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In NIT final, fathers, sons and 'a fairy-tale story'

NEW YORK — Kellen McCormick’s basketball career will end Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when Georgia Tech plays TCU for the NIT championship. It could scarcely conclude in a better place.

“It’s just kind of cool knowing that I’m going to end my career in the Garden, and my dad ended his in the Garden, too,” said McCormick, a Georgia Tech forward.

In 1984, McCormick’s father Tim led Michigan to the NIT championship, earning MVP honors for his 28-point, 14-rebound performance against Notre Dame. He went on to a 10-year NBA career, including one season with the Hawks. He now works for ESPN as a college basketball analyst and is a senior director for player programs the NBA players union.

His father happened to have meetings in New York this week, so he was at Tuesday’s semifinal win over Cal State Bakersfield with wife Michelle and other family. They’ll be there Thursday, as well.

“It’s kind of funny how things work out,” Kellen said.

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Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.