Johnny Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard from Detroit, scored 1,562 points for UD from 1973-76. A 10-year playing career in the NBA followed, and then he moved into coaching and spent more than two decades in the NBA. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995-96 and the Orlando Magic from 2003-05. He last coached with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant in 2013-14 and is now semi-retired, he said, and living in Asheville, N.C.
Davis’ basketball career made it hard for him to return to UD since his playing career ended. He spoke to the team on Friday and attended the 2 p.m. game Saturday against East Tennessee State. UD Arena, which opened not long before his playing career began, didn’t look that much different.