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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.

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