"There's a part of it that's kind of surreal," Bilas said. "I played for him and committed to play for him when I'd never heard of him. His wins were in the double digits then. To see him approaching 900 wins and have banked all this incredible success, on one hand, makes you feel old and, on the other, makes you feel incredibly fortunate. I'm 25 years out of school and my coach is still where I played."
"The way I look at it is, if this were a race, we've watched the initial couple of laps and the jockeying for position and now's the meat of the race," Bilas said. "Everybody knows what they have to do. Now it's just a question of who's going to go out and do it."