Elvin Hayes Rumors
On the night he moved up another spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Dirk Nowitzki briefly chatted with Kobe Bryant and offered a playful warning to the only active player with more career points than him. “I told him that I was going to catch him,” Nowitzki said after his Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 102-98 with Bryant resting and watching from the bench. “But that’s going to be tough.”
Mike Trudell: Dirk just passed Elvin Hayes (27,313) for 8th on the all-time scoring list. Remarkable accomplishment. Kobe (who’s No. 3) stood and clapped.
Of course, Dirk Nowitzki has always been a big fan of Bryant, who now sits in the No. 3 spot among the league’s all-time scoring leaders with 32,331 career points. “He’s probably the greatest player in my generation that I played against,” said Nowitzki, who has 27,239 career points and will likely pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone over the next few weeks to move up to seventh on the list. “Obviously Shaq was very dominant, Tim Duncan was great, but I just loved watching Kobe.
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08 Oct 13
When former University of Houston coach Guy V. Lewis is inducted next month into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. his presenter will be fellow Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes. Inductees can chose their presenter from any member of the Hall of Fame and Hayes told FOX 26 Sports the Lewis family chose him, and he could not be more thrilled. Hayes, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, was twice an Associated Press First-Team All-American under Lewis at the University of Houston, where he played from 1964-1968. Lewis was the AP’s NCAA Player of the year in 1968. “To be able to be a presenter for Guy Lewis at the Basketball Hall of Fame, it probably means just as much as when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Hayes said.
“To be able to be a presenter for Guy Lewis at the Basketball Hall of Fame, it probably means just as much as when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Hayes said. “Here’s a man who took a little kid out of Rayville, La., put his career and everything on the line, to bring (former UH star) Don Chaney and I in there to give us an opportunity to showcase our talent and our ability, to mold us and grow us and give us a true start in life. Now to have the opportunity to stand before all of the great players and coaches that played this game, to present my coach Guy V. Lewis, words can never express what this means to me. I’m appreciative to have this opportunity to introduce him into the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Several days after eating with Barnett, I was at Pauley Pavilion talking to Stu Lantz, the Lakers’ long-time TV analyst. Out of nowhere, he brings up Hayes and McMahon. As it turns out, he and the Big E were Rockets’ roommates during that period. “We were tight,” Lantz said, “but I felt terrible the way Elvin treated Jack.” By any chance, do you know what happened when Hannum spoke to Hayes alone, I wondered? “Yeah, when we got back to our room that day, Elvin told me, ‘He crazy. He told me he was gonna kick my [butt]!” I’m not so sure it would do Cousins or Evans any good.
Yet, Hayes continued to cruise at practice. Hannum tried to motivate him in various ways but got nowhere. Next, Hannum put pressure on him by making everyone else run sprints. That didn’t work either. So, Hannum cleared the gym. He ordered the team back to the locker room … except Hayes. Ten minutes later, the players were recalled. “I don’t know what happened,” Barnett said. “But, from that moment on, Elvin ran his tail off and did what was asked.”
No matter what locker room I’ve ever walked into, I’ve heard identical grumbling about touches, minutes, broken promises, lack of appreciation, ignorant coaches, trade demands and, of course, money, money, money. At one time, Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Clifford Ray and Chet Walker complained about one or more of the above. And the Bulls were winning 47 to 54 games a year in those days.