Donnie Butcher, Former NBA Player and Coach, Dead at 76

by October 10, 2012

Donnie Butcher played in the NBA during the 1960s, and also coached the Detroit Pistons. He passed away at the age of 76. Per the AP: “The Pistons confirmed Butcher’s death through a family member. Butcher averaged 6.1 points in 279 games with the Pistons and New York Knicks. He became Detroit’s coach late in the 1966-67 season, replacing player-coach Dave DeBusschere. Butcher went 52-60 at the helm. His only full season as coach was 1967-68, and he lead Detroit to the postseason – the team’s only playoff appearance in a 10-season span.”