Jack McCloskey, the Detroit Pistons’ general manager for more than a decade has reportedly died. A CNN report claims that one of the most feted basketball managers breathed his last on May 1 in Savannah, Ga. He was 91.
Born of September 19925, Jack McCloskey, who is known as the architect of the Detroit Pistons has been feted for his role in taking basketball forward.
While he might have served as the manager of the Detroit Pistons from 1979 to 1992, his involvement with basketball was rather very old. He played one game for the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA during the 1953 season, scoring 6 points in that game. He served as head coach of the University of Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1966, and of Wake Forest from 1966 to 1972. Following that, he served as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1972 through 1974, earning a 48-116 win/loss record. Nonetheless, his role as the general manager is the hallmark of his professional life.
Reports suggest that McCloskey was battling Alzheimer’s disease and the final years weren’t very good for him. A CNN report claims that he was staying at Insignia Personal Care Home, a facility that caters to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients for the last several years and the facility actually announced his death.
While talking to the Free Press early May, his wife Leslie said, “He has his good days and not so good days…Some days he’s very happy and talks to everybody. Then some days he’s just very tired. You never know. … He’s doing pretty well. He’s in a really good place. He was starting to get really bad at home, and I couldn’t take care of him anymore because he was falling.”
The way he took Pistons forward is a subject that will continue to be a subject of study for a long time to come. “McCloskey, nicknamed “Trader Jack,” assembled the Pistons’ teams that made nine straight playoff appearances (1984-92), five straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, three NBA Finals appearances and those two championships. He was honored by the club on March 29, 2008 with a retirement ceremony where his name was raised to the Palace rafters…McCloskey selected a pair of future Hall of Famers in the first round with Isiah Thomas (1981) and Joe Dumars (1985). In 1986, he selected Georgia Tech’s John Salley in the first round with the 11th overall pick and then selected Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman from Southeast Oklahoma State with the 27th pick in the second round”” says a report.
He is survived by his wife and daughter Molly McCloskey. Molly is a well-known writer. she has been living in Ireland since 1989. Her fiction has won the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award (1995) and the inaugural Fish Short Story Prize (1996). Her story “Another Country” was anthologized in The Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories (2005), edited by David Marcus. Her first work of non-fiction, a memoir of her schizophrenic brother Mike, called Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother, was named by The Sunday Times (UK) as its Memoir of the Year for 2011.