Paul Westphal, a Guardian of the Hall of Fame who was a five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA team selection, died at the age of 70, the Phoenix Suns announced on Saturday

He grew up in Southern California and played college basketball at USC before joining the Boston Celtics for the 10th time in 1972 Overall rank was chosen

Westphal won an NBA title with the Celtics in his sophomore season in 1974 and played a key role off the bench.But his career really started when he was traded to Phoenix, where his scoring average more than doubled – to 205 pro Game – when he helped lead the Suns to their first appearance in the NBA Finals in 1976

“Westy will forever be remembered as a prominent Valley sports legend on and off the pitch,” Sun’s managing partner Robert Sarver said in a statement on Saturday. “He has built an illustrious career both as a player and coach in his legacy is one of the most important basketball icons of all time

“Westy has been a good friend of the organization for the past 40 years and has remained a trustworthy sounding board and confidant to me. His number 44 will forever retain its place in our ring of honor, which is anchored as one of the most deserving members”

Westy is not immortalized just playing basketball He is reminded of how he lived his life and how he treated others Rest in peace, Westy 🙏

In Game 5 of the 1976 Final, Westphal made several key games to triple the game – often referred to as the largest in playoff history – Though the Celtics prevailed in the game and series, Westphal made his arrival as one of the Best Guardian of the NBA announced

“He was cerebral in his game,” said Jerry Colangelo in a statement on Saturday. “He always thought one step ahead. Even the infamous triple overtime game in Boston during the final series when he was the one to” call the timeout ” said – which forced a free throw but gave us the ball in half the pitch and opened up the opportunity to tie the game, which we did that’s spot on right now “

After five All-Star Seasons in a row, Westphal was struck by injuries that limited his playing time until 1982/83, when he was named Comeback Player of the Year with the New York Knicks. He returned the next season, to end his career with the Suns before turning to coaching

As an NBA coach, he went between 318 and 279, including a trip to the 1993 finals and two conference semifinals with the Suns Westphal also coached the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings.He last worked in the NBA from 2014 to 2016 as co- Trainer for the Brooklyn Nets

NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised Westphal as “one of the great all-round players of his time” “

“He will be remembered for his generosity, leadership and love for the game that defined his many years in the NBA,” said Silver in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Paul’s wife, Cindy and her family.” / p>

I’m so sad to hear we lost Paul Westphal, I loved seeing him play at USC and in Boston and Phoenix! I was blessed to have known him as a coach and a man of God. He was one of my favorite people I have met in this business God bless Cindy and her family # RIP # 44

My prayers and condolences go to Cindy Westphal and her family after the Hall of Famer Paul passed away Not only was he a great basketball player but a great person He will be missed @Suns @Hoophall @NBATV @NBAonTNT @ ESPNNBA @NBA

At the college level, Westphal trained at Southwestern Baptist Bible College (now Arizona Christian University), the Grand Canyon, and the Pepperdine

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September 2019.His # 44 is being withdrawn from the Suns, as is his # 25 by USC

“There are perhaps only a handful of people who have as much influence and importance on the history of the Phoenix Suns,” said Colangelo. “Everything he has achieved as a player and as a coach Outside the court, he was a gentleman, one A family man of great moral character. He portrayed the suns as you would like each player to represent your franchise “

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