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Rens' Isaacs a world champion

Updated: February 17, 2009, 8:22 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

A circle closed in the history of basketball in America when John "Wonder Boy" Isaacs passed away on Jan. 26. Isaacs, 93, was the last living player for the Harlem Renaissance, the great all-black team in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

I met Isaacs 39 years ago at my father's funeral. My dad, Joe Lapchick, was the center on the Original Celtics basketball team and later coached the New York Knicks and St. John's University. Dad had told me about the rivalry between the Celtics and the ...

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