The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1985 · Page 19
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, March 31, 1985
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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31, 1985 Page 20 Will it be Olajuwon or Jordan? By WILLIAM R. BARNARD AP Sports Writer The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls have traded arguments and counter-arguments all season long. Although the two teams have faced each other only twice on National Basketball Association courts, coaches and players from both sides have waged a war of words over whether Chicago's 6- foot-6 Michael Jordan or Houston's 7-0 Akeem Olajuwon should be the 1984-85 Rookie of the Year. Debates over who is going to be the NBA champion or the Most Valuable Player have almost faded to insignificance in comparison to the Olajuwon-Jordan comparisons. The questions started even before the season started. On the basis of Jordan's spectacular Olympic performance, everyone wondered if the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, who chose Sam Bowie second in the 1984 draft after Houston took Olaju- won, had made a mistake allowing Jordan to go to the Bulls with the No. 3 pick. Portland steadfastly claims it wasn't wrong in taking the 7-0 Bowie, saying it needed a center and was stacked with players at Jordan's position. But not even the Trail Blazers are claiming Bowie is in the race for Rookie of the Year. His statistics pale in comparison to Jordan's and Olajuwon's. But Rockets Coach Bill Fitch Residential Doors & Operators WOOD • FIBERGLASS • STEEL • ALUMINUM SALES • INSTALLATION • SERVICE Mod-Co Garage Door & Supply Co. Subsldery of Delbert Chopp Company, Inc. 446 North Front P.O. Boi 177 Safin*, K*ni*i 87402 Phonvt 027*0464 Akeem Olajuwon bristles at the mere suggestion that Jordan is better. "Never take a great little man when you can take a great big man," he says. "If we called Chicago tomorrow and offered Akeem for Jordan, they would make the trade in a minute. There's no doubt in my mind." Not so, said Rod Thorn, before he was fired last week as Bulls general manager. "If we traded Michael Jordan, we might as well close the doors." Statistically, there is little argument that either would make a deserving choice. Olajuwon is averaging 21 points per game, is third in the league in rebounding with more than 12 per game, ranks first in offensive rebounding and fifth in blocked shots. The Rockets are third in the league in road attendance and fifth in home attendance, with a club-record 16 sellouts. Jordan is fourth in the league in scoring with nearly 28 points per game and is fifth in steals. He leads the Bulls in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and free-throw percentage, while the team has nearly doubled last season's home attend- 7-10 YEAR CD 12.15%* 3-5 YEAR CD 11.30%* MONTH CD 9.60% $10,000 MINIMUM * * 5-7 YEAR C D 11.85%* 2 '/z YEAR CD 11.15% All Accounts Available for IRA Deposits $800 million dollars in assets Interest paid or compounded annually. ' Interest paid at maturity. Rates sub|ect to change. Slightly lower interest rates on certificates with monthly, quarterly, or semiannual Interest distribution. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Peoples Heritage Federal Savings Salina / 2070 S. Ohio / 825-6201 104 E. Iron/827-7257 18 of flees Michael Jordan ance and is fifth in road attendance. So who is the best choice for Rookie of the Year? A survey of recent top NBA rookies gives a slight edge to Jordan, although several believed that their value is equal. "I think Akeem and Michael Jordan should share the award," said New Jersey forward Buck Williams, the 1982 Rookie of the Year. "Akeem is a very consistent player who rebounds and scores. He doesn't have the charisma or flashy game that Jordan has, but he gets the job done. Jordan is a great player who has done a lot for his team and himself." "I pick Jordan, by his production," said Milwaukee's Terry Cummings, the Rookie of the Year in 1983 when he was with San Diego. "He is the best all-around player, and he can create more soul than anyone from anywhere on the court." "It's a tough question," said Steve Stipanovich of Indiana, the No. 2 pick in the 1983 draft and an all-rookie team selection last year. "But I think Jordan does more things. He can handle the ball, shoot and jump, and I think he is more of a leader. He's already the main man on their team leadership- wise." Stipanovich, like Olajuwon a 7- footer, said he generally believes that the NBA is a "game where a big man is more valuable, but Jordan is the exception. He's already so valuable to the Bulls." "You almost have to have co- rookies of the year because they've both been so good and there are strong arguments for both," said the Pacers' Clark Kellogg, a 1983 all-rookie team player. "Akeem is a phenomenal offensive rebounder. For that reason alone, I like him because that was my strength when I was a rookie. "But Michael is leading the Bulls in every statistical category, and he's also been great in the final minutes when the game is close. He's won five or six games for them at the end." Darrell Walker of the Knicks, a top rookie last season, also believes Olajuwon and Jordan could be co- winners, "but if it comes down to one guy it's probably going to be Michael because he's had all the hype behind him." "But both players are paying off for their team. I knew Akeem would make Houston better. In the years to come, I think he will be the greatest offensive rebounders to ever play the game, even better than Moses Malone because he's quicker." "I think Michael -Jordan should get it," said James Worthy, who finished behind Cummings for Rookie of the Year in 1983 for the Los Angeles Lakers. "He's put an extra dimension into the game. It is very unusual for a rookie to come into the league and, boom, dominate the game from Day 1. "He's been dominating the league, something no other rookie has ever done. Olajuwon deserves it, too, but you can only give it to one player. Akeem has a greater cast around him. Michael's changed the Chicago team 360 degrees." Byron Scott, Worthy's teammate and a top rookie last year, was unsure who he favored for Rookie of the Year. "We only, played Michael twice, and that's not enough to have a real good idea," Scott said. "They're two different players. Akeem gets rebounds and easy buckets. Jordan's a guard that plays bigger than 6-6. You have to double-team both of them. Chicago's made a drastic turnaround from last year. Akeem doesn't get the recognition he deserves." Houston's Ralph Sampson, last season's Rookie of the Year, and the Bulls' Quintin Dailey, an all- rookie team pick two years ago, were not questioned because they are teammates of Olajuwon and Jordan. Homers power Royals to win MIAMI (AP) - Frank White had three hits, including a home run, and Steve Balboni added a two-run homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-1, Saturday in exhibition baseball. Storm Davis, who will be the Orioles' opening-day pitcher, gave up eight hits and all of the Kansas City runs in the six innings he worked. Danny Jackson was the winner, allowing two hits and striking out four in four innings. The Royals scored in five of the first ''six innings against Davis. White's homer came in the second inning, while Balboni connected in the fourth following a single by Jorge Orta. The Orioles and Royals are both 11-10 in exhibition play. -A CANDIDATE OF DISTINCTION- JACOBS U.S.D. 305 SCHOOL BOARD EDUCATED and EXPERIENCED: •Masters in Public Administration •Supervisor of Youth Services •Retired Air Force •Salina Resident for 13 Years •Married with Six Children •Four Children in Public School BOARD MEMBER: •Salina United Way •Quayle Methodist Church •Downtown Lions Club •Big Brothers/Big Sisters •Salina Housing Advisory & Appeal DAVE JACOBS A VOTE FOR JACOBS 1$ A VOTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION Pol. adv. paid for by committee to elect Dave Jacobs — Penny Geis, Co-Chairperson. If You Can Hear But Don't Understand Kenneth J. Bavusa, Certified Hearing Aid Audiologist and Associates from the Hearing Aid Center, 1823,Washington, Great Bend, Ks., will be giving hearing tests using the latest electronic equipment In: Osborne—Mon., Apr. 1st, Camelot Inn, 9 a.m.-12 noon; Smith Center—Mon., Apr. 1st, Modern Aire Hotel, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Beloit—Tues., Apr. 2nd, Waconda Motel, 9 a.m.-12 noon; Lincoln—Tues., Apr. 2nd, Post Rock Motel, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Lindsborg—Tues.. Apr. 2nd. Viking Motel, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Belleville-Wed., Apr. 3rd, Bel-Villa Motel, 9 a.m.-12 noon; Concordia-Wed., Apr. 3rd, Skyliner Motel, 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Russell-Wed., Apr. 3rd, Russell Inn, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon; Ellsworth—Wed., Apr. 3rd, Garden Motel, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Abilene—Thurs., Apr. 4th, White House Inn, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon; Herington—Thurs., Apr. 4th, Koehler Motel, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Anyone having trouble hearing is welcome to have a free test to determine If the loss Is one which may be helped. Some of the causes of hearing loss will be explained and diagrams of how the ear works will be shown. Some people say they hear but have trouble understanding. Even people now wearing a hearing aid or those who have been told nothing cold be done for them should have a hearing test and find out whether the latest methods of hearing correction can help them hear better. If you cant' get there, call or write and arrange for an appointment at another time. In home testing also available. ADV. While Supplies Last 2 1 /2-Gallon Gasoline Can has a flip vent and a flexible spout for easy pouring. Galvanized-steel can has double-seamed bottom. SP2 1 /2 QUANTITIES LIMITED Call or mail your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash prizes awarded for the best tips every week. Athletic Shoes for the Whole Family CHILDREN'S 2 pairs $ 20°°i pair s ii 90 Infants' size 5 through Youths' size 2. 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