“This kid is probably going to double his scoring average this year, and that’s what everyone will talk about. But as a former guard myself, who always worked at stopping the other guy, I’m really impressed with how much more defense Kyle is playing this season.”
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Half Dollar Bill Melchionni, 1971
There is nothing fancy about Melchionni’s game. He leaves showtime ballhandling to those who must resort to it in order to build up their game, and Billy’s game is as pure as Dionne Warwick’s vocal range.
Ricky Sobers: The Bulls’ Man in the Clutch, 1982
“I was in legal limbo,” Sobers says. “I didn’t know whether I’d catch on with somebody one week after the season started or one week before the season ended.”
Phil Smith: 51 Reasons to Believe, 1976
“He just has such a future,” said Warriors coach Al Attles. “If he stays healthy and doesn’t have any serious injuries, he’s just going to be gangbusters.”
￼The NBA’s Five Toughest Arenas, 1975
Despite the inexorable march of progress, some places in the league are still tougher to play in than others.
￼Connie Hawkins: No Harm, No Foul, 1970
One thing Connie Hawkins will do for Phoenix is solidify the franchise overnight. No team can exist for long in the NBA today without a superstar, and Connie Hawkins fills the gap at Phoenix.
￼Arizona is Full of Convalescents, But Not Many Look as Healthy as John Shumate, 1976
It had been more than half a year since the Notre Dame strongman, the Suns’ No. 1 draft choice, had done any exercise more strenuous than walking his dog.
￼Paul Silas: Shrewdness in Seattle, 1980
“In order to stay in this league for any length of time, you’ve got to be excellent at something,” Silas said. “Rebounding was my specialty, and I just worked at it.”
￼Dennis Johnson: Committed, 1985
Dennis Johnson has matured through the seasons. His emotions now do not erupt at coaches, they are channeled into his superlative all-around game.
￼Has Gail Goodrich Grown Up? 1974
He’s all grown up now, a good guy and a grand player and not about to let the bumps in the road bother him.