Hall Opens Doors for Basketball Pioneer John Isaacs
by Eddie Mayrose
Sunday night, as I was watching the Cardinals beat the Cubs, I noticed on the crawl at the bottom of my screen that the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame had named its inductees for 2015. At first, I sneered at the selection of the used car salesman, John Calipari, and wondered if the committee considered the two times he’d led Vacated University to the Final Four. I laughed when I saw Spencer Haywood’s name, recalling former New York Post columnist, Peter Vescey’s pet name for the enigmatic star – Spencer Driftwood. However, when I saw that John Isaacs would also be enshrined in Springfield, I beamed with pride. While I’m sure that almost all of those reading this column have no idea who he was, I am very fortunate to say that my sons, me and hundreds of others who were taught lessons about basketball and life by this quiet hero, knew him very well.