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Before Jack McCloskey was "Trader Jack," the risk-taking, daredevil GM of the Detroit Pistons—architect of two World Championship teams and damn near a third—he was a rumpled old college basketball coach. The Eastern seaboard was his jurisdiction. He coached for 10 years at Penn, then for six years at Wake Forest, picking-and-rolling in the sweaty gyms of the campuses of Rutgers, St. John’s, Temple, North Carolina and CCNY. The basketballs in those days had just become lace-free. The shoes were canvas sneakers and their tops were high; if you wore them with today’s basketball shorts, the tops and the shorts would just about touch. Trader Jack was Coach Jack, and his teams were winners. Before he was even Coach Jack, McCloskey was Lt. Jack—serving in ...

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