In the last years of his life, Lacy Banks sent me a lot of e-mail. He had troubles. These troubles were a tale well worth telling, he believed, and on his Sun-Times blog he told them at great length. He knew me as someone who’d occasionally tell them too, and not get too many facts wrong. So he kept me posted.

The last time I heard from Banks, who for years covered the Bulls for the Sun-Times, was November 22, 2010. He wanted to alert me to dramatic progress in his battle to stay alive: he’d jumped to the top of the transplant list!