NBA great Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Mike Lupica, of the New York Daily News, shared the sad update on Twitter:
The Phoenix Suns added the following in an official statement:
The Phoenix Suns organizations share their unwavering support for Paul Westphal and his family during this challenging time. We are devastated to hear of his brain cancer diagnosis. Paul has been an iconic cornerstone of the Phoenix Suns franchise for decades, both as an outstanding player and coach. His tenacity on the court and on the bench led the franchise to two NBA Finals appearances and his impact on the Phoenix community extends well beyond the hardwood.
Westphal spent 14 seasons with the Suns as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. As one of the best athletes in the league, Westphal made four consecutive All-NBA teams from 1977 to 1980 while in Phoenix. He also spent time with the Celtics, Sonics, and Knicks as a player.
Wesphal was inducted in to the Hall of Fame last year as a player: