And what would the coach do with the hair?
"Gonna make me a pillow out of it," he replied.
QUID PRO QUO
There was brief jubilation among the management forces of professional basketball when it was announced that the Senate antitrust subcommittee had taken favorable action on the long-delayed bill to give pro owners the waiver they need to merge the NBA and ABA. New ABA Commissioner Bob Carlson said he was elated, then added he would not know the full impact of the action until he had read the amendments appended to the bill by management's nemesis and the subcommittee's chairman, Senator Sam Ervin (D-N.C).
A few hours later it was learned that Ervin had modified drastically the simple waiver legislation. The bill stipulated that merger would be allowed only on certain conditions:
?The owners would have to drop the reserve clause.
?Home teams would have to split gate receipts at least 70-30 with visitors.
?No TV of pro games would be allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights during the college and high school basketball seasons.
?A common draft would be allowed, but rookies could sign only a one-year contract with a single option season thereafter.
In essence the bill permitted the owners to merge only under those conditions favored by the NBA Players Association and Ervin. In fact the action on the bill, which now goes before the full Senate Judiciary Committee (which is expected to give approval), means a classic lost-the-battle but won-the-war victory for Larry Fleisher, head of the NBA players group. The players had fought the merger in hopes of eliminating the reserve clause.