The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on February 6, 1969 · Page 15
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 15

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, February 6, 1969
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u BtgtwMi »«B Thursday, February 6, 1969 Sports Aplenty The 'Big 0' Tops Them All By GARY SRERER The Astrodome's NBA Basketball Spectacular was just that — spectacular! However, basketball in the Dome could never become an every-night thing, the crowd is too far away. Basketball is an intimate sport in that the fans are right on top of the action in basketball arenas around the country. The referees really enjoy the crowd being so far away, they can't get on them. It also is bad for the coaches as their comments can be heard better by the officials so more technical fouls can be called. At any rate, each team that played had its stand-out performers that this observer wanted to see. The Detroit Pistons and Cincinnati Royals met in the opener. Cincinnati has the fabulous twosome of Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas while Detroit counters with fluid DaveBing. In the nightcap, the world champion Boston Celtics with John Havlicek and San Diego Rockets with Elvin Hayes. We knew Bing back in 1961 when the Washington, D. C. - born athlete first entered Syracuse University. This harried writer played for a junior college team in New York and we met Bing and the Syracuse freshmen team twice that season. The &-3 Bing was used as a forward in those days and he had a jump shot from the comer that didn't miss. Late in the first game we played them, Bing took one of those jump shots and this time, il missed. As I stood there in disbelief that Bing had really missed a shot, a slight breeze swished by my shoulder. It was Bing, going up over everyone to follow up the missed shot with a successful lap-in. But try as he might, Bing couldn't cope with the double talents of Robertson and Lucas Tuesday night. Lucas put on a second half rebounding display that marveled everyone and it was not hard to see why the former Ohio State All-American annually is one of the NBA's top rebounders. However, the highlight of the entire evening for this observer was Robertson. After watching the play of Robertson, the San Diego-Boston game that followed just wasn't as good. True, the comeback by the Rockets and watching the "Big E" in action for the first time in person was enjoyable but when you watch near perfection, it takes a lot to equal it. Robertson is as close to perfection in a basketball player that you can get. He scored 37 points strictly on class basketball. His total was the high for the night and topped Hayes* 32. It also must be noted that Robertson led both teams in assists while the only assist that Hayes was credited with was the lift he gave the ball to the basket everytime he touched it. There is nothing more impressive than a true team player and Robertson epitomizes this. Hayes is just a rookie, he will no doubt learn, as Wilt Chamberlain did that it does help to pass off at times. Can you compare Robertson and Hayes? A courtside seating companion answered that question. During the San Diego - Boston finale, a man went by and leaned over and asked him, "who would you take, Hayes or Robertson?" The man looked at his questioner with disbelief, looked back towards the court as Hayes gunned up another shot that missed and then turned back to give his answer. "Are you kidding?" ^ By MURRAY OLDERMAN Newspaper Enterprise Assn. NEW YORK—I NEAJ—H you think the George Allen- Dan Reeves fissure out in Los Angeles shook up the natives, gel a load of the intimate details behind the crackup of the Otto Graham-Edward Bennett Williams entente in Washington, D.C., which led to the hiring of Vince Lombard i. The way we get it from the usual unimpeachable sources, the dialogue completely broke down between Otto the coach and Edward Bennett the club president. That's unusual enough in itself since both are highly articulate, verbose and ebullient characters who have little difficulty communicating. But the trouble in the tepee of the Redskins was that they couldn't get through to each other in the final days of the Graham regime—actually. Otto couldn't get through to his boss. Since (lie Redskins were notoriously mediocre in the three \curs of Graham cracking (17 wins, 22 losses, three ties), rumors of his dismissal were as common as afternoon cocktails. Hut Otto himself couldn't find out any more lhan ;i Senate page boy. He asked Williams two weeks before his dismissal for a vote of confidence. Edward Bennett stalled. The Redskins had dumped a couple assistant coaches. Olio wanted to fill the vacancies himself. Edward Bennett said. "Let's wait a couple of weeks." So Otto went off on a little holiday the other day 95 per cent .sure that EBW was going to fill more than just a couple of assistantships. For one thing, his authority as general manager had been undermined by the boss. He had Sonny Jurgensen ready to unload on Atlanta in a big package deal, and Williams thumbed it down. He had Bobby Mitchell going to the Chicago Bears some time ago, and again couldn't get the final O.K. A couple deals in the last year were shoved down Graham's unwilling throat—for instance, the acquisition of Gary Beban from the Rams for a first draft choice and the signing of veteran guard John Wooten after Cleveland released him. The cost of unloading Graham was high. Otto had two years remaining on a $50,000-a-year contract, and a firm option for five more years at $30,000 per. That adds up to a cool quarter of a million dollars, and the Redskins have already raised ticket prices to help balance the budget. N'o wonder ihey offered to retain Graham in some kind of "non-coaching capacity." The Redskins already have this mixed up financial situation in which the controlling George Marshall interest of 52 per cent is all tied up legally. Jack Kent Cooke owns 25 per cent and apparently put pressure on Williams for a belter showing of the club esthetically. So did the C. Leo DeOrsey estate, which owns five per cent, same as Milton King, who i? in his camp. Which brings us to the ubiquitous name in this type of situation—Vincent Thomas Lombards. For several years, Lombardi has been interested in any type of proposition in which a piece of the action could be made available to him. simply because in Green Bay he could never share in the ownership of the team. In Washington, the DeOrsey holdings, estimated at five per cent, were offered as an inducement. Before (he fir aha in firing, Williams had dinner with Lombardi several (imes. He pooh-poohed the significance of them. Claims he frequently had dinner with Lombardi. Probably spent the evenings talking about the finger twitching of his old client, Frank Costello. Otto want? d another chance to show he can succeed with (he Redskins. Orl in Los Angeles, George Allen also wanted another chance—and got it when his players, among them the starling quarterback, publicly went to bat for him. Think Otto could have gotten that kind of endorsement from Sonny Jurgensen? You can l)c sure, under the new setup, that if Lombardi ever decides to trade Jurgensen, there,,would be no interference from the front office, that much of a change has been wrought in Washington. • I 3Hje Sagtmmt &tm Wlff »WJJ*M«*I». J7U41 ^^^ ^jiMMI SPP* 15 ^^ PAGES 1'AUlii iAPj — Tidulium Polo ul I'Yance wan Hie $5U,UOO Prix Je Krance Sunday by a nose over Une du Mai, will) Kocjue- puic ilurd. Tlie I'acc at Uie Vinc- 01 lues irack in ihu second ol the uig nireo French I rolling races. B11J1JKKUUU, Maine (AP) — Bobby Gainache of the Alpine Clul) ol Maiichesicr, N. H., won UJL> JiKJ-yiird dash and Uie uux'c-nuie lorced inarch in Uie Wiiucrnaiivai Snow Shoe Championships Saturday. It's Official: Packers Release Lombard! GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers sent Vince Lombard) to Washington Wednesday night, with regret, and without animosity. By unanimous vote, the 45- member Board of Directors of the National Football League club ended debate, and voted to accept Lombardi's resignation as general manager, releasing him from a contract that had five years remaining. Lombard! joins the Washington Redskins as head coach, ex- ecutive vice president and part owner. The Packers said they decided against demanding compensation from Washington for the loss of the man who had built their small-town team into a profitable terror of the gridiron. Green Bay's executive committee advised Wednesday's emergency session of directors that, after his decade of contribution, it would seem unfair to block his desire for ownership in a pro club, something Lombard! couldn't have achieved under Green Bay's non-profit stock system. Lombard i had said a return to coaching and ownership of a club were the chief appeals in the Washington package. In his letter of resignation to the board, Lombard i told directors he had not been dissatisfied with his Green Bay income, but that he could no longer think of himself in terms of being a Packer coach again. "There has never been a question of remuneration," his letter said. "After making a decision a year ago not to coach, I think you all can well understand the impossibility of my returning to the field in Green Bay. It would be totally unfair to coaches and players alike." Lombard!, who had led Green Bay to five NFL titles in his nine years as coach and 10 as general manager, often expressed a hope of gaining ownership in a club. The Packers are a community-owned corpo- ration in which no one is allowed to own more than a token number of shares. In Washington, there were reports he was offered $1 million in Redskins stock at half price. 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