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OPENING TIPS
Jack McCallum
November 09, 1987
Some inside points and outside shots that will give the reader a jump on the season
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November 09, 1987

Opening Tips

Some inside points and outside shots that will give the reader a jump on the season

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WEAR-AND-TEAR FACTOR

The Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has spent the equivalent of 42� days running around NBA courts. Here are the career minutes--including playoffs--of Kareem and other notable players.

 

AGE

MINUTES

K. ABDUL-JABBAR , Lakers

40

61,225

DENNIS JOHNSON , Celtics

33

35,020

MOSES MALONE , Bullets

32

34,789

ROBERT PARISH , Celtics

34

30,856

JACK SIKMA , Bucks

31

30,142

ADRIAN DANTLEY , Pistons

31

29,851

LARRY BIRD , Celtics

30

29,819

MAGIC JOHNSON , Lakers

28

25,615

KEVIN McHALE, Celtics

29

20,907

ISIAH THOMAS , Pistons

26

18,703

HEY, REALLY, I LOVED THE KID

Not many agile, sharp-shooting 7-footers who played at well-known basketball schools remain unchosen through almost two rounds of the NBA draft. One did this year—Brad Lohaus of Iowa. The Celtics claimed Lohaus on the 45th pick, or next-to-the-last in the second round. All the scouts knew that Lohaus can shoot, pass and run the floor well. Played for a smart coach, too, Tom Davis. So why wasn't he drafted earlier? Most scouts—Boston's Ed Badger clearly wasn't among them—said last spring that Lohaus wasn't aggressive enough and that he would get pounded under the boards in the NBA.

Now, suddenly, the unwanted Lohaus finds himself an important part of an important team. With Kevin McHale's injured foot keeping him out until at least December and Bill Walton out indefinitely, Lohaus is playing both forward positions and center for Boston. Either he or Fred Roberts will start at power forward, but even if Lohaus doesn't start, he'll get a lot of minutes.

And around the league there are a few teams—and more than a few scouts—kicking themselves for passing on Lohaus.

THE MORNING LINE ON THE ROOKIES

Here's a rundown on the status of the NBA's 23 first-round draft picks.

1. David Robinson, Spurs, C—Not a better pivotman in the U.S. Navy. Or the Army, Air Force or Marines.

2. Armon Gilliam, Suns, F—Looks lost. Maybe it's the heat.

3. Dennis Hopson, Nets, G—Needs time to mature, but probably won't get it.

4. Reggie Williams, Clippers, F-G—Meet the '87-88 Rookie of the Year.

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