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June 21, 1974 - Image 11

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Knicks say Willis is through

NEW YORK W) - The New
York Knicks announced yester-
day that injury-plagued center
Willis Reed, most valuable
player in the 1970 and 1973 Na-
tional Basketball Association
playoff series, will not be with
the club next season.
The Knicks said that Dr.
Donald O'Donoghue and Dr.
James Nicholas had concurred
that Reed, in order to play with
the team next season, would
need an operation on his in-
jured right knee.
But Reed, who did not at-
tend the Knicks' news con-
ference, apparently has de-
cided that surgery Is not nec-
essary.
Reed, in New York, spoke
with CBS Radio by telephone
shortly before the news confer-
ence began and claimed he
knew nothing of the pending
announcement.
"You'd better check with
Big Bellamy
quits angrily
ATLANTA (MF - Walt Bel-
lamy announced his retirement
from the National Basketball
Association yesterday, charging
the Atlanta Hawks played a-
"con game" to get him to New
Orleans.
" really want to play but it
seems I have been forced to re-
tire," the four-time NBA All-
Star who has scored more than
20,000 points in his 13-yearca-
reer said at a news conference.
"New Orleans surely didn't
want the services of Walt Bella-
my but as part of the Pete
Maravieh deal, they had to
take me."
MARAVICH LEFT the Hawks
for New Orleans in May in a
trade for draft choices and two
of New Orleans' picks in the
expansion draft.
Atlanta had to lose one play-
er in that draft, and Bellamy
contends he was shoved on New
Orleans as part of the Mar-
ich package.
"It was nothing but a coo
game on the part of the
Hawks," he said.
BELLAMY, who has played
with five NBA clubs, including
Atlanta for the last 4/2 years,
said he also objected to "a lack
of communication."
"You like to feel like you're
appreciated," the 6-foot- cen-
ter said. "But I haven't heard
from New Orleans, and thave
had no communications with
Atlanta since the draft. I would
have assumed that New Or-
leans would have already in-
vited me to talk with them if
they really wated me."
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them the Knicks," he told
newsman John Kennelly.
When asked him how he
would feel if the Knicks an-
nounced he wouldn't be playing
next season, Reed replied: "I
don't deal in hypotheses, only
in logic."
Red Holtzman, the Knicks'
coach and general manager,
said, "Willis has had numer-
ous injuries and heartbreaks
and apparently feels he does
not want to undergo another
operation."
Reed played only 19 games
with the Knicks last season and
has played sporadically over the
last four seasons because of
continuing problems with both
knees.
Holtzman said he has not had
a chance to discuss the current
situation with Willis but that
the 6-foot-10 center and captain
of the club had been examined
by Dr. O'Donoghue on June 3
and by Dr. Nicholas on June 17
and both agreed that an oper-
ation was necessary for him
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to continue playing.
Reed first underwent sur-
gery in 1970 for ligament
damage in his left leg. One
year later, he was plagued
by tendonitis in the right knee
and underwent his second op-
eration. Last December he
had a third operation to re-
move torn cartilage on the
right knee.
Reed, who will be 32 next
Tuesday, has two years re-
maining on his contract with
the Knicks. Holtzman said that
Reed and the Knicks have not
discussed the contract but that
the big pivot man would go
over the aspects of it with Lar-

ry Fleisher, executive director
of the NBA Players Association.
In addition to winning the
most valuable player award in
the Knicks' two championship
years, Reed was the MVP in
the 1970 All-Star game and won
the same honor for the 1969-70
regular season.
Because of his slim playing
time last season, the Knick
players voted to give the 11-
year veteran from Grambling
College only a half share of
their playoff money.
Reed ranks second in career
total games played among the
Knicks, has played the most to-
tal minutes, scored the most

field goals, is fourth in total
free throw conversions, tops
among rebounders, the all-time
total point leader and his 18.7
scoring average is fourth high-
est among Knick players.
His best season was 1969-70
when he led New York to its
first championship. That sea-
son, he averaged 21.7 points
per game and grabbed 1,126
rebounds.
Willis said before the start of
the 1973-74 season, "I don't
know if I'll ever be the leading
scorer for the Knicks again,'but
I do know I can make a contri-
bution to winning games and
that's what I get paid for."

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