Don Chaney

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Don Chaney
Don Chaney, Game of the Century, 1968.png
Don Chaney, in the "Game of the Century", in 1968
Personal information
Born (1946-03-22) March 22, 1946 (age 76)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolMcKinley
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
CollegeHouston (1965–1968)
NBA draft1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1968–1980
PositionShooting guard
Number12, 42
Coaching career1980–2004
Career history
As player:
19681975Boston Celtics
1975–1976Spirits of St. Louis
19761977Los Angeles Lakers
19771979Boston Celtics
As coach:
19841987Los Angeles Clippers
19881992Houston Rockets
19931995Detroit Pistons
20012004New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career ABA & NBA playing statistics
Points6,663 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds3,147 (4.0 rpg)
Assists1,762 (2.2 apg)
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Career coaching record
NBA337–494 (.406)

Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for winning two championships as a player on the Boston Celtics, and winning NBA Coach of The Year while leading the Houston Rockets.

Playing career[edit]

While at Houston, #24 Chaney blocks a shot against UCLA in the 1968 Game of the Century at the Astrodome

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. In that year's 1968 NBA draft, Chaney became the first-round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Celtics; 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, in 1969. On February 28, 1973, Chaney set a career high in points score with 32, in a win over the Golden State Warriors.[1] He would also help the Celtics toward winning the 1974 NBA Finals. He also had a short two season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1976–1977, and played in the ABA for one year with the Spirits of St. Louis from 1975–1976. Chaney was widely known for his defensive skills, appearing on NBA all-defensive teams five times during his career. He was also known for providing notable numbers in minutes off the bench.

Chaney is the only Boston Celtic who played with both Bill Russell (19561969) and Larry Bird (19791992).

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his playing career, Chaney spent 22 seasons in coaching of which he spent 12 seasons in the NBA.[2] His tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers ended on April 22, 1987, after an NBA-worst 12–70 record in an injury-riddled 1986–87. He was succeeded by Gene Shue.[3]


Head coaching record[edit]

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 %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
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
Houston 1991–92 52 26 26 .500 (fired)
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
New York 2003–04 39 15 24 .385 (fired)
Career 831 337 494 .406 11 2 9 .182

Personal life[edit]

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.[4]


  1. ^ "Warriors vs Celtics, February 28, 1973". Sports Reference. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  2. ^ "Don Chaney Stats". Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Sports People: Shue to Coach Clippers," The New York Times, Friday, May 22, 1987. Retrieved December 3, 2020
  4. ^ Report during March 9, 2003 broadcast of The NBA on ABC

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