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Subject: John MacLeod, former head coach of the Phoenix Suns


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Date Posted: Sunday, April 14, 09:48:31pm

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PHOENIX (FOX 10) - John MacLeod, former Phoenix Suns coach and the winnigest head coach in team history, has died at 81.

MacLeod was the longest tenured coach in team history (1973 - 1987) and he compiled a franchise record 579 career wins as Suns head coach, in addition to 30 playoff victories, a franchise record. In April of 2012, he was placed in the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor.

Macleod led the Suns for more than 13 seasons which included nine playoff berths, three Western Conference Finals Appearances as well as a trip to the NBA Finals in 1976 - the first time in history.

The Phoenix Suns released the following statement regarding MacLeod's passing:

"We are saddened today to learn of the passing of Suns Ring of Honor member and all-time winningest head coach, John MacLeod. A brilliant tactician on the sidelines, Coach MacLeod engineered the first great era of Phoenix Suns basketball, including as the catalyst of the 1975-76 “Sundarella Suns” and their memorable run to the NBA Finals. His passion for the game was matched only by his endearing personality, humility and class, a man who was loved by everyone that had the pleasure of interacting with him. Coach MacLeod was a winner in every sense and will be dearly missed by our entire Phoenix Suns family. Our thoughts are with his lovely wife Carol, daughter Kathleen and son Matt, during this difficult time.”

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