Don Newman, a former Washington Wizards assistant coach has passed away at 60. According to the San Antonio Express News, Newman died on Wednesday due to his battle with cancer.
For four seasons, Newman was on the bench as an assistant under Randy Wittman from 2012-16. In those four seasons, the Wizards made it to the Second Round of the playoffs twice.
The Wizards posted the following statement on Twitter after his passing:
RIP Don Newman. pic.twitter.com/j3x8zTTkNn— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) September 12, 2018
"He was one of the great people I've been around," John Wall told NBC Sports Washington. "Just the culture he brought from the [San Antonio] Spurs system to our team and the confidence he had in and the ability he believed in me."
Wall was coached under Newman for four of his first six years in the NBA. The Wizards was Newman's final stop as an assistant coach.
Prior to his tenure with Washington, he had spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, the then-New Jersey Nets, and the Spurs. Under Greg Popovich with in San Antonio, he won two NBA titles in 2005 and 2007.
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