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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. 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. 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 Jack McKinney 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 to 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 (1992-1995), and the Toronto Raptors (2004), 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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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:18:45 -0700

1 in Bellwood, "Firefighting is a tight brotherhood, so people travel pretty far to support one of their own brothers." The benefit was for Jack McCloskey, the assistant fire chief for the department. The people who attended the fundraiser say Jack is ...

SFGate (blog)

SFGate (blog)
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:22:23 -0700

... Catholic school education advocate John Moriarity, SFPD Chaplain, Fr. Mike Healy; Newman Club members including John Duggan, Kathy Grogan, Jack McCloskey, Stephen Revetria, John Ring, Jim Horan, Michael McLaughlin; Jim Byrne and his wife, ...

Derry Journal

Derry Journal
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:22:30 -0700

Claudy captain Shea McConomy is from Slaughtmanus and forms a strong midfield pairing with Jack McCloskey, an area which is likely to key against St. Malachy's. Alongside the likes of full-back Ryan Cunning, centre-half back Luke Murphy, full-forward ...
The Daily Pennsylvanian
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:05:36 -0800

Jack McCloskey coached Penn basketball during the dawn of the Big 5, from 1956 to 1966. In his 10 seasons coaching the Quakers, McCloskey went 146-105 overall and 87-53 in Ivy League play. McCloskey later coached the Portland Trail Blazers from ...

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Sports Media 101
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:37:07 -0700

Detroit Pistons Must Make Finding the Next Jack McCloskey a Goal in General Manager Search. April 18th, 2014 at 4:35 PM By Max DeMara. Even though a restaurant may receive acclaim for having fantastic food thanks to a superior chef, the restaurant ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0800

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jack McCloskey, General Manager of the Detroit Pistons from 1979 to 1992, and the architect of the Bad Boys' two World Championship teams in 1989 and 1990, will be honored in a retirement ceremony at halftime on March 29 ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:52:06 -0800

Reading, Pa. (Dec. 22, 2014) - Fifth-ranked Dickinson College (9-1) posted 49 points in the second half in a 71-64 win over Alvernia University (4-5) Monday evening in non-conference men's basketball action at Jack McCloskey Court. The Crusaders—led ...

WDIV Detroit

WDIV Detroit
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:24:05 -0800

Daly and GM Jack McCloskey assembled the "Bad Boys." Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Vinnie Johnson and Mark Aguirre helped set a franchise record in wins with 63 in 1988. Daly led the Pistons to back-to-back ...

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