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AN EAR TO THE GROUND
Jack McCallum
November 03, 1986
Notes from a reporter who spent the off-season swinging on the NBA grapevine
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November 03, 1986

An Ear To The Ground

Notes from a reporter who spent the off-season swinging on the NBA grapevine

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A TRADE THAT WOULD HAVE SENT MULLIN AND HERB CAEN TO NEW YORK FOR BILL CARTWRIGHT AND JIMMY BRESLIN ALSO FELL THROUGH
To the best of our knowledge, here were the Warriors- Knicks deals discussed but never made involving Chris (I Love New York) Mullin: Mullin to Knicks for Darrell Walker and a No. 1 pick; Mullin and forward Larry Smith to Knicks for Bill Cartwright and Walker; Mullin and guard Lester Conner for Darrell Walker and forward-center Pat Cummings. Also, Mullin, Smith and Purvis Short were rumored to be going to Indiana for Steve Stipanovich, Clark Kellogg and the Pacers' 26th pick in the draft. The result? All hands are still in place, except for Walker, who was dealt to Denver.

DURING THE 1961-62 SEASON WILT CHAMBERLAIN ATTEMPTED A SHOT EVERY 1.23 MINUTES...BUT HE AVERAGED 50.4 PPG

The following NBA players were the leading candidates to contract bursitis during the 1985-86 season: Alex English, Denver, took a shot every 1.6 minutes and averaged 29.8 ppg (tied for second in league scoring); Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta, 1.61, averaged 30.3 (scoring champ); Walter Davis, Phoenix, 1.74, averaged 21.8(14th in league); Mike Mitchell, San Antonio, 1.75, and World B. Free, Cleveland, 1.77, both averaged 23.4 (tied for ninth).

Special Limited Time Bursitis Recognition: Quintin Dailey, Chicago, 1.54 in 35 games, averaged 16.3 ppg.

Totally Awesome Special Limited Time Bursitis Recognition: Michael Jordan, Chicago, took a shot every 1.38 minutes in 18 games, averaged 22.7 ppg.

Saving the Ol' Soupbone: T.R. Dunn, Denver, one shot every 6.34 minutes, averaged 5.0 ppg.

Irving Thalberg Lifetime Bursitis Achievement Award: George Gervin, took one shot every 1.69 minutes over 10 NBA seasons (26.2 ppg career average).

DON'T LAUGH—NOSTRADAMUS LIKED GOLDEN STATE
After observing the Lakers' 119-107 victory over Houston in the opening game of last season's Western Conference final, this observer's series analysis ran under the unequivocal headline: NO SHOT FOR THE ROCKETS.

DOWN, BOY
" Boston Celtics, world championship headquarters!"—Bill Walton answering his home phone throughout the summer.

YOU DIDN'T THINK WE'D GET OUT OF HERE WITHOUT A QUOTE FROM FRANK LAYDEN, DID YOU?
After trading his leading scorer and verbal sparring partner to Detroit, the Utah coach said: "I've already lost 220 pounds. We got rid of Dantley. I don't know that much about chemistry, but in terms of physiology, the Dantley trade probably saved my life."

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