Back from rock bottom

Former Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey looks forward to making the most of his belated second chance as a Pacers scout.

Originally Published: October 9, 2003
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

Three in the morning, in the mountains of Argentina, basketball's banished soul suddenly felt destined to die. In the back of the bus, where coaches and players slept on mats, sometimes watching the drivers drinking. Kevin Mackey had just awoken to see the driver dozing, the bus drifting left, and an 18-wheel truck speeding toward them on a collision course.

"I'm going to pay for all my sins, right here and now," Mackey remembered thinking to himself, a flash before the driver tipped the ...

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