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Carver Alumnus Ed Plowden penetrates an Atkins double-team
manned by Jody Payne, left, and Teddy East In the Big Four
Alumni Basketball Tournament (photo by James Parker).
Will Ewing overcome
his shyness in pros?
By BARRY COOPER .... The best bet for No. 1 next
Syndicated Columnist year should be Michigan, which
Now that tuc returns nearly its entire team.
basketball 'seaso* 'is^overT'an ?thers *ho should rank among
Georgetown's'' lhp #**-&>? a?MuJ5*m?,Jtorth .
Patrick Ewing is to await a multi- C^0''"3 ancl Syracuse,
million-dollar contract with some
NBA team. FORMER NORTH
CAROLINA star Michael JorEwing
is sure to be a big hit on dan, now with the Chicago Bulls,
the court, but his overwhelming is quickly becoming America's
shyness could give him some pro- most marketable athlete. In addiblems
away from the arena. Will tion to his $4 million contract
Ewing duck public appearances? with the Bulls, Jordan has a deal
Will he become the flakiest pro with Nike shoes that will pay him
center since Bill Walton? One $2.5 million over five years.
source close to Georgetown Jordan also has signed an enbasketball
thinks Ewing will do dorsement deal with Wilson
just fine. Sporting Goods and has been
> "The improvement Patrick has awarded a McDonald's franmade
with regard to public chise, which his parents will
speaking is just incredible," said operate in Jordan's hometown of
me buurtc, wno requested Wilmington. Said Ray Benton,
anonymity. "Patrick will be OK one of Jordan's agents: "Michael
in the NBA. You have to has the potential to be the most
remember that Larry Bird was marketable athlete in team sports
not all that polished a speaker in history/'...
college."... Georgetown's Patrick Ewing
Georgetown Coach John may not be the only 7-foot center
Thompson, predicting how life entering the NBA draft this year,
will be after Ewing: "1 wouldn't Creighton's Benoit Benjamin, a
count-on us losing." Please see page B14
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By BARRY COOPER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The
smoke rose eerily from a fog
machine and blanketed the interior
of the Bayfrgnt Arena like
morning haze* settling over the
The 1,800 fans who paid to see
this show didn't seem to mind,
though. They were nodding their
heads and clapping their hands to
the hip sound of Michael
Although the volume of
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was no concert. It was Continental
Basketball Association game
night, and soon the Tampa Bay
Thrillers would play the Albany
The arena was dark, save two
rows of flashing lights that stretched
along the floor and created
a Las Vegas-style runway.
One by one, the nine members
of the Thrillers were introduced.
A spotlight gathered the men as
they each grabbed a ball and raced
down the runway.
They sprinted to the other end
of the court, where they mustered
their best showmanship and stuffed
the ball through the hoop. As
each player made his dunk, the
crowd roared, and the public address
announcer pushed a button
that created an explosion of light
For the players; who each
make $400 a week, it was but a
silly gimmick, one they tolerate
for a shot at the National Basketball
Association and its lucrative
salaries, of which the minimum is
$70,000 a year.
These are what the NBA scouts
call fringe players. They are
hangers-on, either unable to earn
a living at anything else or unwilling
to. Even if they make it to the
ind/\ -- ana me lba claims that
one out of every five of its players
.eventually docs -- they arc likely
to spend their careers as forgotten
reserves, the 10th and 11th
men on the roster.
There are exceptions. Larry
Spriggs, from Howard University,
polished his game in the CBA.
This year, he has been a starter
for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Utah's Rickey Green also is a
CBA graduate. This season, he
made the NBA Western ConI
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up by the Washington Bullets.
The NBA so values the CBA
that it pays the league some
$330,000 a year to develop
players and referees. It is an
agreement that pleases all parties,
except the players who can't seem
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