The NBA announced sad news on Sunday, July 23rd of 2017. John Kundla, legendary basketball coach and Hall of Famer, died at 101 years old.
Many know him as the original coach to the Minneapolis Lakers, where he led them to six league titles. According to USA Today, he was the oldest living Hall of Famer across all major professional sports up until the time of his death.
The President of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss, released a statement after Kundla’s passing. “On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I’d like to express our sadness at the passing of John Kundla.”
She continues, “John played an important role in the history of the Lakers organization. Not only was he a Hall of Fame coach, he was our first head coach and led the organization to five NBA championships. In addition to his numerous contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, John was a wonderful man and will be remembered fondly. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Kundla family.”
Unfortunately, another legend also passed away over the weekend. Please join us in prayer for John Kundla’s friends, family, and loved ones. Thank you!