“I have two dunks that I really remember,” Kersey said. “Well, maybe four or five.”
Other teams have broadcast games on closed-circuit theater TV, but only during the playoffs. The Blazers are the only team in the NBA, probably the only sports team in the world, to pipe every regular-season home game to a closed-circuit location.
Jack Ramsay had always conditioned himself to take nothing for granted, never to live in the past, but he says he never dreamed it could be over so quickly.
People wanted to be seen with him. Billy Ray Bates was invited to parties, chased by women, clutched by hangers-on.
LaRue Martin doesn’t exactly consider it trivia. “I’m proud to have been the No. 1 draft choice, and it’s something they can’t take away from me,”
The praise Lenny received in the past and the praise he is hearing again today are not hollow. Especially now that the words are not confined to a few hundred miles of the Puget Sound, we must begin to know that Durocher was wrong: good guys can finish first.
“Jerry West is one clever dude,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He was responsible for making us a unified group. And that was the big difference in this team.”
The executives at CBS Sports regrouped and sent Jane Chastain to Portland today for the NBA Game of the Week.
For the time being, Ard is putting all the ifs and buts out of his mind. His wife, daughter, and now nine-month-old son are arriving tomorrow, and, when the furniture gets here, they’ll move into an apartment he’s rented in Peabody.
Offcourt, the 6-foot-9 former UCLA All-American is as loose and easy as he suggests. But once involved in a game, his disposition changes, and he acts mean and hungry.