Former Lakers Coach Bill Sharman Dies At 87

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LOS ANGELES ( — Bill Sharman, the former Lakers coach who lead the team to its first title in Los Angeles, died Friday. He was 87.

Sharman, a former All-Star guard who played for the Boston Celtics, helped push a Lakers team that included future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West to an NBA record 33-game win streak in 1972.

Sharman suffered a stroke last week and died at his Redondo Beach home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Pat Riley and Del Harris are the only two other coaches to have ever won the NBA Coach of the Year award with the Lakers.\

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