The Detroit Pistons Were My Father’s Second Family


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.