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Charles J. Daly

January 1, 2019

Retired NBA Basketball Coach Detroit Pistons (Deceased) – Tequesta, Florida

Charles “Chuck” Daly celebrates an enormously successful career as an inspirational NBA coach. Nominated for the OBL Award by good friend and fellow basketball coaching legend Rollie Massimino, Mr. Daly is known for leading his teams to victory through coaching with an open mind instead of an iron fist. Mr. Daly brought out the maximum potential in all his players, whether he was coaching high school or an NBA team. Mr. Daly coached the Detroit Pistons for nine seasons, achieving winning records every year and making the playoffs each season. He led the team to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. The Pistons have retired jersey number 2 (representing the two NBA championships) in Daly’s honor. Mr. Daly also coached the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” to a gold medal in Barcelona. During his fourteen-year NBA career, Mr. Daly coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and the Orlando Magic. After two seasons in Orlando, Mr. Daly retired from the NBA. Mr. Daly was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 9, 1994 and he was selected as one of the NBA’s “Ten Greatest Coaches” of the league’s first fifty years in 1997. Mr. Daly now serves as a frequent keynote speaker, drawing upon his coaching experiences to deliver entertaining and motivational messages. He has authored two books one, a memoir of his experiences as a World-Champion coach, and the other, an historical account of America’s Basketball Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He and his wife, Terry, reside in Tequesta, Florida and are the proud parents of daughter, Cydney. They have two wonderful grandchildren, Connor and Sabrina. Deceased 2009