Scotty Robertson, first coach of New Orleans Jazz, dies

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Scotty Robertson, who coached nearly 300 NBA games and was an assistant for many more, has died at the age of 81 at his home in Louisiana. He lost a battle with cancer, reports the Detroit News.

Robertson coached the first 15 games the expansion New Orleans Jazz ever played in 1974. They went 1-14 and he was fired.

Robertson, who had a lot of success as the head man at Louisiana Tech, went on to coach 26 games for the Chicago Bulls for the 1978-79 season season and then three full seasons with the Detroit Pistons (1980-83). He went on to be an assistant coach with the Spurs and Suns.

He left a legacy, from the high school ranks on up to the NBA, as a teacher and as a friend.

“In professional sports, few coaches really relate to players as persons,” (Charles) Barkley said. “That’s just the way it is most of the time. But Scotty, he was always wanting to relate to a player and not just as a coach per se, or as one who strictly wanted to discuss basketball. He was concerned about you personally. I admired and respected him so much and loved playing for the Suns when he was there.”

How the Lakers ended up with Magic Johnson


We tend to think that the reason franchises like the Lakers (or Spurs or recently the Heat) keep getting the best players is simply good management. They are smarter than the other guy.

But with that has to come some luck.

With that we present this video from¬† (via Ball Don’t Lie). I have always loved the story of how the Lakers made some smart moves (trading Gail Goodrich at the right time) and got some dumb luck that ended up giving them the greatest player in franchise history. And how if one coin flip had gone another way the Bulls would not have gotten theirs. Watch and enjoy.