Matt Guokas Sr.

For his son, see Matt Guokas.
Matthew Guokas Sr.
Personal information
Born (1915-11-11)November 11, 1915
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 9, 1993(1993-12-09) (aged 78)
Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Joseph's
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Saint Joseph's (1934–1938)
Playing career 1938–1947
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 14
Career history
1938–1939 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1941–1945 Trenton Tigers
1946–1947 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards

Matthew George Guokas Sr. (November 11, 1915 – December 9, 1993) was an American basketball player and broadcaster. He was the son of Lithuanian immigrants.[1]

A 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) forward from Saint Joseph's University, Guokas played one season of professional basketball with the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA (a precursor to the NBA). He averaged 1.7 points during the Warriors' 1946–47 championship season. After losing his right leg in an automobile accident, Guokas turned to broadcasting, and he served as an announcer for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles from 1953 to 1985.

His son Matt Guokas Jr. played in the NBA from 1966 and 1976, and later coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic and worked as a broadcaster for the NBA on NBC and other sports networks.

Guokas and his son, Matt Jr., were the first father-son duo to both win NBA championships as players; this feat has since been repeated by the Barrys (Rick and Brent), the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and the Thompsons (Mychal and Klay).


  1. Wessel, Harry (October 15, 1992). "Coach Matt Guokas – Cool, In Control". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
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