Frank Hamblen

Frank Alan Hamblen II (April 16, 1947 – September 30, 2017) was an American basketball coach and scout. He played college basketball at Syracuse. He died in San Diego on September 30, 2017.[1]

Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen in 2008.jpg
Hamblen in 2008
Personal information
Born(1947-04-16)April 16, 1947
Terre Haute, Indiana
DiedSeptember 30, 2017(2017-09-30) (aged 70)
San Diego, California
Career information
High schoolGarfield (Terre Haute, Indiana)
CollegeSyracuse (1966–1969)
Coaching career1969–2011
Career history
As coach:
19691972San Diego/Houston Rockets (assistant)
19721977Denver Rockets/Nuggets (assistant)
19771987Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (assistant)
19871996Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
1991–1992Milwaukee Bucks (interim)
19961999Chicago Bulls (assistant)
19992011Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2005Los Angeles Lakers (interim)
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1947,[2] Hamblen graduated from Garfield High School in Terre Haute in 1965.[2][3] As a Sophomore, he was a reserve guard on the 1963 IHSAA State Finals team that was defeated by South Bend Central, 72–45 in the first game of the semi-final round. He finished as the Purple Eagles' #3 scorer behind 3-time All-American Terry Dischinger and Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette. Hamblen was recognized among the top 12 high school basketball players in Indiana and 25 years later was named to the Silver Anniversary Team in 1990 by the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame.

College careerEdit

Hamblen graduated from Syracuse University in 1969. On the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, Hamblen earned three letters and was team captain as a senior.[3] Hamblen averaged 4.6 points per game as a senior.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Hamblen served as an interim head coach for two different teams – the Milwaukee Bucks in 1991–1992 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. He also has served as an assistant coach on six NBA teams (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers), often alongside Phil Jackson. Hamblen has been an assistant coach on seven championship teams, two with Jackson's Bulls and five with Jackson's Lakers. Jackson retired after the 2010–11 season, and Hamblen's contract with the Lakers expired as well.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Milwaukee 1991–92 65 23 42 .354 6th in Central Missed playoffs
L.A. Lakers 2004–05 39 10 29 .256 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Career 104 33 71 .317


  1. ^ "UPDATE: Frank Hamblen was a revered NBA basketball coach".
  2. ^ a b Marcus, Jeff (28 April 2003), "Hamblen, Frank A., II", A Biographical Directory of Professional Basketball Coaches, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 9781461726531
  3. ^ a b "Frank Hamblen". Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "1968-69 Syracuse Orange Roster and Stats | College Basketball at". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  5. ^ McMenamin, Dave (June 29, 2011). "Lakers hire John Kuester". Archived from the original on September 4, 2011.

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