The chain stretches all the way back to 1968, when young Henry Bibby of tiny Franklinton, N.C., chose to flee the ACC area because scholarships for black players were rare in the conference then. Instead, he went to UCLA, where a college basketball national title was a virtual gimme. He won three straight NCAA crowns in Westwood, feeding the ball to Bill Walton and Sidney Wicks and already thinking of himself as a coach on the floor. Bibby is part of a continuum that runs from Paul Westphal and Gus Williams to Ron Lee and Lafayette (Fat) Lever, to Kevin Johnson, Kerr and Eldridge Recasner, to those seven current NBA starters, to Knight, Wilkins and Mike Bibby.
Moments after Henry's meeting with Mike last Thursday, the USC coach walked back to the Trojans' locker room, where he ran into Kevin Augustine, his prized point guard recruit for next season. Bibby told Augustine about a film he wanted him to watch: a highlight reel of Brevin Knight. "I want to help you become another great point guard in this league," the coach told Augustine. "I'll make you the next Bibby."
It speaks highly of the point guard tradition in the Pac-10 that it wasn't clear which Bibby he was talking about.
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