John McCarthy, former Canisius basketball star and NBA champion, dies at 86
May 16, 2020 by Buffalo News (NY)
May 13–Mike Walton bought his first insurance policy from John McCarthy in the late 1970s. He wasn’t just doing it because McCarthy was his former coach and a basketball legend from South Buffalo. Walton bought the policy because McCarthy insisted that Walton plan ahead for life and for his family.
There was more to life than basketball, McCarthy knew. His son John said his father sold life insurance during his NBA playing career because he still had a family to raise.