Paul Westphal, age 70, passed away on January 02, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born on November, 30, 1950, in Torrance, CA. Born in Torrance, California, He went to Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, California, from 1966 to 1969. Westphal attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he played college basketball for the USC Trojans as a guard. The Trojans had a 24–2 (.923) win-loss record in 1971, setting a Trojans record for winning percentage. He was an All-American and team captain in 1972. Playing for USC from 1970 to 1972, he averaged 16.9 points per game and led the Trojans with 20.3 points per game in 1972. Westphal was married to Cindy Westphal, and they had two children together; Michael Westphal, Victoria Higa.
Westphal played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1972 to 1984. Playing the guard position, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974. Westphal played in the NBA Finals again in 1976 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. His NBA career also included stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and the New York Knicks. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor.
After his playing career ended, Westphal coached for Southwestern Baptist Bible College (now Arizona Christian University), Grand Canyon University, and Pepperdine University, and served also as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Sacramento Kings in the NBA. Westphal coached the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993.
In 2019, Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.