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Daly left mark on Pistons, Dream Team

Title-winning coach Chuck Daly emphasized defense, changing the tempo of the NBA

Updated: May 11, 2009, 4:25 PM ET
By Ken Shouler | Special to ESPN.com

It was after Game 4 of the 1988 NBA Finals. The Pistons had destroyed the Lakers in body-to-body combat, 111-86. "Adrian Dantley went headhunting twice, after James Worthy and Magic," Los Angeles coach Pat Riley fumed after the game. Asked about the Pistons' hyperphysical play, Chuck Daly said he didn't encourage it, explaining coyly that his undersized Pistons couldn't win with that style against a team of thoroughbreds like Los Angeles.

Then Daly reversed himself.

"Things ...

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