•The legend that Willis mauled you last year and that's why you lost.
Yeah, maybe you're right. I know one thing: that legend bothers my teammates, you know. They didn't like it when they read how Willis had handled me, because they knew it just wasn't true. Your own magazine said it wasn't true.
•Yeah, Frank Deford wrote it. He said the action didn't turn on a simple duel of Reed vs. Alcindor. He said it was the Knicks vs. Alcindor.
And he said that the press kept writing I Samuel 17. I liked that! I Samuel 17! David and Goliath!
•Well, if the Bucks-Knicks games can't be explained by Biblical references, what does explain them?
Match-ups. The match-ups are very had.
•What do you mean?
Their forwards are the most difficult in the league for our forwards. They usually have DeBusschere on Greg Smith or DeBusschere on Bob Dandridge and Bradley on Greg Smith. DeBusschere can overpower Dandridge on offense and defense, and it usually ends up that DeBusschere's the one that cost us the game. He puts 'em in from the outside, and he drives on us.
•Is it that simple?
No, it isn't. New York just gets way up against us. They make all kinds of shots against us. They make 25-footers like lay-ups. No team should be able to shoot like that consistently, but they seem to do it every time we play.