Photo: February 2, 2010
Del Harris gives one last shimmy as Nets assistant coach.
Leave it to the Nets to be the final straw that broke the assistant coach’s back. Del Harris resigned Tuesday night as assistant coach of the Nets leaving Kiki Vandeweghe without a co-pilot to navigate New Jersey away from the worst record in NBA history. For those of you who thought the 72-year-old journeyman coach was born with gorgeous white hair, we scoured the Internet and located the one remaining photo to disapprove that theory. Harris makes a stunning brunette, right?
Harris has yet to officially call it quits from the NBA, but if he does retire from coaching, he had a heck of a run. In 12 full seasons as an NBA head coach, Harris compiled a 556-457 (.549) record coaching the Lakers, Bucks and Rockets with his most impressive season coming in 1997-98 when he lead L.A. to a 61-21 mark. That being said, if we had to choose one crowning moment that defined Harris' career it came in 1991 when he posed for Skybox and let all of his X's and O's hang out.
For those of you not familiar with Delmer William Harris, on top of having an awesome first name, he's culturally savvy. Harris was chosen to coach the Chinese National Team in the 2004 Olympics Games from Athens, Greece and did not disappoint. He guided Yao Ming and company to an eighth place finish, the luckiest number in Chinese culture. It's no coincidence the Summer Olympics from Beijing had its opening ceremonies on 8/8/08.
While Harris may be a long shot for the NBA Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. That year Harris joined basketball legends Larry Bird and Oscar Robinson as well as N.C. State's Dick Dickey. As they say at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, "In 49 states, it's just basketball ... This is Indiana!" If you're friends with any Indiana basketball legends, feel free to nominate them for the Hall of Fame here.