On this day in 1995, Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens became the NBA’s winningest coach with 939 career wins after a 112-90 victory over the Washington Bullets. Having passed Red Auerbach for the milestone, Wilkens puffed on a postgame cigar in tribute to the legendary Celtics coach.
-LENNY WILKENS RAISES 12TH MAN FLAG ON SPACE NEEDLE-
The coach of the 1979 NBA champion Seattle SuperSonics, Lenny Wilkens, raised the Seahawks 12th man flag Wednesday on top of the Seattle Space Needle.
After a short stint in the rain atop the landmark, the flag is being signed by fans attending a Seahawks rally Wednesday afternoon at the Seattle Center.
Then the flag is being flowing to New York City for events leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The flag will be presented to the Seattle players just before kickoff Sunday for their game against the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Jordan Stead/seattlepi.com)
On this day in 1989, former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and coach Lenny Wilkens was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame. As a player, Wilkens was a nine-time All-Star who averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists per game; as a coach, he won an NBA title with Seattle in 1979 and a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics.