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The Michigan Daily
Thursday, October 15, 1987
By ADAM SCHEFTER
Never at a loss for words, Roy
Tarpley has always been known to
come up with comical quotations.
Like the music group Timbuk 3,
Tarpley once said, "My future is so
bright, I ought to wear shades."
Last June, however, it was
learned that Tarpley, the former
Wolverine basketball star, was
undergoing counseling for a "poten-
tial problem." The Dallas Times
Herald quoted two sources saying
that the problems were drug and
alcohol related. All of a sudden
Tarpley's comments were, "No
comment," and his Foster Grants
didn't seem to be needed.
Tarpley is now out of treatment
and back in training camp for the
Dallas Mavericks, claiming to be
"That's history," the seven-footer
said. "That's all behind me. All in
the past. It was just one incident
that's been taken care of. That's the
last of it, the last time anyone will
ever hear anything like that about
With his personal problems
straightened out, he can look to avert
the early-season woes that plagued
his rookie campaign. The primary
cause of his slow start was his
"I was out of shape in the
beginning of training camp last
year," Tarpley said. "I was dying
running up and down the court."
"Last year it took us about a
month to get him into running con-
dition," said Maverick assistant
coach Richie Adubato, the only left-
over from last year's coaching staff.
"He wasn't ready for the NBA."
just say he was a "big, fat" bust.
But Tarpley came back fighting,r
showing the Mavericks and their1
fans just why they made him theirc
number-one pick in the NBA draft.c
He showed the good speed for a bigt
man that he was supposed tor
possess. He filled lanes. He ran the1
court, and he became active on theC
From the middle of January
through the rest of the season his1
improved level of play showed up in1
the stat sheets. The rookie averaged
10.2 ppg., 9.2 rebounds and 1.37
blocks in over 24 minutes of action.
per game in the last 43 contests.
His wonder-boy-Roy performance1
continued on into the playoffs as he
averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds
in a first-round loss to the Seattle
SuperSonics. His play earned him ah
spot on the NBA's All-Rookie team
This season bigger things aref
expected from Tarpley. With the
talents he possesses, stardom is a
word that fits nicely into hisa
repertoire. The hard work and dis-t
cipline desired to become an NBA
star stop potential greats. But
Tarpley hopes he can live up to his h
"Right now, Roy Tarpley does
not have the work ethics, although
he probably believes he does, to be a
star," Adubato said. "You need to
come into camp in tip-top shape so
that by the opening game you are
ready to be at your best. You can
play hard at all times and as a result,
compete with the best.
"The best in this league, the
Magic Johnsons-and the Buck Wil-
liamses, are all like Roy Tarpley.
Super-talented players. But they have
great work ethics, great determin-
ation and a lot of pride. He can be an
all-star, but that all depends on
For now, Tarpley is trying to
take one thing at a time. He only
has short-range goals in mind.
"I want to continue to play like I
did at the end of last season," the
former Big Ten MVP said. "I'd like
to get more rebounds, score a couple
of more points, block some shots
and play harder. I'll just do my best
to do whatever it takes to win."
If Tarpley does his best and keeps
his nose clean, his future could be
His physical shape did nothing to
endear him to Dallas head coach,
Dick Motta, either. Motta had been
known to call Tarpley "a big, fat
slob" at practice. Being in Motta's
doghouse showed at gametime.
In the 39 games last season,
Tarpley saw an average of 11.1
minutes per game, and he could only
muster 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 points
per game. All this while he shot at a
blistering .364 percentage clip. Let's
'M' RIGHT WINGER LEADS TEAM IN GOALS:
Powers charged for final year
Daily Photo by STEVE WISE
Former Michigan center Roy Tarpley slam-dunks at Indiana in 1986.
Entering his second year with the Dallas Mavericks, Tarpley is
trying to bounce back from a stint in a rehabilitation clinic.
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By DOUGLAS VOLAN
A little time off can do wonders
for the mind. Just ask senior Billy
Powers, a right wing for t h e
Michigan hockey team.
Last Christmas, Powers was
struggling through the season with
just six goals. But after a chat with
head coach Red Berenson, and a little
time off over Christmas break,
Powers came back to score four
goals in his next four games and get
untracked for the rest of the season.
"I got off to a slow start last
year," said Powers. "I wasn't getting
the breaks, and the puck just wasn't
going in for me.
"I got down on myself, which
was the worst thing I could do,
because then I stopped working
POWERS then made his best
move of the season - he went in to
talk to Berenson. "We both thought
that what was wrong with my game
was my mental attitude and
concentration," said Powers. "You
have to be ready just as m u c h
mentally as physically. I never used
to think about that. I'd just come to
the game and expect to play well."
Soon after, Powers returned home
to Somerville, Mass., for Christmas
break. "Getting home really helped,"
he said. "I came back with a lot
Berenson agreed. "When he got
his confidence up, he played with a
lot of determination and then all his
skills came to the top," the
Michigan coach said.
During the summer, Powers went
home and recharged. "I worked a lot
longer over the summer on my
mental game than on my physical
game because I knew that was the
problem," he said.
IF LAST weekend's series with
Bowling Green is any indication,
then being home may have done the
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In the two games, Powers chalked
up three goals, including Michigan's
first goal of the season Friday night,
and the deciding goal Saturday in
Michigan's 5-4 victory.
Powers, however, is very much a
team player and would not take credit
for the Wolverines' successful
weekend. "It just happened to be me
who scored a couple of goals," he
said. "Next weekend it could be a
Joey Lockwood or a Brad
McCaughey or a Todd Brost. I think
that we all realize that we have to do
Although Powers is quite modest,
his teammates are quick to praise
"Billy's an excellent player," said
McCaughey. "If he gets going, he's
really going to have an outstanding
"He's a great play maker and he
knows how to put the puck in the
net," added Brost.
BUT POWERS does more than
just score. As one of five seniors on
a team of mostly underclassmen,
Powers provides leadership as well.
"He's definitely helped me with my
game," said sophomore Ryan
Pardoski. "He works hard and leads
on the ice."
"I was looking forward all
summer to a leadership-type roll,"
said Powers. "I was excited about
showing the underclassmen how to
go about things at Michigan."
Powers himself didn't land at
Michigan until his sophomore year.
He played his first year of hockey for
St. Anselm College in New
Hampshire, where he poured in 35
goals and had 25 assists. That's
when Powers really became noticed.
. "I heard of him from the scouts in
the pros," said Berenson. "They felt
he was playing below his level (in
POWERS soon became disen-
chanted with the hockey program at
St. Anselm and came to Michigan
for a visit. It didn't take him long to
decide where he wanted to play. "The 4
coach (sold me)," he said. "Whenever
coach Berenson's name is mentioned
in the hockey circle, it's always with
"I also heard that it was one of
the highest rated public schools, so
it was great because I could get the
best of both worlds."
Powers entered Division I hockey 4
with a bang, scoring 15 goals and
collecting 28 assists in his first
season with the Wolverines.
With 31 career goals, Powers
hopes to play professional hockey
one day. He was a Philadelphia
Flyers draft selection in 1984.
"That's been my dream," said
Powers. "I don't think it would be
fair just to give that up. That's why
this is my big year."
"He definitely has the skills to be
a pro prospect," said Berenson. "If he
plays up to his potential then
Philadelphia or someone else will be
interested in him."
"He's an excellent skater. He can
beat people with his speed and he's
got a wicked shot. He can beat a
goal keeper from a bad angle because
he's so accurate with his shot and he
gets it away so quick," said
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