Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle attends NBA Finals Game 2
Carlisle presented Mike Fratello with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.
Although the Pacers aren’t in the NBA Finals, their head coach was present for the most recent game.
Rick Carlisle, who just completed his first season back in Indiana, was in San Francisco on Sunday for Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
As president of the National Basketball Coaches Association, Carlisle, along with executive director and general counsel David Fogel, presented Mike Fratello with the annual Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.
“His teams in Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis, always, to me, had one characteristic: They always overachieved,” Carlisle said before the game. “And they all played different styles. Mike always figured out the best way to play.”
Fratello spent 16 seasons as an NBA head coach, recorded 667 wins and was named coach of the year in 1986. Many today know him for his work as a game analyst on TV, which dates back to the ‘90s. He’s the only Emmy-award winning analyst who coached in The Association.