Today in Sports History: January 24

By Jonah Sharf

On January 24, 1990, Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley became the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 500 wins, passing Don Nelson’s 817 easily, reaching 500 wins after 684 games. Riley finished his career with an incredible 1,210 wins, which is good for fifth place in NBA history, behind legendary coaches like Nelson, Jerry Sloan, and Gregg Popovich. Riley is one of the most well-respected coaches and executives of all-time, leading his teams to five championships as a coach and three as an executive. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times and Executive of the Year once, and was named one of the top 10 Coaches in NBA History.

 

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