In 1999, Chuck Daly resigned from his position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. Daly began his coaching career in 1955 at Punxsutawney Area High School. He graduated to assistant coach at Duke University in 1963 then became head coach of Boston College and Penn State. Daly made his NBA debut as assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1978 then became interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1981. He was hired by the Detroit Pistons in 1983 and led the team to their first back-to-back winning seasons in 1989 and 1990. Under his direction, the Pistons made the NBA playoffs each year and reached the NBA finals three times. In 1992, he was named head coach of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and led the team to gold. He spent two seasons with the New Jersey Nets before finishing his coaching career with the Orlando Magic. Daly was inducted into the hall of fame for his coaching career in 1994 and for his contributions to the Dream Team in 2010. The Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, named in his honor, is given to NBA coaches who show integrity and commitment to the game.
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