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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 35

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Friday, May 30, 1975
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DETROIT FREE PRESS Fridav. Ma- .".0. '75 ID Pistons Pick 7 LUCKETT IS NO. 1 DRAFTEE Guards BY CURT SYLVESTER Fret Prttl Sports Wrlttr With only one thought in mind strengthening their backcourt the Pistons rummaged through the first JO rounds of the NBA draft in search of a bargain Thursday. . And when coach Ray Scolt, who doubles as director of player personnel, finally finished his picking and choosing, he had enriched the Pistons by the count of seven guards, and only two forwards. Walter Luckett, an .Ohio University junior who bad himself declared a hardship case In order to be drafted a year early, was the Pistons' No. 1 choice, although he was actually the ninth player chosen in the second round or No. 27 overall. ,;After that came Pete Trgovich, the hard-working UCLA guard, and a batch of focal talent, including guard Cliff Pratt of Shaw College in Detroit and both forwards Lindsay Hairston of NBA Draft List (D Michigan State and Terry Thomas of the University 'of Detroit. The Pistons traded tTieir rirst-rnund choice to New York for Howard Porter last December ' SCOTT OBVIOUSLY WAS pleased that the 6-foot-4"2 Lucketf was still available when the Pistons finally got a choice. "He was our No.'I guy. He was the guy we were going for," Scott said, "He is a true guard; he's not making a switch from forward'. He's been playing guard all his life." But Scott wasn't trying to kid anybody either. "Whan you pick on the second round, you're not talking about a player they run to the end of the country for," Scott admitted. "We'll get a better look at him and all of the rookies at our rookie camp here June 23." Luckett, who goes by the nickname Clyde as in Clyde Frazier was a high school Ail-American at Bridgeport, Conn., and had scoring averages of 22.8 and 25.2 respectively in his sophomore and junior seasons at Ohio University. "This is what I've always wanted to do," Luckett said after learning he had been drafted by the Pistons. "I (started training last night, 1 ran about three miles. I'll be ready." TRGOVICH, THE THIRD-ROUND choice, had only a JO-point scoring average and was not considered a good shooter even by college standards, shooting a mediocre 43 percent on UCLA's national championship team. "I like winning players," Scott explained. "He's a' winner and he's done it the hard way, I like that kind of player. , Please, turn to Page 6D, Column ! Flyers' 1 Sher o: Hockey Innovator A; little quick quiz with your coffee this morning: Tell me one thing you know about Fred Shero other than he is the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers? Interesting, eh? , . , , Here is one of the most successful coaches the game.has ever known certainly one of the most innovative and other than, the fact he's on the- short side and wears glasses, 6e is almost unknown in this publicity-conscience society of ours. Shero is the man who has put together these so-called "Broadstreet Bullies," made them into two-time Stanley Cup champions, but he is about as anonymous as the backup goalie on the Flyers (and that's one for your second cup of coffee). . He has let all the attention go to the Bobby Clarkes, Bernie Parents, Rick MacLeishes, Dave Schultzes, Bob Kellys and Gary Dornhoefers. , ... Maybe that's one of the reasons he is such a success. He doesn't need the limelight for himself. Isn't that Walt Alston's secret in baseball? ;' ' ' I sense that Fred Shero is a lot like Alston; strong, and intelligent far beyond his contemporaries. Used Russian System ... w Jf I " 4 4 i, Fred Shero When most of the people involved with hockey in Canada and United States grew angry at the Russians in that epic series against Team Canada a few years ago, Shero saw what the Soviets were doing and wanted to learn from them. He saw them upsetting the Phil Espositos, Gordie Howes, FranK Mahovliches and all of the great stars of the National Hockey League and he was perceptive enough to know that they were on to something, something revolutionary in this old game of shinney. So, while others savored in Team Canada's last-gasp victory over the Russians, Shero went straight to the source, to the Russian team in Moscow, and tried to uncover the secrets of their success. What he found was an almost awesome emphasis on conditioning, team, play and a zig-zag style of attack that just wasn't known in the Western Hemisphere. The Flyers are supposed to be the bad guys of hockey, the' bullies, the brawlers, but the more you watch them perform, the more you appreciate what a truly fine hockey team they have become. They are not dazzling, not in the sense of some of the old Montreal teams or these recent Boston teams of Espo and Orr. But they work and they work and they work and, in time, you see a true form emerging from theic. play. Vllthink they're a great team because of the way they play between the blue lines, which is certainly a revolutionary approach to the game. ' "They tell you that the way you win hockey games is to work the corners; that's where you gut it out. The Flyers do that, certainly, but it is the center ice many feet from either goal which is where they excel and where they have it by such a i wide'margin Over all of the other teams. They have learned to backcheck at center ice with a ferocity that destroys the other team's tempo before they can ever get organized. .. Other champions have done that, too. .It is when the Flyers are on the attack where they rise above the others. The time-honored manner to play this game of hockey is for the centerman to break up the middle and try to find one of his wingmen open. If he does, he gives them a pass. If not, he shoots the puck in and they chase it. The Shero way, which is the Russians' way, is for everyone to-zig-zag if they are covered; , the centerman to work to the sides if he's covered, and the wingmen to break loose from their owtt 'checks and take a pass on the fly. This may sound a little effected but it has been Shero's sectet to success and you can' bet that teams all across the continent will be copying this style in the future. ' It has taken a great effort on his part to convince his players that this is how the game should be played, when they've played it in an entirely different manner for all of their lives, and this Is yhy Shero is a remarkable man. He has revolutionized the game and he has done it without much fanfare. Everybody talks about how tough the Flyers are, when, in reality, they are a well-drilled, highly disciplined hoclTey team where ,the 20th man is as important as the first man". Talks Help Players Let me give you a few of Shero's philosophies: "Generally, coaches will give less ice-time to mediocre players and will overwork the superstars on his team. So what doe, a coach have on his hand when the playoffs come around? A tjam with exhausted superstars and less confident mediocre players who have no desire to win." "The morning after a game, we have a workout and then we go over our entire system. Repetition is the best method. I might bring one or two players to my office and discus the previous night's game and their performance. "I will begin the discussion by talking about their good points. I will tell them how well they have played in the past, how good they are and how much we need them. 4 "Then I will zero in on the thing that they are doing wrong. I will try" to bit the one sore spot I am upset about. I will tell them I know they can improve. , "So when the players leave my office, they are in a good frame of mind. They feel that it is just one thing that need improvement in relation to all the other good things they are doing." "There are a lot of athletes who are afraid of playing in big' games, and they will suddenly develop pains and hurts. I guess one could call them psychosomatic. But I will never pull a player out, unless he is badly hurt. "He wants to play but he needs a vote of confidence. He lofljis to me for encouragement. He is questioning his performance and wants assurance from me he will be OK. I give it to him." Hawks Draft Thompson And David Thompson Marvin Webster Stale Draftees Round 1 nont. Round I Dan Roundfield, C n t r I Michigan, by Cleveland; Larry Foglt, Canisius, by New York. Round J Jim McElroy, Central Michigan, by New Orleans; Robert Hawkins, Illinois St., by Golden Slate. Round 4 C. J. Kupec, Michigan, by Los Aneles; Lindsay Hairston, Michigan State, by DETROIT; Cyrus Mann, Illinois St., by Boston. Round SCIIff Pratt, Shaw, by DETROIT. Round a Tony Styles, U. of San Francisco, by Golden Stat. Round 7 Pet Davis, Michigan Stat, by New York. Round I none. Round '-Terry Thomas, U Detroit, by DETROIT. Round 10 none. NEW YORK (UPI) Thursday was a letter-perfect day for the Atlanta Hawks as they ended up with both David Thompson and Marvin Webster in the first round of the NBA's college draft. The Hawks, who had the first and third picks, opened the proceedings by grabbing North Carolina State's 6-foot-4 Thompson, then waited anxiously as the Los Angeles Lakers made UCLA's David Meyers the second pick, leaving college basketball's premier center, Webster of Morgan State, for the Hawks. Atlanta had been in a quandary over whether to use its first pick for Thompson, a three-time All-American and UPI's college player of the year, or Webster, a 7-foot center nicknamed "The Human Eraser" for his shot-blocking and rebounding talents. ; In addition to Thompson and Webster, the Hawks opened the second round by choosing Dwight Morrow High School star Bill Willoughby, a 6-foot-8 forward from Englewood, NJ- But Willoughby was not the first high schooler to go in the draft. Maynard Evans (Orlando, Fla.) high school's 6-foot-10 center Darryle Dawkins was the fifth player selected in the draft, taken by the Philadelphia 76ers. Centers were the premium picks in this year's draft seven pivotmen were taken in the first round. The other centers chosen were Stanford's Rick Kelley, by New Orleans; DePaul's 6-foot-7 Bill Robinzine, by Kansas City, who obtained the rights to him from New Orleans in exchange for Ron Behagen; LaSalle's Joe Bryant, by Golden State; and Southern Cal's John Lambert, by Cleveland, which traded Dwight Davis to Golden State for this first-round choice. . : , ' -. ' ; ,' . Ai - In addition to high schoolers Dawkins and Willoughby, four other hardship cases were among the first 19 players drafted. Phoenix made Oklahoma's 6-foot-9 Alvan Adams the fourth pick of the draft; New York took Jackson State , . University's 6-foot-7 Eugene Short; Seattle went for Seattle University's Frank Oleynick, and Golden State took Bryant. Fm Press Photo by ALAN KAMUDA Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez (from left) pose for photograph-' ers Thursday before their exhibition game against the Tigers. UPI Phots Johnny Bench autographs a copy of his book "From Behind the Plate", for long-time Tiger fan Mrs. Augusta Pulvierenti. Piston Draftees 1 Pick traded to Knicks. 2 Walter Luckett, guard, Ohio U. 3 Pete Trgovich, guard, UCLA. 4 Lindsay Hairston, forward, Michigan State. 5 Cliff Pratt, guard, Shaw. 6 Allen Spruill, guard, North Carolina A&T. 7 Ike Williams, guard, Armstrong State. 8 John Kelly, guard, Dillard of New Orleans. 9 Terry Thomas, forward, Detroit. 10 Mickey Pox, guard, St. Mary's U. Tigers Put On Show, Beat Reds BY HAL SCHRAM Free Press Sports Writer The Cincinnati Reds will take a seven-game winning streak to St. Louis Friday when they resume their National League West season. But you wouldn't have suspected it had you been among the 28.593 fans in Tiger Stadium Thursday night. It was sandlot night at the stadium, with all proceeds going to amateur baseball and in the early innings, the Cincinnati too 001 olO-l t I DETROIT 010 411 OOx-8 10 1 NORMAN, Darcy (2), Borbon (4), McEnaney (), Eastwick (I) and Plum-mer; BARE, Pentx (t), Arroyo (I) and Humphreys. Reds played the sandlot motif to the hilt. Three Cincinnati errors and a wild pitch helped the Tigers build up a 5-0 lead after four innings, and Detroit breezed to an 8-2 victory. The Tigers belled five Cin- Please turn to Page 3D, Col. I Tigers, Birds Trade Pitchers BY JIM HAWKINS Fre Press Sports Writer So far this season, the Tigers have done two things wrong: They haven't been able to stop the opposition enough and Nate Colbert, of whom so much was expected, simply has not hit a bit. Thursday, the Tigers made a pair of moves in an attempt to correct both of those deficiencies. First, they acquired righthanded reliever Bob Reynolds from the Baltimore Orioles. Then, hours later, they summoned left-hand-hitting Jack Pierce from Evansville to alternate with Colbert at first base. A year ago, Reynolds was Earl Weaver's righthand man in the Baltimore bullpen. The Orioles wouldn't have traded him for anything less than half a franchise and a player or two to be named later. Thursday, the Tigers obtained the services of that same Bob Reynolds in exchange for minor league pitcher Fred Hold-sworth. Period. But, if Reynolds can regain the form that made him the Orioles' late-inning ace for the last, two years, he and John Hiller and Tom Walker could give the Tigers a most formidable relief crew, indeed. The 10-pocket jean. Count 'em. Stuff 'em. Racing In Trouble At DRC BY AL COFFMAN Pre PrAs Racing Writer Thoroughhred racing is in deep trouble again at the Detroit Race Course. After a promising start earlier this spring, both attendance and betting have dropped so sharply in the last few weeks that officials of the Michigan Mile Track have announced an 8 percent cut in purse money across the board. As a result, starting Friday, the minimum purse will drop from $2,800 to $2,600 This is the lowest figure for a Detroit track at the height of the season in many years. AND THINGS may get worse, DRC general manager Dick Wilson admitted. "We've got all our big races coming," he pointed out. "There's the $100,000 Michigan Mile next month plus a series of expensive stakes for Michi- Please turn to Page 4D, Col. S And the way their pitching has been lately, they need it. Reynolds, who was such a factor in the Birds' all-out drive 'to the division title last summer, winning three while saving two during the final crucial three weeks, had become hopelessly interred in Weaver's doghouse this season. H e didn't show up this spring until the middle of March because of a salary dispute. And, when Weaver did call upon him to pitch, Reynolds had a great deal of difficulty getting anybody out. He pitched just six innings for the Orioles this season after leading the club in appearances a year ago and had lost once while compiling an even 9.00 earned run average. : On top of all that, the 28-year-old pitcher is one of the game's great flakes. For example, while the O's were on the road recently, Reynolds visited beauty salons in two different cities, spending more than $60 to get his hair frizzed, Shirley Temple-style. None of which endeared him to Weaver, whose Orioles were losing 11 out of their last 12. "He's been a good pitcher the type you usually can't get unless there is something else Please turn to Page 3D, Col. 3 Wanna stash . 7 .,"7?&- something? Jam g J j J it into the jeans 'lijkJ ifl f that take care "iSttf of everything. 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