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Motta joins the 700 Win Club
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

March 10, 1985

Dick Motta joins an exclusive club, becoming just the fourth NBA coach to win 700 regular-season games when his Dallas Mavericks rout the Nets, 126-113, in East Rutherford, N.J. Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsay and Gene Shue are the other 700-club members.

After the victory, Motta recalls that when he began coaching in the NBA, with the Chicago Bulls in 1968 after coaching at Weber State, he had doubts about how long he would last. "I didn't think I would make it until Christmas that first year," he says. "I had so many battles with management and players.

"I never expected to stay this long. I thought I would use the pros to get a better college job. But I like the game much better. I like the purity of it. There is no cheating here. You just go out there with the ball under your arm, pick up your lunch pail and go to work."

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