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Paul Westhead
Paul Westhead

Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University men's basketball team during that school's era of greatest basketball glory. Westhead is known for employing an unorthodox, run-and-gun style. Image File history File links Westhead_presser_200. ... Image File history File links Westhead_presser_200. ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Map Political Statistics Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 County Philadelphia County Mayor John F. Street (D) Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 369 km² (143 mi²) 350 km² (135 mi²) 20... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West Location of NBA teams, conferences and divisions NBA redirects here. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Loyola Marymount University (LMU), is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the United States. ...


Westhead started his NBA coaching career at the top of the NBA world, succeeding Jack McKinney as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. With rookie guard Magic Johnson and longtime star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his squad, the Lakers rather easily won the 1980 NBA Finals in Westhead's first year as the Lakers' coach. However, the team was defeated in the playoffs the next year by the Moses Malone-led Houston Rockets, and Westhead was fired early in his third season with the Lakers, and replaced with Pat Riley. It is commonly believed that Magic Johnson orchestrated Westhead's ouster. There are several people named Jack McKinney: Jack McKinney, a pseudonym for the team of James Luceno and Brian Daley, that adapted Robotech into novel form. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former NBA basketball player who also played in the ABA, as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Pat Riley Patrick James Pat Riley (born March 20, 1945 in Schenectady, New York, United States) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach and player who has coached four championship teams, in addition to playing for one. ...


The next season, Westhead was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, but lasted only one season as the Bulls went 28-54. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


After that, Westhead returned to the college ranks, and took over as the head coach of the Loyola Marymount men's basketball program. From 1985-1990, Westhead oversaw an impressive run in which LMU--a smaller school which is not a traditional NCAA basketball power--became a legitimate contender in NCAA hoops. Westhead recruited star players like Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, and rewrote many NCAA record books with Loyola Marymount's famous run-and-gun style. However, Loyola's run ended after the untimely on-court death of Gathers, and the graduation of Kimble. Eric Hank Gathers (February 11, 1967 in Philadelphia – March 4, 1990 in Los Angeles) was an American college basketball star at Loyola Marymount University who collapsed and died during a game. ... Gregory Kevin Bo Kimble (born April 9, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former college basketball star at Loyola Marymount University and professional National Basketball Association player. ...


At the conclusion of the 1989-1990 season, Westhead left LMU for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, a position he held for two seasons. His tenure in Denver was best known for attempting to incorporate the run-and-gun offense that worked for LMU to the NBA. The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ...


However, while Denver averaged a league-best 119.9 points per game in 1990-91, this resulted in Denver surrendering an NBA record 130.8 points per game, including one game versus the Phoenix Suns where Denver gave up 107 points in one half, which still stands as an NBA record. Westhead was fired from the Nuggets after two seasons after posting a combined W/L record of 44-120. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


In 2005, Westhead was hired as the head coach of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, a position that he (as of February 2006) still holds. Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... The Phoenix Mercury are a Womens National Basketball Association team in Phoenix, Arizona that began in 1997 as one of the leagues original eight teams. ... ...


Westhead should not be confused with another NBA coach, Paul Westphal. Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950 in Torrance, California) is a former basketball player and coach in the NBA. A native of California, Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a head coach. ...


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Preceded by:
Jack McKinney
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
1979–1981
Succeeded by:
Pat Riley
Preceded by:
Rod Thorn
Chicago Bulls Head Coach
1982–1983
Succeeded by:
Kevin Loughery
Preceded by:
Doug Moe
Denver Nuggets Head Coach
1990–1992
Succeeded by:
Dan Issel
Preceded by:
Carrie Graf
Phoenix Mercury Head Coach
2005–
Succeeded by:
Current coach

 
 

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