- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center


A day after Tony Dungy became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, Lenny Wilkens, beamed with pride.

“There was a lot of pride watching it,” said Wilkens, who is black, sitting courtside at Verizon Center as an analyst for a Seattle television station. “You see what Tony and Lovie [Smith] accomplished out there. But we’ve got to get to the point in time where it’s just two coaches who worked hard and got there doing a great job.”

Wilkens, who won 1,332 NBA games and coached Seattle past Washington in 1979 for the SuperSonics’ lone title, pointed out the NBA was the first league to have two black coaches vying for a championship. In 1975, K.C. Jones led the Bullets against Al Attles’ Golden State, which ultimately won.


3 Field goals made in 14 attempts by Seattle star Ray Allen in the second half.

John N. Mitchell

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