Chuck Daly (1930 - 2009)

Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Chuck Daly, hall of fame coach basketball coach, died today of pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

Coach Daly won back to back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990 as coach of the Detroit Pistons during the bad boy era. He coached the Dream Team to the gold medal in 1992, the first time NBA pros were allowed to compete in the Olympic games.

Coach Daly epitomized the phrase championship intensity with championship poise. He understood how to earn the respect of players and manage personalities.

Chuck Daly, 20 July 1930 - 9 May 2009


  1. I didn't know much about him but sorry to hear this.

  1. barb says:

    He surely accomplished much. I'm sure that he'll be remembered fondly by many.

  1. Travis says:

    Mimi: 78 is still too young, but he did have a full and accomplished life.

    Charles: I respected what he was able to achieve. He was a great coach.

    Barb: Agreed.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I don't know who he is but it's always sad when someone loses their battle with disease. :(

  1. Charles Barkley had a great quote when he said he always wondered how such a good man could coach the "bad boys."

    Coach Daly was an amazing coach.

  1. "Earned the respect of players and managed personalities" - if this wasn't so rare, one would think that's just coaching. Far, far from it.

    Thanks for the wonderful tribute.

  1. Cheesy says:

    The sports world will miss his passion~

  1. Jay says:

    Personally I don't think I'm going to miss him much.

  1. Bond says:

    He was a basketball genius, no doubt. And he will be sorely missed.

  1. Even I know who he was. Sad to hear he went so young.

  1. Travis says:

    Akelamalu: Yes it is.

    Southern: I didn't hear that quote but I like it.

    Julia: It's a tough thing to do with some of these fellas.

    Laughingwolf: Well said.

    Cheesy: The weekend long tribute tells us that.

    Jay: OK.

    V: His "Jordan Rules" paved the way for how teams defend players like Kobe, Wade, and LeBron.

    NNG: It was a shame for him to go so young. I'm sure he had more to contribute.

    Starr: Some people transcend their sport.

  1. TROLL Y2K says:

    Good man, excellent coach. I think the Pistons over-achieved under his leadership. Other teams had better individual athletes but the
    "Bad Boys" got the rings.

  1. It seems like there's been a boatload of sports figures passing a way lately. Did you hear about Wayman Tisdale? So sad.

  1. Chuck Daly was/is hall of fame material, no doubt; he will be missed