The Detroit Pistons Were My Father’s Second Family

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The author (left), with her father, Jack McCloskey, who was the general manager of the Detroit Pistons, and three siblings.Photograph courtesy Special Collections & Archives, Wake Forest University

One night, when I was a sophomore in college, my father came to see me play basketball in Philadelphia. It was 1984. I was on the team at St. Joseph’s, and he was the general manager of the Detroit Pistons. He and my mother were long divorced, and I saw him only two or three times a year, when he came to town for a Pistons game or to scout a player. I had lost my starting spot at the beginning of the season, and that night I didn’t play much or particularly well.