C: San Antonio? Look, you have to realize my attitude. When I came in as a rookie, here I went against Chamberlain, Jabbar, Lanier. I never played them before. Was I gonna be amazed and awed or was I gonna make them respect me? I have to play against somebody before I can judge how good they are. Except for what you may do, I won't be surprised by anybody.
E: I think Gervin will surprise you.
C: There are a couple of tough customers waiting for you, Julius. Paul Silas denies the ball and pushes people around. Phil Jackson of the Knicks muscles you and elbows you and keeps you away. Leonard Gray out at Seattle knocks hell out of everybody. A powerful dude.
E: What about Golden State? Phoenix? Cleveland?
C: Naw. You won't have any problem with anybody at Golden State. I'm talking forwards now. Phoenix—nothin'. Cleveland's got Brewer. Washington's got Truck Robinson. What you'll do is clear out the side and drive right past them. Easy. You're asking the wrong guy about who's physical. Nobody's more physical than me.
E: Hey, were you impressed with McGinnis?
C: Offensively, I was. He didn't use his body as much as he could. As far as boarding, rebounding, defense—no. He doesn't screen off at all. He made All-Pro. But a lot of people didn't think he should have. Say, what about depth? Do you think the ABA teams are as deep as ours?
E: No. I never felt parity there. We're still not deep at center.
C: Each team will get deeper from now on. Everybody will have to use eight men rather than six.
E: Intelligence will be more of a factor. Players who play with their heads will have it all over the raw-skill guys.