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Daly signs on for '92 in Detroit

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Chuck Daly has agreed to a contract extension to coach the Detroit Pistons through the 1991-92 season, the team announced Wednesday. Daly signed a two-year contract last summer that included an option for the 1991-92 season. He had 15 days after the playoffs concluded to decide whether he would return next season.

"He could have explored other options, but he decided not to," said Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek, adding Daly informed general manager Jack McCloskey of his decision in an informal meeting Wednesday.

"Basically, the conversation was, "Hey Jack, I'm going to come back and coach the team," Dobek said.

Daly, the NBA's oldest coach at 60, led the Pistons to the NBA Finals for three straight years, including championships in 1989 and 1990. Detroit was plagued by injuries this season, including wrist surgery that kept captain Isiah Thomas out of 34 games. The Pistons were eliminated this year in the Eastern Conference finals by the Chicago Bulls.

In February, Daly was named head coach of the 1992 Olympic team, the first to feature players from the NBA.