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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 21, 1982-Page 11

Recruits try to adjust to Turner
By RON POLLACK Henderson. "For example, I'd pick and he'd think
Michigan guard Eric Turner dribbled the ball past waa going back door and throw it away."
the free throw line, turned his back on the basket and If it's any consolation to the Wolverine recruit
then somehow fired a perfect blind pass over his left even an experienced player like Thad Garner had d
shoulder. Two points were not added to the score, ficulties with Turner's passes when he first team
however, as the ball glanced off the hands of an un- up with the 6-3 guard. Last year, as a senior on t
suspecting Robert Henderson. Michigan squad, Garner said: "When he first car
It has not been an unfamiliar sight. Henderson and here, he was throwing passes no one could catch. Y
Michigan's other three recruits playing in the Sandy wouldn't even see them."
Sanders Summer Basketball League have all been
caught off guard at one time or another by a perfect Summer league notes-The big guns are coming
y Turner pass that seemingly came from out of town. This Saturday evening at Pioneer High Scho
nowhere. beginning at 8:00, an All-Star game will be he]


MICHIGAN GUARD ERIC Turner looks to a team-
mate as he prepares to make a pass in non-
conference play last season. Turner has been
teaming up with this year's Wolverine recruits over
th'e summer in the Sandy Sanders Summer Basket-
ball League, and the newcomers have been having
some difficulty growing used to the 6-3 guard's
passing skills.

"IT'S A NEW thing for a lot of people to receive
good passes," said Turner. "So as time goes on,
they'll start looking for those passes and start lear-
ning to go to certain areas of the court where they'll
learn I can get them the ball."
But for the time being, one of the biggest adjust-
ments that the Wolverine recruits are having to make
is to Turner's pinpoint passing skills.
"In high school we didn't have anyone who dished
like' Eric," said Henderson. "So now you have to
think about receiving a pass. If you're open at all,
Eric will get the ball to you."
ANOTHER area that Turner and the recruits are
trying to improve is on-court communications. "Eric
and I have had some misunderstandings on plays
where we didn't know each other's moves," said

Among the players expected to participate are Terry
Cummings (the second player selected in this year's
NBA draft), Darryl Dawkins (Philadelphia 76ers),
former Michigan star Campy Russell (New York
Knicks), Terry Duerod (Boston Celtics), and Detroit
Pistons' players Kent Benson, Terry Tyler and
Walker D. Russell (fourth round draft choice in this
year's draft). Although all league games are free of
charge, this-All-Star game will have a $4 admittance
On Thursday and Friday, fans can see a number of
stars free of charge beginning between 6:00 and 6:30.
Playing in those games at Pioneer High School will be
both Campy and Walker D. Russell, Detroit Piston
first round draft choice Cliff Levingston, Piston sub-
stitute Alan Hardy and former Michigan State stan-
dout Greg Kelser.

King files $20 million
suit against WBA champ
NEW YORK (AP)- Don King has filed a $20-million damage suit charging that
Mike Weaver reneged on- a contract to defend his World Boxing Association
heavyweight title against Michael Dokes in November.
Don King Productions Inc. filed the suit late Monday in US. District Court.
THE SUIT asks for a judgment declaring the title bout agreement executed with
Weaver "to be a valid and binding contract." It also seeks an injunction barring
Weaver from engaging in any professional boxing matches between Aug. 4 and
Nay. 13.
The suit named as defendants Weaver and Don Manuel, of Los Angeles, who
court papers said "purports" to be Weaver's manager.
The court complaint said that on June 24 Weaver sent a telegram to Don King in
which "Weaver wrongfully repudiated the championship bout agreement."
"DESPITE THE fact that Weaver and his attorney had both signed the
agreement, this telegram incorrectly referred to the championship bout
agreement as a 'draft' of a 'proposed'
agreement which Weaver purported to
reject," thecomplaint added.
King claimed the agreement was
signed last May 14 and included
provisions that barred Weaver from
fighting any bouts after July 1 until the '
match with Dokes except for a
scheduled bout with Randall Cobb.
The contract called for Weaver to
fight Dokes between Aug. 20 and theZ
end of September, the suit said.<
HOWEVER, because of injuries the,
bout with Cobb was postponed and the
WBA later extended the deadline for
the Dokes fight to Nov. 13.
The suit sought to bar Weaver from"
his match with Cobb if it did not take . x
place by Aug. 3.
Court papers said under the title bout
contract Weaver was paid a $50,000 ...suig Weaver
advance on July 2 by Don King and was to be paid $1.4 million for the match with
They added the contract further provides that if Weaver wins the fight with
Dokes, Don King gets exclusive rights to promote a heavyweight championship
bout between Weaver and Larry Holmes, World Boxing Council titleholder.
,Don King has agreed to pay Weaver $2 million for the fight with Holmes or 30
percent of the gate, whichever amount is greater, court papers said.
"Weaver's services to Don King are irreplaceable," the complaint said. "It is
not possible to ascertain with certainty money damages that Don King will incur
as a result of lost profits from the boxing matches that King hasa right to promote
pursuant to the championship bout agreement. Moreover, Don King's reputation
and status asa boxing promoter will be irreparably injured if Weaver does not per-
form pursuant to that contract." t

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