Monday Message 24th May 2021

“Let’s talk about statistics. The important statistics in basketball are supposed to be points scored, rebounds and assists. But nobody keeps statistics on other important things – the good fake you make that helps your teammate score; the bad pass you force the other team to make; the good long pass you make that sets up another pass that sets up another pass that leads to a score; the way you recognise when one of your teammates has a hot hand that night and you give up your own shot so he can take it. All of those things. Those were some of the things we excelled in that you won’t find in the statistics.”
– Born into black Louisiana poverty in 1934; William Fenton (Bill) Russell, a titan of NBA basketball who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1960’s reflects in his 1969 retirement letter