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Former NBA champion Paul Westphal diagnosed with brain cancer

/ 02:33 PM August 11, 2020
Paul Westphal

FILE — Paul Westphal gives his speech during the 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on September 06, 2019 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Omar Rawlings/Getty Images/AFP

The Phoenix Suns announced on Sunday that former player and coach, and basketball Hall of Famer, Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Westphal, 69, won an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics before moving to Phoenix in 1975. He averaged 20.6 points in six seasons with the Suns and led them to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance in 1976, losing to the Celtics.

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Westphal enjoyed similar success as a head coach, overseeing the Suns’ trip to the NBA Finals in 1993.

“The Phoenix Suns organizations share their unwavering support for Paul Westphal and his family during this challenging time. We are devastated to hear of his brain cancer diagnosis,” the Suns said in a statement to the NBA.

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“Paul has been an iconic cornerstone of the Suns franchise for decades, both as an outstanding player and coach. His tenacity … led the franchise to two NBA Finals appearances and his impact on the community extends well beyond the hardwood.”

A five-time All-Star, Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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