By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has died. He was 70.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, he had been battling cancer in the time leading up to his death.
“As a member of the Phoenix Suns, Paul Westphal had as much impact on the organization as any individual in history,” Jerry Colangelo, Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman and former owner of the Phoenix Suns, said. “A dynamic player, he was a smart as they come and led the team like a coach on the floor. He was a key player in the 1976 NBA Finals and received many honors for his outstanding play. As an assistant and then head coach, Paul was known as a ‘players’ coach’ who garnered respect and results, leading the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals. Nonetheless, greater than all the basketball accolades is the man Paul Westphal was – a great father, husband and friend, who was respected by so many.
“He was truly honored by his 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame induction and I am honored to have known him for the past 45 years.”
Westphal was a first-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1972 NBA Draft. In his playing career, he played from 1972 through 1984 with the Celtics, Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and the New York Knicks.
He won the NBA Championship in 1974 with the Celtics. In addition, he was a five-time NBA All-Star.
From 1985 through 2016, he coached at the college and NBA level. His last coaching job was with the Brooklyn Nets from 2014 through 2016.
He is survived by his wife Cindy and two children.
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