Motta's big break came in 1968 when he was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. He led the team to the playoffs in his first season, and in 1971, he coached the Bulls to their first-ever conference finals appearance. Motta's success with the Bulls earned him the NBA Coach of the Year award in 1971.
After leaving the Bulls in 1976, Motta went on to coach several other NBA teams, including the Washington Bullets, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Sacramento Kings. He had his greatest success with the Bullets, leading them to the NBA championship in 1978. Motta's coaching style was known for its emphasis on defense and teamwork, and he was respected by his players for his ability to motivate and inspire them.
Motta retired from coaching in 1997, but his legacy in the NBA lives on. He is remembered as one of the most successful coaches in the league's history, with a career record of 935 wins and 1,017 losses. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019, recognizing his contributions to the sport as a coach and mentor to countless players over the years.