Paul Westphal Wiki

He was an American basketball player, head coach and commentator.

He had an important career at the Westphalian National Basketball Association both as a player and as a coach. He played in the NBA from 1972 to 1984. Playing as a guard, he won the NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1974 NBA Finals. Westfalen played again in the NBA Finals in 1976 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. His NBA career also included relationships with the Seattle SuperSonics and the New York Knicks. In addition to being five All-Star picks, Westphalia won three All-NBA Team One picks and a Team Two honors.

After his gaming career ended, Westphalia began coaching. He has been college basketball coach for Southwestern Baptist Bible College (now Arizona Christian University), Grand Canyon University, and Pepperdine University, and has also served as the NBA head coach for Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings. Westphalia coached the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993.

Paul Westphal Age

He was 70 Year Old

Paul Westphal Personal Information

Westphalia married his wife Cindy and had two children.  He was a Christian. In August 2020, ESPN reported that she was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died on January 2, 2021, at the age of 70.

Paul Westphal Biography & Career

He was born in Torrance, California. He attended Aviation High School and then USC.

Westphalia was chosen by the Boston Celtics as the 10th overall pick in the 1972 NBA draft. It was traded to the Phoenix Suns after three seasons, including a title in 1974 in Boston. In 1976, Westphal helped the Suns reach their first NBA Finals to play against the Celtics. Game 5 in this series is often referred to as “the best game ever played”  in NBA history.

With time slowing in the rules and the Suns 94-91 lagging behind, Westphalia cleared the ball away from Jo Jo White, took a long pass from Dennis Awtrey and put on a tourniquet. He fouled in the game and equalized the free throw with 94-94.
In the second overtime, with 15 seconds remaining and 109-108 behind the Suns only after basketing, Westphalia Havlicek stole the ball from John Havlicek after taking the incoming pass. This started a chain of events that resulted in Curtis Perry hitting a jumper to outplay the Suns 110-109.
After Perry’s basket and a Celtics timeout, Havlicek took the ball with five seconds remaining and took a shot to put the Celtics ahead 111-110. The bell rang and the Celtic fans collapsed, thinking the Celtics had won. However, the referee Richie Powers correctly decided that Havlicek’s shot went through the rim with two seconds to the clock. A second later, after returning to Westfalen, feeling Suns could take a better shot if the ball landed in half of the court, it was called a break that the Sun didn’t have as she prepared to come to the ball from under the Celtics’ basket. . A technical foul is considered; The Celtics then made a free throw, increasing the gap to 112-110. The resulting time-out call allowed Phoenix to crown the ball in midfield instead of going across the entire pitch. (As a result of this game, the NBA changed the rules before the next season.) Later, Garfield Heard took a shot for the Suns and sent the game to triple overtime.
With 20 seconds remaining in the third overtime and seeming to be in control of the Celtics at 128-122, Westphalia scored two fast baskets to 128-126 and after seconds nearly stole the ball in midfield, but failed and the Celtics missed the ball. the hour leading to victory.
Westfalen ranked 6th in the NBA with an average of 25.2 points in the 1977-78 season. He became the first NBA All-Star Weekend H-O-R-S-E Competition champion that season. In the next 1978-79 season, he ranked 7th in the score average with 24.0 points per game.

After the 1979-80 season, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dennis Johnson, where he played a season before going to the New York Knicks. He returned to Phoenix for the final NBA season in 1983. He was injured and played in only 59 of 82 games in his last season.

Westfalen scored a total of 12,809 NBA points during his career, with an average of 15.6 points per game, 3,591 assists, and an average of 4.4 assists per game. He also scored 1,580 rebounds, an average of 1.9 per game. He was a 5-time All-Star and 3-time All-NBA first team pick, and once a second All-NBA team pick. Phoenix’s all-time top scorer fifth (9,564), average 20.6 points (1975–80, 1983–84). He has been retired by Suns 44 and is a member of the Ring of Honor. Westphalia was also added to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on September 6, 2019.

Westphalian’s coaching career began in 1985 at Southwestern Baptist Bible College (now Arizona Christian University) in Phoenix. After compiling a 21-9 record in his solo season there, he again moved to Grand Canyon College in Phoenix and two seasons later took them to the NAIA national championship in 1988.

In 1988, after spending three years at college, Westphal became an assistant coach under Cotton Fitzsimmons, Phoenix Suns head coach, and in 1992 replaced Fitzsimmons as the Suns head coach. With players like Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, rookie Richard Dumas, and newly purchased Charles Barkley and Danny Ainge, the Suns entered the NBA Finals as a coach in Westphalian’s first season, but eventually lost to the Chicago Bulls in six matches . Meanwhile, Match 3 between the two teams went to triple overtime (Suns won) and was considered one of the greatest games ever played. The Suns made their way into the playoffs as the coach for every season of Westphalian, while they did not return to the Finals and Westfalen was released in the 1995-96 season. He served as assistant coach for a high school team in Arizona for two years before returning to the NBA as a coach with SuperSonics in the 1998-99 season. He coached Seattle until he was fired in the 2000-01 season.

In April 2001, Westphalia returned to the college ranks at Pepperdine University. In his first season, he set the Westphalia Waves men’s basketball team to a 22-9 record and drew Gonzaga in the national standings for the WCC title. The team won the NCAA Tournament wide berth, but lost 83-74 to Wake Forest in the first round in a game played at the ARCO Arena. This was the only post-season dock for the remainder of Westphalia’s five-year tenure, finishing with a record of 74-72 in total. After 7-20 seasons in 2005-06, Westphalia was fired on 15 March 2006.

Westphalia also worked as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Net West / Los Angeles Clippers and Prime Ticket for the Los Angeles Lakers matches and first joined them during the Clippers’ playoff run. In 2007, Westphalia announced the locally broadcast USC basketball games. He worked with Jim Watson on FSN Prime Ticket. Westphalia was also a studio analyst with Don Maclean at the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, broadcast on FSN.

Dallas Mavericks announced on 28 June 2007 that they signed Westphalia as an assistant coach under head coach Avery Johnson. When Johnson replaced Rick Carlisle, Westphalia left coaching on October 2, 2008, becoming the Mavericks’ vice president of basketball operations (under Donnie Nelson).

On 10 June 2009, Westphalia was named the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Westphalia was expelled from the Kings on 5 January 2012.

For the 2014-15 season, he was hired by Westphalia Nets as an assistant to Lionel Hollins, the new head coach.  Hollins had previously served as Westfalen’s assistant coach in Phoenix. In their first season with the Brooklyn coaching staff, the Nets reached the Eastern Conference Playoffs.