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Warriors name Paul Westhead assistant coach

July 17, 1997

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Paul Westhead, former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets was hired Wednesday as an assistant coach by the Golden State Warriors.

Westhead, who most recently coached on the collegiate level at George Mason, also has coached at LaSalle and Loyola Marymount.

Westhead led the Lakers to the 1980 NBA title with a 50-18 regular-season record. Overall, he was 111-50 in three seasons with the Lakers from 1979-82.

He joins new Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo.

``I’m very happy to be back in the league, especially working P.J. and the Warriors,″ Westhead said. ``P.J. and I have been basketball friends and associates for several years, and I’ve always had great respect for his coaching and equal respect for him as a person.″

Westhead coached the Bulls for the 1982-83 season, and was with the Nuggets from 1990-92. As an NBA coach, he has a 159-164 record.

``Paul brings a unique blend of innovative basketball thinking, extensive NBA and collegiate head coaching experience, and the ability to teach and communicate effectively with today’s great players,″ Carlesimo said in a prepared statement.

``He has a work ethic and respect for the game that is contagious,″ he added. ``Having a world championship head coach on our staff will be a tremendous resource for the Warriors.″

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