Mike Bibby played in the NBA for a good amount of time. He spent 14 seasons in the league and played for six different teams. Bibby was a part of a Sacramento Kings team that was successful for many years in the Western Conference.
Bibby wasn’t the only player in his family who had experience playing in the NBA. His father, Henry Bibby, played nine seasons in the NBA, and he went on to become a coach after his playing career was over.
Henry Bibby’s player career
Henry Bibby was a winner before he played in the NBA. In college, he played basketball at UCLA and was the starting point guard for the team that won three straight NCAA championships from 1970 to 1972. He played under legendary head coach John Wooden, and he was named an All-American his senior year.
After his senior year at UCLA, the New York Knicks selected Bibby in the fourth round of the 1972 NBA draft. He was also drafted in the second round of the ABA draft by the Carolina Cougars that same year. Bibby decided to play with the New York Knicks, and he would end up winning an NBA championship in his first season with the team. He spent two and a half seasons in New York and averaged nine points in his final season.
After his time in New York, he played for the New Orleans Jazz. He would then go on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he was a part of the teams that made it to the 1977 and 1980 NBA Finals but ended up losing both times. Bibby spent four seasons playing in Philadelphia, which was the longest that he played with a team during his career. During the 1978-79 season, he averaged 12.2 points, which was the most he averaged during his career. He would finish his NBA career playing for the San Diego Clippers during the 1980-81 season.
Henry Bibby’s coaching career
Henry Bibby immediately got into coaching after his playing career was over, and he had success as a coach. He started his coaching career in the Continental Basketball Association, and he won two championships with the Winnipeg Thunder in 1982 and 1989.
In 1996 he was named the coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Southern California. Bibby spent nine seasons at USC and finished with an overall record of 131-111. Going into his ninth season at USC, he was fired four games into the season. In 2005 he went to the WNBA and became the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. He did not stay long, with the team only coaching in 28 games. After being in the WNBA, Bibby had a few assistant coaching jobs in the NBA with the 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Family of athletes
Mike Bibby and his father are one of four father-son duos to win an NCAA championship. Henry Bibby had the opportunity to when a championship as both a player and a coach. When Mike Bibby’s playing career was over, he went to coaching, just like his father.
There are many professional athletes whose parents also played a professional sport. Mike Bibby followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued an NBA career and a coaching career. Both were pretty talented players as well.