Former Bullets coach, Maryland Hall of Famer Gene Shue dies at 90

Baltimore Bullets coach Gene Shue motions to the bench in this 1980 photo. At right is Bullets' Kevin Grevey (35). Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Irving H. Phillips Jr./The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Baltimore Bullets coach Gene Shue motions to the bench in this 1980 photo. At right is Bullets’ Kevin Grevey (35). Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Irving H. Phillips Jr./The Baltimore Sun via AP)

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1:  Head coach Gene Shue of the Los Angeles Clippers claps during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum, in Los Angeles, California on January 1, 1988.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/NBAE/Getty Images)
Head coach Gene Shue of the Los Angeles Clippers claps during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum, in Los Angeles, California on January 1, 1988. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/NBAE/Getty Images)

Baltimore Bullets basketball coach Gene Shue is shown in a 1970 photo. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Carl D. Harris/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Baltimore Bullets basketball coach Gene Shue is shown in a 1970 photo. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Carl D. Harris/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Head coach Gene Shue of the Los Angeles Clippers instructs his team during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum, in Los Angeles, California on January 1, 1989. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/NBAE/Getty Images)

Baltimore Bullets basketball player Gene Shue is shown Oct. 29, 1963. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Paul Hutchins/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Baltimore Bullets basketball player Gene Shue is shown Oct. 29, 1963. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Paul Hutchins/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Gene Shue
FILE – Detroit Pistons’ Gene Shue (21) is defended by New York Knickerbockers’ Richie Guerin during an NBA basketball game, Dec. 30, 1959 in Philadelphia. The NBA announced Shue’s passing on Monday, April 4, 2022. He was 90. (AP Photo/File)

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, right, and his former Sixers coach Gene Shue and are seen at a news conference in Philadelphia, Monday, May 24, 2010. Collins is back as an NBA coach after seven seasons as an analyst with TNT. Collins was excited to take over the 76ers, the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, right, and his former Sixers coach Gene Shue and are seen at a news conference in Philadelphia, Monday, May 24, 2010. Collins is back as an NBA coach after seven seasons as an analyst with TNT. Collins was excited to take over the 76ers, the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gene Shue, during his playing days for the University of Maryland and a more recent photo.

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Baltimore Bullets coach Gene Shue motions to the bench in this 1980 photo. At right is Bullets' Kevin Grevey (35). Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Irving H. Phillips Jr./The Baltimore Sun via AP)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1:  Head coach Gene Shue of the Los Angeles Clippers claps during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum, in Los Angeles, California on January 1, 1988.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/NBAE/Getty Images)
Baltimore Bullets basketball coach Gene Shue is shown in a 1970 photo. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Carl D. Harris/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Baltimore Bullets basketball player Gene Shue is shown Oct. 29, 1963. Shue, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year who won 784 games with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers, has died. He was 90. The Wizards and the NBA announced Shue’s death Monday, April 4, 2021. (Paul Hutchins/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Gene Shue
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, right, and his former Sixers coach Gene Shue and are seen at a news conference in Philadelphia, Monday, May 24, 2010. Collins is back as an NBA coach after seven seasons as an analyst with TNT. Collins was excited to take over the 76ers, the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gene Shue, former Washington Bullets head coach and University of Maryland Hall of Famer, died Monday at the age of 90.

The Baltimore native won a franchise-record 522 wins during his 13 total seasons with the Bullets. He also led the franchise to three 50-win seasons (1968-69, 1969-70 and 1972-73) when it was originally based in Baltimore.

Shue — who was a point guard — played 11 seasons in the NBA before transitioning over the coaching side. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA selection. He spent the majority of his playing career with the Pistons, playing six seasons with the Michigan-based franchise.

He also played for the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers before playing his final season with then-Baltimore Bullets. He was taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1954 NBA Draft.

With the Bullets, Shue was named Coach of the Year two times and led them to five Eastern Conference Finals in the playoffs, as well as one NBA Finals appearance.



Shue was also known for shepherding the 76ers back to greatness, and took Philadelphia to the Finals in 1977 with the help of players such as Julius Erving, Doug Collins and George McGinnis.

Shue was fired by the 76ers early the following season and ended up with the San Diego Clippers from 1978-80. When the NBA adopted the 3-pointer in the 1979-80 season, the Clippers led the league in both attempts and field goals from long distance.

He finished his coaching career with 784 victories. He was a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame nominee.

“Gene dedicated his life to the game and left an indelible mark as a player, head coach and executive. We extend our deepest condolences to the Shue family,” the league said in a statement.

Before playing professionally, Shue was a college star for the Terrapins, averaging 18.7 points per game during his career, a school record for more than two decades. He was an All-ACC selection as a senior in 1954. Shue was inducted into University of Maryland’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

WTOP’s Matt Delaney and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Jose Umana

José Umaña is a digital editor for WTOP. He’s been working as a journalist for almost a decade, covering local news, education and sports. His work has appeared in The Prince George’s Sentinel, The Montgomery Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, PressBox and The Diamondback.

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