Don Chaney is a former professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He has won an NBA Championship twice as a player with the Boston Celtics, and in 1991, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Donald Ray Chaney was born on March 22, 1946, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He stands 196 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 95 kg.

When he was a coach in the NBA, he was known for taking on extreme and daredevil sports like racecar driving and sky diving to get an idea of what it was like.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.96 m / 95 kg
Born 22 Mar 1946
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 1977 - 1979
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1976 - 1977
Spirits of St. Louis Spirits of St. Louis 1975 - 1976
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 1968 - 1975

High School and College Career

He attended McKinley High School in his hometown of Baton Rouge and 1964, he was named to the Third-Team Parade All-American. Chaney went on to play college basketball for the University of Houston and played there from 1965 to 1968.

Playing Career

He turned pro in 1968 when he was selected by the Boston Celtics 12th overall during the first round of that year’s NBA Draft. Chaney’s career with the Celtics spanned from 1968 to 1975. During that time, he helped the team win two NBA Championships, the first in 1969 and again in 1974. While with Boston, he was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times.

After his career with the Celtics, he played for a season each for the Spirit of St Louis and the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1977, he returned to the Celtics and played for two seasons with the team before retiring in 1979.

Coaching Career

He started his coaching career in 1984 and spent four seasons coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. In 1988, he coached the Houston Rockets, and in 1991, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year. Later, he coached the Pistons from 1993 to 1995 and from 2001-2004 he coached the New York Knicks.

Career Highlights

As a Player:

  • 1969, 1974 - NBA champion
  • 1972–1975, 1977 - NBA All-DefensiveSecond Team
  • 1964 - Third-team ParadeAll-American

As a Coach:

  • 1991 - NBA Coach of the Year

Team History:

As a Coach:

  • 1984–1987 - Los Angeles Clippers
  • 1988–1992 - Houston Rockets
  • 1993–1995 - Detroit Pistons
  • 2001–2004 - New York Knicks

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