Daly cool when it counted most

Confident, stylish leadership was the key to Chuck Daly's coaching success

Updated: May 13, 2009, 2:07 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | Page 2

Years later, they would refer to it as "the McDonald's meeting."

The Pistons were in a brutal stretch during the 1985-86 season, having dropped 13 of their previous 19 games. And Isiah Thomas, Detroit's franchise player, asked Chuck Daly to meet him at a McDonald's in suburban Detroit so they could set a few things straight.

Thomas knew Daly was on the verge of getting fired. He supported Daly, despite the Pistons' struggles, but the star point guard needed to know if Daly was ...

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