Rewind | Chat with Lenny Wilkens & Spencer Haywood
Lenny Wilkens is one of the all-time greats in NBA history as a player and coach.
For 16 seasons, he was a standout guard for four different teams, including the Seattle SuperSonics from 1968-72. He led the NBA in assists during the 1969-70 season and when he retired in 1975, he was ranked second all-time in assists behind Oscar Robertson.
Spencer Haywood played 13 seasons of professional basketball, including five with the Sonics from 1970-75. Prior to his stint in Seattle, he was the ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA MVP for his standout season with the Denver Rockets in 1969-70 as he averaged 30 ppg and 19.5 rpg.
Haywood enjoyed his best season with the Sonics in 1972-73 when he averaged 29.2 ppg and 12.9 rpg.
Wilkens dabbled in coaching during his playing career, but turned to it full-time with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 1975-76 season. He then moved on to take over the coaching reins of the Sonics during the 1977-78 campaign.
With Seattle, he guided the club to two memorable back-to-back NBA Finals appearances which culminated with a world championship in 1979.
When he retired from coaching in 2005, Wilkens was the winningest coach in NBA history and still ranks second on the all-time list behind Don Nelson with 1,332 victories.
He is the only person to be inducted three times into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: as a player, coach and Olympian.
Wilkens and Haywood talked about their remarkable careers in basketball and much more in a live chat on July 27.
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