On Thursday night, Golden State Warriors legend Al Attles was officially inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
It was a long time coming, but incredibly deserved for one of the most important people in franchise history.
Naismith Orange looks good on you— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) September 5, 2019
Alvin Attles Jr. has been with the Warriors in one capacity or another since 1960, the longest uninterrupted streak of any person for one team. Tomorrow, he will be enshrined in the #19HoopClass forever.
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Attles certainly has quite the résumé. He played ten years in the NBA, from 1960 until 1971. All ten years were spent with the Warriors, with the first two occurring in Philadelphia, and the final eight coming in San Francisco.
His numbers - 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game - don’t nearly tell the story of Attles’ impact.
In the 1968-69 season, Attles joined the Warriors bench as an assistant coach, while still a player on the team. Halfway through the 1969-70 season he took over as head coach. He spent a year and a half as both a head coach and player, before hanging up his sneakers.
He remained head coach of the Warriors through the 1982-83 season, overseeing the move to Oakland, and leading the team to an NBA title in 1975.
After finishing coaching, Attles moved to the Warriors front office as a general manager, though he returned to the bench for one year as an assistant coach in 1994-95. Ever since leaving the front office, Attles has served an important ambassadorial role with the organization, meaning he’s been on the Warriors payroll every year for nearly 60 years.
Mighty impressive indeed, and worth putting in the Hall of Fame.
Joining Attles in the Class of 2019 is seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma; five-time NBA All-Star Paul Westphal; five-time NBA All-Star Sidney Moncrief; five-time NBA All-Star Carl Braun; four-time NBA All-Star Bobby Jones; international star, NBA veteran, and current Sacramento Kings executive Vlade Divac; five-time WNBA All-Star Teresa Weatherspoon; the first African-American to be drafted in the NBA, Chuck Cooper; college coach Bill Fitch; the Tennessee A&I men’s basketball teams from 1957 through 1959; and the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball teams from 1948 through 1982.