“Clyde is the best. He deserves his reputation. He earned it. I’d like to be in that position myself someday.”
Just as he did as a player, Reed threw himself wholeheartedly into the job.
Basketball may be the No. 1 sport in New York, but the Knicks no longer will be kings of the NBA.
It isn’t easy to strip away the superlatives, to assess Bill Bradley calmly, to look at both the veteran pro and the rookie pol.
The boys spotted Frazier, and their façade faded. They were kids again, full of excitement. “Hey, man, isn’t that Clyde?” one said.
The trade that changed the makeup of the Lakers happened Monday, June 16, 1975, when club owner Jack Kent Cooke announced he had sent four players—Brian Winters, Elmore Smith, David Meyers, and Junior Bridgeman—and a cash payment to the Bucks for Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley.
DeBusschere is, without a doubt, New York’s Most Valuable Player.
To many, who had become accustomed to the Knicks being have-nots unable to make the playoffs for seven straight seasons (1960-1966), their “instant success” seemed almost unreal.
“Walt,” says teammate Dave DeBusschere, “could strip a car with the engine running.”
“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.”