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March 14, 1977 | John Papanek
JOHN LUCAS, GUARD, HOUSTONWhy would a team use the No. 1 pick in the whole NBA draft for a part-time tennis player when it already owns a midget baton twirler? "There was never a question in my mind," says Coach Tom...
January 17, 1977 | Curry Kirkpatrick
The Rockets are on the rise, powered by Malone's rebounds, Lucas' rookie leadership and Nissalke's confidence
October 25, 1976 | Curry Kirkpatrick
As the Dick Motta, Dick Motta show opens the fall season for the first time in Washington, can the pampered Bullets find happiness with a tough guy? If Cleveland is for real, will the Cavaliers survive the...
October 18, 1976 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer
•Bum Phillips, Houston Oiler coach, after a heated vocal exchange in which Ed Biles, his 5'6" defensive coordinator, almost came to blows with John Mecom Jr., wealthy owner of the New Orleans Saints: "One was too...
October 27, 1975 | Pat Putnam
The textbook case on How to Revitalize a Franchise evolved in Denver last season when the entire city contracted a serious epidemic of the Rocky Mountain Highs. The Nuggets won more games (65) than anyone in pro...