A l Bianchi was born on March 26, 1932 in Long Island City, New York. He was an NBA professional basketball player, coach and general manager as well as consultant and NBA scout..
A 1954 graduate of Bowling Green State University, he was voted on the “All Ohio Team” and received honorable mention on the All American Basketball team. Beginning in 1956, Bianchi played for the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA. He moved with the team to Philadelphia as the 76ers in 1963
On May 1, 1966, Bianchi was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA expansion draft, but he never played in a game for the Bulls and retired from play. Following Bianchi’s retirement, he became assistant coach under Johnny “Red” Kerr for the Bulls. After a year in Chicago, Bianchi became head coach of the expansion team, Seattle SuperSonics, compiling a 53-111 record.
Bianchi coached the Washington Caps/Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association from 1969 through 1975. Bianchi also served as the Squires general manager. In 1971, Bianchi was named ABA Coach of the Year for guiding the Squires to the ABA’s Eastern Division championship with a record of 55-29 (.655). The Squires lost to the New York Nets in the Eastern Division finals and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Nets in the Eastern finals.
In 1976, he re-entered the NBA to work for head coach John MacLeod as assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, from 1976-1987, a tenure highlighted by the Suns’ legendary triple-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA finals, won by the Celtics 4 games to 2.
Bianchi went on from Phoenix to serve as general manager for the New York Knicks from 1987 to 1991. With a return to Phoenix in 1991, he commenced college scouting for the Phoenix Suns. In 2004, he became a consultant-scout for the Golden State Warriors through the 2008-2009 season.
In September 2007, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc. as “Player” by the New York City Athletic Club.
Bianchi now resides full time in Phoenix, Arizona and does independent consulting and scouting for teams desirous of his experience in both the NBA and college basketball.