Former Friar Great Lenny Wilkens Wins Lifetime Achievement Award




PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It was announced on Sunday, June 5 in New York that the NBA Coaches Association named former Friar Lenny Wilkens ‘60 as the recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Daly award commemorates the memory of Hall of Famer Chuck Daly, who over his long career set a standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion of the game.


Wilkens, one of only three Hall of Famers enshrined as both player and coach, ranks second all-time in wins and first in games coached.  He is the only NBA legend listed among both the all-time Top 50 NBA players and the all-time Top-10 NBA Coaches.


He was a player-coach on the late Seattle SuperSonics from 1968-72.  The New York City native and Providence College grad has made Seattle his home since arriving as a player.


“I'm deeply grateful to my NBA peers for honoring me with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award,” Wilkens said in a media statement released by the NBA.  “Chuck was a great coach, but more important a great friend and I'm thrilled to accept this award.”


Wilkens was head coach of the 1996 Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta, and an assistant on the fabled 1992 Olympics “Dream Team.”  Involvement in both put him in the Basketball Hall of Fame a third time in 2010, after his selection as a player in 1989 and coach in 1998.


Wilkens ranks 26th all-time in career scoring in Providence College history with 1,193 points (14.9 ppg).  Wilkens also averaged 7.1 rebounds for the Friars during his career.


In addition to his coaching and playing accomplishments, Wilkens has been a tireless fundraiser.  The Lenny Wilkens Foundation has helped raise more than $2 million for the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle.