5. Michigan: "Succeeded in recruiting the top three linemen in Ohio."
6. Notre Dame: "The most highly touted fullback in the country, Pete Buchanan [from Plymouth, Ind.], will be a welcomed addition."
7. Stanford: "Kevin Bates [from Cincinnati], Ohio's Defensive Lineman of the Year, inked despite pleas from Michigan and Ohio State."
8. UCLA: Jim Turner (from Sherman, Texas), rated the best defensive back in his state, "is one of the Bruins' top grabs."
9. Ohio State: " Art Schlichter [from Washington Courthouse, Ohio] is a living 17-year-old legend. Check his stats: 6,057 yards total offense, 4,397 passing and 1,660 rushing."
10. SMU: "We thought our crystal ball had short-circuited when it registered SMU. Not so. The Mustangs can stack their line prospects up with anyone's, except Michigan's."
Late in January, John Havlicek shocked no one by announcing that this, his 16th season in the NBA, was to be his last. The Celtics' star had already played in more league games than anyone else, and on his farewell tour of NBA cities he adds to that record while giving fans one last chance to say goodby. Never before has a player retired in 23 different arenas and received such a variety of gifts.
Here is a sampling of Havlicek's booty. From the champion Trail Blazers came a set of Gerber carving knives and a fly rod. The mayor of New Orleans proclaimed a day in his honor and the Jazz handed him a gold key chain with a referee's whistle attached. Promotion-minded Atlanta held a Havlicek banner contest, the winning fan earning the honor of presenting Hondo a plaque with a shamrock at the top and No. 17 across the middle. At Rick Barry's suggestion, the Golden State players gave him a money clip with the Celtic logo, while the Warrior broadcasters presented him with a radio microphone used by Jack Benny—presumably because Havlicek will be 39 next year. Some Ohio State teammates surprised him with a rocking chair, Indiana gave him a La-Z-Boy recliner, and K.C. a whirlpool bath.
So far, however, no team has given Hondo what he wants most, an outboard motor. Of course there are still seven out-of-town stops left. NBA clubs can thank Havlicek for hyping the gate by $10,000 to $20,000 with each farewell appearance, and with found money like that, surely one can spring for the motor.