Who is the first NBA black coach?

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Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
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Was Bill Russell the first black head coach?

Bill Russell voted into Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

He became the first Black head coach in NBA history when he took over for Red Auerbach on the Celtics bench in 1966. Russell served as player/coach in his final three seasons with the Celtics, winning the NBA title in 1968 and 1969.

Who was the first black coach in sports to win a championship?

John Thompson: More than just the first Black head coach to win an NCAA championship. The late, great John Thompson made his mark on basketball history in 1984, becoming the first Black head coach to win an NCAA championship when his Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Houston Cougars.

Has an NBA coach won a black championship?

In 1979, Wilkens followed Attles as the third Black head coach to lead a team to an NBA title when the Sonics defeated the Washington Bullets for their first and only championship. Wilkens, who coached nearly 2,500 games, is the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,332 victories to his name.

Has there ever been a player-coach in the NBA?

After the salary cap was instituted in 1984–85 season, the NBA has prohibited teams from employing a player-coach.


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Player-coach Bill Russell^*
Team(s) played and coached Boston Celtics
L Playoffs 16
Win% .609
Championship(s) won 2 (1968, 1969)
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