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CENTRAL DIVISION
Curry Kirkpatrick
October 25, 1976
As the Dick Motta, Dick Motta show opens the fall season for the first time in Washington, can the pampered Bullets find happiness with a tough guy? If Cleveland is for real, will the Cavaliers survive the Fitch-Mileti feud? Will the wedding of Pistol Pete and Gatling Gail breed a bouncing winner in New Orleans? Can Tom Nissalke turn those nice young men from Houston into a bunch of muggers? Even with San Antonio unleashing all that new ABA talent, will the Central Division become another Alamo? Is Atlanta still in Georgia?
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October 25, 1976

Central Division

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With the additions of Petrie and Hill, the return of injured veteran Tom Henderson, plus rookie Ken Charles from the L.A. summer league, the Hawks have guards aplenty. Forward is another matter. John Drew can be erratic. Lou Hudson has never been the leader Atlanta hoped for, but Bill Willoughby played creditably last year as the youngest man in the league. In all, it should be another long season for Atlanta.

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