June 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES --
Auburn's all-time leading scorer, Chuck Person, won the 2010 NBA Championship as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Thursday as the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics and fellow Tiger Marquis Daniels 83-79 in Game 7 at the Staples Center.
It is the first NBA title for any Auburn player and Person's first in his 20 years in the NBA as a player, assistant coach and executive.
"I am so happy for the players and all of their hard work throughout this season," Person said. "We had a target on us all season long as defending champions, and the guys took it to another level. This was a very hard-fought seven game series, and the Celtics gave us everything they had.
"It is a wonderful feeling being a part of such a world class organization with the Lakers, and this was a tremendous thrill. It is definitely special being a part of my first NBA Championship."
Daniels did not play in Game 7 for the Celtics as he was coming back from a concussion, but he was dressed out for the game. This was Daniels' second NBA Finals appearance as he was a member of the Dallas Mavericks, losers to the Miami Heat in 2006.
Following is a listing of Auburn players in NBA Finals.
|Year||Player ||Team ||Opponent|| Result
|2010 || Chuck Person || LA Lakers (assistant coach) || Boston||W, 4-3
|2010 ||Marquis Daniels || Boston || LA Lakers || L, 4-3
|2006 ||Marquis Daniels || Dallas || Miami || L, 4-2
|1997|| Chris Morris || Utah|| Chicago ||L, 4-2
|1993|| Charles Barkley || Phoenix || Chicago || L, 4-2