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April 18, 2015 Updates

First I just wanted to get your reaction as head of the NBA Coaches' Association to the Hall's decision not to induct Bill Fitch again this year. Rick Carlisle, coach, Dallas Mavericks: Well, we're disappointed that Bill Fitch didn't get inducted this year. We know that we need to continue to educate everyone on Coach Fitch's accomplishments, because they are unique. He's third all time in games coached with over 2500. He took five different franchises to deep lottery to either championships, Finals, Conference Finals, or playoff success. When you take on those kinds of challenges, you're going to have more losses. His coaching record doesn't shine as bright as some other people that are in (ed note: Fitch has a career .460 win percentage), but with over 25 years of longevity and some of the things he did to change the game, for example, he was one of the early guys using video, to teach players and for scouting. He was a pioneer in that area. He's one of the most well-thought of competitors in the history of our game. CBSSports.com

April 6, 2015 Updates
February 14, 2015 Updates

Kentucky coach John Calipari and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2015 class. The Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees Saturday. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6. Calipari and Mutombo are joined by longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists. ESPN.com

June 11, 2013 Updates
March 30, 2012 Updates

Bill Fitch, who won one NBA championship and took another team to the NBA Finals,was not selected for entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first try as a finalist. Fitch led the Boston Celtics to the NBA championship in 1981 when they beat the Houston Rockets in the finals. Five years later he led the Rockets to the NBA Finals before losing to the Celtics. "There's no bitterness at all," Fitch said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "Somebody must have thought something of me or I wouldn't have made it this far." FOX 26 Sports

July 22, 2011 Updates

Early in a phone conversation with Bill Fitch, the former Cavs coach said, "You know, Joni died." He meant JoAnne Nelson-Fitch, his wife. She died of ovarian cancer at age 65. "It was exactly a month ago," he said. "I'm sitting here talking to you with the dogs at my feet." That's an Australian shepherd named Sugar Bear and a poodle named Boomerang. "We got them about five years ago, right after Joni got cancer," Fitch said. "When we'd come from the hospital, those dogs would run right past me to Joni. They knew she was the best." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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