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|Born||March 22, 1946|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||McKinley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
|NBA draft||1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1975–1976||Spirits of St. Louis|
|1976–1977||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984–1987||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2001–2004||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA & NBA playing statistics|
|Points||6,663 (8.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,147 (4.0 rpg)|
|Assists||1,762 (2.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Career coaching record|
Chaney played basketball in college for the University of Houston, where he was a teammate of future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Elvin Hayes. Chaney played all 40 minutes of the famed "Game of the Century" at the Astrodome. That year Chaney became the first-round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 1968 NBA draft; he was also drafted by the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association.
Chaney became a champion with the Boston Celtics during his rookie year. He would also help the Celtics toward winning the 1974 NBA Finals. He had two stints with the Boston Celtics (1968–1975, and 1977–1980), for which he is most noted. He also had a short two season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1976–1978, and played in the ABA for one year with the Spirits of St. Louis from 1975–1976. Chaney was mostly known for his defensive skills, providing adequate numbers in minutes off the bench.
After ending his playing career, Chaney spent 22 seasons in coaching of which he spent 12 seasons in the NBA. His tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers ended on April 22, 1987, after a NBA-worst 12–70 record in an injury-riddled 1986–87. He was succeeded by Gene Shue.
- 1969 NBA Finals and 1974 NBA Finals champion
- NBA All-Defensive second team (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1977)
- NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Houston Rockets for the 1990–91 season, after leading the Houston Rockets to a 50-32 record.
- Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1991)
- Gold medal-winning US national team at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Toronto, assistant coach
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|L.A. Clippers||1984–85||21||9||12||.429||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|L.A. Clippers||1985–86||82||32||50||.390||4th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|L.A. Clippers||1986–87||82||12||70||.146||6th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Houston||1988–89||82||45||37||.549||2nd in Midwest||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Houston||1989–90||82||41||41||.500||5th in Midwest||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Houston||1990–91||82||52||30||.634||3rd in Midwest||3||0||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Detroit||1993–94||82||20||62||.244||7th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Detroit||1994–95||82||28||54||.341||7th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|New York||2001–02||63||20||43||.317||7th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|New York||2002–03||82||37||45||.451||6th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
Chaney during his coaching days was known for partaking in new "daredevil"-esque stunts just to see what they were like, including skydiving and racecar driving.
- "Don Chaney Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- "Sports People: Shue to Coach Clippers," The New York Times, Friday, May 22, 1987. Retrieved December 3, 2020
- Report during March 9, 2003 broadcast of The NBA on ABC