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Suns legend and Ring of Honor inductee Dan Majerle begins his fourth season in the NBA’s coaching ranks after being named an assistant on June 20, 2008. Majerle served as the head coach of the Suns’ Las Vegas Summer League squads in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Originally selected with the 14th overall pick by the Suns in the 1988 NBA Draft, Majerle made seven playoff appearances as a player with Phoenix (1988-95). Majerle quickly became a permanent fan favorite while playing eight seasons in Phoenix (1988-95, 2001–02). The 6-6 swingman, who was a member of the Suns’ 1993 Western Conference Championship squad, played one season in Cleveland and five in Miami under Hall of Fame Coach Pat Riley following his departure from Phoenix via trade on October 7, 1995. The 46-year-old concluded his career as a Sun following the 2001-02 season in Phoenix when he sank his then-franchise-record 800th and final career three-pointer with 25.3 seconds remaining in the season finale on April 17, 2002, versus Dallas. Suns guard Steve Nash surpassed that mark in 2009-10.
“Thunder Dan” was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor, the team’s highest honor, on March 9, 2003. At the ceremony, Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the creation of the Dan Majerle Hustle Award, explaining, “When you think of Dan Majerle, you think of a guy who gave maximum effort in every game, every practice…in everything he did. It is this work ethic that inspired the creation of the award.” It is given annually to a Suns player exemplifying those attributes and was won most recently in 2010 by Jared Dudley.
Majerle was a three-time All-Star (1992, 1993, 1995) who became the first reserve in NBA history to be voted an All-Star starter in 1995 when the game was held in Phoenix. The 14-year NBA veteran ranks 18th in NBA history with 1,360 three-pointers made and holds the NBA Finals record with 17 three-pointers made in a series against Chicago in 1993.
Before joining the Suns’ coaching staff, Majerle spent the previous four seasons as an analyst on Suns’ television broadcasts. He made his broadcast debut working for TNT during the 2003 NBA Playoffs and has also worked for ESPN and ABC.
The Traverse City, Mich., native has four children: Madison, McKenzie, Mia and Max.