Steve McKean, a famous basketball coach, has passed away.

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Steve McKean, the former Tall Blacks basketball coach, died following a brief battle with cancer.

McKean was the Tall Blacks’ coach from 1972 to 1981, and he led the team to their first-ever victory over Australia in 1978.

After moving to New Zealand from the United States over 50 years ago, he began his basketball career with the Auckland Club, Panmure.

He was an NBL coach for nine years, and he was most importantly the coach of the NBL’s first team to win 100 games.

He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for his services to Sport, and in 2016 was honoured by the wider sports sector when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards.

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