Growing up in Hungry Hill on the Southside of Chicago, Jerry Colangelo and the rest of the neighborhood kids admired Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. It was Colangelo’s coaches, however, who most influenced him. “My competitive edge in sports has always driven me,” say Colangelo. It led to him making All-State in basketball, to him receiving sixty-six college offers, to his involvement in professional sports and what brought him to Phoenix as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns.

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