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Elvin Hayes of the Washington Bullets led the NBA in playing time this season. Appearing in all 82 regular-season games, the big forward averaged 41 minutes per contest. But two of Hayes' teammates, Guard Tom Henderson and Forward Leonard Gray, surpassed him by appearing in more games than there are on the schedule. Howzat?
Well, Henderson, who played in 87 games, was in 46 for Atlanta before being traded to Washington, which had played five fewer games than the Hawks at the time. He then appeared in 41 of the Bullets' remaining games.
Gray played in 25 games with Seattle before he was traded to Washington—which had played one less game than the Sonics at the time. Gray appeared in each of the Bullets' remaining 58 games.
Since the NBA expanded its schedule to 82 games for the 1967-68 season, five players have appeared in more games than the schedule called for. The most shell-shocked of them may have been McCoy McLemore, who played in 86 games in 1970-71. McLemore first played 28 games for Milwaukee, which was on its way to the NBA championship that season, then played 58 games for Cleveland, a first-year expansion team headed for the cellar.
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Joe Buenrostro was one of 32 amateurs to qualify for the 1977 Bowling Spectacular, a national tournament being held this week in San Antonio. By qualifying, Buenrostro, who is 19, unemployed and helps his ailing mother operate a small sign shop, won an all-expense-paid trip to the tournament.
Unfortunately, for Buenrostro, he lives in San Antonio, about four miles from the tournament site. Now for the good news. The tournament is being held at Wonder Bowl, where Buenrostro averaged 224 in more than 100 league games last year.
Two schools reviving college football on a smaller scale, after a financially induced absence from the game, are the State University of New York at Buffalo and another Buffalo institution, Canisius College.