College - Hampton Institute '80
Ready to enter his second season after making the leap from the NBA hardwood to the bench is Rick Mahorn. He entered his NBA tutelage after spending the 1999-2000 season as head coach of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). Mahorn replaced Darrell Walker, who took over similar duties with the Washington Wizards in January, 2000.
A two-time CBA Coach of the Month, Mahorn coached the Lightning to a 15-7 overall record, the American Conference title and the number two seed in the 2000 CBA Playoffs. After beating Fort Wayne in the first round of the playoffs, Rockford was eliminated in the CBA semifinals by Yakima. An 18-year NBA veteran, Mahorn was selected in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets (now Wizards), and later played for Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey, averaging 5.8 points and 5.5 rebounds over his career. B B B B B B While his best years statistically may have come in Washington (9.0 points and 8.2 rebounds), the 6-10 power forward's ultimate success as a player came during his four years with Detroit, culminating in the Pistons' first NBA Championship in 1988-89. He also earned All-NBA second team defensive honors that season.
Twelve days after celebrating the Pistons' first title, Mahorn was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1989 NBA Expansion Draft, and later traded by the T-Wolves prior to the start of the 1989-90 regular season to Philadelphia for three draft picks.
After a two-year stint with the Sixers (1989-91), his basketball journey took him to Italy where he played one season with Il Messaggero Roma (1991-92) and a brief three-game stretch the following year (1992-93) with the same club.
Returning to the NBA that same season, Mahorn signed a free agent contract with the Nets, and following four years (1992-96), he re-signed with the Pistons for the 1996-97 and '97-98 seasons before concluding his professional career with the Sixers in 1998-99.
A four-year letterman at Hampton Institute (Va.), Mahorn led the NCAA Division II in rebounding as a senior, grabbing 15.8 boards a game. The three-time NCAA Division II and NAIA All-American averaged 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds over his collegiate career, and in the process, owned 18 school records by the time he graduated. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in business administration.
A Hartford, Connecticut native, who played high school ball at Weaver High School, Mahorn was born on September 21, 1958. He and his wife Donyale have six children.