Howard takes another step...Ex-Pistons coach Butcher dead at76
The six-time All-Star center had surgery on his back last spring.
In other NBA news:
- Donnie Butcher, who played five seasons in the NBA and later coached the Detroit Pistons, has died. He was 76. Butcher averaged 6.1 points in 279 games with the Pistons and New York Knicks. He became Detroit's coach late in the 1966-67 season, replacing player-coach Dave DeBusschere. Butcher went 52-60 at the helm. His only full season as coach was 1967-68, and he lead Detroit to the postseason - the team's only playoff appearance in a 10-season span.
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