Bob Mackey coached teenage Sue Bird for two years at Christ the King High and even longer with the New York Liberty Belles AAU program, so he tapped into a healthy reservoir of on-court memories while watching Bird return to the sport in the quarter century since.
What comes to mind first, however, is a long, dark trip from Queens to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the mid-1990s. Mackey was driving. The van was filled with teenage basketball players. All were sleeping. Except one.
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