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HE'S NOT MERELY A PASSER FANCY
Peter Carry
December 18, 1972
The Kings dropped four games last week but Nate (Tiny) Archibald held on to the NBA lead in scoring as well as in assists
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December 18, 1972

He's Not Merely A Passer Fancy

The Kings dropped four games last week but Nate (Tiny) Archibald held on to the NBA lead in scoring as well as in assists

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A four-game losing streak last week dropped the Kings down to .500, a level more indicative of the capability of a team that relies on one little man to do so much. On offense, at least statistically, Archibald is doing more than any player ever has. His combination of points and assists adds up to a total of 58 points per game. The previous high by one player was 55 by Chamberlain in the 1961-62 season.

And Archibald seems destined to set an endurance record, at least for 160-pound guards. He has played more than 46 minutes a game and in four contests last week never left the floor. "If you watch us without him in the lineup, you'd understand," says Cousy. "I know how he feels. I was just like that when I was a young player. I never wanted to be on the bench and I rarely was." Cousy obviously sees himself as a young man in Archibald and his conversations about Tiny's play most often begin with such phrases as "I know how he feels" or "It's just like when I was getting started." Archibald usually responds with an almost reflexive "Cooz told me...."

The fans in the team's new cities seem to enjoy the fruits of those conversations. Last season in Cincy the Royals drew 3,609 a game, a figure exceeded so far in both Omaha, where the Kings will play 15 games, and in Kansas City, where they will play 26. The response has been particularly enthusiastic in K.C., where a fan club was formed to cheer skin-headed substitute Toby Kimball. The Toby Kimball Movement's motto: Bald Is Beautiful. Moreover, at every game in Municipal Auditorium two members of the audience are invited onto the floor at halftime to try to win a compact automobile by shooting a basket from mid-court. They might do well to let Archibald have a crack at it some night. After all, who could use a little car better than a tiny driver?

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