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But he kept coaching, trying to build teams in Sacramento and Denver like he had in Chicago, Washington and Dallas.
Motta’s record in Sacramento was 48-113.
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» Denver coach George Karl believes low-post players in today’s NBA have been “punished” by the emphasis placed on the 3-point shot. “It’s harder for them to get the ball,” Karl said. “It’s harder for them to define their roles, especially the young ones. They come out of college, where they touch the ball all the time [and] are the centerpiece of offense. But, in pro ball, it just doesn’t go into the big guys any more.” — Steve Luhm
He was 17-52 in Denver.
His won-loss record dropped to 880-849 to 950-1,017.
Most of those who don’t think Motta is a Hall of Famer ignore the fact only 10 coaches have won more NBA games.
Instead, they point to his overall winning percentage and suggest it somehow detracts from his legacy.
Those people don’t know Motta’s story and they certainly shouldn’t be deciding if he’s a Hall of Famer.
Steve Luhm covers the NBA for The Salt Lake Tribune.
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