Bernie Bickerstaff

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Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff Basketball clinic flyer 1985.jpg
Bickerstaff on a poster in Seattle in 1985.
Cleveland Cavaliers
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1944-02-11) February 11, 1944 (age 69)
Benham, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Career information
CollegeSan Diego
Coaching career1968–present
Career history
As coach:
1968–1969San Diego (assistant)
1969–1973San Diego
1973–1985Washington Bullets (assistant)
19851990Seattle SuperSonics
19941996Denver Nuggets
19961999Washington Bullets
20042007Charlotte Bobcats
20082010Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20102012Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
2012Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2012Los Angeles Lakers (interim)
2012–2013Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2013–presentCleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
 
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Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff Basketball clinic flyer 1985.jpg
Bickerstaff on a poster in Seattle in 1985.
Cleveland Cavaliers
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1944-02-11) February 11, 1944 (age 69)
Benham, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Career information
CollegeSan Diego
Coaching career1968–present
Career history
As coach:
1968–1969San Diego (assistant)
1969–1973San Diego
1973–1985Washington Bullets (assistant)
19851990Seattle SuperSonics
19941996Denver Nuggets
19961999Washington Bullets
20042007Charlotte Bobcats
20082010Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20102012Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
2012Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2012Los Angeles Lakers (interim)
2012–2013Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2013–presentCleveland Cavaliers (assistant)

Bernard Tyrone "Bernie" Bickerstaff (born February 11, 1944) is an American basketball coach who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously worked as the head coach for the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets/Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, and Los Angeles Lakers. He has also been an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers,[1] Chicago Bulls,[2] and Lakers. He has served in numerous other NBA front office positions, and has been a consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Benham, Kentucky where his father and grandfather worked in the coal mines. Because this was before the civil rights movement, he often had to endure open racism. He attended East Benham High School where he was the starting point guard of the basketball team.

After graduating in 1961, he moved to Cleveland where he had relatives, with the idea of joining the Army, but he instead accepted a basketball scholarship to play for Rio Grande College. The racial tension he experienced during his time playing there made him leave school early and head back to Cleveland to work in a steel mill. However, the difficult working conditions prompted him to accept a second opportunity to play college basketball at the University of San Diego from 1964 to 1966. As a senior he was named team captain and MVP, when the Toreros finished 17-11 and went on to play at the Small College Regional Playoffs. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

After finishing his college elegibility, he was hired by his coach Phil Woolpert to serve as an assistant for the 1968-69 season. After three seasons at 25 years old, he was named the head coach of the University of San Diego after Woolpert's abrupt resignation, keeping this position for the next four years. In 1972-1973 his team finished 19-9 and his four year overall record was 54-49.

In 1973, Bickerstaff was hired as an assistant to the Washington Bullets by then coach K.C. Jones and would be part of the 1978 Bullets NBA Championship. He would leave the team after 12 seasons, when Lenny Wilkens hired him for the head coaching position with the Seattle SuperSonics (1985-1990), reaching the Western Conference Finals in 1987.

Bickerstaff was named the Denver Nuggets' president and general manager from 1990 to 1997, also coaching the team from 1994 to 1996.

In 1997, Wes Unseld hired him to coach the Bullets, making the playoffs for the first time since 1988 and becoming the league's 34th all-time winningest coach. After parting ways with the team in 1999, he had a two-year stint with the International Basketball League's Saint Louis Swarm.

In 2003, he was hired by Ed Tapscott to become the expansion Charlotte Bobcats' first head coach and general manager.

Bickerstaff was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012–13 as an assistant coach to Mike Brown.[3] On November 9, 2012, Bickerstaff was named interim head coach for the Lakers after Brown was fired.[4] Three days later, the Lakers signed former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni as their official head coach, although D'Antoni's on-court debut was delayed as he recovered from knee-replacement surgery. Bickerstaff continued to coach the Lakers in D'Antoni's absence,[5] ending his stint with a 4–1 record, the highest winning percentage in Lakers' history, albeit in only five games. He continued with the team as an assistant coach,[6] but was fired after the season.[7]

In the summer of 2013, Bickerstaff became an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[8]

NBA coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win-loss %
Post seasonPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win-loss %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
SEA1985–86823151.3785th in PacificMissed Playoffs
SEA1986–87823943.4764th in Pacific1477.500Lost in Conf. Finals
SEA1987–88824438.5373rd in Pacific523.400Lost in First Round
SEA1988–89824735.5733rd in Pacific835.375Lost in Conf. Semifinals
SEA1989–90824141.5004th in PacificMissed Playoffs
DEN1994–95322012.6254th in Midwest303.000Lost in First Round
DEN1995–96823547.4274th in MidwestMissed Playoffs
DEN1996–971349.308(fired)Missed Playoffs
WAS1996–97352213.6284th in Atlantic303.000Lost in First Round
WAS1997–98824240.5124th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
WAS1998–99501832.3606th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
CHA2004–05821864.2204th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
CHA2005–06822656.3174th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
CHA2006–07823349.4024th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
LAL2012–13541.800(interim)
Career937419518.447331221.364

Awards and accolades[edit]

Personal[edit]

Bickerstaff also worked as a TV and radio analyst with the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, NBA.com and the Sporting News Radio.

Bernie's son, John-Blair Bickerstaff, is an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quick, Jason (July 22, 2010). "Trail Blazers legend Buck Williams will be named to Nate McMillan's staff". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ K.C. Johnson (2008-07-01). "Bulls Hire 2 Assistant Coaches". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ Trudell, Mike (September 7, 2012). "LAL Assistant Coach Roles". lakers.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mike Brown Fired As Lakers Coach". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive. November 9,2012. Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9,2012. 
  5. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (November 18, 2012). "Mike D'Antoni to miss game because of energy, safety concerns". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ahmed, Shahan (November 20, 2012). "Bernie Bickerstaff Made History As Interim Lakers Coach". nbclosangeles.com. Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mike D’Antoni Fired Assistant Coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person". SlamOnline.com. May 7, 2013. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bernie Bickerstaff completes Mike Brown's staff: Cleveland Cavaliers Insider
  9. ^ [1] retrieved 2010-02-04

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