By NOAH TRISTER
Gene Shue, two NBA coaches of the year who have won 784 games in the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, have died. He was 90 years old.
Five-time All-Star Pistons player, Shoe has been a coach for over 20 years. He brought the Baltimore Bullets to the NBA Finals in 1971 and did the same at the Philadelphia 76ers in 1977. He is still the record holder for the Washington-Baltimore franchise, which has won 522 times.
Wizards and the NBA announced the death of Shoe on Monday.
“Jean devoted his life to the game, leaving an indelible mark as a player, head coach, and executive,” the league said.
Shoe played jointly in Maryland and was named a top player in the Southern Conference Tournament in 1953, winning the All-ACC honor the following year after the Terrapins joined the league. He was ranked third in the 1954 draft by the Philadelphia Warriors.
His five all-star selections participated as members of the Detroit Pistons and played for the NBA for 10 years before moving on to coaching. He took over the bullets in 1966 and was elected Coach of the Year in 1968-69 when the team reached 57-25. In 1971, Baltimore reached the final before losing to Milwaukee.
“We are saddened by the death of former Baltimore head coach Gene Shue, the strongest coach in franchise history,” Wizards said.
Shoe resigned after the 1972-73 season and took over the 76ers. Philadelphia reached the final in 1977, but lost to Portland in six games.
Shoe was fired by 76ers at the beginning of the following season and became the San Diego Clippers in 1978-80. When the NBA adopted the 3-pointer in the 1979-80 season, the Clippers led the league in both long-distance attempts and field goals.
The second stint with Shoe’s bullets began in 1980 and took him to the playoffs three more times before being fired in March 1986. His second Coach of the Year Award was awarded in 1982.
He returned to the Clippers for his final coaching stop, becoming General Manager of the 76ers in 1990 and serving until 1992.
Shoe was inducted into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame in 1991.
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All-star player and former 76ers coach Gene Shue dies at age 90
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