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Morris "Bucky" Buckwalter is a former National Basketball Association coach and executive, as well as a former coach in the American Basketball Association.

Buckwalter grew up in La Grande, Oregon, and played high school basketball at La Grande High School. Buckwalter played college basketball at Utah, where his team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1956 NCAA basketball tournament before losing to eventual champion San Francisco.[1]

He served briefly as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics in 1972 (on an interim basis), and later served as the head coach of the Utah Stars of the ABA, replacing Joe Mullaney.[1]

He served as Vice-President of Basketball Operations for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 1991 he won the NBA Executive of the Year Award, as the Blazers posted a league-best 63-19 record. He retired from the Blazers in 1997.[1]

Preceded by
Tom Nissalke
Seattle SuperSonics head coach
Succeeded by
Bill Russell
Preceded by
Joe Mullaney
Utah Stars Head Coach
Succeeded by
Tom Nissalke


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