Michael Harold Schuler (born September 22, 1940) is a former head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He coached the Portland Trail Blazers (1986–87 to 1988–89) and Los Angeles Clippers (1990–91 to 1991–92) in 338 games, and compiled a win-loss record of 179–159.
|Born||September 22, 1940|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Portsmouth (Portsmouth, Ohio)|
|1981–1983||New Jersey Nets (assistant)|
|1983–1986||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|1986–1989||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1989–1990||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|1990–1992||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1992–1994||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|1994–1996||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|2003–2005||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
In his first year as coach of the Trail Blazers, Schuler led the team to a 49–33 record, winning the NBA Coach of the Year Award. He followed that up with a 53–29 campaign, though the season ended in a first-round playoff defeat. In his third season with the Blazers, the team was racked with dissension and posted a 25–22 record before Schuler was fired in mid-February. Then-assistant coach Rick Adelman was promoted to replace him on an interim basis. After the Blazers reached the 1989 NBA Playoffs, Adelman was made the head coach on a full-time basis.
One incident Schuler is remembered for occurred at the first press conference that introduced him as the coach of the Trail Blazers, when he fell out of his chair. The footage was seen often on American television in the following days, and Schuler termed it "my instant claim to fame."
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