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Former Penn State basketball coach Johnny Bach has died

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 19, 2016 2:38 AM
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FILE PHOTO: This Dec. 31, 2001 photo shows Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan (23) smiling with Wizards assistant coach Johnny Bach during the second half of an NBA game against the New Jersey Nets. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(Chicago) --  Former Penn State basketball coach Johnny Bach, whose defensive expertise as an assistant coach helped the Chicago Bulls win three NBA titles from 1991 to 1993, has died at the age of 91.

He coached the Nittany Lions from 1968-77, after leading Fordham from 1950-68.

Bach was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 1983-86 before joining the Bulls as an assistant.

He also worked as an assistant for Charlotte, Detroit and Washington.

Bach returned to the Bulls in 2003 and retired in 2006 after more than a half-century in coaching.

John Paxson, Chicago's executive vice president of basketball operations, says Bach was "a true treasure in the world of basketball.''

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