"People say he
didn't have the horses before us," says Hirsch. "No--he didn't win
because he wasn't a great coach. He was a good coach who filled in all the
"We'd have had a little better chance in earlier years," he says,
"if I'd have known a little more."
Who knew? The
Wizard of Westwood was really the Master of the Midcourse Correction. The
1963--64 title team stands as both a summation of everything he had learned to
that time and a grand experiment in the coaching arts that he would apply to
win nine more championships. Precept after precept was tonged and tempered in
the crucible of that season: The game rewards quickness above all, victory
begins with defense and, perhaps most important of all, it's what you learn
after you know it all that counts.