But, aside from his many personal accomplishments, none were more important to him than the everlasting relationships he forged with his family, his friends, the Hellenic community in the U.S. and abroad, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago and the hundreds of men, women and children he coached and mentored in basketball and in life.
Michael treated everyone—young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, the powerful and the not-so-powerful, with the same utmost dignity and respect. He knew and cared about everyone. He was a brother, a son, an uncle, a friend, a counselor, a mentor, a father figure and a coach to all of us. His impact can only be measured by the number of lives that he touched and positively reinforced.
Although his heart betrayed him and couldn’t go the distance, his spirit and memory will forever be eternal, binding all who knew him through the love we all share for him.