Unfortunately the contest has become too drawn out with eight entrants and too boring without the big names, who no longer compete. Convene a committee immediately to discuss a one-on-one competition or a H-O-R-S-E game as an alternative.
The Iceman Cometh?
Attention, coaches and general managers: George Gervin scored 24 points in 16 minutes, including two three-pointers, and grabbed 11 rebounds in Saturday night's Legends game. Said the 39-year-old Iceman, who is 16 months older than Boston's Robert Parish, "I think I can shoot just as well as most of the guys in the league. I can't play as long, but if the opportunity comes. I'll sure come back."
The other big news in the Legends game involved the serious knee injuries suffered by David Thompson and Norm Nixon, both of whom were taken out on stretchers and transported to Florida Hospital. Thompson ruptured a tendon in his left knee, while Nixon ruptured the quadriceps tendon of his right knee. Coming next year, ladies and gentlemen: the Schick Legends Free Throw Shooting Classic.
The Assist Man
Barring injury, Utah's John Stockton should supplant Magic as the NBA's all-time assist leader sometime during the 1994-95 season, which will be Stockton's 11th year in the league. Magic attained his record 9,921 assists over 12 seasons, 10 of which he played with that most reliable of assist-assisters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At week's end Stockton's 13.9-assists-per-game average led the Suns' Kevin Johnson, who was in second place, by nearly four full assists per game. Further, the Jazzman is on pace for another 1,000-assist season, which would be his fifth in a row. Consider: Isiah (1,123 assists in 1984-85) and Kevin Porter (1,099 in '78-79) are the only other players in league history with even one 1,000-assist season.
Stockton, who is reluctant to expound on any subject, especially himself, doesn't offer much help on how he does it. But here are a few reasons:
? Karl Malone. The Mailman is a potential assist whether on the blocks or on the move, and there aren't many players like that. Moreover, now that the Jazz's half-court offense includes guard Jeff Malone, one of the league's best jump shooters off the pick. Stockton's assist opportunities have increased.
?Smarts. "He has complete control of everything going on in a game," says Karl Malone. "He's the smartest player I've ever known."
?Concentration. "He is mentally prepared every single moment," says Utah coach Jerry Sloan. "That's what makes him special."