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WE'VE GOT TO SPREAD A LITTLE ANARCHY
April 19, 1971
This time the Milwaukee Bucks are going to win the championship of professional basketball: such is the contention of Lew Alcindor. He tells Jack Olsen even before the semifinal playoffs are completed that he is looking ahead to revenge against the Knicks, who beat Milwaukee four games to one last year. But with Oscar Robertson (below) alongside him, Alcindor argues that his Bucks are now the better team. Knick fans are entitled to hope he is just whistling past the graveyard
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April 19, 1971

We've Got To Spread A Little Anarchy

This time the Milwaukee Bucks are going to win the championship of professional basketball: such is the contention of Lew Alcindor. He tells Jack Olsen even before the semifinal playoffs are completed that he is looking ahead to revenge against the Knicks, who beat Milwaukee four games to one last year. But with Oscar Robertson (below) alongside him, Alcindor argues that his Bucks are now the better team. Knick fans are entitled to hope he is just whistling past the graveyard

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•If Willis Reed took an occasional swing at me, he'd intimidate me all the way into the Central Alps.

Yeah, but you can't let it bother you, man. He keeps on trying to do it, and I keep on slipping away. Basketball is not a contact sport.

•Well, somebody wrote that he gave you a pretty good elbow in the play-offs last year, and you've been scared of him ever since.

You know me better.

•But most people think you were shoved around, and that's one reason the Bucks lost in five games.

Well, I was shoved around a little bit, but I also averaged 35 points a game. So he couldn't have been shoving me around too much.

•People go around saying, "Well, Willis handled Big Lew last year, and he'll handle him again this year."

Right. They do say that.

•I think the legend is firm by now, Lewis, and there's nothing you can do to change it.

What legend?

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