Frank Hamblen (Frank Alan Hamblen)

Frank Hamblen

Frank Alan Hamblen, II (April 16, 1947 – September 30, 2017) was an American basketball coach and scout. He played college basketball at Syracuse. He died in San Diego on September 30, 2017. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Frank Hamblen graduated from Garfield High School in Terre Haute in 1965. As a Sophomore, he was a reserve guard on the 1963 IHSAA State Finals team that was defeated by South Bend Central, 72-45 in the first game of the semi-final round. He finished as the Purple Eagles’ #3 scorer behind 3-time All-American Terry Dischinger and Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette. Hamblen was recognized among the top 12 high school basketball players in Indiana and 25 years later was named to the Silver Anniversary Team in 1990 by the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame. Hamblen graduated from Syracuse University in 1969. On the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, Hamblen earned three letters and was team captain as a senior. Hamblen averaged 4.6 points per game as a senior. Frank Hamblen served as an interim head coach for two different teams; for the Milwaukee Bucks in 1992 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. He also has served as an assistant coach on four NBA teams (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers), often alongside Phil Jackson. Hamblen has been an assistant coach on seven championship teams, two with Jackson’s Bulls and five with Jackson’s Lakers. Jackson retired after the 2010–11 season, and Hamblen’s contract with the Lakers expired as well.

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  • April, 16, 1947
  • USA
  • Terre Haute, Indiana


  • September, 30, 2017
  • USA
  • San Diego, California

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