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