Former Houston Rockets head coach Bill Fitch was awarded the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award at halftime of game 3 Tuesday night. Fitch coached the Rockets for 5 seasons(1983-’88), and was instrumental in helping lead the team to the 1986 NBA finals, a team that had Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson.
Fitch won 944 games and lost 1,106, but he spent a majority of his career taking over either expansion teams (Cleveland Cavaliers) or teams trying to reverse losing seasons (Rockets, New Jersey Nets). Fitch was a fixer and a teacher. Almost all of his teams improved after he took over. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s Greatest Coaches of All-Time.