Hall of Famer, former Celtics coach Bill Fitch dies at 89
Former Boston Celtics coach Bill Fitch died Wednesday evening at the age of 89.
“I am sad to announce that NBA Hall of Famer Bill Fitch passed away Wednesday evening,” said Rick Carlisle, president of the National Basketball Coaches Association. “He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Lake Conroe, Texas.”
Fitch coached five different NBA teams in his career, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, New Jersey ( Brooklyn) Nets, and LA Clippers.
He also received plenty of awards in the NBA, including NBA champion (1981), two-time NBA Coach of the Year (1976, 1980), NBA All-Star Game head coach (1982), and Top 10 Coaches in NBA History (1996-1997).
Prior to stepping into the NBA, Fitch coached the University of North Dakota from 1962-1967.
While coaching in the NBA, Fitch led multiple teams and made them playoffs contenders. Later in 1981, he took the Celtics to the NBA championship.
The NBA released a statement regarding the passing of Fitch on Thursday. The statement, in part, reads:
“The NBA mourns the passing of Hall of Fame coach Bill Fitch, an NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and a two-time Coach of the Year. Bill served 25 seasons as an NBA head coach and mentored countless players and coaches. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
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