Former Trail Blazers coach dies
Jack McCloskey, the third head coach of the Trail Blazers, died Thursday at age 91 in Savannah, Georgia.
McCloskey had been at a facility for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
He coached the Blazers from 1972-74, going 48-116.
McCloskey replaced Rolland Tood, who coached Portland from 1970-72 (41-97 overall record) and was followed on an interim basis by general manager Stu Inman (6-20 in 1972).
McCloskey was perhaps better known as the general manager of the Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys" championship teams.
The Pistons were NBA champions in 1989 and 1990, defeating Portland for their first title. Coach Chuck Daily's team included Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and Vinnie Johnson.
McCloskey helped the Pistons make five consecutive Eastern Conference finals and three NBA finals during a run of nine straight playoff appearances.
The Pistons honored him in a 2008 retirement ceremony.
McCloskey also was coach of Penn from 1956-66 and Wake Forest from 1966-72, and he was a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach before coming to Portland.
On Friday, the Blazers issued this statement from their founding president, Harry Glickman, who hired McCloskey:
"The world of sports lost one of its greatest competitors in the death of Jack McCloskey. He was our coach for two years and later became general manager of the Detroit Pistons and led them to two world championships. He was a great athlete, playing 60 minutes a game for the University of Pennsylvania. Later in life, he took up tennis and became one of the best in our country in his age bracket. We offer our condolences to his family."