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Cotton Fitzsimmons Tribute


March 18, 2005:
ROH Ceremony

March 17, 2005:
Al, Prosk on Cotton

1991: The Story of Cotton
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1992: The Cotton Express

2003: Cotton's Coliseum Tour


Cotton's favorite Sun, Kevin Johnson, shares his stories of the coach.

Suns Honor Coaching Legend Kevin Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle and more Phoenix favorites paid tribute to a coaching legend on March 18, as the late-Lowell "Cotton" Fitzsimmons became the 11th inductee into the Suns' prestigious Ring of Honor. Click here to watch a webcast of the ceremony, held at halftime of the Suns-Warriors game.

  • Photos: Ring of Honor ceremony
  • Bios of Honor: Cotton joins exclusive group
  • March 18, 2005: Cotton was much more than a coach
  • Memorial: Valley, basketball world pay their respects
  • Eulogy: Colangelo's letter to Cotton
  • More: Peter Vescey remembers Cotton
  • azcentral: Love pours out at service
  • July 24: Suns mourn loss of coaching legend

  • Cotton Photos Through the Years
    From his playing days in Missouri to his pacing the sidelines and chiding the refs in the NBA, Cotton has always been a colorful and photogenic character. Take a look back through a photo gallery of 100 exclusive pictures that chronicle the life and times of one the most beloved personalities in Suns history.

    Cotton on the Web

  • Cotton gone, but not forgotten
  • One last hello ... and goodbye
  • eastvalleytribune: Cotton was a man of character
  • azcentral: Reporter's memories
  • azcentral: Players cherish '88-89 revival
  • New York Post: Cotton's world open to all
  • Hannibal Courier-Post: Cotton never lost touch
  • Moberly Monitor-Index: Moberly bids farewell
  • Moberly Monitor-Index: Legend in his own time
  • Kansas City Star: Cotton was a coach who cared
  • Chicago Tribune: Cotton's voice sadly stilled
  • Joe Gilmartin: There will never be another Cotton
  • NBA coaches share their stories
  • Timeline: Cotton's career achievements
  • azcentral: Brightest Sun dies
  • eastvalleytribune: Cotton was a first-class character
  • azcentral: Cotton should be in Hall

    Cotton Articles Through the Years

  • 1970-71: Meet Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons
  • April 1981: Cotton’s Kings surprise Suns
  • May 13, 1987: Suns name Fitzsimmons player personnel director
  • May 10, 1988: Cotton to coach Suns
  • Dec. 1988: The Cotton Fitzsimmons story
  • Dec. 1988: 100% Cotton: My coaching style
  • May 25, 1989: Cotton named Coach of Year
  • Jan. 16, 1996: Fitzsimmons back at helm
  • March 1996: Welcome back, Cotton
  • Nov. 14, 1996: Cotton to coach final game
  • March 1997: Cotton answers fan e-mail
  • Nov. 28, 2001: Cotton talks on KTAR
  • Jan. 21, 2003: Cotton to coach rookies
  • Feb. 7, 2003: Catching up with Cotton
  • Nov. 14, 2003: Cotton honored 50 years later