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John Thompson Never Lost

My grandma made sure I grew up Coach’s way

Coach Horace Broadnax (left) who played basketball for Georgetown meets with his old coach John Thompson before the game.
Coach Horace Broadnax (left) who played basketball for Georgetown meets with his old coach John Thompson before the game in 1997. Photo: Larry Morris/The The Washington Post/Getty Images

For nearly three decades, John Thompson didn’t just coach Georgetown University’s elite men’s basketball team, producing NBA Hall of Famers like Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson. As a proud Black community elder, he also inspired and encouraged young Black men to expand their spheres of power and influence — and to so defiantly.

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