Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Bernie Bickerstaff received the 2014 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association during Game 1 of The Finals in San Antonio.
Daly set a standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion of NBA basketball.
“To be able to share in a legacy with a guy who in my opinion was the quintessential basketball coach is one of the greatest honors of my career,’ said’ Bickerstaff about the late Hall of Famer.
Bickerstaff became the youngest assistant coach in NBA history at the time when he took the job with the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) at the age of 29.
With Bickerstaff, the Bullets went to the NBA Finals three times, winning the only championship in franchise history in 1978.
In 1985, Bickerstaff landed his first NBA head-coaching position with the Seattle Supersonics. He led the Sonics to three playoff appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 1987.
He later became president and general manager of the Denver Nuggets in 1990. In 1994, Bickerstaff returned to the bench as the eighth-seeded Nuggets beat the top-seeded Supersonics in the first round of the playoffs.
In 1997, Bickerstaff returned to the Bullets as head coach, leading them to their best record since 1979. In 2004, he became the first coach and general manager of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
He also served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Bickerstaff ranks 41st all-time in the NBA with 419 wins, and his 937 games coached rank 29th all-time.