansion teams, their record was the best. The Blazers won seven more games than the Buffalo Braves and 14 more than the Cavaliers. The leading scorer for the Blazers was Geoff Petrie. He averaged 24.8 points per game while sharing Rookie of the Year honors with Boston Celtics star Dave Cowens.

1972–73 Boston Celtics season

The 1972–73 Boston Celtics season was their 27th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics finished the season with the best record in the league, and currently in franchise history, at 68–14. Third-year forward Dave Cowens won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tiny Archibald.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics lost to the eventual NBA champion New York Knicks.

1972–73 NBA season

The 1972–73 NBA season was the 27th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the New York Knicks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

1973 NBA All-Star Game

GAME 23: in Chicago, January 23, 1973

MVP: Dave Cowens

Coaches: East: Tom Heinsohn, West: Bill Sharman.

1974 NBA Finals

The 1974 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1973–74 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeated the Western Conference champion Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 to win the NBA championship.

1976 NBA Finals

The 1976 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1975–76 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeated the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2. Celtics point guard Jo Jo White was named as the series MVP.

1976 NBA playoffs

The 1976 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1975–76 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. The series was highlighted by Game 5, a 3-OT victory by Boston. The Celtics won their 13th NBA title, second in the Dave Cowens era. Jo Jo White was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Suns earned their first two playoff series victories in franchise history to advance to the NBA Finals; they won their second (and as of 2018, most recent) Western Conference title in 1993.

The sixth-year Cleveland Cavaliers made their first playoff appearance and won their first playoff series.

This was the final playoff appearance for the Buffalo Braves franchise in Buffalo and last until 1992, when they returned as the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs for the first time since 1971, starting a 12-year run that included four NBA Finals appearances (1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983).

Despite winning their division with a losing record of 38-44, the Milwaukee Bucks were forced to play in the best of three first round against the Detroit Pistons.

This is also noted to be the most recent NBA Playoffs that did not include a sweep.

2000–01 Golden State Warriors season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Warriors' 55th season in the National Basketball Association, and 39th in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the offseason, the Warriors re-signed free agent and former All-Star forward Chris Mullin, while acquiring Danny Fortson from the Boston Celtics and Bob Sura from the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Fortson only played just six games due to a foot injury. Under new head coach Dave Cowens, the Warriors won their season opener defeating the Phoenix Suns 96–94 on October 31, but their struggles continued as they went on a 7-game losing streak afterwards. With a 14–28 record in late January, the Warriors lost 37 of their final 40 games, including a 13-game losing streak to end their season finishing last place in the Pacific Division with an awful 17–65 record. Antawn Jamison led the team in scoring averaging 24.9 points per game. Following the season, Mullin retired.

Archie Clark (basketball)

Archie L. Clark (born July 15, 1941) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'2", he played guard for five National Basketball Association (NBA) teams.

Born in Conway, Arkansas, Clark grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and joined the United States Army after high school. While playing for an intramural basketball team at Andrews Air Force Base, he was discovered by a scout from University of Minnesota and soon accepted a scholarship to play for John Kundla. After a strong collegiate career, which included an All Big Ten selection as a senior, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth round of the 1966 NBA draft.

In his 10-season (1966–1976) NBA career, Clark played for the Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Baltimore/Capital Bullets, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Detroit Pistons. In 1968, Clark was part of the trade (together with Darrall Imhoff and Jerry Chambers) that brought Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers. He averaged 16.3 career points and 4.8 career assists and appeared in two National Basketball Association All-Star Games; he also received All-NBA Second Team honors in 1972.

Clark was one of the first effective practitioners of the crossover dribble, which inspired his nickname "Shake and Bake."

In 1987, Clark unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Ecorse, Michigan. In 1992, he co-founded the National Basketball Retired Players Association with Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding.The Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, and have played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals (including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010), of which the Celtics have won nine. Four Celtics players (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname "Celtics" and their mascot "Lucky the Leprechaun" are a nod to Boston's historically large Irish population.After winning 16 championships throughout the 20th century, the Celtics, after struggling through the 1990s, rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in what was known as the new "Big Three" era, following the original "Big Three" era that featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, which combined to win the 1981, 1984, and 1986 championships.

Following the win in 2008, general manager Danny Ainge began a rebuilding process with the help of head coach Brad Stevens, who led the Celtics to a return to the playoffs from 2015. During the following season, the Celtics clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the Conference Finals. This prompted an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, and the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Cowens is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Al Cowens (1951–2002), American baseball outfielder

Dave Cowens (born 1948), American basketball player

List of Boston Celtics accomplishments and records

This is a comprehensive list of the accomplishments and records of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association.

List of Boston Celtics head coaches

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is owned by Wycliffe Grousbeck and coached by Brad Stevens, with Danny Ainge as the general manager. Founded in 1946, their 17 NBA Championships are the most for any NBA franchise, and their eight consecutive NBA championships from 1959 to 1966 represent the longest consecutive championship winning streak of any North American professional sports team to date. They play their home games in the TD Garden.There have been 17 head coaches for the Boston Celtics franchise. The Celtics won their first NBA championship in the 1957 NBA Finals under the coaching of Red Auerbach. Auerbach is the franchise's all-time leader in the number of regular-season and playoff wins as a coach. Auerbach and Bill Fitch were included in the Top 10 Coaches in NBA history. Fitch was the 1979–80 NBA Coach of the Year and also led the Celtics to a championship in 1981. Auerbach led the Celtics to nine championships, in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966. He was also the 1965–65 Coach of the Year. K.C. Jones led the Celtics to two championships, in 1984 and 1986. Alvin Julian and Auerbach have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches.Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Tom Sanders, Dave Cowens, K.C. Jones, Chris Ford and M. L. Carr have played and coached for the Celtics. John Russell, Alvin Julian, Heinsohn, Sanders, Carr, and John Carroll spent their entire coaching career with the Celtics. Doc Rivers, led the team to one NBA championship.

List of Charlotte Hornets head coaches

The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Hornets began playing in 1988 as an expansion team, before relocating to New Orleans in 2002 and renaming themselves as the Pelicans in 2013. Charlotte was then awarded a new expansion team named the Bobcats in 2004, which reassumed the Hornets name in 2014. In a deal with the NBA and Pelicans, the renamed Hornets also reclaimed the history and records of the original Hornets from 1988 to 2002, while all of the original Hornets' records from 2002 to 2013 will remain with the Pelicans.The Hornets franchise have played their home games at the Spectrum Center, formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena and the Time Warner Cable Arena, since 2005. The Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, and Rich Cho is their general manager.There have been 10 head coaches for the Hornets franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Dick Harter, who coached for two seasons. Allan Bristow is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (410), and the most regular-season game wins (207); Dave Cowens is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.609); Paul Silas is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (23), and the most playoff-game wins (11). Harter, Bristow, Sam Vincent and Mike Dunlap have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Hornets franchise. Larry Brown is the only coach of the franchise to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Currently, the head coach of the Hornets is James Borrego.

List of National Basketball Association player-coaches

A player-coach is a member of team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. The term can be used to refer to both players who serve as head coaches or as assistant coaches. In the National Basketball Association (NBA), there have been 40 players who also served as their teams' head coaches at the same time. The NBA was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL). After the salary cap was instituted in 1984–85 season, the NBA has prohibited teams from employing a player-coach. The ruling was established to avoid the possibility that a team would circumvent the cap by signing a player as a player-coach, as coaches' salaries are not counted under the cap.Ed Sadowski was the first player-coach in the league. In the BAA's inaugural season, he played for the Toronto Huskies and also served as the team's first head coach. Buddy Jeannette was the first player-coach to win the championship; he won the 1948 BAA Finals with the Baltimore Bullets. Bill Russell is the only other player-coach who has won the championship, as well as the only player-coach to win multiple championships. In 1966, he took over the Boston Celtics' head coaching duties from Red Auerbach, becoming the first African American head coach in the league. He served as the Celtics' player-coach for three seasons, winning two consecutive NBA championships in 1968 and 1969. Dave DeBusschere became the youngest head coach in the league's history when he was appointed as the Detroit Pistons' player-coach at the age of 24 in 1964. He held the position for three seasons before returning to a full-time player in 1967. Dave Cowens is the last player-coach in the league. He coached the Celtics in the 1978–79 season before relinquishing his coaching duty to focus on his playing career.Richie Guerin had coached 372 games as a player-coach, the most among the other player-coaches. He was the player-coach of the St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks for five seasons, from 1964 to 1967 and from 1968 to 1970. Before the 1967–68 season, he retired from playing to become a full-time head coach. However, he came back from retirement to play in the following two seasons while still serving as the Hawks' head coach. Lenny Wilkens, who is in second place for highest number of games as a player-coach, was the only player-coach who has been employed by more than one team. He spent three seasons as the Seattle SuperSonics' player-coach and one season as the Portland Trail Blazers' player-coach. He is the only player-coach who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. Other than Wilkens, twelve player-coaches have been inducted as players while two player-coaches have been inducted as coaches. The Coach of the Year Award was never won by a player-coach.

Wilkens went on to become the longest-tenured head coach in the league. In addition to 4 seasons as a player-coach, he spent another 28 seasons as a head coach, winning an NBA championship in 1979. San Francisco Warriors player-coach Al Attles retired from playing duty in 1971, but continued to coach the Warriors for another 12 seasons, leading them to an NBA championship in 1975. Alex Hannum, Red Holzman and Kevin Loughery, who served as player-coaches for less than a season, had a lengthy coaching career in the NBA which lasted more than 10 seasons. Hannum spent 11 seasons as a full-time head coach, winning two NBA championships with two different teams. Holzman coached the Hawks for 4 seasons, including a season as a player-coach, and the New York Knicks for 14 seasons. He led the latter to two NBA championships. Loughery served as the head coach for six NBA teams during his 18-year coaching career, including a year as a player-coach. Wilkens and Holzman were named among the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. Wilkens, along with Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Dave DeBusschere, Bob Pettit, Bill Russell and Dolph Schayes, were named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, which was also announced at the league's 50th anniversary.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first, second, and third place votes (worth five points, three points, and one point respectively). The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ben Simmons. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. There has only been one winner taken in the second round of the draft, Malcolm Brogdon, who was taken 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season. Five players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes) – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, and both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U.S. while in high school. Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S.

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, or "PIT", is the oldest amateur basketball tournament in the United States and the only postseason camp restricted to college basketball seniors. The Portsmouth Invitational is the first of two NBA pre-draft camps, the other being the Orlando pre-draft camp. In 2019, SB Ballard construction was the lead sponsor of the uniforms as they began to expand into building arenas around the country.

The four-day tournament format consists of twelve games (eight teams of eight players each play three games) and has been held annually since 1953. The tournament is recognized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and European scouts as a showcase for future professional players. Approximately 200 NBA representatives attend the event.

The tournament typically begins the first or second Wednesday that follows the championship game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. All games are played at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. Admission to day games is free, single-night general admission tickets are available at the door. Discounted four-day passes are sold at the Portsmouth Visitor Center.

NBA players who are alumni of the Portsmouth Invitational include Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, John Stockton, Tim Hardaway, Ben Wallace, Avery Johnson, Jeremy Lin, Rick Barry, Dave Cowens, and Earl Monroe.

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Boston 1978–79 68 27 41 .397 5th in Atlantic - - - Missed playoffs
Charlotte 1996–97 82 54 28 .659 4th in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Charlotte 1997–98 82 51 31 .622 3rd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Charlotte 1998–99 15 4 11 .267 (resigned)
Golden State 2000–01 82 17 65 .207 7th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Golden State 2001–02 23 8 15 .348 (fired)
Career 352 161 191 .457 12 4 8 .333

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