Bill Sharman coaches the Los Angles Lakers in a 1971 file image. A Hall of Famer as both a player and a coach, Sharman won three NBA championships as a
Bill Sharman coaches the Los Angles Lakers in a 1971 file image. A Hall of Famer as both a player and a coach, Sharman won three NBA championships as a player with the Boston Celtics, and won the '71 crown as coach of the Lakers. He died Friday, October 25, 2013, at 87. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Bill Sharman, one of three people elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1976) and coach (2004), died Friday at his Redondo Beach home, the Los Angeles Lakers said. He was 87.

Sharman spent the past four decades with the Lakers as a coach, executive and consultant. In Sharman's first season on L.A.'s bench, the 1971-72 Lakers had a record 33-game winning streak en route to the NBA title. That team featured Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain.

"This is a very sad day for me," said West, an executive board member of the Warriors. "Bill Sharman was one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. He was the epitome of class and dignity. I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Joyce, and his children."

Sharman began his NBA coaching career with the then-San Francisco Warriors in 1966 and spent two seasons with the team.

He won four championships during an 11-season playing career in Boston, teaming with Bob Cousy in the backcourt.

John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens are the others with that double Hall of Fame distinction.

Sharman also excelled in baseball, getting drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. As a late call-up in 1951, he was in the dugout at the Polo Grounds for Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World."

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