Former Detroit Pistons coach Ray Scott stopped by ‘Express Yourself with T-Ramone and ‘Sco’ _ hosted by veteran sports writers Tim Turner and Roscoe Nance _ to take a deep dive into the NBA playoffs and look back on his 12-year pro career.
Scott was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1961 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons and averaged a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds a game for his career.
Despite some productive years in Detroit, the 6-foot-9 Scott was traded by the Pistons to the Bullets during the 1966-67 season. He would become one of the cornerstones of the Baltimore Bullets run that included a 57-win season in 19 and featured Earl Monroe, Wes Unsled and Gus Johnson.
After a contract dispute with the Bullets, Scott jumped to the ABA and finished up his career in the ABA where he played with a youngster named Julius Erving for the Virginia Squires.
Scott’s outstanding playing career is often overshadowed by his success as a coach. He was the head coach of the Detroit Pistons for three and half seasons (1972-76).
In 1974 Scott was named the ‘NBA Coach of the Year’, making him the first African-American to earn the honor. Click the link to hear the interview. Rickey Hampton of TheAfricanAmericanAthlete.com sat in for Tim. After a short conversation discussing the playoffs, the interview with Scott interview begins on the 9:30 mark.