Jun 11, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; NBA former coach Bill Fitch is presented with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement award during a press conference prior to game three of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT

Houston Rockets: Former Coach Bill Fitch Awarded Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

 

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.

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