Aggies Retire First Basketball Jersey Number

Alvin “Al” Attles, a longtime player, coach and executive for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, will become the first player in the history of the North Carolina A&T men’s basketball program to have his number retired.

The ceremony will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at Corbett Sports Center after the women’s basketball game versus N.C. Central. The women’s game tips off at 4 p.m. Afterward, Attles will be present to see a replica of his No. 22 jersey hanging from the rafters.

“The history of men’s basketball at North Carolina A&T is filled with outstanding players,” said Earl M. Hilton III, A&T’s director of athletics. “Mr. Attles’ contributions to Aggies basketball are consequential and enduring.

“For six decades as an NBA player, coach and executive, his commitment, loyalty and dedication to the Warriors organization and the surrounding community is a glowing example of the positive effects our student-athletes have on society.”

Attles played for legendary A&T head coach Cal Irvin from 1956-60, graduating in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and history. He led the Aggies to consecutive CIAA titles in 1958 and ’59. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 and played for 11 seasons with the team in Philadelphia and then San Francisco.

Attles played in two NBA Finals, 1964 and ’67, losing to the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers respectively. He ended his NBA career averaging 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

For the final two years of his career, the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons, Attles was a player/coach for the Warriors. After retiring as a player, he spent the next 11 seasons as head coach. Attles’ 13-year coaching run included six playoff berths, two division titles and 557 wins, which ranks him 20th all-time in NBA history.

Most importantly, the NBA title that eluded him as a player came his way as a head coach in 1975. Attles led the Warriors to their first and only NBA championship as a West Coast franchise, becoming the second African American coach in NBA history to win a title.

Attles also served as the Warriors general manager for three seasons, starting in 1982. He has been affiliated with the Warriors organization in one capacity or another for 55 years. It represents the longest active streak with one NBA franchise.