Dream Team 25: A Look Back


Head Coach: Chuck Daly

Chuck Daly

There’s no better place to start than with the Head Coach of the Dream Team, Chuck Daly. The personification of cool, Daly’s laid back personality and tactful mind made him the perfect man to manage the talent assembled for the Dream Team. He had a grasp on basketball and the personalities that played it, like few others. Both of which were always on full display as he was the maestro for the Bad Boy Pistons. Known for their grit, physical (borderline criminal) defense and brash attitudes, the rag-tag group captured back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Despite his team’s reputation, Daly was admired league-wide for his class and coaching acumen (he was viewed as a saint amongst sinners, if you will). That league-wide admiration and respect was one of the main components to getting 12 of world’s best to buy into playing together. Daly did a masterful job coaching the Dream Team (a job harder than we’ll ever know), he created personal bonds with many of those players off the court (Daly golfed with Jordan every day and often went to Barcelona night clubs with Charles Barkley) and made sure they were all happy on the court. Daly would continue coaching until 199, finishing with 1075 career wins. Honoring his great career, Daly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.