Thinking about my friend George Lapides

I want to say something about my good friend George Lapides, but I’m having a hard time coming up with the right words.

George has been a longtime, iconic sports writer and radio personality in the city of Memphis and beyond for the last 45 years. He’s the voice every fan wants to hear from. He has had friendships with everyone from Bear Bryant, to Muhammad Ali, to Gene Bartow, and on and on.

If you were involved in the mid-South and you were involved in sports, he knew you and had a relationship with you, but more importantly you trusted him.

When I walked in, he made it clear even then that you were going to have to prove what you were, and you weren’t going to fool him because he knows coaching and he knows basketball. By the time I left we had become really good friends out of the respect that we mutually shared for each other.

He’s been someone I could always get an honest answer from. He’s been someone who would always tell me the truth even if it hurt. He’s someone I’ve grown to love.

George has been a sports editor and even an athletic director. He’s worked for newspapers, TV and radio. He’s done it all and he’s done it with great passion for his work and his city.

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to George and his family as he goes through this tough time. I’m thinking about you, my friend, and I know you will continue to fight this disease the same way you have been for the past few years.