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Chuck Daly: The Pistons’ Third (At Least) Choice In 1983 Worked Out OK

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Chuck Daly wasn’t even sloppy seconds.

He was thirds—whatever the unflattering prefix to that is.

He may even have been, frankly, fourths or lower.

They say that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

I submit that, likewise, sometimes the best hires are the ones you don’t make.

Daly, who passed away Saturday from cancer at age 78, wasn’t necessarily on the Pistons’ radar back in 1983.

GM Jack McCloskey had just fired Scotty Robertson, a ziggy that many of us thought was terribly unfair. Scotty had taken the remnants of Dickie Vitale’s 16-66 disaster and, within two years, coached it to a very respectable 39-43.<...

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