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John R. Thompson
John R. Thompson's Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: OfficialHoophall
John Thompson III fired as Georgetown
John Thompson III fired as Georgetown's basketball coach
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: WUSA9
John Thompson Jr. talks college basketball
John Thompson Jr. talks college basketball
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: FOX Sports
Chris Mullin and John Thompson Get Into A FIGHT After A Hard Foul
Chris Mullin and John Thompson Get Into A FIGHT After A Hard Foul
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Game Day Sports
Allen Iverson Interview, Part 1
Allen Iverson Interview, Part 1
Published: 2009/12/05
Channel: NBA
Should Georgetown Fire John Thompson III? | 1 Big Thing | SC With SVP | March 7, 2017
Should Georgetown Fire John Thompson III? | 1 Big Thing | SC With SVP | March 7, 2017
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: ESPN
Thompson: Basketball is my life
Thompson: Basketball is my life
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: FOX Sports
Klay Thompson CAREER HIGH 60 POINTS in 29 Minutes | 12.05.16
Klay Thompson CAREER HIGH 60 POINTS in 29 Minutes | 12.05.16
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: NBA
John Thompson (basketball)
John Thompson (basketball)
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Audiopedia
Chris Mullin and John Thompson get HEATED during Georgetown vs St John
Chris Mullin and John Thompson get HEATED during Georgetown vs St John's game
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Carbo4 Channel
Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson ... After Replacing His Son | TMZ Sports
Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson ... After Replacing His Son | TMZ Sports
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: TMZSports
Three Techs for Thompson (1990) | Great Moments in Syracuse University Sports
Three Techs for Thompson (1990) | Great Moments in Syracuse University Sports
Published: 2014/03/24
Channel: SyracuseU
John Thompson Time Out with Isaiah Rider
John Thompson Time Out with Isaiah Rider
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: BushinStyle
Georgetown Fires Head Basketball Coach John Thompson III
Georgetown Fires Head Basketball Coach John Thompson III
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: NESN
John Thompson conversation with Michael Jordan in 2003 - Part 1/2
John Thompson conversation with Michael Jordan in 2003 - Part 1/2
Published: 2009/02/28
Channel: elshizzo
Allen Iverson Interviewed by John Thompson TNT
Allen Iverson Interviewed by John Thompson TNT
Published: 2006/12/22
Channel: pennyccw
Princeton Basketball John Thompson Step-Thru
Princeton Basketball John Thompson Step-Thru
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: DrStevens777
BONUS - John Thompson Jr. Interview Extras
BONUS - John Thompson Jr. Interview Extras
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: FOX Sports
Basketball Hall of Famer John Thompson on NCAA Championship & More - 4/4/16
Basketball Hall of Famer John Thompson on NCAA Championship & More - 4/4/16
Published: 2016/04/04
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
John Thompson
John Thompson's Pep Talk
Published: 2011/03/16
Channel: ESPN980
John Thompson III and John Thompson, Jr. at the 2016 Georgetown Basketball Banquet
John Thompson III and John Thompson, Jr. at the 2016 Georgetown Basketball Banquet
Published: 2016/04/23
Channel: Evan Chvotkin
The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center at Georgetown University
The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center at Georgetown University
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: GeorgetownToday
Patrick Ewing interview with John Thompson at Georgetown
Patrick Ewing interview with John Thompson at Georgetown
Published: 2012/10/02
Channel: Rogers Photo Archive
2016 PVC Awards Banquet - John Thompson III
2016 PVC Awards Banquet - John Thompson III
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Princeton Athletics
John Thompson III talks about his fathers shadow and tightening his playing skills
John Thompson III talks about his fathers shadow and tightening his playing skills
Published: 2012/12/13
Channel: Rogers Photo Archive
Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry: An oral history
Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry: An oral history
Published: 2013/03/08
Channel: Washington Post
Georgetown Fires Head Coach John Thompson III After 13 Years | SI Wire | Sports Illustrated
Georgetown Fires Head Coach John Thompson III After 13 Years | SI Wire | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: Sports Illustrated
John R. Thompson Jr.: Why Basketball Matters
John R. Thompson Jr.: Why Basketball Matters
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: GeorgetownToday
1984 NCAA Basketball National Championship - Georgetown vs Houston
1984 NCAA Basketball National Championship - Georgetown vs Houston
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: NCAA On Demand
Celebrating the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center at Georgetown University
Celebrating the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center at Georgetown University
Published: 2014/09/26
Channel: GeorgetownToday
Beyond The Bubble: John Thompson Jr Interview
Beyond The Bubble: John Thompson Jr Interview
Published: 2011/03/17
Channel: WJLA7
John Thompson III & Players Postgame
John Thompson III & Players Postgame
Published: 2016/12/17
Channel: Syracuse Orange
Allen Iverson’s Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Allen Iverson’s Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: OfficialHoophall
#KeepGoodGoing: John Thompson III
#KeepGoodGoing: John Thompson III
Published: 2015/02/06
Channel: FOX Sports
Big Shots Basketball Tournament Day 1: John Thompson III in attendance
Big Shots Basketball Tournament Day 1: John Thompson III in attendance
Published: 2013/07/11
Channel: WPDE ABC15
Beyond The Bubble: John Thompson Jr Interview pt 2
Beyond The Bubble: John Thompson Jr Interview pt 2
Published: 2011/03/17
Channel: WJLA7
Big 3 Interview with John Thompson (October 2007)
Big 3 Interview with John Thompson (October 2007)
Published: 2007/10/31
Channel: garnetttribute
A tribute to Coach John Thompson, Jr.
A tribute to Coach John Thompson, Jr.
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: Evan Chvotkin
John Thompson talks with CourtCred.com
John Thompson talks with CourtCred.com
Published: 2010/05/17
Channel: courtcred
John Chaney
John Chaney's Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: OfficialHoophall
Chris Mullin, John Thompson III, Patrick Ewing Jr. Involved In Heated Exchange
Chris Mullin, John Thompson III, Patrick Ewing Jr. Involved In Heated Exchange
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Ultimate Sport Channel
Coaches Corner - John Thompson III
Coaches Corner - John Thompson III
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: Game7dottv
Providence College Basketball - 1987 Final Four coverage
Providence College Basketball - 1987 Final Four coverage
Published: 2011/08/27
Channel: RustedTelevisione
Thompson III: Basketball is part of who he is
Thompson III: Basketball is part of who he is
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: FOX Sports
Head Coach John Thompson III
Head Coach John Thompson III
Published: 2015/03/15
Channel: GeorgetownAthletics
Behind the Scenes with Steve Lavin and John Thompson III
Behind the Scenes with Steve Lavin and John Thompson III
Published: 2013/08/04
Channel: FOX Sports
INTERVIEW: Former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson at the 2014 Final Four
INTERVIEW: Former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson at the 2014 Final Four
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: KFAN Minneapolis
ND-West Haven holds off Wilbur Cross, 66-56, with John Thompson in attendance
ND-West Haven holds off Wilbur Cross, 66-56, with John Thompson in attendance
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: SportzEdge.com
John Thompson III Talks African Ancestry
John Thompson III Talks African Ancestry
Published: 2008/11/26
Channel: African Ancestry
John Thompson III Banquet Closing
John Thompson III Banquet Closing
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: Evan Chvotkin
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John Thompson
Ronald Reagan with John Thompson, Patrick Ewing.jpg
John Thompson (left) and Patrick Ewing meet with President Ronald Reagan
Personal information
Born (1941-09-02) September 2, 1941 (age 76)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 269 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Archbishop Carroll
(Washington, D.C.)
College Providence (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1964–1966
Position Center
Number 5
Coaching career 1966–1999
Career history
As player:
1964–1966 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1966–1972 St. Anthony HS
1972–1999 Georgetown
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

John Robert Thompson Jr. (born September 2, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship when Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, defeated the University of Houston 84–75.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a practicing Roman Catholic.[1] As a child, his mother insisted on sending him to Catholic schools for the educational opportunities and academic challenges.[citation needed] At Archbishop Carroll High School, Thompson emerged as a standout center, playing in three consecutive City Championship games (1958–60). In 1959, Carroll All-Mets Thompson, Monk Malloy, George Leftwich and Tom Hoover won over Cardozo 79–52. The next year, Thompson and Leftwich led the Lions over the Ollie Johnson/Dave Bing led Spingarn, 69–54. During his senior year, Thompson led Carroll to a 24–0 record, preserving their 48-game winning streak along the way. Carroll capped off the undefeated 1960 season with a 57–55 win over St Catherine's Angels of Racine, WI in the Knights of Columbus National Championship Tournament with Thompson pacing the Lions with 15 points. Thompson finished the season as the top scorer in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, averaging 21 points per game.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

After graduating from Archbishop Carroll, Thompson went to Providence College, where he played on the 1963 NIT Championship team with Ray Flynn, and was part of the first Providence NCAA tournament team in 1964. He was an All-American in his senior year of 1964. Upon graduation, Thompson was the Friars' all-time leader in points, scoring average, and field goal percentage, and second in rebounds.[citation needed] Currently, Thompson is 11th on the all-time scoring list at PC, fourth in scoring average, sixth in field goal percentage, and third in rebounds.[citation needed]

He was drafted in the third round in 1964 and played two years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics in 1964–1966.[2] At 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 270 lb (120 kg), he backed up Bill Russell, the Celtics star center, en route to two championships. Nicknamed "The Caddy" for his secondary role to Russell, he averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 74 games played. He retired in 1966 to begin a much more successful career in coaching.[3]

Before retiring as a player in 1966, Thompson was selected by the Chicago Bulls in that year's expansion draft.

Coaching career[edit]

Georgetown[edit]

Thompson was the head coach at St. Anthony High School in Washington, D.C. from 1966 to 1972, racking up a 122–28 record.

After coaching St. Anthony, Thompson was hired to become the head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgetown University, where he spent the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.

Thompson, an imposing figure on the sidelines who towered over many opposing coaches (and players, for that matter), was often noted for the trademark white towel that he carried on his shoulder during the games. Inheriting a Georgetown team which had been 3–23 the year before, Thompson quickly and dramatically improved the team, making the NCAA tournament within three seasons. Over the following 27 years, Thompson's Hoyas went 596–239 (.714), running off a streak of 24 postseason appearances – 20 in the NCAA tournament and 4 in the NIT – including a 14-year streak of NCAA appearances from 1979–1992 that saw three Final Four appearances in 1982, 1984 and 1985, winning a National Championship in 1984 and narrowly missing a repeat the next year by losing to underdog Villanova.

He won seven Coach of the Year awards: Big East (1980, 1987, 1992), United States Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News (1984), National Association of Basketball Coaches (1985) and United Press International (1987). Thompson coached many notable players, including Patrick Ewing, Sleepy Floyd, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson. Under Thompson, 26 players were chosen in the NBA Draft, 8 in the first round including 2 players selected first overall, Ewing by the New York Knicks in 1985 and Iverson by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996.

Controversy[edit]

John Thompson's career as head coach of Georgetown was not without controversy. Perhaps one of the most controversial incidents was the hanging of a sign in the McDonough Gymnasium. In 1975, after another perceived mediocre year, a sign was hung at the top of the rafters reading "Thompson the nigger flop must go."[4] The university quickly took down the sign and silenced talks for his termination.

Confronting drug lord[edit]

In the late 1980s, Thompson got word that several of his players, including Alonzo Mourning, were associating with noted DC drug lord (and avid Hoya fan) Rayful Edmond III,[5] whose crew was connected to at least forty homicides.[6] At the height of his empire, Edmond became very friendly with several Hoyas players. When Thompson confirmed what was happening, he sent word through his sources to have Edmond meet him at his office at McDonough Gymnasium.

When Edmond arrived, Thompson was initially cordial, and informed Edmond that he needed to cease all contacts with his players post haste,[7] specifically John Turner and Mourning, both of whom had befriended Edmond.[8] When Edmond tried to assure him that his players were not involved in anything illegal, the 6'10" Thompson stood up and pointed his index finger between Edmond's eyes. Thompson, known for his legendary volatility, quickly boiled over, and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade in which he told Edmond that he didn't care about his crew's violent reputation or propensity to commit murder. Edmond had crossed a line with Thompson's players, and Thompson was not going to allow Edmond to destroy the players' lives.[9]

By all accounts, Edmond never associated with another Hoyas player on a personal level. It was believed that Thompson was the only person to stand up to Edmond without consequence,[10] initially causing some shock and surprise that there was no reprisal.[11]

1988 Olympic Team[edit]

Thompson, who had served as an assistant coach for the gold medal winning team in the 1976 Summer Olympics, coached the US team at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Although favored to win the international tournament, the United States was narrowly defeated by the Soviet Union in the semifinals 82–76, marking the first time the United States did not reach the gold medal game. The team proceeded to win its final game against Australia to secure the bronze medal.

Protest of Proposition 48[edit]

On February 15, 1989, before the start of Georgetown's home game against Boston College, Thompson walked off the Capital Centre floor and turned coaching duties over to assistant Mike Riley. Thompson was protesting the NCAA's Proposition 48, which would prohibit scholarship athletes from playing their freshman years if they failed to qualify academically.

Resignation[edit]

On January 8, 1999, Thompson announced his resignation as Georgetown's head coach, citing marriage problems. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on October 1, 1999. Thompson was replaced by longtime assistant Craig Esherick, a popular player's coach.[citation needed]

Esherick was fired in 2004 and replaced by John Thompson III, the old coach's eldest son. At the time the elder Thompson was serving Georgetown in what Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, university president, referred to as a "coach emeritus" position, assisting on academic, athletic and community projects.[citation needed] John Thompson III coached Georgetown until 2017.

John Thompson, Jr.,′s younger son, Ronny Thompson, formerly an assistant coach at Georgetown, was the head coach at Ball State from 2006 to 2007.

Commentator[edit]

After retiring from coaching, Thompson continued to be active in basketball as a commentator for both professional (mainly for TNT) and collegiate games. He hosted The John Thompson Show, a sports talk show on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., until February 2012. He worked with former Washington Redskins tight end Rick Walker and producer Chuck Sapienza. He is perhaps best known for beginning interviews with the statement, "Let me ask you a question..."[citation needed] He signed a lifetime contract with Clear Channel Radio and SportsTalk 980 in February 2006.

Thompson left ESPN 980 in March 2012 to pursue other broadcasting opportunities. He continues to spend a lot of time around the Georgetown basketball program, including traveling to road games and participating in press conferences.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Georgetown Hoyas (Independent) (1972–1979)
1972–73 Georgetown 12–14
1973–74 Georgetown 13–13
1974–75 Georgetown 18–10
[note 1]
NCAA First Round
1975–76 Georgetown 21–7
[note 1]
NCAA First Round
1976–77 Georgetown 19–9
[note 1]
NIT First Round
1977–78 Georgetown 23–8
[note 1]
NIT Fourth Place
1978–79 Georgetown 24–5
[note 1]
NCAA First Round
Georgetown: 130–66
Georgetown Hoyas (Big East) (1979–1999)
1979–80 Georgetown 26–6 5–1 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
1980–81 Georgetown 20–12 9–5 2nd NCAA First Round
1981–82 Georgetown 30–7 10–4 2nd NCAA Runner-Up
1982–83 Georgetown 22–10 11–5 2nd NCAA Second Round
1983–84 Georgetown 34–3 14–2 1st NCAA Champions
1984–85 Georgetown 35–3 14–2 2nd NCAA Runner-Up
1985–86 Georgetown 24–8 11–5 3rd NCAA First Round
1986–87 Georgetown 29–5 12–4 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
1987–88 Georgetown 20–10 9–7 2nd NCAA Second Round
1988–89 Georgetown 29–5 13–3 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
1989–90 Georgetown 24–7 11–5 2nd NCAA Second Round
1990–91 Georgetown 19–13 8–8 4th NCAA Second Round
1991–92 Georgetown 22–10 10–6 T–1st NCAA Second Round
1992–93 Georgetown 20–13 8–10 5th NIT Runner–up
1993–94 Georgetown 19–12 10–8 T–4th NCAA Second Round
1994–95 Georgetown 21–10 11–7 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1995–96 Georgetown 29–8 13–5 1st
NCAA Elite Eight
1996–97 Georgetown 20–10 11–7 1st
NCAA First Round
1997–98 Georgetown 16–15 6–12 T–5th
NIT Second Round
1998–99 Georgetown 7–6[note 2] 0–4[note 2]
[note 2]
[note 2]
Total: 596–239 (.714)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Although an independent, Georgetown participated from 1975 to 1979 in one of the regional end-of-season ECAC Tournaments organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference – a loosely organized sports federation of Eastern colleges and universities – for ECAC members which played as independents during the regular season. Each of these regional tournaments provided its winner with an automatic bid to that year's NCAA Tournament in the same manner as conference tournaments of conventional conferences. Georgetown played in the ECAC South Region Tournament from 1975 to 1977, winning it in 1975 and 1976, and in the ECAC South-Upstate Region Tournament in 1978 and 1979, winning it in 1979.
  2. ^ a b c d Thompson resigned at midseason on January 8, 1999. Craig Esherick immediately succeeded him as head coach. Esherick led the team to a regular season conference record of 6–12 and a seventh-place conference finish, a first-round loss in the 1999 National Invitation Tournament, and an overall record for of 15–16.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN.com - Page2 - Darth Vader of G'Town". Espn.go.com. 2003-05-20. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  2. ^ "John Thompson". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "What the Hell Happened to...John Thompson?". CelticsLife.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "All Pressure, All The Time". Sports.espn.go.com. 2000-03-20. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Rayful Edmond III is now part of the United States Federal Witness Protection Program and his place of incarceration is confidential. ~ GANGSTER". Blogclinic.blogspot.com. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  7. ^ John Fitzpatrick (2009-10-02). "In Times Like These, D.C. Sports Fans Should Remember the Greats". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  8. ^ Wilbon, Michael. "A Coach, Not a Crusader". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ Wise, Mike (February 10, 2007). "Big John Is Still Big John". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 

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