John MacLeod (basketball)
|Born||October 3, 1937|
New Albany, Indiana
|Died||April 14, 2019(aged 81)|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Providence (Clarksville, Indiana)|
|1990–1991||New York Knicks|
|1999–2000||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2001–2004||Denver Nuggets (assistant/associate)|
|2005–2006||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
He first started coaching for the Oklahoma Sooners' basketball team. He has coached three different NBA teams; from 1973 through 1987, he coached the Phoenix Suns. This head coaching stint is considered[according to whom?] one of the longest in the NBA. He also ended up coaching the Western Conference All-Star team in the 1981 NBA All-Star Game. The next year, he was hired by the Dallas Mavericks as head coach, a position he held for a bit over two years. In addition, he coached the New York Knicks for part of the 1990–1991 season. After he was fired from the Knicks, he coached the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1991 to 1999. He was also an assistant head coach for the Suns during Scott Skiles' first season as head coach.
MacLeod had considerable success with Phoenix, but his teams did not win it all in the playoffs—they lost once in the NBA Finals, and twice at the Western Conference level. Due to the success that he had as their longest tenured head coach with 579 wins for the Suns, MacLeod was inducted into the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor on April 18, 2012, against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Phoenix||1973–74||82||30||52||.366||4th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Phoenix||1974–75||82||32||50||.390||2nd in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Phoenix||1975–76||82||42||40||.512||3rd in Pacific||19||10||9||.526||Lost in NBA Finals|
|Phoenix||1976–77||82||34||48||.415||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Phoenix||1977–78||82||49||33||.598||2nd in Pacific||2||0||2||.000||Lost in First Round|
|Phoenix||1978–79||82||50||32||.610||2nd in Pacific||15||9||6||.600||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|Phoenix||1979–80||82||55||27||.671||3rd in Pacific||8||3||5||.375||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Phoenix||1980–81||82||57||25||.695||1st in Pacific||7||3||4||.429||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Phoenix||1981–82||82||46||36||.561||3rd in Pacific||7||2||5||.286||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Phoenix||1982–83||82||53||29||.646||2nd in Pacific||3||1||2||.333||Lost in First Round|
|Phoenix||1983–84||82||41||41||.500||4th in Pacific||17||9||8||.529||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|Phoenix||1984–85||82||36||46||.439||4th in Pacific||3||0||3||.000||Lost in First Round|
|Phoenix||1985–86||82||32||50||.390||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Dallas||1987–88||82||53||29||.646||2nd in Pacific||17||10||7||.588||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|Dallas||1988–89||82||38||44||.463||4th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|New York||1990–91||67||32||35||.478||4th in Atlantic||3||0||3||.000||Lost in First Round|
- "Suns To Induct John Macleod Into Ring Of Honor | The Official Site Of The Phoenix Suns". Nba.com. February 24, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- Weiss, Dick (March 6, 1997). "Macleod Vote Not Popular - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- "hall-of-fame/john-macleod/". hall-of-fame. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "John MacLeod, Longtime Phoenix Suns Coach, Dies at 81". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- Press, The Associated (April 15, 2019). "John MacLeod, a Winning Coach for the Suns, Is Dead at 81". Retrieved April 18, 2019 – via NYTimes.com.