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Don Chaney
Born March 22, 1946 (1946-03-22) (age 63)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
High school McKinley Senior High School,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
College Houston
Draft 12th overall, 1968
Boston Celtics
Pro career 1968–1980
Former teams Boston Celtics 1968–75
Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) 1975–76
Los Angeles Lakers 1976–77
Boston Celtics 1978–1980

Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for his long stints as a player on the Boston Celtics.


Career as a player

Chaney played basketball in college for the University of Houston, where he was a teammate of future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Elvin Hayes. Chaney played all 40 minutes of the famed "Game of the Century" at the Astrodome. That year Chaney became the first-round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 1968 NBA Draft; he was also drafted by the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association.

Don became a 1969 NBA Finals champion with the Boston Celtics during his rookie year. He would also help the Celtics toward winning the 1974 NBA Finals. He had two stints with the Boston Celtics (1968-1975, and 1977-1980), for which he is most notable. He also had a short two season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1976-1978, and also played in the ABA for one year with the Spirits of St. Louis from 1975-1976. Chaney was mostly known for his defensive skills, providing adequate numbers in minutes off the bench.

Chaney is the only Boston Celtic member who has played with both Bill Russell (19561969) and Larry Bird (19791992).

Career as a coach

22 seasons as a coach (9 as NBA head coach):

Personal life

Chaney is a big fan of doing "daredevil" type stunts. He has done numerous skydives, and has been a racecar driver in his spare time.


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Preceded by
Jim Lynam
Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Gene Shue
Preceded by
Bill Fitch
Houston Rockets head coach
Succeeded by
Rudy Tomjanovich
Preceded by
Ron Rothstein
Detroit Pistons head coach
Succeeded by
Doug Collins
Preceded by
Jeff Van Gundy
New York Knicks Head Coach
Succeeded by
Herb Williams

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