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RIP: Paul Westphal

RIP: Paul Westphal
02 Jan
Not in Hall of Fame

January 2, 2021 feels a lot like 2020.

Moments after learning that Hall of Fame Running Back, Floyd Little died, news broke out at that Basketball Hall of Famer, Paul Westphal passed away at age 70 after a battle with brain cancer.

Earning two First Team Pac-8 honors at USC, Westphal was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the tenth pick in the 1972 Draft.  Westphal helped Boston win the 1974 NBA Championship, but his greatest individual success happened later with the Phoenix Suns, where he was a four-time All-Star and three-time First Team All-NBA Selection.  Westphal added a fifth All-Star with Seattle (1981), and he finished his career with New York and a final run with the Suns.

Westphal was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.  His number 44 was retired by the Phoenix Suns and number 25 by USC.

After his playing career ended, Westphal became a coach, and at one time was at the helm of the Suns (1992-95), Seattle (1998-2000) and Sacramento (2009-12).  His last coaching role in the NBA was as an Assistant for Brooklyn, which ended in 2016.

We here at would like to extend condolences to the friends, fans and family of Paul Westphal.

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