?Herman Sarkowsky, treasurer of the Portland Trail Blazers, on Bill Walton's jump to San Diego: "Next year we'll get to see him at least twice in Portland. That's more than we saw him this year."
? Dave Heaverlo, Oakland relief pitcher, offering his plan to solve the California gasoline crunch and the A's poor attendance: "Open a service station in centerfield."
? Elvin Bethea, Houston Oiler All-Pro defensive end, unimpressed that his team spent its first two draft choices on defensive ends: "We don't know if our line will be better, but at least it will be longer."