Arnold "Red" Auerbach
The following are some pointers from lectures Red gave at camp a few years before his passing. They were appropriate then as they are now. His teachings and influences will forever be a part of our school. The School is now the legacy to Red's great name and reputation.
Red's Past Lectures
We play a lot of basketball
during the week school is in session. But there's a lot to learn
about basketball even when you're not on the court. Don't you think you could learn something from someone with 16 NBA Championship
Here are a few excerpts from some of Red's past lectures to the students:
"I've been watching
you guys for the last couple of days and I want you to get something
firmly in your mind. REMEMBER... NO PASS IS A GOOD PASS, UNLESS
SOMEONE CATCHES IT!!!! It doesn't matter how you throw it, SOMEONE
BETTER CATCH IT or your ass will be on the bench- a dropped pass
is the PASSERS FAULT..."
"Let's switch to shooting.
You can't hear this enough-this is a basketball, not a beach ball.
The basketball has SEAMS and you should be using them every time
you shoot. 95% of the great shooters have great spin on the ball.
Some call it "Shooters Touch," since the right spin helps
the ball go in when you don't hit dead center..."
Red on Defense...
"Let me talk about
a little defense. It's ninety percent CONCENTRATION. I got my man
and g*d damn it, he is NOT going to score!! I challenge my man
I concentrate on him with or without the ball. KEEP YOUR HANDS
UP, YOUR BODY BACK AND YOUR WEIGHT ON THE BACK FOOT..."
This is vintage Red. He was truly special-direct and to the point. We sure miss his being here, but his philosophies and teachings go on all week.
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