Ex-Pistons coach Chuck Daly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer


Former Pistons head coach Chuck Daly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, The Detroit News reported on Friday.

“Chuck is being treated for the cancer and the family is requesting privacy,” family spokesman Matt Dobek announced. “When he was coaching, Chuck was always known as the Prince of Pessimism; right now Chuck Daly is the King of Optimism.”

The 78-year-old Hall of Famer guided the Pistons to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. He also was the coach of the 1992 gold medal-winning US Olympic squad dubbed the “Dream Team.”

“Chuck was one of the most accessible sports figures ever, but right now he’s asking for privacy,” Dobek said. “His family is hopeful that friends, fans and the media will respect those wishes at this time.”