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Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. Before entering the professional ranks he coached college ball at Bowling Green State, North Dakota and his alma mater, Coe College. Fitch's teams twice qualified for the NCAA tournament. 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ...


Fitch was a U.S. Marine as a youngster, a fact that Larry Bird credited in his book Drive: The Story of My Life as an important reason for Bird's own strong work ethic. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a former NBA basketball player. ...


During his 25-year pro coaching career Fitch repeatedly was hired in an attempt to improve failing teams. As of 2004 Fitch ranked fifth among all NBA coaches in all-time number of victories (with 944) but also ranked second in all-time losses (with 1106) behind Lenny Wilkens. He was awarded as the NBA's coach of the year twice and he guided Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and the rest of the Boston Celtics to the 1981 NBA world championship, defeating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the finals. From Boston Fitch went on to coach the Rockets where he led a team featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson to the 1986 NBA Finals where they were defeated once again by Bird's Celtics, 4 games to 2, for the world championship. Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957 in Hibbing, Minnesota) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Robert Lee Parish (born on August 30, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is a former American basketball center. ... The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Houston Rockets are a National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fitch also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. He was known for his quick wit. During his first year with the Cavaliers the team lost its first 15 games. In the midst of that streak a security guard once refused to let Fitch into the arena because Fitch did not have any identification. He told the guard, "Who else would admit to coaching that team?" and was then promptly allowed into the arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a National Basketball Association team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


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Bill Fitch - definition of Bill Fitch in Encyclopedia (181 words)
Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career.
Fitch was a US Marine as a youngster, a fact that Larry Bird credited in his book Driven as an important reason for his strong work ethic.
As of 2004, Fitch ranked fifth among all NBA coaches in all-time number of victories (with 944), but also ranked second in all-time losses (with 1106).
Bill Fitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (334 words)
Fitch was a U.S. Marine as a youngster, a fact that Larry Bird credited in his book Drive: The Story of My Life as an important reason for Bird's own strong work ethic.
As of 2004 Fitch ranked fifth among all NBA coaches in all-time number of victories (with 944) but also ranked second in all-time losses (with 1106) behind Lenny Wilkens.
From Boston Fitch went on to coach the Rockets where he led a team featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson to the 1986 NBA Finals where they were defeated once again by Bird's Celtics, 4 games to 2, for the world championship.
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