Former Pistons coach Butcher dies

NBA: Donnie Butcher, former player and coach, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, dies at 76.

Donnie Butcher, who played five seasons in the NBA and later coached the Detroit Pistons, has died. He was 76.

The Pistons confirmed Butcher's death through a family member.

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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