Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, family spokesman Matt Dobek said today.
“Chuck is being treated for the cancer and the family is requesting privacy,” Dobek said. “When he was coaching, Chuck was always known as the Prince of Pessimism, right now Chuck Daly is the King of Optimism.”
Daly, who coached the Detroit Pistons to NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990, was dubbed by his Pistons’ players as “Daddy Rich,” for his dapper wardrobe. Daly served as head coach of the Dream Team, the 1992 Gold-Medal winning USA Basketball Olympic Team, which has been acknowledged by many as the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Daly was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. The number 2 (for those 2 NBA Championships) was retired in his honor by the Detroit Pistons in 1997.
“Chuck was one of the most accessible sports figures ever, but right now he’s asking for privacy,” Dobek said. “His family is hopeful that friends, fans and the media will respect those wishes at this time.”