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Former Rockets Coach Tom Nissalke dies at 87

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Dr of Dunk, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Dr of Dunk

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    I'm not sure this was posted, but Nissalke passed away about a week ago. He was the head coach of the Rockets when I first started following them as a little kid. He also won Coach of the Year as the Rockets' head coach and showed up on the broadcast team a while later, if I recall correctly. I knew he coached Mo Malone, but had no idea he waived a player for farting. o_O

    https://www.slcdunk.com/utah-jazz-h...es-about-the-first-coach-in-utah-jazz-history
     
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    thx for that article. Did not know about him.

    Odd they'd say he coached Malone and Lucas, but no mention of Rudy and Calvin...just to get in the "the very first John Lucas, not even the third" joke??

    I'd like to hear some Rudy, Calvin and Lucas quotes about him. He was their coach for 3 years, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (yes, Eastern).
     
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    way before my time, but any ex rockets great deserves our respect and moment of silence.
     
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    Coached the Rockets for three seasons, made the playoffs twice, and advanced us to the EASTERN Conference Finals in '77.

    Thanks for your efforts. RIP
     
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    I hadn't seen this, thanks for posting.
     
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    If only he'd been here to spare us from Dwight's final season as a Rocket.

    RIP, Coach Tom.
     
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