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Cotton Fitzsimmons Tribute



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March 18, 2005:
ROH Ceremony
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March 17, 2005:
Al, Prosk on Cotton
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1991: The Story of Cotton
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1992: The Cotton Express


2003: Cotton's Coliseum Tour


Memories


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

  • azcentral.com: Cotton gone, but not forgotten
  • ESPN.com: 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.com: 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