Lockhart is just the sort of lithe New York City player Powers loves. Indeed, the nearest thing he has to an outlander is his superb 6'3" guard and 17-point scorer George Bucci, whose followers take "Bucci-Buses" 70 miles from Newburgh, N.Y. to the Garden.
Bucci, Lockhart and Campion alone could make a big winner—they played last summer on a squad that went 9-0 in Israel and Italy—but there is more. Guard Charlie Mahoney is handsome enough to have appeared in magazine ads and is an even prettier picture on the court. Guard John Hurley and Forwards Frank Meehan and Ron Carrington give the team unprecedented depth. Last year Manhattan tended to collapse defensively at the end of games and gave up an average of 73 points. No more. You won't have to live in the Bronx this year to know what a Jasper is.
"I've never blown a whistle, worked a blackboard or looked at a film," says Marquette Coach Al McGuire. Despite eschewing these staples of his profession, he took the Warriors to their eighth postseason tournament last season and won his second Coach of the Year award of the '70s. This time that honor came from his fellow coaches, some of whom are beginning to regard the unorthodox McGuire with reverence.
They marvel at McGuire's ability to get his team to play his disciplined defense and patterned offense. They wonder how he accomplishes this despite publicized run-ins with his athletes and without showing up for many practices. For McGuire, it all seems to come as easily as the two technical fouls that led to 10 North Carolina State points and a victory for the Wolfpack in last spring's NCAA title game.
"I think I can feel the ballplayers and the situation," he said recently in his office. "Sometimes we have suicidal practices. Other times we have Sherman Billingsley chitchats. Whatever I feel they need. I've always done my work, it's just that I do it at a different pace.
"I completely blew my cool when I got that second technical in the NCAAs. I needed a rest after that, so I took one of my usual vacations—packed a few things and went off by myself. It's not true that I've gone to Tibet. I've tried twice, but I can't get a visa."
McGuire did not even flinch when his secretary, Kathy Buse, interrupted to inform him, "Your bank account is overdrawn." According to legend, McGuire never flinches. He is not even wincing at the thought of this season, although this is the third year in a row he has lost a starting center to the pro hardship draft.
Maurice Lucas indeed is gone to the ABA, and to replace him McGuire has undersized Jerry Homan (6'7" and 205 pounds) and a shoelace named Craig Butrym (7 feet and also 205). Otherwise the Warriors are set, particularly at forward with 6'5" Earl Tatum and 6'9" Bo Ellis. "Tatum is the most talented player I've ever coached and Bo was the best freshman in the country last season," says McGuire.
He also has a superabundance of first-rate guards, including playmaker Lloyd Walton, Dave Delsman and two freshmen who were high school All-Americas, Butch Lee and Gary Rosenberger. Walton, the only one of the four sure to start, wears a tiny gold cross in his left earlobe. "It reminds me how lucky I was to get out of my neighborhood in Chicago, where lots of my friends got hurt and killed," he says.