Paul Westhead

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American basketball coach

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According to Wikipedia, Paul William Westhead is an American retired basketball coach. He was the head coach for three National Basketball Association teams and an assistant for four others, and also coached in the National Collegiate Athletic Association , Women's National Basketball Association , American Basketball Association , and Japan Basketball League . In his first year as an NBA head coach, he led a rookie Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers to the 1980 NBA Finals, which they won in six games for the team's first title in eight years. Westhead won titles in both the NBA and WNBA, and he is also remembered as the coach of the Loyola Marymount University men's basketball team. Westhead is known for an unorthodox, run-and-gun style called "The System.” He was nicknamed "The Professor" due to his former career as an English teacher prior to coaching and his tendency to quote Shakespeare and other literary sources while coaching. He attended Saint Joseph's University.

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