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Apache Paschall: A coach and a friend

Updated: January 4, 2012, 7:36 AM ET
By Glenn Nelson | ESPN HoopGurlz

Apache Paschall was a close friend of mine.

It may be impossible to explain how difficult it was to write that sentence.

Paschall -- the girls' basketball coach at Nazareth Regional (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and the Exodus NYC AAU club program -- died on Tuesday morning at age 37. Because he was younger than me, it's still inconceivable and painful to have to write about him in the past tense.

Journalists are not supposed to befriend the people we write about. The unwritten ...

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