Friendship was only skin deep. But competition was their lives and does not wipe away the driving force of one’s existence simply because some young man comes along and you like him.
“As long as I stay healthy, I could play a bit longer.,” he stated. “But there comes a time in a professional basketball player’s life to quit.”
It brought back memories of Auerbach’s Celtic battlers of the past, of Russell breaking Jim Krebs’ jaw, of Loscutoff decking Dick Schnittker with one punch, and of Brannum flattening Dolph Schayes.
“I’ll repeat what I said before about this job,” says Russell. “The best player I’ve got is me.”
Billy Knight is only the second rookie in the Pacers’ history to crack the starting lineup right away. McGinnis was the first.
In joining the Chicago Bulls as a 7-foot-1 rookie Dave Newmark has height going for him, but not history.
What is there to say about Nate Thurmond except that he works very hard and always gets his job done.
Jones’ trademark is the bank shot from the corner, or anywhere around the key, which hits the backboard and then angles neatly into the basket.
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.