John MacLeod

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John MacLeod
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Born: 10/3/1937
Birthplace: New Albany, Ind.
College: Bellarmine
Mavs Tenure: 1987-1989

John MacLeod served as the second head coach in Dallas Mavericks history after he replaced Dick Motta, who resigned after the 1987 season. MacLeod currently has more than 30 years of coaching experience and but is, perhaps, most notable as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns for 14 seasons. He is currently the 15th most winningest coach in NBA history.

Other than coaching high school basketball, MacLeod received his first coaching experiences as a head coach for the University of Oklahoma. In his six years as Sooners' head coach, the team combined a 90-69 record, including two trips to the NIT in his last four years as coach.

MacLeod is widely regarded as a main factor in turning around the then struggling Sooners program.

Prior to coming to Dallas, MacLeod served a lengthy term as the fifth head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 1974-1987. In Phoenix, he compiled a 579-543 record and led the Suns to nine playoff appearances, including eight straight from 1978-1985.

As the all-time winningest coach in Suns history, he led Phoenix to the NBA Finals in 1976, where the team would lose to the Boston Celtics in six games. In Game 6 of that series, the Suns and Celtics battled through three overtimes until the Celtics won 128-126 to clinch the championship. The game is considered by many to be the most exciting game in NBA history.

MacLeod came to the Mavs on June 4, 1987 after long-time head coach Dick Motta resigned on May 20, 1987. Originally, MacLeod's main objectives for the team were to build on the winning tradition, which had been established in Dallas in the years prior, and to reach new ground in the playoffs, which had yet to be accomplished under the previous staff.

While with Dallas, he led the team to one playoff appearence in the Western Conference Finals, where the Mavs lost to the eventual Champions, Los Angeles Lakers.

After guiding the Mavs to a 53-29 record and the organization's first berth in the conference finals in 1988, MacLeod spent his second season battling a rash of injuries that caused Dallas to lose 141 player-games to injury and illness. The team would wind up with a 38-44 record that season as the full squad dressed in only 26 games.

Entering his third season as Mavs head coach, MacLeod was one of just 11 coaches in NBA history to win 50-plus games in five consecutive seasons. However, the team started sluggishly in 1989-1990 and MacLeod was let go after eleven games with the Mavs sporting a 5-6 record. He was replaced by assistant coach Richie Adubato.

After his stay with the Mavericks, MacLeod coached the New York Knicks for one season where, despite a losing regular season record, (32-35) the Knicks still made the playoffs where they were swept in three games in the first round.

After his 18-season career in the NBA, MacLeod returned to the college circuit -- this time with the University of Notre Dame, where he would serve as head coach for eight seasons.

While with the Fighting Irish, MacLeod posted a eight-year record of 112-126 and also earned Big East coach of the year in 1997. After leading Notre Dame to two NIT appearances, including a trip to the finals, MacLeod left the program after the 1999 season.

After leaving South Bend, MacLeod returned to Phoenix where he served as a Special Assistant for the suns from 1999-2001. He joined the Denver Nuggets in September of 2001 as a basketball consultant but moved to the bench and became an assistant coach in December of that year. He was the Nuggets' Associate Head Coach in 2003-2004 as Denver won 26 more games than the previous season and ended an 8-year playoff drought.

Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.