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 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 arrived in Seattle as an obscure, undrafted free agent from Xavier University (La.) who only got a chance because his college coach was the cousin of basketball legend Bill Russell. When Russell asked Watts if he could play, Watts, undaunted, responded: "If you can coach, I can play." As it turned out, Watts could play-though Russell wasn't much of a coach. Watts weathered one of the most unlikely careers in the NBA with grit, determination and hustle, which invited an entire city to embrace him with open arms. In 1975-76, Watts led the league in both assists and steals, earning him a place on the league's All-Defensive team. He was the first NBA player to lead the league in those categories during the same season. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Frank Hughes has covered the Seattle SuperSonics for the Tacoma News-Tribune since the 1997-98 season. He has covered the NBA since 1994, spending three seasons with the Washington Bullets. In 1997, Hughes won an APSE award for reporting. He also played in a charity basketball game once...against Slick Watts.

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