FORMER WOL VERINE LIKES VI TALE'S ST YLE .
rreen primed to pump forPistons
By ERNIE DUNBAR
Rickey Green is having the time of
his professional life as a guard with the
The former Michigan All-American
returned to the area of his collegiate
glory on October 9, 1978 when the
Pistons acquired him from the Golden
State Warriors for a future draft selec-
AFTER STRUGGLING through his
first year in the NBA as the Warrior's
first round draft pick, Green feels the
switch to the Pistons is one of the best
things that's happened to him in his
brief professional career.
"Man it's great. It's good to be back
because the crowd is with you, I know
the people here, I know the people on
the team and I'm getting a chance to
play and that's what I'm looking for.
I'm just glad to be back."
One reason Green may be so happy at
returning to Detroit is that he fell into
disfavor with Golden State coach Al At-
tles shortly after the beginning of the
1977-78 season and spent much of his
rookie year on the bench.
"I STARTE D AT the beginning of the
season and we won a few games and
then we started losing," the 6-1, 170
pound Green said after he had just hit
two free throws to defeat the Kansas
City Kings last Friday.
"When we started losing he (Attles)
said it's not my fault we're losing, he's.
just going to put somebody else in to try,
and get a combination that will win."
That combination didn't include
Green, and the speedy guard finished
his initial season averaging 4.5 points a
game while shooting at a 38 percent
clip. That's a far cry from the 19.5 point
scoring average and 48 percent
shooting he accumulated his senior
year at Michigan.
"IT WASN'T a point of adjusting to
the NBA, it was harder just adjusting to
not playing," said Green. "It's hard ad-
justing to not playing when you've been
playing all your life. I kind of got down
on myself for not playing. It's kind of
hard just to sit there on the bench and
you know that you can help the team.
"I was glad to get out of there
(Golden State) 'cause I wasn't helping
the team any and they weren't helping,
me by sitting me on the bench," he
commented. The Warriors finished in
last place in the Pacific Division, 15
games behind Portland.
But now that Green is with the
Pistons, he sees the opportunity to
finally get his chance to prove to people
that he can play in the NBA.
"I THINK I have a little bit to prove
this year," Green said. "I know I can
play in this league if I'm given the op-
portunity to play."
Green's off to a respectable start af-
ter the first eight games of the Pistons'
schedule, making an appearance in
every game and managing 8.6 points
per game as a reserve guard. He had a
streak of four straight games in double
figures snapped Saturday in the Pistons
loss to San Antonio.
While Green may have had difficulty
with Attles' coaching techniques last
year, he feels first year Piston coach
Dick Vitale should suit him just fine.
"HE HAS A GOOD philosophy,"
Green said. "I dig it. He pushes you in
practice and gets everything out of you
and practice makes perfect. So I like
ferent philosophy. Vitale has an ex-
citing philosophy like getting
everybody souped up to play. Johnny
Orr is more of a talker to get you up for
the game. So each has his own thing
how they get their players ready to play
Vitale's had difficulty getting his
team on the winning track, as the
Pistons hold a 2-6 record excluding last
night's contest with Portland. That's
bad enough for last place in the Central
divison of the Eastern Conference. But
according to Green, it's just a matter of
time before the Pistons prove to be con-
"IT'S DEFINITELY going to gell,"
Green said of the Pistons. "We're
young and it just takes a little time.
We've got a lot of new people on the
team," he added, refering to the fact
that seven of the twelve current Pistons
were not with the team at the end of last
"I can't really judge how far we can
go. If we can just gell and improve each
game then if we don't make it this year
(to the playoffs) then maybe next year.
But we need steady improvement,
game after game, day after day."
GREEN MAY BE focusing his atten-
tion on the pro game at the present
time, but when the college basketball
season arrives, he'll be rooting for his
"I know about (Phil) Hubbard and I
know about (Mike) McGee. I've seen
Alan Hardy and Tommy Staton so I
think they'll be challenging for the Big
Ten title between them and Michigan
State. I think they're going to have a
Although Green realizes there are no
guarantees of longevity with Detroit
he'd like to stick around for a while.
"This is the NBA. You're here one
minute and gone the next," said Green.
"I'd like to stay here for the rest of my
life if I can."
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 1, 1978-Page 9
Blue spikers spank
By ELISA FRYE
Michigan's junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, playing in a
dual meet with Grand Valley at the Central Campus Recreation Building
last night, found the Lakers to be a most humble guest.
The JV's breezed to a 15-9, 15-6, 15-0 victory while the varsity spikers
were just as forceful, romping to a 15-4, 15-9, 15-12 triumph.
The junior Wolverines struggled in the first game but gained enough
momentum in the second to shut out the Grand Valley JV's without a fight in
The varsity team on, the pther hand, coasted through the first game but
struggled thereafter. The luckless Lakers turned tough in'the second and
third games. Although Michigan forged to a 10-3 lead in the second stanza,
Grand Valley recovered and gave the spikers a run for their money, piling
up six points before the Wolverines retaliated.
Although Grand Valley construced a nine point lead, 11-2, in the third
game, Michigan rebounded in a Herculean effort to sew up the match.
"I'm not real pleased with the way we played," said kichigan coach
Sandy Vong. "We weren't as up as we could have been."
What would Socrates
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It has a hearty, full-bodied flavor. It is smooth and easy going
down. And, the quality of its head is fact rather than philosophical
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Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
RICKEY GREEN shows the form that made him an All-American at Michigan in
1976. Now playing for the Detroit Pistons, Green will wear the same number (24)
that he made famous in his fast breaking collegiate days on the floor of Crisler
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