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Women's Tennis
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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 13, 1986

Page 8

McGee fills bill in L.A.

Mike McGee has the fortune, or
misfortune of playing for one of the
greatest basketball teams of all time:
the Los Angeles Lakers.
This means the former Michigan
star has been blessed with two NBA

championships and the opportunity to
play with all-time greats Kareem Ab-
dul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. It
also means the chance to acquire
some splinters on the bench as well.
DESPITE the fact that McGee has
started nineteen games this year,
playing time has not always come in
large quantities to him.
"It's hard to play your whole career
and then sit," he said. "But I don't
feel so bad when I see who's in front of
me. I know that I could play more
somewhere else. This still doesn't
stop me from working hard though."
And he has worked very hard.
When the Lakers tabbed McGee as the
19th pick in the first round, he was
labeled as an offensive machine, a
gunner who could not play defense.
He has tried to put an end to that
"MY DEFENSE has improved 100
percent in the past few years. In the

NBA everybody can score so you have
to play defense every night," said the
6-5 swingman who currently averages
8.9 points per game although only
playing 18 minutes a game. "When
you are a scorer everybody says that
you can't play defense. It's an unfair
With the Lakers he has been a role
player. Whether it is filling in for a
regular starter, coming off the bench
to add needed offensive punch, or hit-
ting a 3-point field goal (he is curren-
tly ninth in the league, shooting at a-37
percent clip), he has done everything
the Lakers have asked. As a result,
this past summer they rewarded him
with a new four-year contract.
Guaranteed. This suits McGee fine,
needless to say.
"I'm fine, just fine. There's not a
better organization to get into," said
the ebullient fifth year player.
ONE OF the most illustrious
careers at the University of Michigan
began inconspicuously when McGee's
high school coach, Bob Murray of
North High in Omaha, Nebraska, con-
tacted ex-Wolverine coach Johnny
Orr (presently the head coach at Iowa
State) about a late-blooming junior.
The rest is all history.
McGee scored more points than any
other men's basketball player who
donned the maize and blue and more
points than any other player in Big
Ten history.
Much of this would not have been
accomplished without the proper
guidance and leadership of head

coach Bill Frieder.
"HE'S A great coach and we had a
real close relationship," said McGee.
"He was always helping to build up
my confidence. It was hard for me at
first because I only had one relative
that was close by (in Flint). If things
would go wrong, I would go straight to
Much was expected during McGee's
four year tenure here. However,
there were no Big Ten championships

and no titles. McGee received much
of the blame. But in reality, he never
had a Roy Tarpley to take some of the
pressure off him.
"(Coach Bill) Frieder made a
comment on that, how good I would
have been if I had a good big man to
play with," said McGee. "Anyway, I
still have two NBA championships
and that's just as good as anything
THIS YEAR'S team has the arsenal
to obtain that elusive nationalchaina-
pionship that Ann Arbor longs for.
They have the size, strength, speed,
and experience that is needed to win it
all. Things that McGee's teams never
"I'd like to see them go all the way.
It's a good group of guys and they
have a solid team," McGee said.
But McGee still is slightly upset
toward this year's team for losing
twice to his teammate Magic John-
son's alma-mater, Michigan State.
"Magic and the rest of the guys
tease me all the time about that. They
get on my case about it whenever
we're on the bus. It would be nice to
see them beat MSU and then win the
It sure would.
In the meantime, McGee will keep
filling his role to make sure that if by
chance the Wolverines reach the top,
the Lakers will be there to join them .

... not the only star

Sports Information photo
While a star guard at Michigan, Mike McGee was called upon to do the
bulk of the Wolverines' scoring. Now with the L.A. Lakers, he has been
forced to do other things to play in the NBA.

Reed joins grid staff as assistant

Exhition Baseball
Boston 3, Detroit (split squad) 2
Detroit (ss) 8, Philadelphia 2
Cleveland 11, Milwaukee 10
Oakland 8, San Diego 2
San Francisco 13, Seattle 2
Atlanta 6, Texas 5
Kansas City 6, Baltimore 5
Los Angeles 4, Montreal 3
New York (NL) 5, Toronto 3
Pittsburgh 8, St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 8, Chicago (AL) 2
Minnesota 7, Houston 4
California 4, Chicago (NL) 2

Detroit 111, Indiana 101
Atlanta 113, New Jersey 97
Philadelphia 105, New York 95
Washington 128, Cleveland 114
NIT First Round
McNeese StateM6, Dayton 75
Providence 72 Boston U. 69
Southwest Missouri 59, Pittsburgh 52
Boston 5, Pittsburgh 2
Montreal 3, vancouver 2
Calgary 3, Rangers 2

Former North Carolina State head
football coach Tom Reed, a Michigan
assistant from 1974-77, rejoined the
coaching staff yesterday as a
linebacker coach replacing the
outgoing Milan Vooletich, who took
the head assistant job at Rice last
Athletic Director Don Canham
made the announcement after the


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Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics gave formal approval.
"I FEEL very good," Reed said. "I
wasn't sure what I was going to do
for a while, but there's no better place
in the world to coach than Michigan,
so I came back."
This is the third time Reed has
worked for Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler. He played on Schem-
bechler's first team at Miami of Ohio
in 1963 and stayed on as a graduate
assistant in 1967. He later worked at
Akron and Arizona -before coming
back to Michigan as a defensive line
coach in 1974.
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Reed returned to Miami in 1978 to
become head coach. Over the next
five seasons, his team h4d a 34-18-2
mark. In 1983, he took the top job at
North Carolina State and registered a
9-24 record there.
"HE BRINGS a wealth of experien-
ce with him," Schembechler said.
"He's a great coach and I'm tickled to
death to get him back in the program.
He can coach any position, he's a
complete football coach."

the school's - chancellor, Bruce
Poulton, Reed was not going to stay.
"It was not the place I wanted to be,
Reed said. "I couldn't establish the
kind of program I wanted.
"The way I saw it, one of thre
things had to happen. Number one, ,
would have had to change my per-
sonal coaching philosophy. Number
two, I would have exploded andl
everyone involved would have been
hurt. Or I could leave. So I left."
The Poulton controversy reported
heightened after the Wolfpack lost C
North Carolina midway through tlW
season. The loss dropped Reed's
squad to 1-6. That week, Poulton was
asked by Chip Alexander of tlq
Raleigh Observer if Reed deserved a
vote of confidence. Poulton responed:
"Progress is hard to see, what we
need is a win.
WITH THAT, the well-publicized
war between the two began. When
asked if the Poulton controversy wa$
a factor in the resignation; Reed said,
"There's no question about it."
Schembechler called Reed after tfe
resignation, but Reed did not make
the decision until late February afteI
a trip to Florida. He had thought
about coaching pro football or going
into the private sector. He said that e
could have stayed in Raleigh, N.C:
and worked at a six-figure job, but
"I would not have been happy.'
"It took a long time," he said. .I
had said that I didn't think I couli
coach for a while, but time head
Reed settled into his office this week
and attended staff meetings. He starts
working with the team Tuesday when
spring practice begins.
"He's coming back home," Schem-
bechier said.


... glad to be returning
"Coming back to a place like this
will enhance my career," Reed said.
"Michigan is one of the few programs
I would have gone to.".
Reed resigned from North Carolina
State two weeks after the 1985 season
ended. The resignation.."caught a lot
of people by surprise" according to a
source in the North Carolina State
athletic department because his con-
tract was extended.
BUT AFTER a verbal war with

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