dEDGE Post Scriptum
5/9/09 – Former Detroit Pistons Head Coach, Chuck Daly, passed away this morning in Jupiter, FL with his family by his side. Daly had been battling pancreatic cancer since it was announced earlier in March. The league had been pulling for his recovery and honoring him by wearing pins that read CD on their lapels. Broadcasters, coaching staffs and all league personnel proudly wore their pins in honor of the man who took the Pistons to back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, as well as leading the first contingent of professional basketball players to the Gold Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. That first group of NBA players was affectionately called the Dream Team because it featured an All-Star cast of future Hall of Famers including, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson,Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, David Robinson, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Scotty Pippen, Patrick Ewing, and Chris Mullins. Daly’s Piston teams battled Pat Riley and the Showtime Lakers in the late 80’s after finally breaking through the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Daly’s teams included notable players such as, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, and Rick Mahorn. Their battles with the Lakers earned them the hated nickname, Bad Boys, for their rough and often physical play. Their rough tactics also evoked a book called, The Jordan Rules, for their harassing tactics employed to slow down the league’s premier scorer. But through it all, Daly was able to take a group of extremely diverse personalities and mold them into a championship team. He was voted as one of the 10 greatest NBA coaches of all time and always presented himself as a man of class and dignity. “Chuck left a lasting impression with everyone he met both personally and professionally and his spirit will live with all of us forever,” family and team spokesman Matt Dobek said. And from all of us in purple and gold, we salute you Chuck Daly.