Lakers Honor Bill Sharman

In 1972, Bill Sharman coached the Lakers to their first championship in Los Angeles after a then-record 69-win season in which L.A. ran off a standing-record 33 straight victories.

The year before, Sharman had coached the Utah Stars to the American Basketball Association Championship, but never received his ring for that title.

A founder of the ABA named Dennis Murphy learned of the oversight in recent days and took it upon himself to create a championship ring for Sharman that will be presented at center court of L.A.’s Round 2 opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

Sharman, a Hall of Famer as a player and a coach, spent five years as coach of the Lakers, went 246-164, also winning 60 games in the 1972-73.

In his 11-year playing career mostly with the Boston Celtics, Sharman teamed with Bob Cousy in the backcourt to help the Celtics to four championships. Sharman made the All-NBA First or Second Team seven times, and played in eight NBA All-Star Games.

Perhaps the greatest shooter of his era, Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to finish a season with a field goal percentage over .400 (.436 in 1952-53) and still ranks among the top foul shooters of all time with a .883 career percentage as he led the league in free-throw shooting for a record seven seasons.