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Lenny Wilkens

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens

Profession: NBA Point Guard and Coach

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Played 15 seasons for four NBA teams before becoming a head coach, where he won the 1979 NBA Championship with the Seattle SuperSonics.

As coach he had one most successful records in NBA history.

Born: October 28, 1937
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Age: 83 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Scorpio

Married Life

  • 1962-07-28 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

Historical Events

  • 1971-01-12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points
  • 1985-01-10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86
  • 1989-02-10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame
  • 1995-01-06 Atlanta Hawks' coach Lenny Wilkens passes the legendary Red Auerbach to become the NBA's all-time winningest coach, with 939 career victories; Hawks beat Washington, 112-90 at the Omni
  • 1996-03-01 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68