Slick Watts's Tales from the Seattle Supersonics Hardwood

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Slick Watts arrived in Seattle with nothing but his name, shiny head, headband, and his personality. He remains there to this day—one of the most memorable and likable icons of Seattle sports history. Not only did he win over the his first coach—Bill Russell—he won over an entire city that seemed desperate to embrace a role model with whom it could relate. Watts's sense of style, his humble beginnings, his down-to-earth personality and his determined hustle on the court made him more than a sports hero; he became...

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Overview

Slick Watts arrived in Seattle with nothing but his name, shiny head, headband, and his personality. He remains there to this day—one of the most memorable and likable icons of Seattle sports history. Not only did he win over the his first coach—Bill Russell—he won over an entire city that seemed desperate to embrace a role model with whom it could relate. Watts's sense of style, his humble beginnings, his down-to-earth personality and his determined hustle on the court made him more than a sports hero; he became larger than life. Some say if Watts ran for governor of Washington in the '70s, he would have won. He achieved the impossible: he became bigger than Russell. Watts details how his relationship with Russell deteriorated at the same time that relationships blossomed with Wilt Chamberlain, Walt Frazier, Bill Walton, Bob Lanier, Reggie Jackson, Jessie Jackson, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, and many others. He also reveals how a promising career abruptly ended at the hands of Hall of Fame coach and player Lenny Wilkens. Watts gives an insider's view of how Seattle's first professional sports team evolved through growing pains and into a world champion. In his unique Mississippi dialect, Watts spins tales about teammates, coaches, opponents, and some of the most memorable games in which he participated. He also outlines his journey from an unknown entity to an overnight celebrity—forced to move twice because people were camping outside his house. Much like the way he played the game, Watts combines boundless energy and unexpected entertainment as he spins, jumps, and shoots his way through this collection of tales from Seattle's original hardwood.

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Slick Watts began his professional basketball career on the wrong foot. A relative unknown in college, Watts was drafted as a free agent by the Seattle Supersonics only because his college coach was a cousin of Seattle coach Bill Russell. Perhaps a tad skeptical of the rookie's ability, NBA legend Russell asked Watts if he could play. "If you can coach, I can play," Slick replied, perhaps not the optimal response to a man whose coaching ability never matched his athletic prowess. This book serves as proof positive that Slick Watts came to play -- and tell.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582619040
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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