Suns legend, Hall of Famer Paul Westphal diagnosed with brain cancer

Paul Westphal
Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 21:46:04-04

Suns legend and basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

The 69-year-old has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer.

Westphal was inducted into the Suns' Ring of Honor in 1998 and his number "44" has been retired.

He was named to the All-NBA First Team three times during two stints as a player in Phoenix. Westphal would later become the head coach of the Suns and compiled a 191- 88 record during his tenure, leading them to the NBA Finals in the 1992-1993 season.

In a statement from the Suns they say, “The Phoenix Suns organizations share their unwavering support for Paul Westphal and his family during this challenging time. We are devastated to hear of his brain cancer diagnosis. Paul has been an iconic cornerstone of the Phoenix Suns franchise for decades, both as an outstanding player and coach. His tenacity on the court and on the bench led the franchise to two NBA Finals appearances and his impact on the Phoenix community extends well beyond the hardwood.”

Suns head coach Monty Williams was asked about the news on Sunday after the team's practice.

"That's a tough blow for his family, and especially so many people in Phoenix who hold him in such high regard, and rightfully so," said Williams. "He's been a bright spot for the league as a player and a coach for a long, long time. Obviously, our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with him and his family."