DALLAS --Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle lamented the loss of Bill Sharman, who died Friday at the age of 87.
Sharman was a guard on four Boston Celtics' NBA championship teams, and also coached the Los Angeles Lakers to a world championship during the 1971-'72 season when the Lakers won an NBA record 33 games in a row. That illustrious record still stands today.
"He was one of the great players at the guard position of all time, and then my favorite team in ’72 was the Lakers,'' Carlisle said after Saturday's practice. "So I followed them a lot that year, mostly on shortwave radio.
"I remember listening to a lot of the games during their 33-game win streak. That was a vivid memory for me.''
As a player, Sharman helped the Cetlcis to world titles in 1957, '59, '60 and '61. As a player, Carlisle helped the Celtics to a world title in 1986, and recalled one mechanism that remains a Bill Sharman staple in the NBA today.
"It was always interesting that the one thing he’s maybe most famous -- or infamous -- for the players was the invention of the shoot around,'' Carlisle said. "He was the guy that brought it into the game.
"That’s been one of the things over time that has been established as a real big part of preparation. He had a lot of vision and foresight to see that early on.''
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