Motta wins NBA coaching lifetime achievement award

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Cleveland (AFP) - Dick Motta, who spent 25 seasons coaching the NBA without having played basketball, was named Tuesday as winner of the National Basketball Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 83-year-old former NBA coach won his only league crown with the Washington Bullets in 1978, finishing with a record of 935-1,017 in regular season games and 56-70 in playoff games from 1968 to 1997.

"To win this award from my peers, my fellow coaches, is an honor and very much appreciated," Motta said.

Motta spent six years coaching at Weber State University before taking charge of the Chicago Bulls in 1968, making the playoffs six times in eight seasons before joining Washington for four seasons. He later coached the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and closed his career with Denver in the 1996-97 campaign.

"Dick Motta was a true NBA coaching pioneer who brought to the game a great basketball mind with a competitive toughness," Mavericks coach and association president Rick Carlisle said. "He is a respected coach, teacher, mentor and individual that personifies the best of NBA coaching."