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Page 10-Thursday, February 22, 1979-The Michigan Daily EX-BLUE CAGER REDISCOVERS IS GAME

Rudy
By SCOTT LEWIS
That Rudy Tomjanovich is playing
professional basketball today is largely
i tribute to plastic surgery. That he has
regained his status as one of the NBA's
great players is largely a tribute to
R3udy Tomjanovich.
Tomjanovich, a former Michigan
standout (1967-70) who holds or shares
si individual Wolverine records, has
been a star forward for the Houston
Rockets since he graduated from
lMichigan nine years ago. Earlier this
month he scored twelve points for the
East squad in the All-Star game. The
Silverdome fans cheered for their
','lometown" (Hamtramck) hero.
One year ago, however, there were no
cheers for Rudy Tomjanovich. No jump
shots, no hook shots. No season.
Perhaps no career.
For those with short memories, Tom-
Janovich was leveled by the now-

T. overcomes more tha

infamous punch from Kermit
Washington on December 7, 1977 at the
Los Angeles Forum. Washington, then
a forward for the Lakers, received a
suspension and a fine; Tomjanovich
received a fractured skull, a separated
upper jaw, two broken cheekbones, a
broken nose, and blurred vision.
(Tomjanovich has filed a legal suit
against the California Sports Co., which
owns the Lakers. Bruce Wallace, part
of an Ann Arbor-based law firm which
represents Tomjanovich, said that
Tomjanovich is determined to recover
damages "suffered through losing .a
season in the later years of his
career.")
Itrtook several painful weeks for
surgeons to rebuild Tomjanovich's
face. Rebuilding shattered confidence,
restrengthening the weak body, recap-
turing the talents which have made him
a five-time All-Star - this was an even

longer, more agonizing process.
He would" work out alone in the
Houston Summit, where the Rockets
play, jogging, lifting weights, shooting.
Then he'd run a few plays with his
teammates. The progress was en-
couraging to Coach Tom Nissalke, but
it wasn't enough to erase the doubts
from Tomjanovich's mind.
"It was a step-by-step process," said
the 30-year-old forward, who now
makes his home in Houston. "I doubted,
myself in every category - shooting,

rebounding, defense. I never had a
worry about what I could do. I just had
to show myself that I could do it.''
Foremost among Rudy's worries was
whether the blurred vision had affected
his shooting touch. For a "strong" for-
ward, he has a delicate outside shot,
particularly his low-trajectory jumper
from near the key. Fortunately, the im-_
paired vision was temporary and his
field goal accuracy (50.3 per cent
career) hasn't deserted him.
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Tomjanovich's road
was Southern Califon
summer league with
agents, whose style'
the least, aggressiv
the physical contact
self - but not to ev
wasn't afraid to mixi
"Even after the s
of the media were
trying to create son
isn't there. If I'm no
will assume that it's1
injury); if I am doin
ch for a reason."
Tomjanovich has
well, even thoughl
never playing at 100g
always some part o
could work on."
believed all along in
back, sees no chang
ce.
"We still rely on
points a game, whic
than his Career tota
"The best part is tha
what you're getting.
most consistent play
Entering last Tu
Washington (part of
Tomjanovich was av
game and eight rebo
.517 shooting percen
on the all-time NB.
11,494 points.
These statistics hE
fearn a spot on th
However, some obs
ter the fan vote t
election was a"
Nissalke agrees p
view, though he wi
terminology.
"I think that1
recognition of his co
coach. "There have1
thought he'd played
voted in."
Tomjanovich wa
fans' strong suppor
s previous seasons,
deserving and recei
"Playing in the.
tremendous this
"Coming back toI

HOUSTON ALL-STAR forward Rudy Tomjanovich, the Hamtramck native who
rewrote the Wolverine record book nearly a decade ago, lofts a shot over Phila
delphia's Steve Mix. In 14 months, Tomjanovich has made it from an intensive
care unit to the NBA All-Star squad.

ANOTHER BLUE-BUCKEYE RIVALRY:
Synchro swimmers g

i injuries
I to full recovery nice. I'm glad that I was able to get in-
rnia. He played in a volved in the game there because other
h rookies and free times they don't pass me the ball."
of play was, to say After the All-Star Game, Tom-
e. Rudy withstood janovich abandoned the plastic white
and proved to him- , mask which he had worn since Decem-
veryone - that he ber 27 to protect-his face. The protec-
it up. tive mask evoked memories of the
eason began, some Kermit Washington episode, but really
-still studying me, all it served to protect was a broken
ne fear in me that nose suffered in Pontiac when Rudy's
t doing well, people face collided - accidentally - with
the result of it (the Detroit Piston M.L. Carr's forearm.
g well, they'll sear-
indeed done very
he says that he's
per cent. ("There's
of my game that I
) Nissalke, who
his ability to come
e in his performan-
Rudy for 16 to 25
ch is a little higher
ls," Nissalke said.
at you always know
He's still one of our
vers."
uesday's game in
a 19-day road trip),
veraging 19 points a
ounds, and owned a
ntage. He was 65th x
A scoring list with
eped Tomjanovich
he East All-Stars. .;ys,...t
ervers remarked af-
hat Tomjanovich's Rudy Tomjanovich
sympathy vote."
artially with this
ould use different
Even though he's hardly ready to
the vote was a retire, Tomjanovich has begun to
omeback," said the' prepare for the future. In addition to his
been times when he considerable salary, he has made a
I better, but wasn't number of wise investments. Tom
janovich, wife Sophie and their twp
s surprised at the children are financially set.
t, but noted that in Tomjanovich said he would like to
he was equally pursue a coaching career at any level.
ved.few votes. "I'll take whatever I can get," he said.
All-Star Game was But his old coach, Johnny Orr, is
year," he said. singing a different tune. "He's too rich
Detroit was really (to coach)," joked Orr.
rear for OSU
g swimmer is Ruth try out.
ore from Richmond, The AIAW Nationals are not the only
veteran of the sport. challenge looming in the team's future.
t synchro after high There are two more invitationals over
couldn't pass up spring break, and after that, the AIAW
o swim here,":said Regionals at Kalamazoo.
erican last season.
LINDEMAN IS presently eyeing
he places in the top swimmers from California, Texas, New
Nationals in March, York and Virginia as possible recruits
1lify for the Pan for next season. "We'll be losing two of
trials in California. our girls on scholarship after this. year,
ain place in the top so we'd like to pick up about five more
n to the competition athletes to fill out our scholarship
program," she said.
he possibility in ex- Through it all, the Ohio State rivalry
king it in stride. "It goes on.
goes to the trials," "We almost beat them last year here
they just pick who in Ann Arbor," said Lindeman. "We
the Pan Am games, were within one point going into the last
ne who qualifies can event, but they beat us at the wire."
F THE DAILY
me. player dra
a, f1

Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City
Royals.
The commissioner fined the Angels an undisclosed
amount of money and ruled they must surrender one or more
future amateur draft choices-the number to determined
later-to the Reds. -AP
Duke destroyed
CLEMSON, S.C.-Billy Williams scored a career-high
21 points to lead Clemson to a 70-49 upset of sixth-ranked
Duke last night.
The 21-point defeat was the worst this season for Duke,
which had lost five previous games by a total of only 19 poin-
ts. Clemson is now 17-8 overall and 6-7 in the ACC. Duke has
won 19 games.
Williams, topping his previous career high of 20 points set
against Furman last month, scored 12 of his points on driving
layups. Mike Gminski led the Blue Devils with 13 points and
Jim S anarkel added 11. -AP
SCORES
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Clemson 70, Duke 49
W.Michigan 99, Bowling Green 86
Kent St. 76, E. Michigan 71
Miami (O.) 72, Toledo 68 (OT)
Notre Dame 88, Oklahoma City 60
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By LIBBY REID
The football players aren't the only
Wolverines obsessed with beating the
Buckeyes.d b
"We're always encouraged to beat
Ohio State," said Joyce' Lindeman,
coach of Michigan's synchronized swim
team. The swimmers' rivalry with OSU
is perhaps more intense than the foot-
ball players', in that the women must
face the Buckeyes not once but several
times during the season.
At the Michigan Invitational meet
last weekend, the Wolverine synchro
team finished second to Ohio State for
the third time this year. Lindeman cites
the Buckeyes' strong recruiting
program as one of the reason they are
so hard to beat.
"They (OSU) have 18 scholarships to
offer, whereas we have only 12," said
Lindeman. She also points out that she
must give 75 per cent of her time to
teaching Physical Education classes
and 25 per cent, to coaching. The OSU

coach's time is divided evenly between
the two.
DESPITE THE obvious disadvan-
tage, the Michigan women are holding
their own. Last year they were second
in the nation, and this year they're
living up to the reputation they've made
for themselves. Two Michigan routines
each took a first place at a meet in
Kalamazoo on Feb. 3. And last Decem-
ber, Michigan placed first overall in a
meet here in Ann Arbor.
Needless to say, Lindeman is
pleased. "Although it's-not yet an of-
ficial Big Ten sport, the entire Midwest
is very strong in synchro. We're doing
very well so far this season," she said.
Among the team's stars are Sue New,
a two-time All-American senior, and
sophomore Kathy Seidler and Lou Ann
Koval.

Another promisin
Pickett, a sophomo
Va. and a 13-yearv
"I was going to qui
school, but I c
Michigan's offer t4
Pickett, an All-Ame
THIS YEAR, if s
eleven at the AIAW
Pickett will qua
American Games
And if she can ag,
eleven there, it's o
in Puerto Rico.
Pickett admits tl
citing, but she's ta
all depends on who
she said. "Usually
gets to try out fort
but this year anyor

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Kuhn createsc
NEW YORK-In a unique one-player draft, the negotia-
tion rights to college pitching ace Bill Bordley were tran-
sferred from the Cincinnati Reds to the San Francisco Giants
yesterday in what the baseball commissioner's office called
a special one-shot occurrence.
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered the special five-team
draft because interference by the California Angels made it
impossible for the Reds to sign the 21-year-old Bordley, who
pitched for the University of Southern California in 1977 and
1978.
Bordley had said he wanted to play for a West Coast team,
but the Reds made him their No. 1- selection-third overall-in
last month's amateur free-agent draft.
They withdrew their offer to Bordley on Monday and Kuhn
ruled that a special draft should be instituted "strictly
because of tampering" by the Angels, according to a
spokesman for the commissioner's office.
As a result, Bordley was allowed to pick five clubs accep-
table to him. He named the Giants, Los Anglese Dodgers,
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