Highlights include these gems
''John's NBA career was a bigger fraud than his college coaching career. His NBA claim to fame? “I backed up Bill Russell.”
The late Boston Celtic coach, the legendary Red Auerbach, was a dear friend and mentor to me. I know how much backing up Russell he did. It was like sending a sailboat to back up the sinking of the Titanic—one of the same!
Auerbach put John into the expansion draft because he was too soft. Check out how many seven-footers were put in the expansion draft during the Red Auerbach and Bill Russell era.
The “Big Bad John” you see and hear today saw the handwriting on the wall and retired from the NBA.
I already knew what Red had known all the time: You can’t dictate heart.
John Thompson could have played the lead role of The Tin Man on Broadway and in the movieThe Wizard of Oz. He had no heart!
John Thompson’s secret to success: He was big and black, and he used profanity and “the race card” to successfully intimidate his players and white folks!
Early in his second season at Georgetown, when his job was on the line, in the wee hours of the morning someone hung a banner in the Georgetown Gym that read “John Thompson the nigger coach must go!”
Back then I was his first line of defense in the media.
When he called my home at 3 a.m. explaining what had happened, I was pissed off.
I must admit, he played me like a beaten drum. I later discovered he'd hung the banner himself.
All that mattered to him was the end result: It helped him keep his job.
The University President Father Henley was scared of the institution being seen in the national spotlight as racist. He assured media at a hastily called press conference that John Thompson's job was safe. Mission accomplished, and the rest is tainted college basketball history.''
There's much more. Including really shady business practices. How ton's of his ex-players hate him. It's pretty good stuff.