Ron Rothstein

Ronald L. Rothstein[1] (born December 27, 1942) is an American former professional basketball coach and college basketball player, who has led many different NBA teams. He served as the first head coach for the Miami Heat, and later coached the Detroit Pistons. He has also coached in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In 2007-08, he also filled in for Pat Riley as an interim coach for the Heat.

Ron Rothstein
Ron Rothstein in 2010
Rothstein in 2010
Personal information
BornDecember 27, 1942 (age 76)
Bronxville, New York
Career information
High schoolRoosevelt (Yonkers, New York)
CollegeRhode Island (1961–1964)
Coaching career1966–2014
Career history
As coach:
1966–1974Eastchester HS
1974–1975Upsala (assistant)
1975–1978New Rochelle HS
1978–1983Eastchester HS
19831986Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
19861988Detroit Pistons (assistant)
19881991Miami Heat
1992–1993Detroit Pistons
19931999Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2000–2002Miami Sol
2003–2004Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20042014Miami Heat (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:

Early life

Born in Bronxville, New York,[2] Rothstein graduated from Roosevelt High School of Yonkers, New York in 1960 and played college basketball at the University of Rhode Island for the Rams. At Rhode Island, Rothstein was team captain as a senior and graduated in 1964 with a degree in physical education. In 1966, Rothstein earned his master's in physical education from Hunter College.[3]


Ron rothstein has a wife Olivia, two children, Dana and David, and four grandchildren, Lucas, Hailey, Aidan, and Ava Jade


Rothstein began his coaching career in 1966 at Eastchester High School in Eastchester, New York and would remain until 1976. During the summer of 1967, he was the athletic director at Camp Ma-Ho-Ge in Bethel, New York. He then became assistant coach at NCAA DIvision III Upsala College for one season and then worked as head coach at New Rochelle High School of New Rochelle, New York from 1976 to 1978. Rothstein returned to Eastchester High for the 1978–79 season and coached varsity basketball and physical education thru June 1983.[3][4]

In 1979, Rothstein signed as a scout for the Atlanta Hawks and was named assistant coach in July 1983.[5] He was signed as an assistant for the Detroit Pistons in 1986 before becoming the first coach in Heat history (1988).[4]

Rothstein coached the Heat for three seasons, never leading them to a winning record. Rothstein became a television commentator for the Pistons as well as for the NBA on NBC all during the 1990-91 season. Detroit eventually hired him as their head coach for a season, but he was eventually fired. In 1993, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he stayed six seasons. In 2000, he was hired as head coach and general manager for the WNBA's Miami Sol, where he stayed during the franchise's entire existence (2000–2003). In 2003, he was hired by the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach,.[6] Rothstein would eventually return to the Heat as an assistant.

On January 3, 2007, Rothstein was named as the interim head coach of the Miami Heat in place of Pat Riley, who took a leave of absence for knee and hip surgery.[7]

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 %


  1. ^ "Ronald L. Rothstein ('64)". Rhode Island Rams. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Wine, Steven (July 13, 1988). "New Heat coach sets short-term goals". Deseret News. Associated Press. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Winderman, Ira (July 12, 1988). "Rothstein Gets Good News From Heat". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. p. 2. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b Ron Rothstein Named Assistant Coach
  5. ^ Lombardi, Joe (July 4, 2006). "Ron Rothstein: Coach gets the brass ring at 63". The Journal News. White Plains, New York. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Pacers hire Ron Rothstein Retrieved June 27, 2006
  7. ^ ESPN - Riley to have surgery on right knee - NBA

External links

1988 NBA expansion draft

The 1988 NBA Expansion Draft was the eighth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 23, 1988, so that the newly founded Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat could acquire players for the upcoming 1988–89 season. Charlotte and Miami had been awarded the expansion teams on April 22, 1987. In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the twenty-three other NBA teams had protected eight players from their roster and the Hornets and the Heat selected eleven and twelve unprotected players respectively, one from each team. Prior to the draft, the league conducted a coin flip between the Hornets and the Heat to decide their draft order in this expansion draft and in the 1988 NBA draft. The Hornets won the coin flip and chose to have the higher pick in the 1988 Draft, thus allowing the Heat to receive the first selection and the right to select twelve players in this expansion draft.The Heat were formed and owned by a group headed by Zev Buffman and former NBA player Billy Cunningham. Former Detroit Pistons assistant coach Ron Rothstein was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Heat used their first pick to select former third-round pick Arvid Kramer from the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to the draft, the Heat agreed on a deal to select Kramer, who had not played in the NBA since the 1979–80 season, from the Mavericks in exchange for a first-round pick in the 1988 Draft. The Heat also agreed three other deals not to select a particular player from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics. The Heat's other selections included four former first-round picks, Billy Thompson, Jon Sundvold, Darnell Valentine and Dwayne Washington. However, Valentine and another draftee, Fred Roberts, were immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks respectively. The Heat also selected West German center Hansi Gnad, who had never played in the NBA. Four players from the expansion draft joined the Heat for their inaugural season, but only one played more than three seasons for the team. Sundvold played four seasons with the Heat until his NBA career ended in 1992.The Hornets were formed and owned by a group headed by George Shinn. Former Indiana Pacers assistant coach Dick Harter was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Hornets used their first pick to select former first-round pick Dell Curry from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hornets' other selections included one-time All-Star Rickey Green and three former first-round picks, Muggsy Bogues, Michael Brooks and Bernard Thompson. On the draft-day, the Hornets also acquired Kelly Tripucka from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Mike Brown, a draftee from the Chicago Bulls. Brooks and Thompson never played for the Hornets. Brooks left the NBA and signed with a French team, while Thompson was traded to the Houston Rockets prior to the start of the season. Six players from the expansion draft joined the Hornets for their inaugural season, but only two played more than three seasons for the team. Curry played ten seasons with the Hornets and is currently the Hornets' career leader in points scored. Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history, played nine seasons with the Hornets and is currently the Hornets' career leader in assists and steals.

1991–92 Miami Heat season

The 1991–92 NBA season was the fourth season of the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat selected Steve Smith with the fifth pick in the 1991 NBA draft, and hired Kevin Loughery as their new head coach after the resignation of Ron Rothstein prior to the start of season. The Heat got off to a fast start winning seven of their first ten games, but lost 8 of their next 9 games along the way. After holding out most of the 91–92 season only playing in five games, the Heat traded Sherman Douglas to the Boston Celtics for crafty guard Brian Shaw. Loughery coached the Heat to their first ever postseason appearance in franchise history, as they finished fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 38–44 record, winning a tie-breaker for the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Heat also managed to hold down home court quite well that season posting a 28–13 record at the Miami Arena. Glen Rice led all Heat scorers averaging 22.3 points per game in the 91–92 campaign. Smith was selected to the All-Rookie First Team averaging 12.0 points per game.

However, in the first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Heat were swept in three games by Michael Jordan and his defending world champion Chicago Bulls, who were coming off a 67–win regular season, and would eventually repeat as NBA champions.

1992–93 Detroit Pistons season

The 1992–93 NBA season was the Pistons' 45th season in the National Basketball Association, and 36th season in the city of Detroit. During the offseason, the Pistons signed free agent Terry Mills and acquired Olden Polynice from the Los Angeles Clippers. Under new head coach Ron Rothstein, the Pistons years of battle would catch up with them as they lost nine of their first eleven games. However, they would win ten of their next eleven games to climb back into playoff connection. At midseason, they traded Orlando Woolridge to the Milwaukee Bucks for All-Star guard Alvin Robertson. After posting many winning and losing streaks throughout the entire season, the Pistons missed the playoffs for the first time in ten years, finishing sixth in the Central Division with a 40–42 record. Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas were both selected for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.

Despite the struggles, Dennis Rodman once again led the league in rebounding with 18.3 per game. However, his bizarre behavior off the court was a great concern as he was involved in several off court incidents. Following the season, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, Mark Aguirre signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Rothstein was fired as coach.

1993 in Michigan

Events from the year 1993 in Michigan.

2000 WNBA season

The 2000 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's fourth season. The 2000 season saw four expansion teams join the league, the Indiana Fever, Miami Sol, Portland Fire, and Seattle Storm. The season ended with the Houston Comets winning their fourth WNBA championship.

2001 WNBA season

The 2001 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's fifth season. The season ended with the Los Angeles Sparks winning their first WNBA championship.

2002 WNBA season

The 2002 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's sixth season. The season ended with the Los Angeles Sparks winning their second WNBA championship.

2006–07 Miami Heat season

The 2006–07 Miami Heat season was the 19th season of the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat, for the first time in franchise history, entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals in six games. On January 3, 2007, head coach Pat Riley took a leave of absence citing hip and knee problems and was replaced by Ron Rothstein. Despite injuries to several players, including Dwyane Wade, the Heat repeated as Southeast division champions. With a record of 44–38, it was clear that the Heat was not the same team of years past. The Heat ended the season with a four-game playoff loss in a sweep to the Chicago Bulls in the first round and the Heat became the first defending NBA champions since the Philadelphia Warriors back in 1957 to be swept in the first round. Following the season, Gary Payton retired.

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Donnie Butcher

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List of Detroit Pistons head coaches

The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. They play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team, owned by Tom Gores, plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena. The franchise was founded in 1941 by Fred Zollner as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, playing in the National Basketball League (NBL). In 1948, the team was renamed to the Fort Wayne Pistons and joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which merged with the NBL to become the NBA a year later. After spending nine seasons in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, Michigan in 1957 to be able to compete financially with other big city teams. In the 1980s, general manager Jack McCloskey was instrumental in the Pistons' future championship runs by drafting Isiah Thomas, acquiring key players like Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman and hiring head coach Chuck Daly. The 1980s team, known today as "the Bad Boys" due to the physical playing style, eventually won two championships in the 1989 and 1990 NBA Finals under Daly. The Pistons won their third title in the 2004 NBA Finals under the tenure of Larry Brown.There have been 36 head coaches for the Pistons franchise since joining the NBA. The franchise's first head coach while in the NBA was Carl Bennett, who coached the team for six games, all of which are losses. Chuck Daly is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (738), regular-season games won (467), playoff games coached (113), and playoff games won (71); Flip Saunders is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.715). Daly and Larry Brown are the only members of the franchise to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches; Daly was also selected as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Both Ray Scott and Rick Carlisle have won NBA Coach of the Year in the 1973–74 and 2001–02 season, with the Pistons respectively. Former coach Dick Vitale was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in honor of the work he did as a basketball broadcaster after leaving the Pistons. Sixteen head coaches have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Pistons. Curly Armstrong, Red Rocha, Dick McGuire, Dave DeBusschere, Donnie Butcher, Terry Dischinger, Earl Lloyd, Scott, and Michael Curry formerly played for the team. The current head coach of the Pistons is Dwane Casey.

List of Miami Heat head coaches

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Miami Sol

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

Andrew Rothstein (1898-1994), Russian-British journalist

Arnold Rothstein (1882-1928), New York businessman and gambler, who became a famous kingpin of organized crime

Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985), American photographer

Bo Rothstein (born 1954), Swedish political scientist

Debbie Rothstein, voice actress

Edward Rothstein, American music critic and composer

Henry Rothstein, academic at King's College London

Marshall Rothstein (born 1940), Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Mikael Rothstein (born 1961), Danish writer and historian

Ron Rothstein (born 1942), basketball coach

Theodore Rothstein (1871-1953), emigre journalist and writer in Great Britain, later ambassador of the Soviet Union

Richard Rothstein (academic), American historian and social scientist

Tony Fiorentino

Tony Fiorentino is an American television color commentator, most recently for the Miami Heat. Fiorentino has been involved with the Heat organization since it entered the NBA, joining the team in 1988 as an assistant coach under Ron Rothstein. He also served as an assistant coach for the Heat under Alvin Gentry and Pat Riley, and later served as an assistant coach with the Heat's WNBA sister team, the Miami Sol. He became the Heat's main television color commentator in 2004, replacing Mike Fratello. On June 9, 2017, The Miami Heat announced that Fiorentino would call his 15th and final season as the team's television analyst. On April 11, 2018, Fiorentino was honored in a halftime ceremony during the final regular season game against the Toronto Raptors. Fiorentino remains with the team, serving as both a Miami Heat Ambassador and as the Director for the franchise's very popular summer basketball camp program.Fiorentino played college basketball at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. He then coached high school basketball at Mount Vernon High School, where he got to know rival coach Ron Rothstein, a relationship which later helped him get an assistant coaching position for Rothstein on the Heat. He also had a stint as a college assistant at Iona.

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Miami 1988–89 82 15 67 .183 6th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Miami 1989–90 82 18 64 .220 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Miami 1990–91 82 24 58 .293 7th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Detroit 1992–93 82 40 42 .488 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
Career 328 97 231 .296


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