Greg Monroe: 2020... man. Idk even know where to begin …

Greg Monroe: 2020… man. Idk even know where to begin on this one. We lost another great man today. A great coach but even better humanitarian. I dont know anyone who loved the game of basketball more. And as much as you loved the game you loved people more. You sat in McDonough every time a ball bounced on the court willing to share your knowledge to anyone walking through there, not just hoyas. This one hurts fr. Every conversation was priceless and was always deeper than the surface and that was by design because you knew what we were up against as we were growing into men. I thank you for all of your wisdom and guidance. RIH “Don’t let the sum total of your existence be 8-10 pounds of air” a statement that has always stuck with me and you for sure lived by that. Love you Big John

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The phone buzzed on Monday morning, followed by a most uncomfortable hush. No hello. No words. Only moments of silence turning into a muffled heave, and finally, a brokenhearted sob. "You had to come from Maryland and D.C. and Prince George's County to know what Coach Thompson meant to us," Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams finally said on the phone Monday. "I played in his gym one summer, and he cussed me out because I wasn't doing something right, and man, it was an honor. Patrick [Ewing] and Alonzo [Mourning] were there playing pickup, and I felt for a moment like I was part of their family, because Coach didn't talk to everyone like that. "... He looked like my granddad, and every time I saw him ..."
For a moment today, everyone should also reflect on the role Ewing played in Thompson's life and legacy. His decision to attend Georgetown in 1981 changed everything. Ewing delivered Thompson the platform to reach the masses in a way that inspired and challenged and forced all kinds of people to consider -- and reconsider -- how inequality was rooted in the fabric of the American experiment. Now, Ewing is Georgetown's coach, a most worthy of heirs to a seat Thompson made one of the most influential in sports. "I wouldn't be here without John Thompson," Williams, a Notre Dame graduate, said on Monday morning. "He was a hero for us. We had our parents, and we had Len Bias, and Len died. And then we had John Thompson.
"He put his arms around me, and he knew how I grew up, that I was a kid from his area, and had gotten into coaching, and he told me stuff that I knew he wasn't telling everybody," Williams said. "It was like talking to some figure from the Bible who I wanted to meet. Around there, a lot of people called him Big John, but I could never bring myself to do that. I always called him Coach Thompson. "I just knew that I didn't have his kind of backbone, and I wish I did. He was like Moses to me."
Bill Russell: Very sad to hear of my friend & teammate John Thompson’s passing this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & all of the men he brought through #Georgetown & the impact he had on so many lives. He will be greatly missed #RIP my friend
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"You had to come from Maryland and D.C. and Prince George's County to know what Coach Thompson meant to us," Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams finally said on the phone Monday. "I played in his gym one summer, and he cussed me out because I wasn't doing something right, and man, it was an honor. Patrick [Ewing] and Alonzo [Mourning] were there playing pickup, and I felt for a moment like I was part of their family, because Coach didn't talk to everyone like that. ... He looked like my granddad, and every time I saw him ..." The words dissolved into tears. Finally, Williams found five that explained why Thompson meant so much to him -- meant so much to so many -- and always will. "He stood up for us."
"I wouldn't be here without John Thompson," Williams, a Notre Dame graduate, said on Monday morning. "He was a hero for us. We had our parents, and we had Len Bias, and Len died. And then we had John Thompson. "He was the first, along with Coach [John] Chaney, who stood up and said, 'That's wrong.' They were offended when people tried to put them into a different class, and it gave me confidence to not put up with stuff that I knew was wrong. He taught Black kids to believe that they were valuable, and the athletes among us then knew that he was talking about us too."
Several years ago, Williams had completed a nine-year NBA playing career, delivered New Orleans to the playoffs as a head coach, and found himself at Georgetown on a scouting assignment for the San Antonio Spurs. The old coach was long retired, but still sat on the court in a chair and watched his son, John Thompson III, conduct Hoyas practices. "He put his arms around me, and he knew how I grew up, that I was a kid from his area, and had gotten into coaching, and he told me stuff that I knew he wasn't telling everybody," Williams said. "It was like talking to some figure from the Bible who I wanted to meet. Around there, a lot of people called him Big John, but I could never bring myself to do that. I always called him Coach Thompson. I just knew that I didn't have his kind of backbone, and I wish I did. He was like Moses to me."
Doc Rivers: Coach John Thompson JR. He was a true builder of young boys to men. Set the tone for all of us. We will remember him as a coach. But anyone who came in contact realized, he was much more.... A mountain of a man. My prayers to the Thompson family. Thank you for sharing him with us all. Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Morning, Allen Iverson, Dikemba Mutombo, Sleepy Floyd, Reggie Williams....

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Allen Iverson: Thanks For Saving My Life Coach. I’m going to miss you, but I’m sure that you are looking down on us with a big smile. I would give anything just for one more phone call from you only to hear you say, “Hey MF”, then we would talk about everything except basketball.......
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