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June 17, 1997

Wait Till Next Year

How Coaches Fared the Season Before Their First NBA Championship

* 1. Al Cervi--runner-up in 1954 (Syracuse)

* 2. Alex Hannum--runner-up in 1957 (St. Louis)

* 3. Red Auerbach--runner-up in 1958 (Boston)

* 4. Lenny Wilkens--runner-up in 1978 (Seattle)

* 5. Billy Cunningham--runner-up in 1982 (Philadelphia)

* 6. Chuck Daly--runner-up in 1988 (Detroit)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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