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Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2008 11:00 AM
Subject: Saturday sports letters


Your article on the Astrodome game was far wide of the mark factually. You state the “Hayes consistently beat Alcindor down the court” for layups. In fact, Alcindor wasn’t guarding Hayes; Edgar Lacey was. Alcindor was guarding Ken Spain, Houston’s center. Most of Hayes’ points were 18-foot jumpers from the corner. He made very few layups in that game. Hayes had 29 at the half, not 25. But he scored 16 in the first 10-1/2 minutes when Lacey was pulled from the game. Jim Neilson took over and held Hayes to only 10 points in the second half. After Wooden made critical comments about Lacey’s play in the game Edgar quit the team.


Tony Medley

Author, UCLA Basketball: The Real Story