Harry Glickman Rumors

Trail Blazers co-founder Harry Glickman, who had originally hired McCloskey in Portland, expressed fond memories in a statement released by the Blazers organization Friday. “The world of sports lost one of its greatest competitors in the death of Jack McCloskey. He was our coach for two years and later became General Manager of the Detroit Pistons and led them to two World Championships. He was a great athlete, playing 60 minutes a game for the University of Pennsylvania. Later in life, he took up tennis and became one of the best in our country in his age bracket. We offer our condolences to his family.”
Glickman’s already good spirits got a boost earlier this month when he was among the nominees for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — a year after broadcaster Bill Schonely earned the Hall’s annual Curt Gowdy Award. Glickman, 88, is being considered in the contributor category. Few are more deserving. “I was kind of amazed when I learned I was nominated,” Glickman says over a plate of crab salad. “Very flattered. It’s more proof, I guess, that small markets can compete. You don’t have to be Los Angeles or Chicago or New York to matter.” I ask Glickman what it would mean to him if he were to gain induction. “I’m awfully proud to be a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame,” he says after a moment. “But I don’t know … what’s the cliche? That would cap my career.”
Glickman is the man who put together the ownership group that landed Portland its expansion NBA franchise in 1970. He is considered the franchise’s founder, but was also its first general manager, executive vice president, president and finally president emeritus. It’s been a remarkable run for the child of the Great Depression raised in a single-parent household, whose mother, Bessie, worked as a “finisher” in the lady’s garment industry. “That’s how she made her living,” he says. “But we never missed anything. I had a newspaper route as a kid. We were fine.”