Former Boston Celtics legend Bill Sharman passed away Friday at the age of 87. Sharman, a native of Texas who attended the University of Southern California, was a key figure in the Celtics first dynasty playing 10 seasons and winning 4 titles with the team before retiring after the 1961 season. As a player he teamed with another Celitcs legend, Bob Cousy and his deadeye shooting was the perfect complement to Cousy's playmaking wizardry.
Perhaps most interestingly, Sharman also owns a significant place in the history of the NBA's other marquee franchise and Celtics rivals; the Los Angeles Lakers. After his playing days, Sharman moved into coaching with the San Francisco Warriors, the LA/Utah Stars of the ABA, and finally the Lakers. He coached the Lakers for six seasons before moving on to the front office.
Sharman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. As a coach, he is credited with establishing the "morning shootaround" as a part of the NBA routine.