Hall of Fame coach dies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

John Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Min­neapo­lis Lak­ers to five NBA cham­pi­onships, died Sun­day. He was 101. Son Jim Kundla said his fa­ther died at an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity in North­east Min­neapo­lis that he has called home for years. Kundla coached Ge­orge Mikan and the Lak­ers in the 1940s and 1950s, help­ing them be­come the NBA’s first dy­nasty. He went 423-302 be­fore re­tir­ing at the age of 42 and went on to coach his alma mater, the Univer­sity of Min­nesota. Kundla was the old­est liv­ing Hall of Famer in any of the four ma­jor pro sports. Kundla was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later, he was named one of the league’s 10 great­est coaches as part of the league’s “NBA at 50” cel­e­bra­tion.

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