Coach Jerry Tarkanian. Spur owner Red McCombs, who is not always on the same page with the rest of us, referred to his rookie coach as Tarkenton a few times during the Spurs' introductory news conference because he was so excited to have Tark around. But, hey, perhaps ol' Red knew what he was talking about. Lowpost scorer Terry Cummings had season-ending knee surgery. Shooting guard Willie Anderson has been slow to recover from bone grafts to repair stress fractures in both legs. And we're pretty sure that Tark has the only sixth man in the NBA who never played a minute of college ball and has a bullet lodged in his left shoulder. (That, of course, would be Lloyd Daniels.) Yes, like that famous Viking quarterback of old, Tark is going to be doing a lot of scrambling.
But, hey, he likes the NBA life-style. "Nice hotels, nice per diem check, don't have to carry luggage," says Tark. You mean that wasn't the same life-style you enjoyed at UNLV?
Who's in for the rudest awakening among the new additions out West?
If it's not Coach Tarkenton, it might well be the aforementioned Mark Jackson of the Clippers. Jax suddenly finds himself in a conference where he has to guard KJ, John Stockton and Terry Porter from time to time.
Will Derrick Coleman listen to Chuck Daly more than he listened to former New Jersey Net coach Hill Fitch ?
Of course. Derrick is a young guy who wants to look good, and he's sure to listen to Chuck's fashion tips. He'll probably listen to him on the court, too. Daly has already dropped enough hints. "Derrick has much more talent than I ever dreamed, enough talent to be considered one of the top six or seven players in the league," says Daly. "All he needs now is to do the conditioning and the other off-the-court things that will make him great." There's a message woven into that valentine, Derrick.
Why don't the Nets decide on one point guard—either potential star Kenny Anderson or three-year veteran Mookie Blaylock—and send the other guy off on his merry way?
Because Daly is concerned, as he mentions about seven times a day, with the 6'1", 168-pound Anderson's wearing down over the course of a grueling season. Make no mistake about it, though—Anderson, the No. 2 pick in the 1991 draft, is their man. They could still deal Blaylock.
Since he's easily Indiana's best player, why isn't Detlef Schrempf starting?
You tell me! Having Detlef accept the Sixth Man Award before the home crowd, as he did in each of the last two seasons, makes for a nice show and all, but, hey, get this guy in the game! Actually, he may be in the starting lineup on opening night if power forward Dale Davis has not fully recovered from a shoulder injury. Look, if small forward George McCloud is indeed an explosive scorer, then bring him off the bench and start the versatile Schrempf there, with rebounding demon Davis at the four-spot. Let somebody else win the Sixth Man trophy.