Chuck Daly is a legend, particularly in Detroit.
Daly was the beloved head coach of the Detroit Pistons‘ Unhealthy Boys period, guiding the group to consecutive NBA titles in 1989-90, three straight NBA Finals appearances and a playoff berth in all 9 seasons throughout his tenure from 1983-1992. The Pistons went 467-271 beneath Daly, nicknamed “Daddy Wealthy” for his unmatched go well with sport, for a .633 successful share. His 467 wins are 291 extra than every other coach in franchise historical past.
It is no shock No. 2 — for Daly’s two NBA titles — is retired by the Pistons, hanging within the rafters alongside the numbers of Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Invoice Laimbeer, Dave Bing and different greats.
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However the Daly household will enable No. 1 decide Cade Cunningham to put on No. 2, which he has worn all through his profession, most lately at Oklahoma State.
“A particular thanks to Cydney Daly for her giving the group her blessing to permit me to put on my conventional quantity, No. 2,” Cunningham mentioned Friday throughout a information convention introducing the group’s four-man draft class. “Meaning a lot to me. I understand how a lot these numbers imply up there.”
Cunningham mentioned he needed to signify the quantity nicely and produce again the identical pleasure Daly elicited as a coach.
Cydney Daly, Chuck Daly’s daughter, thanked Cunningham for his feedback on social media Friday night.
“I want you a protracted and profitable profession with the Pistons. Embrace town of Detroit and its followers,” Daly mentioned. “They maintain a really particular place in my coronary heart. Maintain the legacy robust.”
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Chuck Daly, who additionally coached the 1992 males’s Olympic basketball group, aka the “Dream Workforce,” to gold on the Barcelona Olympics, died in 2009 at 78.
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame in 1994. He completed his NBA profession with a 638-437 document and .593 win share, and went 75-51 within the postseason (71-42 with the Pistons) over 14 seasons with Cleveland, Detroit, New Jersey and Orlando.
In June, Daly was inducted to the FIBA Corridor of Fame.
The opposite rookies’ jerseys: Isaiah Livers will put on No. 12, Luka Garza No. 55, Balsa Koprivica No. 23.
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