1991: Loughery Brings Thick Resume To Miami
After the season Ron Rothstein resigned as coach and was replaced by Kevin Loughery, who brought 29 years of NBA experience as a player, coach, scout, and broadcaster. Loughery had begun his career in 1962, when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. Traded to Baltimore, he spent eight years with the Bullets before finishing his playing career in Philadelphia. He averaged 15.3 points in 11 years as an NBA player.
Loughery's coaching career began in 1972-73, when he took over as player-coach of the 76ers for the final 31 games of the season. The following year Loughery moved to the American Basketball Association, where he coached Julius Erving and the New York Nets to a 168-84 record and two championships in his three seasons in the ABA. When the Nets joined the NBA, Loughery stayed with them for five more seasons.
Between 1981 and 1988 he put in stints at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Bullets before retiring to the broadcasters' bench.