John Macleod Bio
John Matthew MacLeod (born 3 October 1937) was an American basketball coach in the NCAA and the National Basketball Association.
|John Macleod Quick Biography|
|Born||He was born on 3 October 1937|
|Died||14 April 2019|
|height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
170 lb (77 kg)
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
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 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 before officially retiring from coaching.
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.
John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81.
MacLeod’s son, Matt, confirmed his father’s death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.
MacLeod is the winningest coach in Suns history, going 579-543 in the regular season from 1973-87. He also coached the Dallas Mavericks from 1987-89 and the New York Knicks in 1990-91, finishing his 18-year head coaching career with a 707-657 mark.