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Dick Motta? Basketball Hall of Fame voters drop ball again

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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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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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