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Phil D. Johnson is a former professional basketball player and a current basketball coach. He played college basketball at Utah State University, and has coached collegiately at Weber State University.

Phil D. Johnson, a native of Grace, Idaho, began his sports career at Utah State University. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in physical education, he lettered in both track and basketball. As a graduate student, he served as assistant coach to LaDell Anderson. He went on to work as assistant coach under Dick Motta at Weber State University.

He has served as head coach for two different National Basketball Association teams. He was the head coach for the Sacramento Kings in three different locations — Sacramento, Kansas City, and when the team split time between Kansas City and Omaha; he also coached one game for the Chicago Bulls.

Johnson assumed head coaching duties for the Kansas City/Omaha Kings midway through the 1973-74 season. The Kings finished the season at 33-49 (.402), but Johnson earned Coach of the Year honors the next season when he guided the team to an 11-game improvement at 44-38 (.537) and its first playoff berth in seven seasons. Johnson garnered 21 of 54 votes from media, defeating Al Attles (10) and K.C. Jones (5).

Johnson is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, where he has three times been named the NBA's top assistant coach by an annual survey of NBA General Managers (2002, 2004, 2007).

Johnson and his wife, Ann, are the parents of two children (Mitchel and Nathan) and have two grandchildren. They reside in suburban Salt Lake City [1].


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Preceded by
Draff Young
Kansas City-Omaha Kings Head Coach
Succeeded by
Larry Staverman
Preceded by
Jerry Sloan
Chicago Bulls head coach
1982 (interim)
Succeeded by
Rod Thorn
Preceded by
Jack McKinney
Kansas City/Sacramento Kings Head Coach
Succeeded by
Jerry Reynolds


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