Former USC Great Bill Sharman Dies

Bill Sharman, one of the best players in USC history as a two-time All-American, who won NBA titles as an NBA player with the Boston Celtics and then won an ABA title coaching the Utah Stars and NBA title coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, died today in Redondo Beach. He was 87.

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  • 22

    I read earlier today that Bill Sharman was also a minor league baseball player for the Dodgers. Obviously a very talented man in many different forums. RIP Mr. Sharman.

  • Trojan Hoarse

    RIP Bill………one of the all time greats……

  • trojan92

    I met him during a game at the Galen Center, he was one of the nicest people ever!

  • TrojanConquest

    He was also the original architect of the 80s Lakers, before giving it over to Jerry West.

  • ProbationU

    Sharman was a class act and will be missed. Coached the Lakers to 33 straight wins and an NBA Championship. Very respected basketball guru.

  • rusoviet

    Bill Dwyre just ran an article on Bill Sharman this week in the LA Times. A great coach, player – also played for the old Brooklyn Dodgers something that Danny Ainge, Michael Jordan and John Elway failed to do (make a MLB roster).

    Greatest player to play for Troy and later a coach who succeeded regardless of who he coached or where.

    Sorry he is gone.

  • gotroy22

    He took us to the Final Four in 1954, never to be equalled again. RIP Bill.

  • john wolcott

    Sharman didn’t die, he just simply got rid of his aging body and has moved on to greener pastures.

    And 1954 was when SUCLA got lucky and got 1/2 of a football title, and that was the year SC got its only Final-4.

    Good Golly, Miss Molly, that is nearly 60 years. Isn’t at least SC due?