The late Chuck Daly was a former NBA head coach who led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive titles in 1989 and ‘90, and the United States Men's Olympic Basketball Team – nicknamed the "Dream Team" – to the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Daly is also a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been inducted in 1994 for his individual coaching career, and again posthumously in 2010 as the head coach of the "Dream Team." Daly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in May 2009 at the age of 78.
During the course of his prolific coaching career, however, Daly picked up several mementoes and key pieces of sports memorabilia, dozens of which are included in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Mid-Summer Classic online auction, which starts Aug. 5 and concludes Aug. 22. Every item comes with exceptional provenance from the Daly Estate.
Top items from the collection include:
– Important 1992 U.S. Men's Basketball Dream Team signed and painted game-used ball from historic Olympic Gold Medal victory over Croatia
– Daly's June 1992 handwritten notes for first meeting with "Dream Team" as USA Basketball Olympic Head Coach
– Chuck Daly's 1992 USA Basketball "Dream Team" warm-up jacket, (2) sweaters and polo shirt from Barcelona Olympics
– Chuck Daly's 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" signed Official Molten Barcelona Games Basketball
– Chuck Daly's 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" signed U.S. Men's Basketball towel and T-shirt pair
– Chuck Daly's 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games Torch
– Chuck Daly's Naismith Hall of Fame Lot of (8) including his 1994 Acceptance Speech Notes and 1994 Induction Yearbook Signed By 10
– 11/28/1994 Michael Jordan typed signed letter to Coach Chuck Daly on MJ's personal letterhead with original envelope
– Chuck Daly's Legendary Coaches Multi-Signed (25 Total) Basketball with Dean Smith, Coach K, Izzo, Wilkens, Ramsey, etc.
– Chuck Daly's 1980 and pair of 1981 NBA All-Star team-signed roster sheets - Two with Coaches Notes from the Game
– Chuck Daly's 1981-82 Philadelphia 76ers Eastern Conference Champion team-signed and game-used basketball
– Chuck Daly's 1990 NBA All-Star Team signed basketball with 20 autographs