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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 104

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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times. Sunday, December 12, 1976-E9 Nets' Hughes Fouled Up Over Foul Shooting (c) Ntw York Tlm T KJ (c) Ntw York Tlm thing. I remember playing with Johnny Green, and it was the same way. Down the NEW YORK - Kim Hughes set himself behind the line, bounced the ball once, adjusted it in his left hand, then flicked it softly at the basket. Swish. "One in a row," Kevin Loughery said. Hughes set again. Swish. "Two in a row," said Loughery, New York Nets' coach. Again. Swish. "What can I say?" Loughery said. Again. Swish. "Look at that," Loughery said. "Will ya look at that. That's four in a row for Thumper without touching the rim that went in the basket, I mean. If I tell the fans he sl'oots like this in practice, they dcn't believe me." Loughery continued counting until Hughes finally missed a free throw. Loughery counted until nine. "Nine in a row," Loughery said. Scary, isn't it? You see him in practice, and he always shoots well. But when the buzzer rings, it's not theie. It's gotta be a mental "I hardly ever make the first shot," Hughes said. "I think I'm gonna make it, but I don't know. I don't have the confidence that I should." Rick Barry is the best free throw shooter in basketball, a 90 percenter. He shoots underhand. "It's so simple," Barry said, "it's ridiculous." With Hughes, it's just ridiculous. "It's inexcusable for a pro not to shoot eight of 10," Barry said. "If you're shooting 14 per cent, you've got some serious psychological problem. Maybe he ought to see a psychologist." Loughery thinks that's worth a shot. Hughes doesn't. "I don't think that would help," Hughes said. "C'mon, it's a very simple thing. It's confidence." His teammates have tried to help. Jan van Breda Kolff tells him to keep his wrist tighter. Rich Jones encourages him. Nate Archibald tells him to practice more. John (Super John) Williamson tells him, "Watch me. Watch the Supe." So far, it's still a foul shot. "I can't remember anyone shooting as bad as Kim," Jones said. "That's why Kevin snatches him out late in the game. Other teams would just go after him, foul him to get the ball bdCK. Hey, I know I would." Meanwhile, Hughes keeps practicing, trying to get the feeling again. It gets lonely on the line, especially with all those fans watching. And they haven't been kind lately. They forget that he's a good defensive player. They've been jeering him when he passes up easy shots, and when he gets on the line. Even the men who broadcast the Nets games on radio have said, on the air, that Hughes on the line represents a worthless trip down the court for the Nets. "It's a little embarrassing," Hughes said. He's shooting so badly that he can't even laugh about it. And he doesn't have any funny stories to tell because as yet the fans haven't taken to writing him with advice. Usually a player on a cold streak gets a letter like: Dear Kim, I used to be a terrible foul shooter too, until I started eating garlic before games. Now I still shoot bad, but no one wants to hear me talk about it. All Hughes gets is frustrated. He still wants to go to the line; he just wishes he could do something good when he gets there. Wilt Chamberlain is generally conceded the title of the worst foul shooter ever He tried everything - overhand, underhand left side, right side, outside. As bad as he was, he was a 51 per cent shooter. "Wilt said he went to shrinks and everything," said Tim Bassett, who played for Chamberlain one year in San Diego. "In the end, he was convinced he just couldn't shoot the damned shot. When we shot fouls in practice, Wilt just left. He said there was no point in telling us how to shoot them, since he couldn't shoot them at all." Dear Kim, What can I tell you? Best, Wilt. end of a game, Johnny wouldn't wanna be on the line. Me? I always wanted to be there. I felt I'd never, ever, miss two in a row." Kim Hughes hardly ever makes two in a row for the Nets. This year he's having trouble making one in a row. For him, it is, indeed, a foul line and a foul shot. Most foul. Entering Wednesday night's game against the Knicks, Hughes was shooting 20 per cent from the line, the worst percentage amorg National Basketball Association starters. That's up six per cent from last week when he was shooting 14 per cent. "Fourteen," Loughery said, "is absurd." Foul shooting isn't Hughes' favorite topic for discussion. He has no explanation he says he was a 70 per cent shooter in high school only some theories: He gets tired in games, which accounts for some misses. His hands sweat, which accounts for even more misses. But he misses so often that it seems he couldn't put the ball in the ocean from the deck of the Titanic. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES. ALL PRICES IN EFFECT MONOAY THRU SATUROAY. WBC Issues Deadline To Champion Ali ARTS CHRISTMAS G YOU PRO BABLY NEVER THOUGHT f SPECIAL PURCHASE! 23CHANNELCB RADIO 51 LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - The World Boxing Council stipulated yesterday that heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali must fight top contender George Foreman by the end of May or risk withdrawal of the group's title recognition. President Jose Sulaiman, from Mexico City, who heads the WBC, said Ali's manager, Herbert Muhammad, had agreed that both he and the champion would sign a letter agreeing to a Foreman bout. The WBC did give Ali an option of fighting another rated heavyweight in the interim. Ali had announced his retirement, but Friday said he wanted to fight again. Sulaiman said Ali was "gladly given the consideration he asked because we all think he deserves it and because we voted him our boxer of the decade." Sulaiman said that if Ali accepts a bout before meeting Foreman, the contract must stipulate the winner will battle ex-champion Foreman. Ali knocked out Foreman in Zaire in 1974 to regain his heavyweight title. Harold Conrad, representing Ali, asked Sulaiman what the ruling might be if Foreman refuses financial offeis for the title fight. "If we think the offer is reasonable, we will tell him he must accept or we cannot further support his position," was the answer. Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc., had earlier said Foreman wanted the same money as the champion for his return match. Obviously, Ali's nmo would not agree even though the inures mentioned top $10 million. WBC rules hold that the challeng- 23 Channel. Built-in Automatic Modulation Control. Continuously Variable Squelch Control To Obtain Clear Reception. 4 Watt Maximum Legal Output With Built-in Speaker. Includes PA Jack. MODEL ,tfQp 2310 gR These gifts are perfect for everyone who drives. Each is original and unusual. Each is practical, long lasting and sure to be used and appreciated. At Nationwise you avoid crowds and long lines and prices are extra low! Complete with Street Hook-Up. The sure fit, easy application Headers that give your car that Special Hot-High Performance Look. Muhammad Ali er should get at least 25 per cent of the fighters' purses. Sulaiman said contract terms are negotiable. Conrad also asked if the monetary negotiations were better for a June fight would the WBC would change its position on the May 31 deadline. Sulaiman said that was possible. The WBC president, officiating at his group's annual convention here, said the votj on the Ali-Foreman matter was unanimous. He added he did not expect any difficulties because of Herbert Muhammad's telephone commitment. Spirof Anthony, general counsel for Ali, arrived in Las Vegas and said he had the requested letter for the WBC to be delivered to Sulaiman. 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Referee Buddy Basil-ico gave Shavers the first standing eight-count after Williams battered him with both hands. Just when it looked like Williams was going to snatch the victory, he was staggered against the ropes by a couple of hooks in a short-solid right hand less than a minute later. The glassy-eyed Williams was given a standing eighth count but was too rubber-kneed to continue. lladley Resigns From USTA Staff DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Preston H. Hadley III, director of public relations of the U.S. Tennis Association since 1972, has resigned to join the staff at Duke University. Hadley, 31. will become special events officer for Duke's Medical Center office of development, effective Jan. 4 LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) - Ear-nie Shavers shook off a standing eight count and came back less than a minute later to score a lGth-round knockout win over Roy Williams in a heavyweight bout yesterday. The sixth-ranked Shavers, 210, had been favored to win easily over the unranked Williams. Although Shavers was ahead on all three judges' score cards, the fight was unexciting until the 10th round, when both fighters were given standing eight counts. There were no other knockdowns and neither fighter drew blood. The 31-year-old Shavers of Newton Falls, Ohio, scored the knockout at 2:46 of the final round when the 230-pound Williams, after his standing eight count, collapsed against the ropes and appeared to be out on his feet. In a another 10-rounder, Mike Rossman, 166'2, avenged a previous loss to Orlando's Mike Quarry, 175, by winning a majority decision in a light heavyweight bout. The win boosted Rossman's record to 28-3-3 while Quarry, rated No. 5 by the World Boxing Council, dropped to 58-8-4. Rossman, ranked ninth among WBC middleweights, had been beaten on points by Quarry in New York almost two years ago. fram nnn CZSik ELECTRONIC IGNITION KIT PCV VALVE 15 FRAM WIPER BLADES REFILLS 6 & 8 Cyl. GM 6 & 8 Cyl. FORD 6 & 8 Cyl. CHRYS. 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