BANKRUPTCY INTO SOLVENCY
Elgin Baylor's importance to the Minneapolis Lakers can be deduced from one incident. Last month, while Baylor was on duty with the Army at Fort Sam Houston, all the rest of the Lakers flew to Texas to practice with him, on the reasonable theory that there was no sense in practicing without him. Last year, in his rookie season, he brought Minneapolis from last place and bankruptcy to second place and solvency.
LIKE HAM AND EGGS
A perfect mesh of talent and temperament, of guile and power, Boston's Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman have made up the best backcourt in basketball for eight straight seasons. They may be at their peak or they may be beginning to slow down; whichever is true, another world title for Boston hangs in the balance. Bob is 31, Bill 33, in a game that penalizes a man severely for the slightest dimming of reflexive speed.
The man with the least hair in basketball ( George Yardley) and the man with the most ( Dolph Schayes) are the most potent scoring pair in the NBA. Between them, too, they give Syracuse every shot in the book and should give rivals a merry chase for high-point honors. Though veterans, they are together for the first full season, a leavening of ripe experience on a team composed largely of fast, eager youngsters.
Jack Twyman is apparently doomed to wait for the day Oscar Robertson finally gets around to joining the Royals before he'll have a teammate worthy of his mettle. Certainly Jack is the only Royal player who could win a position on any other club in the league—which is one way of saying that this team will be lucky to do as well as it did last year. That record was, sadly: won 19, lost 53—poorest in both divisions of NBA.