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Old 06-06-2011, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Lenny Wilkens given the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement award

NEW YORK -- Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens is the recipient of the Association's "Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award" for 2011, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced Sunday.

One of only three Hall of Famers enshrined as both player and coach, Wilkens ranks second all-time in wins and first in games coached. He is the only NBA legend listed among both the all-time Top 50 NBA players and the all-time Top-10 NBA Coaches.

"I'm deeply grateful to my NBA peers for honoring me with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award," said Wilkens. "Chuck was a great coach, but more important a great friend and I'm thrilled to accept this award."

As a head coach, Wilkens coached the Seattle Super Sonics to their only NBA title in 1079, and led five different NBA teams to the playoffs. Utilizing a team-oriented philosophy, Wilkens had the unique talent of crafting championship contending clubs out of competent but unspectacular units. In 1994, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year with t he Atlanta Hawks. Wilkens also served as head coach of USA Basketball's Gold Medal winning Dream Team II at the 1996 Summer Olympics, after serving as an assistant coach on the fabled 1992 Gold Medal-winning Dream Team.

He is the only person inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on three separate occasions as a player (1989), coach (1998) and as a member of the 1991 Dream Team (2010).

Wilkens also served as the President of the national Basketball Coaches Association for a record 17 years. Under his leadership, the only coaches union in professional sports made great strides for all NBA head and assistant coaches.

Wilkens has mentored coaches worldwide, including consulting assignments for the Korean National Team in the 2010 Asian Games. He also co-produced the popular Wilkens Basketball Legacy Series -- an instructional basketball DVD focusing on skill development for young players and coaches. With his commitment to community, Lenny founded the Lenny Wilkens Foundation, which supports children's heath care and education. The Wilkens family and foundation have raised well over $2 million for their primary charity of choice, the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle as well as supporting various other charities.

Wilkens presented Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award | NBA.com
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