RIP Paul Westphal

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by The Bobster » Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:23 pm

The championship of the HORSE competition (which was shown at halftimes all season long) was supposed to be Westphal and Peter Maravich. When Maravich tore up his knee prior to the showdown Westphal was named champion.

Maravich was replaced by a disguised Rick Barry who was working for CBS during the playoffs. Westphal then beat Barry in a free throw shooting contest.
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by carey » Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:54 pm

He was the coach when I became a Suns fan. Hell, an NBA fan. Prayers are with his family at this time. May his memory be a blessing.
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by SunsRIt » Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:03 pm

Westphal was the Steve Nash of my era. Sad to hear.

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by The Bobster » Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:54 pm

SunsRIt wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:03 pm
Westphal was the Steve Nash of my era. Sad to hear.
He really was - three time 1st Team All-NBA, 1-time 2nd Team, his arrival (along with Alvan Adams) the 1975-76 and 1978-79 Suns were two of my favorite teams. They were exciting, championship-caliber teams.

An indication of how competitive Westphal was - In 1977-78 and 1978-79 the NBA and CBS held a three-on-three eight-team tournament with each team consisting one a current NBA player, a former NBA player and a "show business celebrity." In 1977-78 the team of Westphal, Gus Johnson and actor Richard Hatch won the competition, in 1978-79 the team of Westphal, Sam Jones and comedian David Steinberg won.
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by LazarusLong » Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:49 pm

When Walter Davis was a rookie, he and Westphal combined for almost 50 pts a game.
They had a great perimeter rotation with Westy, Walter, Don Buse and Ronnie Lee.
And Mike Bratz, who struggled to get playing time, was a terrific deep shooter.
Larry Brown called that version of the Suns, "pretty to watch"
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by DesertcoastPartDeux » Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:57 pm

So many great Westphal moments, but that '93 Suns-Lakers "and everyone will say what a great series it was" moment lit this town on fire. RIP Westy

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by Nodack » Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:04 pm

That sucks.

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by The Bobster » Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:46 pm

Phoenix Suns named All-NBA 1st Team -

3x - Paul Westphal
2x - Jason Kidd, Steve Nash
1x - Charles Barkley, Connie Hawkins, Dennis Johnson
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by Split T » Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:55 pm

The Bobster wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:46 pm
Phoenix Suns named All-NBA 1st Team -

3x - Paul Westphal
2x - Jason Kidd, Steve Nash
1x - Charles Barkley, Connie Hawkins, Dennis Johnson
I thought Amare snagged a 1st team one year at C
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by Flagrant Fowl » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:18 am

I'll always be a Cotton guy, but Westy was great as a player before my time and later as a coach. I took a personal moment of silence when I woke up and read the news.

I don't know how many of our current players really knew him or are in a place where they can really reflect on what 44 has meant to this franchise, but dammit, his passing is the kind of blessing that can help boost this team to heights that no one thinks are possible.

Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are Ring of Honor hopefuls, so I hope they take an extra moment once in a while to think about the people who came before them and really put it all on the line for our collective glory.
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by The Bobster » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:45 am

My bad, he did in 2006-07. That's what I get for posting somebody else's list without double-checking it. Here's the correct list -

Most 1st Team All-NBA -

3x - Paul Westphal ('77, '79' 80), Jason Kidd ('99, '00, '01), Steve Nash ('05, '06, '07)
1x - Connie Hawkins ('70), Dennis Johnson ('81), Charles Barkley ('93), Amare Stoudemire ('07)

Also, most All-Star Games -

6x - Walter Davis ('78, '79, '80, '81' '84, '87), Steve Nash ('05, '06, '07, '08, 10, '12)
5x - Amare Stoudemire ('05, '07, '08, '09, '10)
4x - Connie Hawkins ('70, '71, '72, '73), Paul Westphal ('77, '78, '79, '80), Charles Barkley ('93, '94, '95, '96), Shawn Marion ('03, '05, '06, '07)
3x - Dick Van Arsdale ('69, '70, '71), Charlie Scott ('73, '74, '75), Tom Chambers ('89, '90, 91), Kevin Johnson ('90, '91, '94), Dan Majerle ('92, '93, 95), Jason Kidd ('98, '00, '01)
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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

Post by Superbone » Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:13 am

Wormwood/Superbone 2019/2020 season bet: Suns win < 30 games, Wormwood wins, else 'Bone wins. 1 month avatar shame starting July 1st of winner's choosing. ACCOMPLISHED! 34 wins in a shortened season!

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Re: RIP Paul Westphal

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