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Jim Lynam (born September 15, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former college and professional basketball coach. He coached at the college level for Fairfield University from 1968–70, American University from 1973–78, and St. Joseph's University from 1978–81. In the National Basketball Association, Lynam coached the San Diego Clippers/Los Angeles Clippers from 1983–85, the Philadelphia 76ers from 1987–92, and the Washington Bullets from 1995–97. Lynam complied a 158-118 record at the college level, and 328–392 in the National Basketball Association. He was also Philadelphia's general manager from 1992–94.

Lynam is best remembered for coaching St. Joseph's to an upset victory over DePaul by a score of 49-48 in the first round of the 1981 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Lynam has also served as an assistant coach for several teams, most notably the Sixers and the Portland Trail Blazers, the latter for head coach Maurice Cheeks. When Cheeks was hired as Philadelphia's coach for the 2005–06 season, Lynam was named an assistant. During the preseason, however, he was forced to leave the team due to an undisclosed medical condition. In January 2006, Lynam retired from coaching. However, on September 29th, 2006 it was announced that Lynam, along with NBA hall of famer Moses Malone would be rejoining the 76ers as an assistant coach.[1]

Lynam's daughter, Dei, is an anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. She also serves as a sideline reporter for 76ers telecasts. He is also a grandfather to eight grandchildren.

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Preceded by
Paul Silas
San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Don Chaney
Preceded by
Matt Goukas
Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Doug Moe
Preceded by
Wes Unseld
Washington Bullets Head Coach
Succeeded by
Bob Staak (interim)


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