LaFave remembered


I have a story on today about the life of former Indiana basketball player Mike LaFave, who died at age 46 of a heart attack in January.

You have to be a subscriber to read the story, but there is also a very nice audio slideshow by photographer Chris Howell that is free to everyone. The slideshow has members of LaFave’s family talking about Mike, who played on IU’s 1981 NCAA championship team, and shows pictures of some of the memorabilia from Mike’s basketball career, including his playbooks where he took notes from all of Bob Knight’s talks with the Hoosiers.

You can watch and listen to the audio side show by clicking here.


  1. This is a true human interest story at it’s best, forget basketball. Sounds like he was a hell of a man.

  2. Thank you very much for the kind words regarding my father. He was a great basketball player, but a much better father.

    I appreciate the work you have done for my family, Doug.

  3. Hi, Jeff. It was a real privilege getting to know your family while writing this story. I appreciate your help and willingness in allowing me to share your life with our readers, and wish you all the best.

    I stuck some copies of the story from our newspaper in the mail today so your mom should receive them in the next couple of days. I hope you’ll stay in touch as you get started at IU this fall.

  4. I’m sure I watched Mike play at IU and the name sounds familiar. He sounds like a great guy, and that makes me proud that he was a part of IU basketball. His story is motivation for me to be a better father to my daughter and a better man to my community.

    To the LaFave family, you have much to be proud of and I wish you well. I only wish I had a metal fabrication job to send you.

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