Blondet Signs with Trailblazers
Celtics land Rose; Blondet, Crosswhite also sign pro pacts By JOHN FLYNN Courier-Journal Times Staff Writer Jim Rose, the Western Kentucky Hill-topper, became a Boston Celtic yesterday. Taking a cue from his teammate, Clarence Glover, who recently signed with the Celtics, Rose flew to Boston and put his name on a contract with the National Basketball Association team. Glover and Rose were the first and second-round draft choices, respectively, of the Celtics. Rose also was a second-round choice of the Memphis Pros of the American Basketball Association, but said he never seriously considered signing with them. "Two or three ABA teams tried to buy rights to me from the Pros," he explained, "but when that fell through it was pretty certain that 1 would sign with the Celtics." At Western, the 6-foot-3 Rose was Syracuse rally jolts Whips; Baylor's homer lifts Wings The Syracuse Chiefs rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to edge the host Winnipeg Whips 6-5 in International League play last night. Pinch-hitter Mario Guerrero's two-run single and a run-scoring single by Rick Bladt noted as a streaky, but explosive, shooter. He averaged 16 points last winter as Western finished third in the NCAA tournament. But in purchasing the native of Hazard, Ky., the Celtics also picked up a superb defensive player. Meanwhile, Murray State's Hector Blondet, the skilled but erratic Brooklyn, N.Y.; product, signed with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Blondet, the Trail Blazers' fifth-round draft choice, will report to rookie camp in June but will not technically sign a contract until late summer so he can represent Puerto Rico in the Pan American Games. The day's signing derby was not a washout for the ABA, however, as the Indiana Pacers picked up 6-foot-7 forward Tom Crosswhite of Dayton, their ninth-round choice. Crosswhite averaged 18.4 points and 10.6 rebounds for the Flyers last winter. Elsewhere, NBA owners have reacted angrily to news of the proposed all-star game between NBA and ABA players May 28 in Houston. The owners noted that the players' contracts forbid their participation in this game without permission. The owners, speaking through Commissioner Walter Kennedy, promised to hold the players responsible "to the fullest extent permitted under the contract and by the law" if they go through with the game.