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Member emeritus: Charles (Big Time) Jones of Oklahoma, who somehow got his 6'10", 235-pound person lost in L.A. International Airport when the Sooners were making connections to Honolulu for their 1982 Rainbow Classic visit. He missed the team plane and showed up seven hours later after hitching a ride on the North Carolina team flight.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27
The sun returned to Oahu after three days of rain, so attendance was sparse at an afternoon Rainbow consolation doubleheader. A shame, because both games went into OT: Iowa beat Cornell 59-56 and Arkansas edged Iowa State 84-79. "The best post-Christmas sale imaginable," said New Jersey Nets scout Al Menendez. "Two great games for a buck."
During Maryland's 79-71 semifinal defeat tonight of Hawaii, Driesell did a Russian cossack dance right after Len Bias was assessed a technical foul for hanging on the rim following a dunk. Though Lefty didn't draw a T of his own, his sideline footwork did bring back memories of Classic coaches who have had run-ins with island officials. In 1981 Bradley's Dick Versace yanked a whistle from a referee's mouth. After a game in 1964, Ladell Andersen, then the coach of Utah State, was knocked unconscious at midcourt by the local supervisor of officials, who didn't like the way Andersen had abused the supervisor's son-in-law, who happened to be the referee.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
Georgia Tech's Bruce Dalrymple, North Carolina's Kenny Smith and Arkansas' Kenny Hutchinson—three guards from three New York City boroughs—met for breakfast in a Waikiki coffee shop to rehash memories of their days with the 1982 Riverside Church Hawks, that year's national AAU junior champs. As they swapped gossip and debated team curfews, Smith mentioned that another former Riverside Hawk, Missouri's Derrick Chievous, had arrived in the islands.
Dalrymple: "Band-Aid's here?"
Smith: "Saw him last night. He's with Missouri now."