The basketball community mourns the loss of Hall of Fame Georgetown coach John Thompson, who headed the iconic Hoyas program for 27 years. Thompson passed age 78, based on a ABC7 News accounts.
Thompson’s heritage spans multiple decades and his accolades loom large. He was the first Black coach to win an NCAA national championship and has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame back 2006.
Thompson was the school coach of numerous NBA legends, perhaps most memorably Allen Iverson. Iverson composed on Twitter which Thompson”saved his life” and shared insight into their relationship.
Thompson was also the head coach of a variety of Fame big guys, from Patrick Ewing into Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, winning that famous 1984 national tournament with Ewing before his choice as the best pick from the 1985 NBA Draft.
Thompson abandoned the Georgetown app in 1999, and he was replaced by Craig Esherick and finally his son, John Thompson III. These days, the application is trained by Ewing.