"I wouldn't really care," said Auerbach, "except the damn trophy is named after me."
WHAT MUGGSY BOGUES CAN LOOK FORWARD TO
At 5'3", Bullets rookie Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. Bogues should take note of the following exchange, overheard in a Milwaukee hotel lobby last season, between a much bigger man than he, 5'7" Spud Webb of the Hawks, and a stranger:
Stranger (incredulous): You mean you travel with this team?
Spud: That's right.
Stranger: Are you the ball boy?
Stranger: Then why are you with them?
Spud: I guess I just love being around these guys.
THE PROBLEM: NO RUSSELLS
New Sacramento coach Bill Russell has three centers vying for playing time. LaSalle Thompson is a decent shooter and rebounder, but is only 6'10" and isn't a shot-blocker. Jawann Oldham is 7 feet, jumps out of the gym and runs well, but isn't a polished offensive player. And 6'11" Joe Kleine is a heady, back-to-the-basket player who can shoot and pass, but is immobile. Says Russell, "They're so different it's hard to believe they play the same position."