Bob Weiss

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Bob Weiss served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, under head coach Dick Motta from 1980 - 1986.

Weiss was a third round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers out of Penn State in 1965. He played for six NBA teams in his 12-year career. A member of nine playoff teams, Weiss completed his career with Motta's Washington Bullets in 1977. The 6'3 guard enjoyed his best years in Chicago, again under Motta, He averaged a career-high 11.5 ppg in 1969-1970, while his lifetime average was 7.6 ppg.

After retirement on the court, he moved into coaching with two seasons as an assistant under Gene Shue with the San Diego Clippers. In January 1980 Weiss coached San Diego to a 3-0 mark while replacing Shue, who had been suspended.

He left the Clippers to rejoin Dick Motta with the expansion Mavericks for their first season in 1980 and stayed six years becoming an invaluable asset to both Motta and the organization.

"Bob was another set of eyes for me," said Motta. "He was obviously very capable. Your assistant has to be a sounding board. It helps that he was different from me."

Weiss left Dallas for his first head coaching opportunity with San Antonio. He coached the Spurs for two seasons which included one playoff appearance. After being relieved of his duties, he moved on to become an assistant with Orland for one season before returning to the head coaching ranks.

Coaching the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons, Weiss led them to two playoff appearances before leaving to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, where he stayed for one season.

His longest coaching stint came as an assistant with the Seattle Super Sonics where he spent 12 years under both George Karl and Nate McMillan. When McMillan left to join the Portland Trail Blazers and Weiss was promoted to head coach of the Sonics. His stint did not go well however, lasting less than one season.

Today, Weiss is still active as head coach of Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association.

A footnote to Weiss' career is that he is the only person to be affiliated with the Clippers organization in all three cities. He played for the Buffalo Braves, was an assistant coach in San Diego and served one year as head coach in Los Angeles.