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Chuck - Issue #5 by Peter Johnson, Zev Borow

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During the summer it rolls on standard-tread tires. During the winter, when faced with different road conditions, you may replace the regular tires with snow tires. Same machine. Different parts. Same result. You get where you're going. Basketball teams also face changing conditions from game to game, occasionally from minute to minute. So why not change parts to achieve maximum performance? This is where your bench comes into play. Ideally, you'll have a minimum of eight effective players, if only to give starters an occasional breather or to fill in in the event of player injury.

John left St. John's for Charleston in 1979 and has enjoyed great success there since that time. It doesn't surprise me. You could tell at an early age that John was really a student of the game-that he had a certain flair. Sometimes you can develop that aspect in a person, but in John's case, you could see it was more than that. It was inherent. You can see that John has a special "feel" for the game by the way he handles things. A lot of people can learn basketball from a book. But to be really successful you have to have a feel for the game.

A year later, when Coach Lapchick retired from St. John's and I was fortunate enough to succeed him, I asked John to join me as one of my assistants. It's a great story. The first game I ever coached at St. John's was the freshmen against the varsity. John took the freshmen and beat me. He felt so bad he wouldn't come to practice the next day. That was the start of a long relationship. John was my assistant for the next 14 years-11 at St. John's and three with the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association.

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