Coaching legacy: The John Thompsons

John Thompson III is comfortable and successful following his father's trailblazing path

Originally Published: February 23, 2010
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

John Thompson will never be John Thompson. Clarification: John Thompson III, the wonderful coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, will never be John Thompson Jr., the wonderful former Hoyas coach.

And that's just fine.

It's fine because JT3 doesn't have to be JT2, just as Sasha and Malia don't have to become president.

Trailblazers -- especially those who break barriers with bulldozers and bullhorns -- do what they must do so those who follow don't have to. They take risks. ...

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