WATCH: Celtic champion Paul Westphal (1950-2021) career retrospective

Justin Quinn
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In memory of the passing of former Boston Celtic champion guard Paul Westphal, we decided to post this career retrospective circulated by the NBA History account on Twitter in his honor.

Taken out of the University of Southern California with the 10th overall pick of the 1972 NBA draft, Westphal would go on to win a title with the Celtics in 1974 before being traded to the Phoenix Suns the following year. He would meet his former team in the NBA Finals in 1976, and after his playing days ended, would have a long career as a renowned NBA head coach. His last position in the league was as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016, but he will be remembered long after.

Watch the video embedded above to learn more about Westphal’s career as a player and coach in the league in memory of his passing yesterday after a long bout with cancer.


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On this day: Fitch hired; Westphal/Scott trade; 'Beat L.A.' chant born

On this day: Paul Westphal drafted; Chuck Connors born


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