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JAN. 27, 1971 | Amherst, Mass.
JUNIOR YEAR AT UMASS
That's playing Fordham, the great Charlie Yelverton. Their coach was Digger Phelps. I remember in this game we had a point guard who tried to hit me on the break and threw the ball up into the stands. No, actually that was the game at Fordham. This game, this play, I think it was typical. I grabbed a lot of rebounds in college.
My freshman year we were quite an attraction. We'd get the fans in the building early, and then after the freshman game, whether they had to go do homework or not, students used that as an excuse. Halfway through the varsity game they'd be filing out. The next year as a sophomore I never saw anyone filing out at halftime. It was a great experience. It was an innocent time. I took myself seriously as a student. In terms of grant-in-aid, I probably had $50 a month to work with. You talk about stretching a buck. Between that and what my mom would send me, which was maybe another 20, I might have had 70 bucks in my pocket every month for gas and extra stuff other than the dining comm. So I never missed breakfast, lunch or dinner at the dining comm.
MAY 23, 1982 | Boston
GAME 7, CONFERENCE FINALS VERSUS LARRY BIRD'S CELTICS
In '77 [the first season after the merger], Boston played Philadelphia. We had a seven-game series in which we knocked them off. So I was caught up in this rivalry for three years before Bird got there. When people start talking about the Bird-Magic [Johnson] rivalry with Doc, I don't buy it. They're in the first half of their careers, I'm in the last half of my career. I always looked at Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]. Kareem is the constant for all 11 years I played in the NBA. He is the only one who I ever felt like I was in the shadow of.