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Bad Blood Between NBA’s Hawks and Lakers

Dec. 20, 1962 - Everything short of total mayhem seems to be on tap at the Los Angeles Sports Arena tomorrow night when the steamed-up St. Louis Hawks and the Lakers square off. The Hawks, especially coach Harry Gallatin, are in a state of frenzy over the clowning tactics of the Lakers’ Hot Rod Hundley (#33) when the Lakers romped to an easy 135-106 victory over the Hawks last night. Apparently more upset over the comedy antics of Hundley than the haphazard play of his own club, Coach Gallatin called it a “travesty on the game.” “This just isn’t done in professional sports,” Gallatin said. “The entertainment is the game itself, not some guy trying to rub salt into our wounds. It was strictly bush and don’t bet it won’t backfire on them.” Hundley, the 6-4 back-court veteran who has become a favorite with Laker fans because of his stunts in the late stages of one-sided games, laughed when told of Gallatin’s remarks. “The only clowns I saw on the floor last night were the Hawks,” he asserted. “Maybe tomorrow night we can start the entertainment earlier.” Hundley, in addition to his regular repertoire of behind-the-back dribbling, wrap-around passes, and outlandish shots, came up with a new twist last night when, after making an fancy pass, he walked over and shook hands with broadcaster Chick Hearn before returning to the action.


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