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Paul Douglas Westphal (November 30, 1950 – January 2, 2021) was an American basketball player, head coach, and commentator. He was born in Torrance, California. His played from 1972 to 1984. He coached from 1985 to 2016.

Westphal played for the National Basketball Association for the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks. He coached the Sacramento Kings and was an assistant coach for the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks.

In 2019, Westphal became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In August 2020, Westphal was diagnosed with glioblastoma. He died from the disease on January 2, 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 70.


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