Former NBA Coach of the Year Gene Shue passed away today, leaving the NBA with a brilliant coach and a legendary player. He was 90 years old at the time.
She built a name for himself as an All-ACC guard at Maryland and then as a five-time All-Star with the Pistons in the NBA. But it was during his 22-year tenure as a head coach that he truly made his impact on the game.
She took over as head coach of the Baltimore Bullets in 1966 and led them to the Eastern Conference title within two years after taking over a 16-40 squad. He took the Bullets to the NBA Finals in 1971 after leading them to the playoffs five years in a row.
She became the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1973 and led them to the NBA Finals four years later. A second stint with the Bullets would be followed by four years as the Clippers’ head coach.
Gene Shue guided his teams to the playoffs ten times and twice to the NBA Finals during his 22-year tenure. In the playoffs, he went 30-47, while in the regular season, he went 784-861.
She was the NBA Coach of the Year twice and the head coach of the NBA All-Star Game twice.
Despite his achievements, he has yet to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s one of just three NBA head coaches with more than 700 victories who haven’t been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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Coach Shue’s family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.