Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson

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FILE - In this April 2, 1984, file photo, Georgetown head coach John Thompson, left, gives a happy pat to the most valuable player Patrick Ewing, after Georgetown defeated Houston 84-75 in Seattle. John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a Hoya Paranoia powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA mens basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement Monday., Aug. 31, 2020. No details were disclosed.(AP Photo/File)

Reaction from the sports world to the death of former Georgetown basketball coach and Hall of Famer John Thompson:

“Georgetown University, the sport of basketball and the world has lost someone who I consider to be a father figure, confidant and role model. He has done so much to impact my life and the people he has coached and mentored along the way. However, his reach went well beyond just those who he knew personally. He changed the world and helped shape the way we see it. He was a great coach but an even better person and his legacy is everlasting.” — Patrick Ewing, former Georgetown star and current coach.


“The world has lost a revolutionary icon and a leader. Today, I have lost a father figure, life long coach, and one of my greatest mentors. Coach Thompson, saved my life ... continuously motivating and molding me into the man that I am today.” — former Georgetown star Alonzo Mourning.


“Coach Thompson was truly a great man and a legend in college basketball. He had such a profound impact on his players and was a father figure to so many of them. I admired him and loved him dearly.” — Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA great Michael Jordan in a tweet.


“He was one of a kind. There aren’t that many. He brought a presence to the game that nobody does, has. He was a great coach, but he was also a role model for a lot of coaches — white coaches and Black coaches. He set a standard and the rivalry we had with him was like none other because of him, his presence." — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.