The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on April 27, 1972 · 53
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''"' yy ' SPORTS Tliei 46stonv Globe - Thursday, April ' 27,' 1972 53 inieks Get defensive lineman v top '73 pick I "V: j n n 1 i i shock Lakers United Press International 4 iWi JERRY LUCAS . . . still bombing INGLEWOOD, Calif Dollar Bill Bradley scored 29 points and lons-shooting Jerry Lucas added 26 last night as the underdog Knicks bombed the Lakers, 114-92, for a 1-0 lead in the NBA championship series. The Knicks shot an incredible 72 per cent from the field in the first half to pile up an 18-point intermission bulge and never looked back against a club that eliminated last year's champion Milwaukee Bucks. Equalling a career playoff high, Bradley was 11 for 12 from the floor while Lucas was 13 for 20, all but two of his basEets coming on outside bombs. Dave DeBusschere came through with 19 points and had ID rebounds to help the Knicks register their eighth victory in nine: playoff games this spring. The Lakers, who took the regulars out while trailing by 26 points at 101-75 with 5:07 to go, were led by Gail Goodrich with 20 points, 16 of them in the opening quarter. Goodrich, however, missed his last eight shots, the same as Jerry West who was held to 12 points. .. Going for their scecond NBA title in four years despite having only the seventh best regular season record, the Knicks broke the game open early in the third period after Los Angeles sneaked to within 13 at 67-54. The Knicks Vrrn got six unanswered points with DeBusschere hitting a 21-foot jump shot and Bradley pumping in a pair of baskets. IAROLD KAESE i Fats un By Will McDonough, Globe Staff ioaa aams The Patriot who never was Fred Dryer is a Patriot no longer.. ' . . Dryer, the controversial defensive end, was traded yesterday afternoon to the Los Angeles Rams for defensive lineman Rick Cash and the, Rams first draft choice in 1973. "I'm extremely happy with the deal," said general manager Upton Bel!, ''"we gave up a first draft choice for. Dryer and got one back in a better draft year. At the same time wc got Cash, who is a belter player than anyone we could have drafted on the first round last year." Cash, unlike Dry e. is happy about being a Patriot. "I was surprised at being traded," said Cash, reached at his home in California, "but I think it's a real break for me. I want to play football. I already have a signed contract for next year. I'm looking forward to playing for the Patriots because I think they have a good young team." - Cash stands 6-5 and weighs 260 pounds. He has played four years in the pros with both Atlanta and the Rams. "I had the starting job won last year, with the Ram3 and then I broke my leg on the very first play of the first scrimmage against San Diego. . , , ; . - f "My leg was in a cast for four months, but it's okay, now. I've been playing basketball for the past two months. I was playing today when Tommy Protho called and told me about the trade." . Cash, who plays either tackle or end and doesn't have a preference,' was originally drafted by the Packers out of Northeast Missouri Teachers . College. ! : .''".. "Green Bay tx-aded; me to Atlanta before, I ever got . there. In my rookie year, I started 10 games, then I was" traded to the Rams. I played in every game for two years before I got hurt. And that happened after I had won the starting defensive tackle job." i-- Cash had beaten out Phil Olsen, formerly of the Patriots, before he got hurt. , Dryer gets what he wanted all along. Last year he played out his option to escape the New York Giants. However, the Giants traded him to the Pats, instead of a West Coast team, which was his preference. For the two months following the deal, Bell 'negotiated with Dryer, twice going to the West Coast to. talk to him per- sonally. But, when Dryer asked for a long term contract which would make him the highest paid defensive lineman in the game, the Patriots said no. So for the past three weeks, Bell has been trying to trade Dryer before the May 1 option date came about. He beat the deadline by four days. . "We might make some more deals in the next couple of days," said Bell. "This could open the whole thing up." , At, the. moment, the Patriots are trying to unload Ron Sellers to the Houston Oilers in return for tight end Alvin Reed. This deal could materialize within' the next 48 hours.. - NOTES The Patriots also announced the signing of three players for trials as free agents. Added to the roster were Willie Banks, a'260pound guard with four years in-the NFL with Washington and the New York "Giants.; 270-pound offensive tackle Bruce Mitchell of Kansas; 'and Clarence McGill, a former defensive end at Syracuse. ' . Wilt and Dave not whole show Alas. If only Dave DeBusschere . were a rough, nasty player, so we could call him Dave The-Butcher. But he is merely rough and unnasty, respected by friend and foe and deserving only of encomiums. DeBusschere and Wilt Chamberlain were being re garded as the key men as Knicks and Lakers started their final series for the championship last night, but if there ever were an over-simplification, that's it. Both are important, but are they more important than Jerry West, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Jim McMillan, and if so prove it? Two things about DeBusschere we can all vouch for. He was outstanding against the Celtics. He made no mistake when he dropped his pitching career with the White Sox to concentrate on basketball. That was after the 1963 season, when Al Lopez was the manager. In two seasons, DeBusschere had pitched in 36 games for the White Sox. He left with a 3-4 record. He started one game against the Red Sox, at Fenway Park. He lasted two-thirds of the first inning. The Red Sox scored six runs. , , c Shortly thereafter, he decided it would be the back- : board for him, not the bangboard in Fenway Park. When the White Sox kept pestering him to quit basketball, he told them, "I signed with you, because you agreed I could play the whole basketball season. Now you don't want me to." So, he quit baseball instead. One exchange he had with trainer Eddie Froelich in 1964 lingers: Froelich: "If your life was at stake, who would you want on your team?" DeBusschere: "Russell, Pettit, Robertson,, West." , Froelich: "And the fifth man?" DeBusschere: "I wouldn't need one." THE CELTICS sales prove one thing: Fans don't give a darn who owns a team, so long as it performs respectably ... If St. Louis fans are worth a goal-a-game to the Blues, aren't Boston fans worth at least 1.3 goals-per-game to the Bruins? . . . John Havlicek's example on the value of good defense: "We averaged 116 points a game during the season, and in five games against the Knicks didn't reach that figure once." . . . The internal troubles of Les Canadiens are said to be ethnical, English vs. French-Canadian. Cup-winning coach Al MacNeil had two strikes on him last year because he was not bilingual . . . Since 1964, the Celtics have had only two all-star rookies Jo Jo White in 1970, Dave Cowens in 1971. The Knicks have had eight. THE PATRIOTS practice for veterans, starting at 10 Sunday morning, and free to the public, raises a couple of questions: Will Foxboro have its first 1972 traffic, jam? How's the plumbing? . . . Every fan who rooled for the Celtics, who can't get tickets to the Bruins, who forgot about baseball during the players' strike end who can't wait for the field goal season to start will be there .... And remember, in an age of buck-collecting, it's , free. - ' '. ' ,' TEN BUCKS for a Bruins-Rangers playoff ticket doesn't seem so steep considering that $10 is also the tcp price for the soccer TV doubleheader Saturday at the Arena England vs. West Germany ,?nd Italy vs. Belgium 'in the European Cup . . . What's missing from the Charles this Spring is the Kayak of Walter Powers. It's fn dry dock, along wi'h its noted octogenarian skipoer, who is convalescing after an operation The Celtics out-tOwered the Knicks by a one-inch average . . . This would have been a good start for the 1953 Red Sox, who lost seven of their first eight games, and the 1945 Sox, who lost their first eight . . . The Bruins, who coasted to victory in the finale at St. Louis, cannot loss to the Rangers, but they can lose again to the jitters. eur sbust raves bubble HABIT FORMING Don Slevin (left), Tufts, edges won. Slevin also anchored two winning relay teams.. Bob Tronnier, MIT, in hurdles, one of two events he Tufts won, 81-73. (Danny Goshtigiah Photo) ; Bul, Suns are heniining, hawing & hedging Phoenix owes us Silas-Red By Bob Ryan, Globe Staff . It's official. In exchange for giving up the rights to Charley Scott the Boston Celtics aren't getting a cactus plant, Camelback Mountain or even Mel Counts. They are supposed to get Paul Silas. Who says so? Red Auerbach, that's who. "I'll level with you guys," Auerbach decided in his office yesterday. "They (Phoenix) are trying to blank off, and I'm tired of it. It's no secret that Silas is involved in this deal. I'm going to get what I negotiated for, with no substitutes, or I'll get Scott back." Meanwhile, Phoenix general manager Jerry Colan- ! ON THE INSIDE Al Dopfel pitched the first no-hit game in MIT history yesterday, stopping Brandeis, 6-0. Story, Page 57. Leave it to the Red Sox. Ben Oglivie, sprinting from first base to third base in the eighth inning yesterday,' sabotaged a possible Sox rally by fail- : ing to tag second base. The Twins shrieked an appeal call, and umpire Red Flah- . erty ruled in their favor. i Eddie Kasko, who was t subsequently invited to leave, called Umpire .Flaherty a few things, but at least he couldn't. label him. a "homer," since Flaherty comes from Maynard, Mass. Twins won, 3-1. Ray Fitzgerald story, Tage 56. RED FLAHERTY . . upholds appeal gelo was somewhat startled when informed of Auerbach's comments on the much-publicized arrangement. "That's very interestir.g," Colangelo said. "I'm surprised Red would say that. All I really care to say is this: I made a deal, in good faith, agreeing to give ."future considera- tions" to the Celtics in exchange for Charley Scott, pending the succeessf ul outcome of any. litigation, Litigation, incidentally, hasn't begun yet." The Celtics drafted Scott, then already under contract to the then Washington Caps (soon-to-be Virginia Squires) of the ABA, in the seventh round of the 1970 college draft. Scott starred for the Squires for two seasons, before jumping the club on March 9. He finished the season with the Suns.' " . i ' "Phoenix keeps calling up, trying to. .change the deal with this guy or that guy, or with money," "Auerbach countered. "They claim that Silas doesn't want to leave Phoenix and come here, that he might even jump to the-ABA. At least, that's what they tell me, which isn't the same thing as it being true. - 1 haven't talked to Silas myself, because that would be tampering.'f" Silas, a 28-year-old 6-7 forward,5 could tonceivably ; be just the man Boston is looking for to shore up its for- ward corps. He is coming off his best NBA season, having averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds game and; having made the All Star team for thefirst time. Ha t was recently named to the All-Defensive second team. , As Auerbach explains it, there are three basic outcomes possible in his deal with Phoenix. 1. Phoenix receives Scott, and he receives Silas. " 2. If they don't give him Silas by a certain date, he'll also get Phoenix' num- -ber one draft pick, 6-7 Corky Calhoun, of Penn. (CalJ-it interest, if you will). Phoenix drafted Calhoun under Boston's explicit directions, "as part of the xleal. 3. If he receives no Paul Silas, then he gets Scott 'back, ) There is also another way they could obtain Calhoun. If the litigation drags past a certain pre-arranged date, then Auerbach will get Calhoun first, with the pos- sibility or probability of getting Silas later. -, "If Red said all that," Colangelo laughed, "that's quite a mouthful." ; By.KeviA'WaishY'Globe Staff iHi' HALIFAX. The American Hockey League's dream playoff series on the road to the Calder Cup final turned into a nightmare for the Braves last night as the Voya-geurs defeated them 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep of the semifinal series. : 1 In the hectic finish to the season, Braves players ended. up battling several of the 5445 fans at Halifax Forum with just under four minutes to play when a fan took a swing at players on the Boston bench. At the same timej constables were moving in to protect Doug Roberts in the penalty box on the other side of the rink. . ' The Braves, who had battled on even terms the first three games, ran into early trouble last night falling behind 3-0 in the first 11 minutes. They never recovered. - The Braves had edged out Montreal's development eiub for first place in the Eastern Division during the regular' season,' but once the playoffs started, the Voy-ageurs proved to be a better club. They were backboned along the way to the sweep by goaltender Miqhel Plasse. And although the net-minder wasn't quite as sharp as he had been in previous games, he still was good when he had to be. Joe Hardy, facially a look-alike for Phil Esposito, had a power-play goal at the 3:22 mark as he completed a two-on-one break up ice with only Wayne Morusyk back. The season was over in a span of just over a min-, ute midway through the period when Tony Featherstone scored to piakd tit 2-0 at 9:13 as the Braves defense couldn't move the puck out of its own end under a heavy Voyageurg', forechecking effort. Chuck Lefiey scored what proved to be the winning goal as' he beat Ross Brooks with a 35-foot slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle at 10:57, and when the Braves showed up for the second period Dan Bouchard was tending goal.T,. Battling Ron Boehm. who had his helmet knocked off his head vying for position in front, beat Plasse who was caught looking tne wrong way when Barry Merrill slipped in a pass. When he scored, the Braves had a brief life. ' V ;: ;;.'.' ' Murray" Andersen scored through a screen from the left point to" make the count 4-1, while Rich Leduc kept the Braves! slim hope-; alive with a goal at 18:21 that Plasse actually knocked in himself. But late in. the third period on a three-cn-two break up ice', HardV' dropped a pass to Germain Gagnon and when his 2.0-foot slap shot beat Bouchard the Nova Scotia fans were rightfully chanting, "We're No. 1." Suffolk 4takeout' boosted; track OKs Sunday racing .., Gov.. Sargent signed a bill last night passed by 'the '.Senate yesterday afternoon permitting an increase in the ."'take'' of the Suffolk Down mutuel handle from 16 to 18 percent. ' The passage of the bill paves the way for Suffolk to hold racing on Sundays. The first Sunday racing will be April 30. The track and state will each receive and additional one per cent of the revenue during the week,, but Suffolk will get the full two per cent on Sundays. SAM McCRACKEN Other sports, Page 52 Tennis goes realistic: A pro can play anywhere By Will McDonough, Glove Staff . Tennis came out of the covered wagons into the jet !- ge yesterday. ' .. The transition occurred when the warring International Lawn Tennis Federation and World Campionship tennis factions agreed to peace. The truce between the Big Two of tennis means, in ' effect, that the pro tennis tour will be conducted in the same fashion as the pro golf tour. "Tennis is now entering its greatest era," said Walter Elcock of Boston, first vice president of the US Lawn Tennis Assn. ,and one of the" men who negotiated the truce. , Basically, tha tennis world has agreed that every profes ional tennis player is free tc play in any tourney he so desires once this current .agreement is ratified. This is expected to take place in July, with all facets of the agreement to be in effect no later than Dec. 26, 1972. As far as Boston is , concerned, the US Pro Open,' sponsored by New England Merchants Bank, will go on as scheduled at Lcngwood from, July 31 to Aug. 6. - "This year," says Ed:Hickey. of New England Merchants, "we'll still be working with the 32-man draw from the World Championship"" Tennis "tourr But after lhat, we'll have the best . in the. wqrldj and possibly expand to a 64-man draw." This will also mean that Stan Smith and Rod Laver, . for example, will be able to play each other .This would not have been possible under the ban set up by the ILTF four months ago, which prevented its members such as Smith from playing against a contract professional -such as Laver. The agreement also means that the Davis Cup will once again represent the best in tennis. In recent years, contract pros such as Laver, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe, etc., have been banned from Davis Cup competition. Now, once again their present pro contracts have expired they will be eligible to represent their country if they so desire. . .- The peace was reached 'when Lamar Hunt,' founder of WCT and a driving force in pro tennis, agreed to release his 'current stable of players Laver and the rest from personal contracts with him when their present agreements end. . This then, in a matter of just a few years, would make all pros equal going into a tourney, and not guaranteed money, win or kfce, as they had been by Hunt. At the same time, Hunt will .turn tennis promoter, controlling most of the tournaments which will take place the first four months of every year. 4 Thus tennis, after surviving a century of hypocrisy which always seemed to prevent the best in the world from playing on the same level, has finally given both the players and fans what they wanted all along. A .MMUUA 4

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