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Talent Profile - Matt Guokas, Sun Sports and FSN Florida

Saturday, December 22, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 9:46 PM, under , , , , ,

Editors Note: Matt Goukas, former coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers is the color analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Sun Sports and FSN Florida. This is his profile as published by the networks. (last updated 12/22/2007)

Matt Guokas is analyst for Orlando Magic games on Sun Sports and FSN Florida. Guokas joins David Steele and Paul Kennedy on each of the Magic game broadcasts on Sun Sports and FSN Florida.

Guokas spent eight seasons as an analyst for FSN's local coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also served as an analyst for CBS's coverage of NCAA Basketball. Guokas was also an analyst for NBC's coverage of the NBA. In addition, he handled the analyst duties for the network's basketball coverage during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

No stranger to The City Beautiful, Guokas was the head coach of the Magic from their inaugural season in 1989-90 through the 1992-93 campaign. He compiled a 111-217 (.338) record with Orlando and led them to their first-ever .500 season in 1992-93 (41-41). Guokas also served as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers from 1985-88. His best season was in 1985-86, where he led the Sixers to a 54-28 regular season mark. In six-plus seasons as a head coach, Guokas had a 230-305 record (.430). He was also an assistant coach in Philadelphia under Billy Cunningham for three-and-a-half seasons and helped the Sixers capture the NBA Championship in 1982-83.

The Philadelphia native was an All-American basketball player at St. Joseph's University and was the 76er's first round draft choice in 1966. Guokas played in Philadelphia for four seasons and helped the Sixers win the 1967 NBA title. During his 10-year career, Guokas also played with Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Houston and Buffalo.

Guokas has an extensive broadcasting background. In 1977, he began a five-year stint as part of the 76ers radio and television broadcast team. During that time, he handled both play-by-play and analyst assignments on local over-the-air and cable television. His father, Matt Sr., was a play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1950's, following his playing career.

Guokas and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

Photograph courtesy of Sun Sports/FSN Florida.

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