Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 11:20 am  |  47 responses

R.I.P. Chuck Daly

by Marcel Mutoni

There’s some terribly sad news to kick start the weekend: Former head coach Chuck Daly lost his battle with cancer this morning, and died in Jupiter, Florida.

Daly coached the gritty Detroit Pistons to consecutive NBA championships (’89, ’90), and in 1992, he led the Dream Team to a gold medal in Barcelona. The man is a hoops legend, and the Hall of Fame officially recognized the fact this past March.

The AP (via reader Gerwin) has more:

He was renowned for his ability to create harmony out of diverse personalities at all levels of the game, whether they were Ivy Leaguers at Pennsylvania, Dream Teamers Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, or Pistons as dissimilar as Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars. “It’s a players’ league. They allow you to coach them or they don’t,” Daly once said. “Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”

Daly was voted one of the 10 greatest coaches of the NBA’s first half-century in 1996, two years after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the first coach to win both an NBA title and Olympic gold.

Daly had a career regular-season record of 638-437 in 13 NBA seasons. In 12 playoff appearances, his teams went 75-51. He left Detroit as the Pistons’ leader in regular-season and playoff victories.

“The Daly family and the entire Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment family is mourning the loss of Chuck Daly,” family and team spokesman Matt Dobek said. “Chuck left a lasting impression with everyone he met both personally and professionally and his spirit will live with all of us forever.”

Chuck Daly was 78.

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  • CDef28

    R.I.P. Mr. Daly and thank you for the two championships.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com thedimemachine

    Prayers to his family. R.I.P.

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  • geof

    I loved him as the coach of the Pistons, but I enjoyed him even more as a personality of the game. He’ll be missed by many

  • Myung

    RIP, Coach.

  • NJ4Life

    COndolences. He was one of the greats. RIP

  • slamfan4life

    oh man i cant believe this just happened…RIP coach….you will never be forgotten

  • http://www.twitter.com/jamesgoesham JamesgoesHam


  • J.G.

    R.I.P. Mr. Daly

  • http://slamonline.com James The Balla


  • Krishan

    Will Never Be Forgotten. RIP Coach.

  • bulldog

    My deepest heartfelt love and condolences to his family. What a wonderful man and a great basketball legend. What a loss.

  • Bill Russel

    ledgend R.I.P

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    One of the true NBA family. R.I.P MR Dream Team

  • Jacob

    RIP Coach Daly, Bad Boys for Life

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    R.I.P. to a legend.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    R.I.P., Coach. I hated your teams but always had respect for you.

  • Pic

    RIP Coach Daly

  • Danny W

    RIP Coach, thanks for the memories.

  • Tuomas

    Damn, that’s some terrible news to conclude an already terrible season. R.I.P. Coach Daly.

  • JOE

    May GOD be with him.

  • http://www.bbltv.net Josh D

    R.I.P Chuck,thanks for all you’ve done

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Chuck, you were a legend and an icon in Detroit. Thanks for all the great memories, you will be missed!

  • http://www.twitter.com/jackgoodrich Jack

    RIP Coach, thoughts with the family

  • ML

    Coach thanks for the memories. Thanks for letting us enjoy the game of basketball. Humble man you where. Much love and respect for you. God got another Good Coach.

  • ferrarigto

    he also did a great job as a coach in new jersey with drazen petrovic, kenny anderson and derrick coleman and in orlando post shaq.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Sad news, bye coach.

  • nastierthanyou

    The glory of championship and Olympic success pales in the comparison to seeing the face of the father. A true toast to life’s success.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Farewell Coach Daly.

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  • Exist4eva

    Sleep easy big guy..you are now in a better place. Here’s to you doing the X’s and O’s up in Heaven

  • el-bot

    RIP Mr Daly

  • http://thegayestwebsiteever.com Ben

    I can’t believe he was 78; he didn’t look a day over 60.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Rest in peace Coach Daly. Prayers go out to your family.

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    Something all the retrospectives forgot that I always remembered about Coach Daly. He didn’t call a time out in Barcelona. Rest in peace, Coach Daly, and thanks for the memories.

  • FLUD

    Here’s to Chuck. Absolute ledgend. He ain’t restin’ in peace…he’s kickin’ ass and being class wherever that may be.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    RIP Coach Daly. Thanks for the Bad Boys and ’92. You will always be remembered.

  • KoBynum716

    R.I.P. Coach

  • zamhar

    condolences to Coach Daly’s family.

  • al

    yr an inspiration chuck. take peace in the sky and enjoy eternal hoops in heaven. may god bless yr soul as you rest…

  • nerd man 123456789

    S-A-D (Sad) for every team

  • LJ23 LeBron

    R.I..P Mr. Daly Tough luck!!!

  • O’Neil

    R.I.P. God bless your family. You’ll be missed

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Best Nets coach ever.

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  • Rome

    We’ll miss you Chuck, you wore the beast suit’s, and was a phenomenal personel manager. I dont know how you coach a team with personalities like, Isaiah, Mahorn, Laimbeer, Salley, then add Rodman on top of that!!! WOW Then to go even greater and coach Bird, Jordan, Barkley, Malone, Magic…its amazing…..
    I heard Rodman say many times that Daly was essentially his father since the biological didnt bother..

  • truthteller

    RIP Chuck. As a long time Pistons fan, “Thanks for the memories”