Heinsohn honored with Daly award

Updated: June 11, 2009, 11:36 AM ET
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Tommy Heinsohn, who coached the Boston Celtics to two NBA titles after his Hall of Fame playing career, will be honored with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.

The inaugural award is named after Daly, who died last month from pancreatic cancer. The Hall of Famer coached the Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA titles in Detroit with the Pistons.

"I'm honored by this recognition," Heinsohn said in a statement. "Chuck Daly was a man and a coach who everyone had great respect for, and to be recognized in his memory is very special. I humbly accept this honor on behalf of all those who coach and have coached in the NBA."

The award is presented by the NBA Coaches Association, which includes all current head and assistant NBA coaches. Including alumni, the association has more than 225 members.

"Like Chuck, Tommy Heinsohn has shown a lifetime devotion to improving NBA basketball for all who play, coach and watch the sport," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who is president of the NBA Coaches Association, said in a statement.

"His dedication, drive and vision unified NBA coaches and helped ensure their welfare for decades to come. Tommy helped pave the way for future coaches to make meaningful contributions to the game beyond the locker room and sidelines. All NBA coaches owe Tommy a debt of gratitude for his work and his example."