June 9, 2009 |
While Phil Jackson and the Lakers chase another NBA championship, the coach who guided Magic Johnson's memorable rookie playoff run toils in virtual anonymity. Paul Westhead's circuitous coaching journey has taken him to the University of Oregon, where in March the former Lakers and Loyola Marymount coach was hired to lead the struggling women's basketball program.
September 28, 2007 |
Paul Westhead is leaving the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury to return to the NBA, accepting an assistant coaching job with the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday. Westhead, 68, also won the NBA championship in 1980 as a rookie coach with the Lakers. He is the only coach to win titles in both leagues. Westhead joins friend P.J. Carlesimo for the second time, serving as his assistant from 1997-99 at Golden State.
September 9, 2007
'He's kind of old and he needs some fashion advice, but we'll have him ready for next year.' -- Diana Taurasi Phoenix guard, on 68-year-old Coach Paul Westhead, who wore mismatched shoes in the Mercury's WNBA finals victory Saturday
July 10, 2003 |
Paul Westhead, who coached the Lakers to an NBA championship in 1980 and guided high-scoring Loyola Marymount from 1985 to '90, will coach the Long Beach Jam of the American Basketball Association. Considered a guru of fastbreak basketball, Westhead coached in the Japan Basketball League the last two seasons. He also has coached at La Salle and George Mason and in the NBA at Chicago and Denver.
December 27, 2000 |
This is Trivial Pursuit for basketball fans, a chance to quiz your neighbor. Where is Stanley Roberts now? Stanley Roberts is the 340-pound center for the San Diego WildFire of the American Basketball Assn. Where is JaRon Rush now? JaRon Rush is wearing street clothes and sitting on the bench for the Los Angeles Stars of the ABA. Isn't Kenny Brunner playing basketball in junior college somewhere? Or at Fresno State? No.
May 13, 1999 |
It's one of the strangest NBA coaching stories. On Nov. 8, 1979, Laker Coach Jack McKinney left his Palos Verdes home for a morning bicycle ride. He couldn't remember later how it happened, but he fell off his bike and suffered a serious head injury. He was put on medical leave and his assistant coach, Paul Westhead, took over. Rookie Coach Westhead and a rookie player named Earvin "Magic" Johnson proceeded to lead the Lakers to the 1980 league championship.