In an 11-year NBA career played mostly with the Boston Celtics, Sharman was voted to the All-NBA First or Second Team seven times, and he played in eight NBA All-Star Games. He teamed with Bob Cousy to form one of the most formidable backcourts in league history, helping the Celtics to four championships.
After retiring as a player in 1961, Sharman distinguished himself as a coach, the only one to win championships in three professional leagues – the American Basketball League, the American Basketball Association and the NBA.
After guiding the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers to the best regular-season record (69-13) in NBA history (until 1995-96), Sharman remained coach of the Lakers until 1976. He then became the Lakers’ general manager and was engineer of the 1980 Showtime teams featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He was the Lakers team president from 1982 to 1988, and he currently holds the position of special consultant to the Lakers.
Inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1976 as a player, Sharman became the third person to make the NBA Hall of Fame as both a player and coach when he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame as a coach in September 2004. As a player, coach, general manager and consultant, he has earned 15 championship rings, more than any former player.