THE Phoenix Suns announced on Sunday that former player and coach, and basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Westphal, 69, won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics before moving to Phoenix in 1975. He averaged 20.6 points in six seasons with the Suns and led them to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1976, losing to the Celtics.
Westphal enjoyed similar success as a head coach, overseeing the Suns’ trip to the NBA Finals in 1993.
“The Phoenix Suns organizations share their unwavering support for Paul Westphal and his family during this challenging time. We are devastated to hear of his brain cancer diagnosis,” the Suns said in a statement to the NBA.