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5 Longest coaching stints in NBA history

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Modified 14 Jun 2018, 19:41 IST

#4 Rudy Tomjanovich (11 years)

Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets
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Rudy T enjoyed a long, 11-year career which included 10 years with the Rockets franchise. 5 of those seasons were as an All-Star forward, and Tomjanovich has one of the deepest connections any person could have with H-Town.

He replaced Don Chaney as an interim coach in place of Don Chaney, who'd resigned in February 1992. He was signed up full-time by the franchise after nearly getting them to a playoff berth that year.

Rudy was appointed as full-time head coach the following season, and it ended with the Rockets winning the Midwest Division title and making it to the Conference semis, where they lost to George Karl's Sonics team.

The following couple of seasons were the best in Houston's history. They won back-to-back NBA titles against the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic in the Finals, with Hakeem 'The Dream' Olajuwon leading the charge. With Olajuwon's gradual decline, however, the Rockets themselves fell out of championship contention.

From 1998-99 till 2003 when Tomjanovich finished out, they would not make the playoffs even once - consistently collecting lottery balls. His stint ended that year because of his bladder cancer diagnosis - a condition that he's since recovered from.

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Published 14 Jun 2018, 19:41 IST
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