COACH: CHARLES WOLF
LIFETIME NBA RECORD: WON 0, LOST 0
The only important question here is: how much difference will Oscar Robertson make? Despite Robertson's remarkable collegiate record, there are still many pros who doubt he will be outstanding as a performer in the NBA. These skeptics are in for some surprises. Robertson will at last have teammates who approach him in ability. He will not be obliged to attempt every team function full time: rebounding, play-making, scoring and so on. He will surprise most with his playmaking ability, especially if he continues to start in the backcourt. There, at 6 feet 5, he is going to overpower many smaller rivals and outmaneuver the bigger ones. Hopefully, too, being a pro will have a restraining and maturing influence on his court behavior. Elsewhere, except for Bob Boozer, this is the same team that won only 19 games last year, and Boozer will not be much help until he learns to use his size effectively instead of crouching around the floor like baseball's Eddie Stanky at the plate. Phil Jordon and Wayne Embry are erratic and slow pivot men. Jack Twyman carries the front court, needs more support than Hub Reed can offer. Phil Rollins and the reserve guards are at least adequate. For New Coach Charlie Wolf, who has much to learn about rival personnel, the key is Robertson. Oscar is capable of keeping the Royals in the fight for second place.
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