The Seattle Supersonics -- one of the leading teams in the United States' Pacific baseball division -- is playing well this year.
SV Sonics team preparing for match (2 shots)
LV PAN Hayward (24) scores basket
CU Hayward scoring again
SV Hayward misses, teammate scores from rebound
SV PAN FROM Hayward TO Burleson (16) scoring
SV Hayward scores
STEVENS: "In a strong bid to make the play-offs, for the first time since they joined the NBA in 1967, Seattle coach Bill Russell is trying to mould the Sonics in his own image. Russell calls on his men to play both ends of the court, and those who play defence best, play most. Spenser Hayward, the six-foot-eight-inch forward, is a man with a remarkable ability and agility. In this game against Kansas City, Omaha, Hayward, who scored 26 points to lead the Sonics to victory, also grabbed 14 rebounds, and even at times guarded little Nate Archibald in the front court. Hayward is averaging more than 23 points per game, but coach Bill Russell feels that seven-foot-two-inch Tom Burleson -- another Olympian like Hayward -- is the key to the Sonics' fortunes. Holding second place in the Pacific Division, the Seattle Supersonics are beginning to make noises in the NBA. This is Loigh Stevens reporting."
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This film includes a commentary by Television News Incorporated reporter Leigh Stevens. A transcript follows:
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Background: The Seattle Supersonics -- one of the leading teams in the United States' Pacific baseball division -- is playing well this year. Coach Bill Russell is trying to produce a team of players who perform equally well in defence and attack.
One of his brightest hopes is six-foot-eight-inch (two metres three centimetres) star Spenser Hayward. The strong forward joined Seattle Supersonics from Detroit University ... and has been a star all the way. He is averaging 23 points per game ... and in a recent match against Kansas City, Omaha, showed that he is equally at home in both the front and back courts.
Also up-and-coming is the even taller Tom Burleson, a member of the 1972 United States' Olympics team. The seven-foot-two-and-a-half-inch (two metres 19 Centimetres) tall centre was part of the 1973 United States' World University Championships team, and emerged as the United States' second leading scorer and third leading rebounder.
With both Hayward and Burleson in the team, the Seattle Supersonics are lying second in the Pacific Division ... and are challenging for top place, and an attempt at the National Championships.