Daly left mark on Pistons, Dream Team
Title-winning coach Chuck Daly emphasized defense, changing the tempo of the NBA
It was after Game 4 of the 1988 NBA Finals. The Pistons had destroyed the Lakers in body-to-body combat, 111-86. "Adrian Dantley went headhunting twice, after James Worthy and Magic," Los Angeles coach Pat Riley fumed after the game. Asked about the Pistons' hyperphysical play, Chuck Daly said he didn't encourage it, explaining coyly that his undersized Pistons couldn't win with that style against a team of thoroughbreds like Los Angeles.
Then Daly reversed himself.
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Chuck Daly brought two NBA titles to Detroit with a tough defensive style and won gold with the Dream Team. The Hall of Fame coach leaves behind an influential legacy. Story »