Hall of Famer Paul Westphal diagnosed with brain cancer

Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer, a friend announced on Twitter. 

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, a friend of the longtime NBA player and coach, shared the diagnosis Sunday. 

"I've been close friends with Paul Westphal ever since his 1972-73 rookie year with the Boston Celtics and had the pleasure of celebrating his wonderful career with him last September when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame," Lupica tweeted. "With his permission I am letting the basketball world know he has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. Specifically glioblastoma. Please pray for friend, No. 44."

Paul Westphal's No. 44 was retired by the Phoenix Suns. (Photo: Malcolm Emmons – USA TODAY Sports)

Westphal, 69, was inducted into the Hall in 2019 after playing 12 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1972 as the No. 10 overall pick and went on to win the NBA championship in 1974. He also played for the Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks and was named to five All-Star Games and was awarded first team All-NBA three times. 

Paul Westphal was head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

Westphal was head coach of the SuperSonics, the Sacramento Kings and the Suns, where his No. 44 jersey is retired. 

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