#ThrowbackThursday Basketball – Top 5 Coaches in NBA history
Sometimes, the role of the Head Coach in the NBA is neglected. Nonetheless, he is the one orchestrating the team and sometimes, he can make the difference between a good and a great team. Good coaches can turn nobodies into somebodies and they can really affect the psychology of each individual player and the team as a group. We have seen several Coach-legends in the NBA through its history. Let’s see which the Top 5 Coaches who have passed from the league are.
No.1: Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson can fairly be considered as the best Coach to ever pass from the courts of the NBA for quite a few reasons. First of all, he has the most rings of any other coach who has been in the wheel of any team in the league. He has won 11 rings throughout his coaching career. The retired coach wrote golden pages in history as the Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls. He stayed in Chicago 10 years in total, coaching players like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. After his tenure with the Bulls, he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he found as much success.
No.2: Red Auerbach
Auerbach coached in the NBA way before Jackson. He found much success coaching the Boston Celtics during the decade 1956-1967. He won seven rings during that period and he is considered as the greatest coach of all time by several sports analysts. After he retired as a coach, he served the C’s from the General Manager and President and vice chairman positions.
No.3: Bill Fitch
Fitch was the second winningest coach in NBA history. He coached the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets, which included Hakeem Olajuwon. He won the NBA Championship in 1981 with Boston. During his 25-year career in the NBA as a coach, he was significantly good in turning losing teams into winning ones. Although he didn’t win many championships, he is considered as one of the top coaches to ever pass from the league, considering the material he had available in the teams he coached.
No.4: Red Holzman
Holzman led the New York Knicks to two championships, back in 1970 and 1973. He was also named Coach of the Year on 1970 and he entered the Hall of Fame in 1985. His record as a coach was 696 wins and 604 losses.
No.5: Pat Riley
Pat Riley stands in the fifth position of coaches with the most victories in the NBA through its history. He was also the fastest one to reach 800 victories. He won five rings, four with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He currently holds the President position in the Heat franchise and he is the mastermind behind the Big Three era of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Riley is one of the two coaches in NBA history to receive the Coach of the Year award three times.