Gene Littles

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Gene Littles
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Littles as a player at High Point University in 1968.
Personal information
Born (1943-06-29) June 29, 1943 (age 77)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High schoolMcKinley (Washington, D.C.)
CollegeHigh Point (1965–1969)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 68th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1969–1975
PositionPoint guard
Career history
As player:
19691974Carolina Cougars
19741975Kentucky Colonels
As coach:
1976–1977Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
1977–1979North Carolina A&T
1985–1986Cleveland Cavaliers
1988–1990Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
1990–1991Charlotte Hornets
1994–1995Denver Nuggets
Career NBA statistics
Points4,066 (9.0 ppg)
Rebounds1,475 (3.3 rpg)
Assists1,336 (3.0 spg)

Eugene Scapes Littles (born June 29, 1943) is a retired American basketball player and coach. He played professional basketball for six years.

Littles played college basketball at High Point University, where he was the all-time leading scorer in High Point school history, and a NAIA All-American. Afterward Littles was selected in the 5th round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and in the 1969 ABA Draft by the Dallas Chaparrals.[1] Littles opted to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Littles played for five seasons with the Carolina Cougars (1969–74). He was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1970. He then played for one season (1974–75) with the Kentucky Colonels. With Kentucky, Littles was a member of the Colonels team that won the 1975 ABA Championship.

After his playing career, Littles got into coaching, and became an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Littles then served as the head basketball coach at North Carolina A&T from 1977 to 1979. Littles led the team to two straight MEAC Tournament Championships. He got his first taste of NBA head coaching when George Karl was dismissed at the end of the 1985–86 season. The Cavaliers next year hired Lenny Wilkens, however.

In 1990, Littles got a second NBA head coaching job, with the Charlotte Hornets—replacing Dick Harter. He lasted as season and a half with the recent-expansion Hornets, until he was replaced with Allan Bristow at the end of the 1990–91 season. Littles later became an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, and served as an interim coach during the 1994–95 season, in between Dan Issel and Bernie Bickerstaff.

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
Cleveland 1985–86 15 4 11 .267 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1989–90 42 11 31 .262 7th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1990–91 82 26 56 .317 7th in Central Missed Playoffs
Denver 1994–95 16 3 13 .188 (interim)
Career 155 44 111 .284


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