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Top 21 NBA Coaches


We all know there are a ton of talented players in the professional basketball scene, but talent merely gets you through the match. In order to have your team on the top of the roster, to have a healthy environment within the team’s crew, and to make sure a team stays remembered – you need a good coach.

A coach is there to understand his players and find an appropriate way to motivate the team to achieve maximum potential. To honor these fascinating individuals, here’s a list of the 21 best coaches NBA’s ever seen:

1. Larry Brown

Larry was originally a professional basketball player, and has been one with the sport nearly all his life. He played basketball for his high school team, then for his university team, and then embarked on a long journey through professional basketball when he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1963.

As a player, he was an ABA Champion, three-time ABA All-Star, All-Star MVP, and All-ABA Second Teamer. If you think that’s impressive, his coaching career is just as fruitful, if not even better. Known as a vigorous coach, he coached the UCLA Bruins from 1979 to 1981, then the New Jersey Nets from 1981 to 1983.

After that, he went back to college to coach the Kansas Jayhawks from 1983 until 1988, and then his coaching career ‘sprouted’ – he returned to the NBA to coach the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and Charlotte Bobcats. He’s received the ABA Coach of the Year award three times, has a golden medal playing for the States at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002.

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