John Richard "Dick" Motta
(born September 3, 1931) is a former basketball
coach whose career in the National Basketball Association
(NBA) spanned 25 years, and he continues to rank among the NBA's all-time top 10 in coaching victories.
NBA coaching career
With Chicago Bulls 1968-1977
Motta was hired as head coach of the Chicago Bulls
in 1968 after a six-year stint at Weber State University
. From 1970 to 1974 he led the Bulls to four straight seasons of 50 wins or more, winning the NBA Coach of the Year Award
With Washington Bullets (1977-80) & Dallas Mavericks (1980-87)
In 1976, Motta left the Bulls to coach the Washington Bullets
, with whom he won an NBA Championship
in 1978. After two more seasons with the Bullets, he became the first coach of the Dallas Mavericks
, whom he led to a 55-27 record in 1986–87
.Motta also served with the Sacramento Kings
and Denver Nuggets
before retiring in 1997.
Early coaching career
After graduating from Utah State University
, Motta got his coaching start in Grace, Idaho
, where he taught seventh grade and coached for two years before being drafted in the armed services. He once said in an interview that winning the 1959 Idaho state high school championship was his greatest thrill as a coach, even topping the NBA championship he won two decades later.
Motta holds the unique distinction of being one of the very few coaches in the NBA who never played either high school, college or pro basketball.