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CL and John "Jack" McCloskey. (3/25/13)

John William "Jack" McCloskey (born October 19, 1925) is a retired American basketball player, coach and executive. He served in World War II as a lieutenant commanding a landing ship for Marines. He played one game for the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA during the 1953 season, scoring 6 points in that game. Two decades later, he served as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1972 through 1974, earning a 48-116 win/loss record. He followed this stint as an assistant coach to Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers. When West became general manager, McCloskey felt he had earned the right to become head coach, but Paul Westhead was hired instead. In 1979, he became general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

During the next 13 years, "Trader Jack," as he was known, made over 30 trades, constantly upgrading his team to become a true challenger to the Boston Celtics, one of the dominant teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference. His best-known moves were drafting future Hall-Of-Famer Joe Dumars outside the lottery and rebounding champ Dennis Rodman in the second round of the NBA Draft, trading three players for future all-star center and dominant rebounder Bill Laimbeer and trading superstar Adrian Dantley for Mark Aguirre during the 1988-89 season, a move that helped the Pistons win the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990. After the Chicago Bulls swept an injury-riddled Piston team in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, "Trader Jack" made his last moves. He acquired Darrell Walker, Brad Sellers, and Orlando Woolridge, and let go of Vinnie Johnson and James Edwards to try and make the team younger. He drafted Doug Overton in the second round that year (the Pistons had traded their first-round pick away), who did not even play the following season. The Pistons struggled with their chemistry, as key subs like John Salley did not improve their performance, yet they won 48 games. They lost in five games to the New York Knicks in the first round, and McCloskey left the team. He later served in the front offices of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Toronto Raptors, the latter on an interim basis.

On March 29, 2008, McCloskey had his name honored in Detroit, with banner raised at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Now retired, he currently resides in Georgia.[1]

His daughter is the writer Molly McCloskey, whose memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother (2011) recounts the story of the McCloskey family with particular focus on Molly's brother (Jack McCloskey's son), Mike.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ FBI investigated letters sent to former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly - ESPN, "Jack McCloskey, now retired and living in Georgia"
  2. ^ Irish Independent review of Circles Around the Sun
  3. ^ Irish Times review of Circles Around the Sun
  4. ^ Guardian review of Circles Around the Sun

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Jack McCloskey Banner Raising - Mar 29 2008

Jack McCloskey gets a banner raised at the Palace of Auburn Hills by the Detroit Pistons franchise.

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189 news items

WFMZ Allentown
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:07:30 -0800

The Alvernia men's and Albright women's basketball teams prevailed in league contests on Wednesday night. At Jack McCloskey Court, Alvernia tallied a huge 66-56 victory over Arcadia. Mike Miller Jr. light it up with 25 points for the Crusaders ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:07:30 -0800

BOX SCORE Reading, Pa. (Jan. 28, 2015) - Mike Miller drained a career high 25 points to lead Alvernia University (11-7, 6-4) to a 66-56 victory over Arcadia University (10-9, 6-4) Wednesday evening in Commonwealth Conference action at Jack McCloskey ...
WFMZ Allentown
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:38:54 -0800

The Alvernia men beat Albright 75-68 Wednesday night at Alvernia's Jack McCloskey Court, while the Albright women beat Alvernia 70-68 at the buzzer. Harrison Deyo was one of four Crusaders in double-figures in the men's game, scoring 20 points to tie ...
Reading Eagle
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:26:15 -0800

Stevie Fortna scored a game-high 22 points to help Alvernia earn a 78-74 come-from-behind Commonwealth Conference win over Widener Wednesday night at Jack McCloskey Court. Fortna scored 20, including the Crusaders' final 14, and Tyra Roberts had ...
Reading Eagle
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:25:22 -0800

Harrison Deyo scored 19 points as Alvernia beat Penn State-Berks 75-48 in a non-conference men's basketball game Monday night at Jack McCloskey Court. Lamont Clark had 13 points and six assists for the Crusaders (7-6). Charles Cooper had 13 points ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:56:15 -0800

7, 2015) – Hood College (3-10, 1-3) put together a 16-2 run early in the second half then held off a late charge from Alvernia University (5-7, 1-3) in a 60-56 win Wednesday evening in Commonwealth Conference women's basketball action at Jack McCloskey ...
Lynchburg News and Advance
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:39:16 -0800

Mary Alice worked as a professional X-Ray technician at the office of Dr. Jack McCloskey in Somers Point, N.J. and was a parishioner and played organ at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for many years.She is survived by her two daughters, Lianne ...

Lynchburg News and Advance

Lynchburg News and Advance
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:15:44 -0800

Mary Alice worked as a professional X-Ray technician at the office of Dr. Jack McCloskey in Somers Point, N.J. and was a parishioner and played organ at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for many years.She is survived by her two daughters, Lianne ...

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