Larry Costello

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Larry Costello
Personal information
Born (1931-07-02)July 2, 1931
Minoa, New York
Died December 13, 2001(2001-12-13) (aged 70)
Fort Myers, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Minoa (Minoa, New York)
College Niagara (1951–1954)
NBA draft 1954 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1954–1968
Position Point guard
Number 5, 18, 15, 6, 21
Career history
As player:
19541957 Philadelphia Warriors
19571965 Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers
1965–1966 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EPBL)
19661968 Philadelphia 76ers
As coach:
19681977 Milwaukee Bucks
1978–1979 Chicago Bulls
1979–1980 Milwaukee Does
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 8,622 (12.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,705 (3.8 rpg)
Assists 3,215 (4.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lawrence Ronald "Larry" Costello (July 2, 1931 – December 13, 2001) was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was known as the National Basketball Association's last two-handed set shooter. After playing at Niagara University, he joined the Philadelphia Warriors in 1954. Two years later he was traded to the Syracuse Nationals. He retired in 1965 from the Philadelphia 76ers (the former Syracuse Nationals), but eventually came back for the 1966–67 NBA season after new head coach Alex Hannum told him he needed a veteran point guard. With 42 games into the season, Costello ripped his Achilles tendon on January 6, 1967 and was replaced by Wali Jones. He did, however, come back to participlate in the 1967 playoffs. Costello ended his career for the second and final time in 1968.

During his NBA career, Costello was selected to six NBA All-Star Games (playing in five). He led the league in free throw percentage in the 1962–63 and 1964–65 seasons.

Costello began his coaching career at East Syracuse-Minoa High School where he coached the boys varsity basketball team to the state championship for the first time in school history. He took over as head coach of the expansion team Milwaukee Bucks in 1968 and coached them to a league-best 66–16 mark in 1970–71 including a then-NBA record 20-game win streak. They won the championship in the post-season with a 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Bullets. After a 3–15 start into the 1976–77 season, he was fired.

He coached the Chicago Bulls for 56 games in 1978–79 before returning to Milwaukee to coach the Milwaukee Does of the Women's Professional Basketball League for part of the 1979–80 season.

Costello's last coaching job was at Utica College in the 1980s. The school was making the transition from Division III to Division I as an independent. Costello coached one season in Division III. In his second year in Division I, the Pioneers were the seventh most improved team in the country based on their won-loss record. He retired in 1987.

Costello appeared on NBA Live videogame series, as member of the 1950s NBA Live Legend All-Stars Team.

Costello died on December 13, 2001 after battling cancer for more than a year.[1]

Costello was featured in the book Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots by author Mark Allen Baker published by The History Press in 2010. The book is an introduction to professional basketball in Syracuse and includes teams like (Vic Hanson's) All-Americans, the Syracuse Reds and the Syracuse Nationals (1946–1963).

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season 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
Milwaukee 1968–69 82 27 55 .329 7th in Eastern Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1969–70 82 56 26 .683 2nd in Eastern 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Milwaukee 1970–71 82 66 16 ..805 2nd in Midwest 14 12 2 .857 Won NBA Champions
Milwaukee 1971–72 82 63 19 .768 1st in Midwest 7 6 5 .545 Lost in Conf. Finals
Milwaukee 1972–73 82 60 22 .732 1st in Midwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Milwaukee 1973–74 82 59 23 .720 1st in Midwest 16 11 5 .688 Lost in NBA Finals
Milwaukee 1974–75 82 38 44 .463 4th in Midwest 16 - - Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1975–76 82 38 44 .463 1st in Midwest 3 1 2 .333 Lost in First Round
Milwaukee 1976–77 18 3 15 .167 (Resign) - - -
Chicago 1978–79 56 20 36 .357 (fired) - - -
Career 730 430 300 .589 60 37 23 .617

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