Del Harris has received this year’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris spent seven years as an assistant coach for the Mavericks and is currently the vice president of the Texas Legends. Harris’s stint with the Mavericks spanned from 2000-2007. Harris is also an analyst on Mavs Live, the Maverick’s pre and post-game show broadcasted on Fox Sports Southwest.
Recipients of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award are selected based on their “standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion” of the game of basketball, per the NBA. Rick Carlisle issued a statement to the NBA upon Harris’s reception of the award:
“Del Harris’ impact on basketball extends beyond the NBA and transcends national borders,” said Carlisle, who serves as the National Basketball Coaches Association’s president. “His success in both the NBA and international competition reflects a lifetime commitment to the global game. Del has been a trusted friend to the game of basketball for over 6 decades. Our sincerest congratulations to Del on this well-deserved and prestigious recognition.”
Harris now joins the award’s elite alumni that includes Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley and others.
Harris stated gratitude to NBCA upon their appointment of the award during a virtual press conference:
“I never imagined I could have been put in a position to be thanking you all for this Award. I didn’t work harder than everyone and I wasn’t smarter. But here I am, deeply thankful for the blessings that have been given me.”