Lacy Banks

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Lacy J. Banks (1943 – March 21, 2012) was an American sportswriter who worked for the Chicago Sun Times from 1972 until his death in 2012. The newspaper's first African-American sportswriter, Banks covered the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls.[1][2]

A native of Lyon, Mississippi, Banks studied French at the University of Kansas and served in the Vietnam War. In addition to his writings on basketball, he co-authored the book Winning Boxing (1980).

He died at age 68 in 2012 after suffering from prostate cancer, a brain tumor, and heart disease in his later years.[3] He and his wife, Joyce, were married 43 years, with three daughters and five grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times NBA writer Lacy Banks dies at 68". Sporting News. March 22, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2012.
  2. ^ J.A. Adande. "Farewell to Lacy Banks". March 22, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Toni Ginnetti. "Trailblazing Sun-Times sportswriter Lacy J. Banks dies". Chicago Sun-Times. March 21, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2012.