Basketball icon Paul Westphal has died at the age of 70.
Westy will not be immortalized for just playing basketball. He will be remembered for how he lived his life, and how he treated others.- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 2, 2021
Rest In Peace, Westy 🙏
Westphal, who was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft out of the University of Southern California, enjoyed a 12-year career with the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks. Westphal''s career was highlighted by an NBA title in 1974 with the Celtics, five All-Star selections and four All-NBA selections (three First-Team).
Over the course of his playing career, Westphal averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals. In six seasons with the Suns, Westphal averaged 20.6 points and 5.2 assists and his No. 44 was retired by the franchise.
Westphal got into coaching following his playing career, joining the Suns as an assistant in 1988 before taking over as the franchise's head coach prior to the 1992-93 season. In his first season as head coach, he led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals, where they would lose in six games to the Chicago Bulls.
In four years as the Suns' lead man, Westphal compiled a 191-88 record. He also served as head coach for the Seattle SuperSonics and finished his head coaching career by spending three seasons with the Sacramento Kings.
Overall, Westphal compiled a 318-279 record in 597 games as an NBA head coach. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2019.
The basketball world mourns another loss of an important figure.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Paul Westphal pic.twitter.com/OigNwCyUw4- NBA (@NBA) January 2, 2021
We are saddened by the news of the passing of former Celtic and @NBA Champion, Paul Westphal.- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 2, 2021
Our thoughts are with his family ☘️ #ForeverGreen pic.twitter.com/JA2MA2uhSo
His legacy will continue to live on for generations to come. Our thoughts are with Paul's family 💜 pic.twitter.com/gVbXSBLhq3- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 2, 2021
The Hall of Fame celebrates the life and deeply mourns the passing of Paul Westphal, Class of 2019.- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) January 2, 2021
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RIP to the great Paul Westphal.- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 2, 2021
Rest In Heaven to one of the Greatest Coaches in our game of basketball🙏🏾 https://t.co/E4JTVEtK1L- DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 2, 2021