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Go West, Get Mugged
Pat Putnam
October 28, 1974
That other division is really tough," says Nets' Assistant Coach Rod Thorn, happy not to be in it. "Out there, teams are going to have to win 47 or 48 games to make the playoffs." San Antonio Coach Tom Nissalke's analysis is more succinct than most such pronouncements: "Any team can finish first or last." Last year his Spurs finished smack in the middle. They should do considerably better this time, up to a bona fide shot at the divisional title.
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October 28, 1974

Go West, Get Mugged

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The San Diego Q's, with Chamberlain out of the picture, are still a few players away from contending in a tough division. The most valuable commodity on the roster is 6'11" Center Caldwell Jones. One of the ABA's best young guards is 6'1" Bo Lamar, and Tim Bassett is a horse of a forward. Wanted: a second forward who can play defense, and a big guard. Interim Coach Alex Groza moves his team into the 13,650-seat Sports Arena, which should help raise both money and morale. Groza's notion is to shift the Q's away from Wilt's unstructured, laissez-faire, free-shooting style and toward a more disciplined defense, too.

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