Led by Rick Carlisle, NBA coaches dedicate postseason to Chuck Daly

A press release via Dana Gauruder of the Oakland Press:

The National Basketball Coaches’ Association (NBCA)  announced  today  that it will dedicate the 2009 NBA Playoffs to former NBA  Head Coach Chuck Daly.

Dallas  Mavericks  Head  Coach  and  President  of  the NBCA Rick Carlisle and NBCA Executive Director Michael Goldberg announced that NBA coaches  throughout  the  Playoffs will wear a lapel pin emblazoned with the  initials “CD” as a show of support for Daly, who was diagnosed with pancreatic  cancer  in  February  and is currently undergoing treatment. 

The Hall of Famer coached the Cavaliers, Pistons, Nets and Magic and led the 1992 Men’s Olympic Dream Team to a Gold Medal.

In addition to honoring Daly throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the NBCA  also  announced  that  it  is  developing the “Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award” to honor a current or former NBA Coach (Head Coach or Assistant).

“I   am  pleased  to announce that the NBCA is dedicating the 2009 NBA  Playoffs to Chuck Daly and we all send our thoughts and best wishes to  him  and  his  family,”  said  Carlisle.   “Chuck has played such an important  role as a friend and mentor to so many NBA coaches, it’s only fitting  that  we develop the ‘Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award’ in his honor.”

The “Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award” will be awarded yearly to a current or former NBA coach who, throughout an NBA career, has made a  special  contribution  to the sport and whose work has had a positive impact  on the NBA coaching profession.  The award will be voted upon by the  members of the NBA Coaches Association and will be announced at the conclusion of the NBA regular season.

The inaugural award will be presented later this year.

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