High school basketball - particularly in the Chicago area - lost a great friend and mentor Saturday when McGlother "Mac" Irvin died of complications from diabetes at the age of 74. He had been hospitalized since July.
Irvin earned the title of "Godfather" over the years after launching the Mac Irvin Fire AAU basketball team in 1992. He built it into a nationally recognized powerhouse that competed throughout the spring and summer each year against the best competition in the country. Irvin also coached some of Chicago's greatest prep standouts, including Antoine Walker, Melvin Ely and Juwan Howard.
This year's team was led by Jabari Parker
, a 6-6 junior superstar from Simeon (Chicago)
Former NBA player Sonny Parker told the Chicago Sun-Times, "We lost a giant here in the city of Chicago. He has touched all of us. We don't have a replacement for him."
Irvin and his wife of 46 years, Louise, had six children and all of them either are involved in education or some phase of basketball.