Bill Russell: 12 quotes about basketball

11. Auerbach's extra dimension

AP
Bill Russell is congratulated by coach Red Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th NBA point in a game against the Baltimore Bullets in Boston Garden on Dec. 12, 1964.

“Red was a mathematician as well as a basketball man, and he drew on that as a coach. … Even in the final minutes of games, the abacus in Red’s mind was clicking away: ‘Okay, we’ve got three minutes, we’re up by ten, that means if we play good defense and don’t throw the ball away, we need three more baskets.’”

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