Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

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

41. 2012-13 Hoops #210 Alvin Gentry

Head Coach 1995-2020.

42. 1985 Star Schick Legends #15 Red Holzman

Head Coach 1953-1982.

Also Player 1950-1954.

43. 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame - Black Border #108 Phil Jackson

Head Coach 1989-2011.

Also Player 1967-1980.

44. 2010-11 Panini Season Update #196 George Karl

Head Coach 1984-2016.

Also Player 1976-78.

45. 1996-97 Hoops #255 Dick Motta

Head Coach 1968-1997.

46. 2004-05 Topps Total #371 Don Nelson

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1976-2010.

Also Player 1962-1976.

48. 2004-05 Topps Total #369 Paul Silas

Head Coach 1980-2012.

Also Player 1964-1980.

49. 1994-95 Hoops Old Home Bread Utah Jazz #NNO Jerry Sloan

Head Coach 1979-2011.

Also Player 1965-1976.

50. 2004-05 Topps Total #399 Lenny Wilkens

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1969-2005.

Also Player 1960-75.



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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