Bullets set to name Lynam coach

May 04, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

A little more than a week after Wes Unseld resigned as head coach, the Washington Bullets today are expected to name Philadelphia 76ers general manager Jim Lynam as their head coach.

Lynam, who met with Washington Bullets general manager John Nash on Saturday to discuss the position, made his decision last night during a talk with Philadelphia owner Harold Katz.

"I feel that I wish he were here," Katz told the Philadelphia Daily News last night. "If [coaching the Bullets] is what he wants to do, I just wish him luck."

Lynam could not be reached for comment. There was no answer last night at the Philadelphia- and Washington-area homes of Nash.

The decision to coach the Bullets reunites Lynam with Nash, who was the general manager of the 76ers before accepting the same job with the Bullets.

Lynam came to Philadelphia as an assistant coach under Matt Guokas in 1986. By 1988 Lynam had replaced Guokas as head coach, and in 4 1/2 seasons amassed a record of 194-173 -- making him the second winningest coach in team history.

The 1989-90 season was Lynam's best as a coach when he led the team to a 53-29 record and the Atlantic Division title. The division title was the Sixers' first since winning the NBA championship in 1983 and their first 50-plus win season since 1986. Prior to joining the 76ers, Lynam was head coach with the San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers from 1983-85, where he had a record of 52-91.

His college coaching career spanned 10 seasons (158-118) and three teams -- Fairfield University, American University and St. Joseph's. Lynam's .699 winning percentage at St. Joe's is the second best in school history.

LYNAM'S RECORD

The NBA coaching record of Jim Lynam, who is expected to be named today as head coach of the Washington Bullets:

Year ...... Team ...... W ... L ... Pct.

'83-84 ... Clippers ... 30 .. 52 .. .366

'84-85-x.. Clippers ... 22 .. 39 .. .361

76ers ..... 16 .. 23 .. .410

.... 76ers ..... 46 .. 36 .. .561

'89-90-z... 76ers ..... 53 .. 29 .. .646

.... 76ers ..... 44 .. 38 .. .537

'91-92 .... 76ers ..... 35 .. 47 .. .427

Totals .... ..... .... 246 . 264 .. .482

x--was replaced mid-way through 1984-85 season.

y--was named head coach of the 76ers in February of the '88-89 season.

z--won Atlantic Division.

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