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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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VITAL STATISTICS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MANUTE BOL, WHO IS NOW ONE OF THE FATTEST PLAYERS ON THE WASHINGTON BULLETS ROSTER

Before

 

After

Summer, 1985

 

Fall, 1986

7'6�"

Height

7'6�"

187 pounds

Weight

230 pounds

45 pounds

Bench press

120 pounds

35 pounds

Curls

60 pounds

65 pounds

Squat

225 pounds

45 degrees

Hamstring flex

90 degrees

14'�"

Vertical jump

17'�"

2 (est.)

Pushups

10

8.8%

*Body fat

18.2%

*For comparison's sake, 7'4", 297-pound Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton's body fat was recently calculated at 11.0%.

HEIR JORDAN
San Antonio's Alvin Robertson on Nike and its leading spokesman, Michael Jordan: "The company should change its name to Mike-y."

NO KIDDING
Piston rookie John Salley, trade bait the entire preseason, said: "I'm not going to come in and be a phenomenon like Michael Jordan."

AND THEY SAY THERE'S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Portland's Clyde Drexler on new coach Mike Schuler's defensive system: "It's more of a five-man defense. It's a great concept."

After converting only 195 of 405 free throws last season for an execrable .481 percentage, Utah forward Karl Malone made 46 of 55 in the summer league. He gave credit to two revolutionary stratagems—added concentration and bending his knees when he shoots.

AND THE S WILL STAND FOR "SHOT"
The as yet unsigned World B. Free on his new role as Cavalier sixth man: "I can see it now. It'll be like a monster movie. As I go to the scorer's table, they'll play the theme from Jaws. When I get into the game, I'll rip off my warmup and there will be a big s on my chest."

I'LL TAKE WIMPY WHITE GUYS FOR 40, ART!

O.K., Jeopardy contestant, the rather long answer is: Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 6'3" (6.29); Fat Lever, Denver, 6'3" (5.38); Isiah Thomas, Detroit, 6'1" (3.60); Sleepy Boyd, Golden State, 6'3" (3.62); John Bagley, Cleveland, 6'0" (3.53); Jay Humphries, Phoenix, 6'3" (3.17); Clint Richardson, Indiana, 6'3" (3.06); World B. Free, Cleveland, 6'2" (2.91); Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia, 6'1" (2.87); Vinnie Johnson, Detroit, 6'2" (2.86).

The question? How many guards at least five inches shorter than Kiki Vandeweghe averaged more rebounds than he did last season? Kiki, a 6'8" forward, wiped the glass clean of a timid 2.73 caroms per game in 1985-86.

NO ONE EVER SAID CENTRAL PARK WAS SAFE
Norm Nixon participated in a celebrity Softball game in Central Park over the summer for the cast team of Sweet Charity, the Broadway musical starring his wife, Debbie Allen. While chasing a fly ball in rightfield, the Clipper guard tripped in a hole and ruptured the quadriceps tendon in his left knee. He will miss at least three months of the season.

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