The sport of basketball suffered a great loss today as Howard Garfinkel passed away at the age of 86.
We recently posted about Garfinkel's impact on the game we all love, including his impact on some of the sport's best minds. That includes Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who paid tribute to the late Garfinkel on Twitter:
A really sad day for all of basketball. Howard Garfinkel, an icon who changed the game in many ways, passed away today.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 7, 2016
My career, and many others, were started by him in the Five-Star Basketball Camp.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 7, 2016
Posted this last week before I went to the hospital to see him. I told him then & I’ll say it again: Love you, Garf. https://t.co/CJO3QT7VS0— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 7, 2016
Be sure to read CoachCal.com's piece on Garfinkel in addition to the great work SB Nation's Russell Steinberg penned on Garfinkel to help begin to understand his amazing impact on basketball at all levels.