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Robert William Weiss (born May 7, 1942 in Easton, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player and head coach in the NBA. He is currently coaching Shanxi Zhongyu in the Chinese Basketball Association.[1]

He was most recently the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named to the position on July 18, 2005, after 26 seasons as a coach in the league. After a 13-17 start to the 2005-06 season, his three-year deal was terminated on January 3, 2006.

Weiss played college basketball at Penn State University from 1963 to 1965 and averaged 16.3 points per game during his senior season.

The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers selected Weiss in the 1965 NBA Draft. Weiss was a member of the 76ers' 1967 championship team, after which he was taken by the Seattle SuperSonics in their expansion draft.[2] Weiss played in the NBA for twelve seasons, including six with the Chicago Bulls.

Upon his retirement as a player in 1977, Weiss joined the Buffalo Braves as an assistant coach. In 1980, he moved to the Dallas Mavericks, an expansion franchise.

After six years in Dallas, Weiss accepted his first head coaching job in 1986 with the San Antonio Spurs. He coached the Spurs for two seasons and led the team to the postseason in 1988.

After one year as an assistant with the Orlando Magic, Weiss moved to the Atlanta Hawks as head coach. In three seasons, his Hawks teams posted a record of 124-122 and made the playoffs twice.

Weiss left the Hawks in 1993. He spent one year as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers before joining the Sonics as an assistant coach. He served in that position until 2005, when the Sonics elevated him to head coach upon the departure of Nate McMillan. However, Weiss did not last even one season, as the Sonics struggled to a losing record. He was fired midway through the year and replaced with Bob Hill.

Weiss is the only person to be affiliated with the Clippers' franchise in all three cities of the organization's history. He was a player with the Buffalo Braves, an assistant coach with the San Diego Clippers, and a head coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. Weiss's all-time regular season coaching record is 210-282 (42.7%).

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Preceded by
Cotton Fitzsimmons
San Antonio Spurs Head Coach
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Larry Brown
Preceded by
Mike Fratello
Atlanta Hawks Head Coach
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Lenny Wilkens
Preceded by
Larry Brown
Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Bill Fitch
Preceded by
Nate McMillan
Seattle SuperSonics head coach
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Bob Hill
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