Jack Curran already was a New York coaching fixture by the time I covered his Archbishop Molloy teams during the Kenny Anderson era in the late 1980s, but he went on for another quarter century before dying Thursday at 82.
Along the way he touched multiple generations at the Queens school, some of whom went on to success as pros in basketball or baseball, many more of whom did so in other fields.
“Mr. Curran was someone who, every big decision I made in my life, I consulted with him about it,’’ Kenny Smith said on TNT Thursday night. “For me, it’s a difficult day. There was nothing in the NBA or college that was ever said that I hadn’t heard in high school already.”