AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -Basketball pioneer Will Robinson has died at 96.
The Detroit Pistons say he died Monday in a nursing home in Harper Woods. Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek Dobek says Robinson had been sick for 15 months and in a nursing home for more than a year.
Robinson was the first black coach of a Division I program, leading Illinois State in the 1970s. He joined the Pistons as a scout in 1976. Robinson discovered Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, key players on Detroit's 1989 and 1990 NBA championship teams.
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