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John Kundla

American basketball player and coach

John Albert Kundla (July 3, 1916 – July 23, 2017) was an American former college and professional basketball coach. He was the first head coach for the Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

John Kundla
Personal information
Born(1916-07-03)July 3, 1916
Star Junction, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
DiedJuly 23, 2017(2017-07-23) (aged 101)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
High schoolMinneapolis Central
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Career information
CollegeMinnesota (1936–1939)
Coaching career1946–1968
Career history
As coach:
1946–1947St. Thomas (MN)
1948–1959Minneapolis Lakers
1959–1968Minnesota
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Kundla died on July 23, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 101.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NBA.com: Living legend Kundla recounts days as Lakers' first coach". NBA.com.
  2. Rippel, Joel (July 23, 2017). "John Kundla, former Minneapolis Lakers coach and Basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 101". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 23, 2017.

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