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    Basketball world mourns death of Hall of Famer Paul Westphal

    Jan 3, 2021

    PHOENIX — Hall of Fame basketball player and longtime NBA and college coach Paul Westphal died on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the age of 70:

    "There may be just a handful of people who have as much influence and significance on the history of the Phoenix Suns. All he accomplished as a player and as a coach. Off the court, he was a gentleman, a family man, great moral character. He represented the Suns the way you want every player to represent your franchise." — Jerry Colangelo, former Suns owner, in a statement.

    "He led by example. He didn't change off of the court. It's just a positive atmosphere that he exudes when he's around. He always greets you with a pleasant smile. You always feel like you are a part of his clique. He's somebody we can put on a pedestal." — Eddie Johnson, retired Suns player, in a statement.

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    "Paul Westphal was a Hall of Famer and one of the great all-around players of his era. His toughness, skill and intellect made him a key contributor on the Boston Celtics' 1974 championship team and a perennial All-Star with the Phoenix Suns. ... He will be remember for his generosity, leadership and love for the game, which defined his many years in the NBA." — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement.

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    "My prayers and condolences go out to Cindy Westphal and their family on the passing of fellow Hall of Famer Paul. He was not only a great basketball player, but a great person. He will be missed." — Rick Barry, Hall of Fame player, via Twitter.

    "The Sacramento Kings organization is deeply heartbroken to learn of the passing of Paul Westphal. `Westy' created a storied legacy in the game of basketball as a Hall of Fame player, decorated coach and broadcast analyst. We are extremely grateful that a part of his incredible career was spent in Sacramento with the Kings." — Sacramento Kings in a statement.

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    "I'm so sad to hear that we lost Paul Westphal. I loved watching him play at USC and in Boston and Phoenix! I was blessed to have known him as Coach and as a man of God. He was one of my all time favorite people I've met in this business." — Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics general manager, via Twitter.

    "Paul was as nice a person and as caring an individual as you will ever meet." — USC coach Andy Enfield.

    "He had a lot of flash to his game which was really fun. He was a shot maker. They used to have the H-O-R-S-E games on CBS at halftime of the game of the week. Paul was one of the best players in the league participating in that H-O-R-S-E competition because he could use his left hand, he could use his right hand, he had all these spin shots. He was a really fun player to watch." — Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors coach.

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