Earl the Pearl will always get attention. What he has got to do, of course, is to stop getting attention for the wrong reasons—like being misunderstood.
Few men have the magnetic ability and personality to lift an audience to heights of great emotion and to bring vitality and excitement into the lives of the onlookers. Bob Cousy is one of those men.
Gene Shue had some ideas he thinks will improve pro basketball, and he doesn’t mind expressing his opinion on what he considers to be problems of the present game.
DeBusschere is, without a doubt, New York’s Most Valuable Player.
Says a long-time basketball expert, “If Oscar walked into your neighborhood playground for a pick-up game, he’d probably get his 30 and not much more. He’s the most consistent star ever.”
“Basically, my game is: Get the ball and go around them. Create something, and, if I have a shot, take it. If not, hit the open man. Nobody wants to jump in front of me. Nobody wants to take the charging foul.”
It was that zest that separated Riordan from most players and made him the darling of Capital Centre fans.
We visited the Bullets in their dressing room that night. The pungent odor of various liniments assailed the nostrils. Without Band-aids and painkillers, the Bullets might not have gotten this far.
The Bullets needed a change of luck in the Garden.
In one season, this miniature oak tree, who stands 6-foot-7 ½, transformed Baltimore from Humpty Dumpties to the Cinderella team of the National Basketball Association.