Lenny Wilkens

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Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach.
Chuck Daly served as the team's head coach, assisted by Lenny Wilkens, P. J. Carlesimo, and Mike Krzyzewski.

List of National Basketball Association head coaches with 400 games coached

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Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson, who broke it in 2010.
Lenny Wilkens has coached the most regular season games.

Don Nelson

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Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson, who broke it in 2010.
On April 7, 2010, he passed Lenny Wilkens for first place on the all-time NBA wins list with his 1,333rd win.

Seattle SuperSonics

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Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player (nine times) and as a head coach (four times), was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, and an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 U.S. men's basketball team. Wilkens was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Walt Hazzard and spent four seasons there.
Hazzard was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the next season for Lenny Wilkens.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach.
John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman, and Tom Heinsohn have each been inducted as both player and coach (Wooden in 1960 and 1973, Sharman in 1976 and 2004, Wilkens in 1989 and 1998, and Heinsohn in 1986 and 2015).

Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

He won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season.

Tommy Davis

At Boys High School, Wilkens was a basketball teammate of longtime Major League Baseball star Tommy Davis.
He attended Boys High School in Brooklyn, where he was a basketball teammate of future Basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, as well as a long jumper on the school's track and field team with record breaker Bernard Lowther.

1960 NBA draft

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Wilkens was drafted sixth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1960 NBA draft.
Three players from this draft, Robertson, West and 6th pick Lenny Wilkens, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Portland Trail Blazers

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Wilkens ended his career spending two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1972–1974) and one with the Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975).
Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers (Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, Arvydas Sabonis, and Scottie Pippen).

1974–75 NBA season

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Wilkens ended his career spending two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1972–1974) and one with the Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975).

Player-coach

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From 1969 to 1972 with Seattle, and in his one season as a player with Portland, he was a player-coach.
Many notable coaches in the NBA served as player-coaches, including Bill Russell and Lenny Wilkens.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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Wilkens ended his career spending two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1972–1974) and one with the Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975). Wilkens was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the next season in a highly unpopular trade, and the SuperSonics fell to 26-56 without his leadership on the court.
In 1988–89, the Cavaliers had their best season to date, finishing the regular season with 57–25 record behind the likes of Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Ron Harper and Larry Nance, and head coach Lenny Wilkens.

1971 NBA All-Star Game

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Wilkens scored 17,772 points during the regular season, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971.
Lenny Wilkens was named the game's Most valuable player.

1993–94 NBA season

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He would go on to coach Cleveland (1986–1993), Atlanta (1993–2000), Toronto (2000–2003) and New York (2004–05).

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

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He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

2000–01 NBA season

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He would go on to coach Cleveland (1986–1993), Atlanta (1993–2000), Toronto (2000–2003) and New York (2004–05).

1986–87 NBA season

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He would go on to coach Cleveland (1986–1993), Atlanta (1993–2000), Toronto (2000–2003) and New York (2004–05).

Wilt Chamberlain

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Wilkens placed second to Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967–1968 MVP balloting, his last with the Hawks.
Chamberlain made history by becoming the only center in NBA history to finish the season as the leader in assists, his 702 beating runner-up, Hall-of-Fame point guard Lenny Wilkens' total by 23.

1978 NBA Finals

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The SuperSonics won 11 of their first 12 games under Wilkens and made the playoffs in back-to-back years, losing in seven games to the Washington Bullets in the 1978 NBA Finals before returning to the 1979 NBA Finals and defeating the Washington Bullets in five games for their first and only NBA title.
Bob Hopkins, who replaced former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell as coach, was fired and Lenny Wilkens returned for a second tour of duty.

1970–71 NBA season

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Wilkens scored 17,772 points during the regular season, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971.

Providence College

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Wilkens was a two-time All-American (1959 and 1960) at Providence College.
In addition to producing NBA players, former Friars players and coaches have also gone on to become basketball icons in the coaching world, such as Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Lenny Wilkens, Pete Gillen, Rick Barnes, Johnny Egan, and John Thompson.

Walt Hazzard

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Wilkens was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Walt Hazzard and spent four seasons there.
Seattle traded him to the Hawks during the off-season for Lenny Wilkens.

1977–78 NBA season

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After a season off from coaching, he again became coach of the SuperSonics when he replaced Bob Hopkins who was fired 22 games into the 1977–78 season after a dismal 5-17 start.

1967–68 NBA season

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Wilkens placed second to Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967–1968 MVP balloting, his last with the Hawks.
Rich Guerin's club got strong rebounding from their front line and got 20-point scoring from All-Pro point guard Lenny Wilkens and center Zelmo Beaty.

Bob Hopkins

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After a season off from coaching, he again became coach of the SuperSonics when he replaced Bob Hopkins who was fired 22 games into the 1977–78 season after a dismal 5-17 start.
He was replaced by Lenny Wilkens, who led the Sonics to the NBA Finals that season and the following, winning the NBA championship in 1979.