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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2001

Former NBA player, coach Larry Costello dies at 70

NEW YORK -- Larry Costello, who won NBA titles as a player and coach and was one of the last to use the two-handed set shot, has died. He was 70.

Costello died Tuesday, the NBA said.

Costello played in five NBA All-Star games and twice led the league in foul shooting.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Costello played 12 seasons for the Philadelphia Warriors, Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 12.2 points per game.

Costello played with Wilt Chamberlain on the 76ers team that won the 1967 title. He scored a total of 8,622 points in 706 games.

A season after retiring, Costello became coach of the expansion Milwaukee Bucks in 1968-69. In his third season, led by Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson, Costello guided the Bucks to the NBA championship.

Costello coached for 10 seasons with the Bucks and Chicago Bulls and finished with a 430-300 record. His teams were 37-23 in the playoffs.

Denver QB Griese could miss Kansas City game

DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Brian Griese wasn't sure Wednesday whether a concussion will keep him out of next weekend's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

''It is your brain. You only have one of them,'' he said. ''Football is great and all that, but you have to look at the rest of your life.''

Griese worked out Wednesday so team doctors could assess his status.

''I need to go out there and strain myself a little bit, get a sweat going and try and see how my head feels after that,'' he said.

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