Daly, Coaching Legend, Passes Away

Chuck Daly, the coach of the original Dream Team, a Hall of Famer and former Duke assistant coach, died Saturday in Jupiter, Fla. He was 78.

Before Daly led Team USA to a gold medal in 1992, he was an assistant coach for Vic Bubas at Duke from 1964 until 1969, helping the Blue Devils to two ACC titles and two Final Four appearances. He guided the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA titles, was voted one of the 10 best coaches in NBA history and was the first coach to win an NBA title and Olympic gold medal.

"Chuck was one of the great coaches and great friends of the game," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, one of Daly's assistants on the 1992 Dream Team. "There was no better ambassador for the game of basketball than Chuck Daly. He was truly loved by everyone."

Daly is survived by his wife, his daughter and two grandchildren.


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