Sharman dead at 87

Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 87. Sharman died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif. “Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met, and one of my all-time favorite individuals, both as a competitor and as a friend,” said Jerry West, who played for Sharman and worked alongside him in the Lakers’ front office. Sharman won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston. Sharman then spent the past four decades with Los Angeles as a coach and executive. His 1971-72 Lakers NBA championship team won a record 69 games, including 33 in a row, which is a major pro sports record that still stands. – AP

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