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John MacLeod

1937 - 2019
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John MacLeod was the all-time winningest coach in Phoenix Sun’s history, leading them to 579 wins and the NBA finals in 1976, where the underdog Suns lost to the Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2. The 1976 championship featured a legendary triple overtime victory by the Celtics in game 5. MacLeod coached the Suns from 1973 until 1987, then was head coach for the Dallas Mavericks for 2 seasons and the Knicks for most of the 1990-91 season. He moved to college to become head basketball coach at Notre Dame for eight seasons.

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