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Jack McKinney, 83, NBA coach who suffered serious injury
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Diner
2018-09-26 17:01:23 UTC
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Former St. Joseph’s basketball coach Jack McKinney dies at 83
by Staff Reports, Posted: 13 hours ago

Former Saint Joseph's basketball coach Jack McKinney, whose career was almost derailed by a devastating bicycle injury, has died, the university confirmed.

He was 83.

McKinney was a protege of Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay and succeeded Ramsay as the basketball coach at his alma mater, from 1966 to 1974 before leaving to become an assistant coach in the NBA.

The Chester native played at St. Joe's from 1954 to '57 and coached the Hawks from 1966-67 through 1973-74. He led them to a 144-77 record and four NCAA tournament appearances before leaving to become an NBA assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers.

McKinney was named to his first NBA head-coaching job with the Lakers in 1979. He was the Lakers coach for 14 games, but suffered serious head injuries in a bicycle accident and was replaced by Paul Westhead, who went on to take the team — with a rookie named Magic Johnson — to the NBA title.

McKinney continued to suffer from memory loss and other neurological issues throughout his life.

He was fired by the Lakers after the 1979-80 season and was named coach of the Pacers shortly after. He won Coach of the Year honors after leading the Pacers to a 44-38 record and the playoffs that season. But he was fired by the Pacers after the 1983-84 season, having compiled a 125-203 record.

McKinney went to coach the Kings, then in Kansas City, briefly in the 1984 season. He resigned after nine games, eight of them losses.

He was inducted into St. Joe's basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1992.

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2018-09-26 18:17:39 UTC
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Former St. Joseph’s basketball coach Jack McKinney dies at 83
by Staff Reports, Posted: 13 hours ago
Former Saint Joseph's basketball coach Jack McKinney, whose career was almost derailed by a devastating bicycle injury, has died, the university confirmed.
He was 83.
McKinney was a protege of Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay and succeeded Ramsay as the basketball coach at his alma mater, from 1966 to 1974 before leaving to become an assistant coach in the NBA.
The Chester native played at St. Joe's from 1954 to '57 and coached the Hawks from 1966-67 through 1973-74. He led them to a 144-77 record and four NCAA tournament appearances before leaving to become an NBA assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers.
McKinney was named to his first NBA head-coaching job with the Lakers in 1979. He was the Lakers coach for 14 games, but suffered serious head injuries in a bicycle accident and was replaced by Paul Westhead, who went on to take the team — with a rookie named Magic Johnson — to the NBA title.
McKinney continued to suffer from memory loss and other neurological issues throughout his life.
He was fired by the Lakers after the 1979-80 season and was named coach of the Pacers shortly after. He won Coach of the Year honors after leading the Pacers to a 44-38 record and the playoffs that season. But he was fired by the Pacers after the 1983-84 season, having compiled a 125-203 record.
McKinney went to coach the Kings, then in Kansas City, briefly in the 1984 season. He resigned after nine games, eight of them losses.
He was inducted into St. Joe's basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1992.
Posted: 13 hours ago
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Coincidentally, University of Oklahoma head basketball coach Billy Tubbs suffered a serious head injury in 1983 when he was struck by a car while jogging. Afterwards many noted that he seemed to have undergone a personality change becoming aggressive and hostile. He called time out when his team was way ahead with only seconds left in the game to drag out the loss for his opponent. He cussed out the opposing crowd and made obscene gestures to it.

Tubbs, who had been affable and witty with the press, told a group of Kansas City writers to "go to hell" when they asked him about one of his player's "poor" games against Kansas. Tubbs also described himself as a "rebel in a league of phonies and robots."

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