Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

by jmnovff - 114 cards (Last updated on Apr 7, 2021)

31. 1985-86 Red Rooster Edmonton Oilers #NNO Glen Sather

Head Coach 1979-2004.

Also Player 1966-1976.

32. 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures #182 Darryl Sutter

Head Coach 1996-2021, active.

Also Player 1979-1986.

33. 1991-92 ProCards AHL/IHL #572 Barry Trotz

Head Coach 1998-2021, active.

34. 2019-20 Hoops #199 Vince Carter

Player 1998-2020.

35. 2012-13 Hoops - Artist's Proofs #123 Rick Adelman

Head Coach 1988-2014.

Also player 1968-1975.

37. 1985 Star Coaches #NNO Hubie Brown

Head Coach 1976-2005.

38. 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame #98 Larry Brown

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1976-2010.

39. 2012-13 Hoops #29 Doug Collins

Head Coach 1986-2013.

Also Player 1973-1981.

40. 2019-20 Panini NBA Sticker and Card Collection #344 Mike D'Antoni

Head Coach 1998-2020.

Also Player 1973-77.



Feb 2, 2021 - 9:16AM
Billy Kingsley

Great concept for a list! Some other NBA people who were involved in four or more decades: Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Kevin McHale, Wes Unseld, Doug Collins, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, K.C. Jones, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Red Holzman. There are others but that's who comes to mind.

If you include front office stuff like GM and team owner you can add Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Elton Brand, Grant Hill. 

Feb 2, 2021 - 1:57PM

Thanks Billy.   My basketball knowledge is not the best.  Suggestions appreciated,

My original intent was to include a player/coach/manager who spanned 4 decades in one discipline.  So, for example, in hockey, Wayne Gretzky player 1979-99 and coach 2005-09 doens't qualify.

Yes, Phil Jackson is a glaring omission, coaching from 1989-2011.

No disrespect to Larry Bird (one of my favourites) but he is "only" a 3 decade player (1979-92), so like Gretzky, he doesn't make the list.

I will add the others who make the cut.


Edited on: Mar 6, 2021 - 10:51AM

Feb 2, 2021 - 9:47PM

Added  Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, Red Holzman. 

Mar 5, 2021 - 9:53AM

Added Darryl Sutter.

Mar 10, 2021 - 12:36AM

Added several NHL and NBA coaches.

Mar 10, 2021 - 9:49PM

Added NFL coaches, Phillips, Carroll, Gruden, Shanahan.

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