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Playing Black Supplement

. Until the 1950s most coaches detested jump shots. Inventive players, not coaches, gradually evolved the one-handed, push shot into today’s jump shot. Kenny Sailors was the first to shoot what I consider the modern-day jump shot.  In 1943 he led has University of Wyoming Cowboys to a national championship in Madison Square Garden against St. Johns.  Click here for a short, 4-second clip—which is repeated—of the Sailor’s shot.

Game changer. In 1936 Stanford superstar Hank Luisetti lead the Indians (now Cardinal) to a win over number-one-ranked Long Island University in Madison Square Garden. His deadly accurate, one-handed, leap shot dazzled fans and the eastern sports press. Luisetti exploded the myth that outside shots needed to be taken with two hands and feet nailed to floor. In 1938 he appeared in the first basketball talkie, Campus Confessions, with Betty Grable. One scene shows Luisetti playing shirts & skins basketball. His behind-the-back dribble and one-hander look awkward by todays standard but mesmerized back then. Click here to see the clip. 

Band of Brothers. My interaction with black soldiers, especially in Vietnam, influenced my depiction of racism in my book. I was stationed at Quang Tri, headquarters for the 3rd marine Division. I produced several short stories for KSL Television, the station I was working for when I was drafted. In 1979 I compiled a few of those stories for a report I called Vietnam Reflections. Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Triangle Offense. Former K-State head basketball coach Tex Winter interviewed with Phil Jackson in 1992. It’s the year I finished the first draft of Playing Black. Click here to see the video.