Notable former NBA players who became coaches

Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 10:17 p.m. MDT

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Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1956-69

Teams as a coach:

Boston Celtics 1966-69

Seattle SuperSonics 1973-77

Sacramento Kings 1987-88

During his playing career, Russell was a 12-time NBA All-Star and a five-time NBA MVP.

After playing for 10 years with the Boston Celtics, Russell was offered a job as player-coach of the Celtcs in 1966 to replace the retiring Red Auerbach. Russell accepted and became the first black coach in NBA history.

As a player-coach he won two titles with the Celtics, bringing his total number of championships to 11.

Following his retirement as a player he coached four seasons in Seattle, making the playoffs twice. He also coached a portion of one season in Sacramento before being fired.
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Golden Helmet
Salt Lake City, UT

What would be interesting is a list of NBA coaches that aren't former players.

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