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AS PLAYER:

* First-team All-PCC (1948)

AS COACH:

* 2× NBA champion (1958 , 1967 ) * NBA Coach of the Year (1964 ) * 2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1958 , 1965 ) * ABA champion (1969 ) * ABA Coach of the Year (1969 )

CAREER NBA STATISTICS

POINTS 3,078 (6.0 ppg)

REBOUND 2,013 (4.5 rpg)

ASSISTS 857 (1.7 apg)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame as coach

ALEXANDER MURRAY HANNUM (July 19, 1923 – January 18, 2002) was a professional basketball player and Hall of Fame coach.

CONTENTS

* 1 High school career * 2 College career * 3 Playing career * 4 Coaching career * 5 Coaching record * 6 Trivia * 7 References * 8 External links

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Hannum prepped at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

COLLEGE CAREER

Hannum played at USC , where he was captain of the 1948 team .

PLAYING CAREER

Hannum played in the NBA between 1949 and 1957. After a season with the Oshkosh All-Stars , followed by the formation of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association , he played for several NBA teams and scored more than 3,000 points.

COACHING CAREER

Hannum is mostly known for coaching the Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
-led Philadelphia 76ers of 1966–67 to the NBA championship, ending the eight-year title streak of the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
. He had also coached the Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
-led St. Louis Hawks
St. Louis Hawks
team to the 1958 NBA Championship over the Celtics in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
, thus making him the first of only three head coaches in NBA history to win championships with two different teams (the other two are Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
and Pat Riley
Pat Riley
). The aforementioned seasons were the only two in Bill Russell 's 13-year career in which the Celtics' center did not win an NBA championship. In 1964, Hannum was named NBA Coach of the Year while with the San Francisco Warriors .

In 1968 Hannum was named head coach and executive vice president of the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball
Basketball
Association . Hannum coached the Rick Barry -led Oaks to the 1969 ABA Championship , becoming the first of two coaches to win championships in both the NBA and ABA. Hannum won the ABA Coach of the Year honors the same season.

Hannum on April 8, 1971 left his position as head coach of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA to become President, General Manager and head coach of the ABA's Denver Rockets
Denver Rockets
. In his first season the Rockets lost their opening playoff match to the Texas Chaparrals . On June 13, 1972 Hannum bought control of the Rockets with A.G. "Bud" Fischer and Frank M. Goldberg. In the 1972–73 season Hannum coached the Rockets to the 1973 ABA Playoffs but they lost in the first round of the Western Division playoffs to the Indiana Pacers , 4 games to 1. Hannum returned the Rockets to the 1974 ABA Playoffs where they lost in their opening match to the San Diego Conquistadors
San Diego Conquistadors
. On April 30, 1974 Hannum was dismissed as president, general manager and head coach of the Rockets. Hannum's combined record (NBA and ABA), was 649–564 (.535) with a 61–46 record (.570) in the playoffs on 11 trips in 16 seasons.

Hannum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1998. Thirteen Hall-of-Famers played for Hannum — in addition to Pettit, Chamberlain and Barry, he had also coached Cliff Hagan , Ed Macauley
Ed Macauley
, Slater Martin , Dolph Schayes
Dolph Schayes
, Nate Thurmond , Billy Cunningham
Billy Cunningham
, Hal Greer , Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes
, Calvin Murphy and Chet Walker . Hannum, a native of Los Angeles, and graduate of the University of Southern California , died at the age of 78 in San Diego .

COACHING RECORD

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

St. Louis 1956–57 31 15 16 .484 3rd in Western 10 6 4 .600 Lost in NBA Finals
NBA Finals

St. Louis 1957–58 72 41 31 .484 1st in Western 11 8 3 .727 WON NBA FINALS

Syracuse 1960–61 79 38 41 .481 3rd in Eastern 8 4 4 .500 Lost Division Finals

Syracuse 1961–62 80 41 39 .513 3rd in Eastern 5 2 3 .400 Lost Division Semifinals

Syracuse 1962–63 80 48 32 .600 3rd in Eastern 8 4 4 .500 Lost Division Semifinals

San Francisco 1963–64 80 48 32 .600 1st in Western 8 4 4 .500 Lost in NBA Finals
NBA Finals

San Francisco 1964–65 80 17 63 .524 5th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs

San Francisco 1965–66 80 35 45 .438 4th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs

Philadelphia 1966–67 81 68 13 .840 1st in Eastern 15 11 4 .733 WON NBA FINALS

Philadelphia 1967–68 82 62 20 .756 1st in Eastern 13 7 6 .538 Lost Division Finals

Oakland 1968–69 78 60 18 .769 1st in Western 16 12