Wednesday, February 27, 2013
the last book I ever read (King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution, excerpt five)
from King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution by Aram Goudsouzian:
Russell led USF from anonymous underachievers in a weak-sister conference to the reigning titans of college basketball. As the Dons won, they effected a fundamental transformation. Before their winning streak, a snapshot of big-time college basketball revealed white players focused on deliberate, earthbound offensive patterns. After the streak, that picture showed a racially integrated unit, playing a premium on speed and aggressive defense, controlling not just horizontal but vertical space. If one man was the avatar of this transformation, it was Bill Russell.