- Category : 1917-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Revolution 1
American athlete, a basketball player in the early years of the game and a Hall of Fame Coach under whose guidance the Syracuse Nationals won the NBA championship in 1955.
Cervi dropped out of high school and began playing pro basketball as a guard in 1937. He spent five years in the military during WWII and in 1946 joined the Rochester Royals.The team won a championship in his first year. In 1948 he moved to the Syracuse Nationals as player-coach. In 1953 he became full time coach but was fired during the 1956-57 season when the team did not seem to be able to replicate its winning record.. For the 1958-59 season he coached the Philadelphia Warriors.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
He and his wife of 68 years had a son and two daughters.
He died on November 9, 2009 in Rochester, NY, age 92.