5 Longest coaching stints in NBA history
- These are the coaches who stayed with a single franchise for the longest length of time.
#3 Al Attles (13 years)
In the midst of Golden State's recent domination of the NBA, people have jumped onto their bandwagon in the millions. One of the rather forgotten legends from the Warriors' franchise history is Al Attles, who played 11 years for them as a point guard before leading them to their last NBA championship in 40 years during the 1974-75 season.
Attles became one of the first African-American head coaches midway through the 1969-70 NBA season. By guiding the Rick Barry-led Warriors to the 1975 NBA title with a 4-0 sweep over the Washington Bullets, Attles became only the second African-American after Bill Russell to coach an NBA team to a championship.
The remainder of his tenure was less successful, as he was only able to lead them to two more playoff runs (1976, 1977). He was replaced by Johnny Bach for the last 21 games of the 1979-80 NBA season, before returning to the post until 1983 when the former replaced him at the helm.Published 14 Jun 2018, 19:41 IST