•Somehow you've got to equalize the situation at forward.
Right. If our forwards will just go out and do their thing, we can beat New York to death. Their forwards are slow, and ours are very fast. Bradley and DeBusschere can't run; everybody knows that. But before now, they've always been able to offset our speed advantage.
•Yeah, because they're strong and they're great outside shooters. What about the situation at guard?
This year we've got 'em at the guards. Oscar Robertson and any other guard in the league would be too tough for New York's guards. Oscar Robertson and you would be too tough. McGlocklin and Lucius Allen have been doing a great job. And we've got another advantage on the Knicks this year. Consistency. We've been much more consistent than they have. They've been able to get up for us every month or so, but they haven't been able to stay up. In the playoffs they're gonna have to be up for all their games, and I don't think they can do it—I think it's gonna wear 'em out. Attrition should get them. They're not the team they were last year. We're a young team growing into maturity. They're an older team getting older. Age has got to take a lot out of them. And when their age starts to show, that's when we'll begin to chop away at their inner action.
•Their inner action?
Yeah, the Knicks have a very delicate balance in there. Like if they start getting hurt on the inside a lot, it throws their whole thing off. They play a little inside zone, you know? Everybody tries to play an inside zone, but the Knicks play it the best. So we've got to do things to open up the inside, throw off their zone and their timing, get me inside, pull things in a little bit too tight for them to make their zone work. We've got to disrupt their coolness. We can't give 'cm time to be so methodical. We've got to spread a little anarchy out there, shake 'em up, move 'em around.
•Yes, but what're you planning to do about their fast hands? They still have the fastest hands in the game.
No, they don't. They used to have the fastest hands in the game. Last year you never knew whose hand was gonna come snaking out and take that ball oil' you, but this year Walt Frazier is the only Knick making steals. The others are getting too old. Great players like Dick Harnett—he's getting old and tired.
•What about the money? Does all that money motivate you to go out and win the playoffs?
It may motivate some of us. But I never had a big thing about money. When I didn't have it, I didn't worry about it. Now that I have a little, I don't have to worry about it. Money has never been important to me.