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Bob Rule turns 68 this Friday...I interviewed him over the phone 2 years back and put it on a 40 minute cd...classic stuff.....He and Lenny were my first 2 sports heroes....I was CRUSHED when they traded hom after that Nov.'71 Lakers game at the Coliseum...He offered some fascinating insight as to why he feels he was traded and talked of how much he hated Phila,and later Cleve wuth Bill Fitch...stuff I never heard....GM Houbregs was the villain...Ditto Sam Schulman,and Spencer Haywood to some degree... Lenny and he were cool with each other....I was In Reno 5 years back and tried to find Meschery's Truckee,CA bookstore...he no longer owned it but the current owner rang him at his house and handed me the phone...Great stuff also...I asked him if he remembered tipping in a jump ball from the free throw line vs. PHX in1969-70....(he did)....Very Cool Dude...Has a an illness that'll eventually kill him,but he seemed in great spirits...Have you seen that online i'view he did with a Russian reporeter some years back...awesome to read...The translations were hilarious.
2 years ago on The Lowdown: Bob Rule
If I were to pick first and second team all time SuperSonics I'd go with Sikma,Haywood,JJ,DJ and Lenny....2nd Team, Rule,Shelton,Meschery,Gus, Freddie...Honorable Mention...Marvin Webster ( just the one season), DSnyder,Payton,DSchrempf,Kemp,Dale Ellis,Xman,Chambers,PSilas, and Tom Black (!)....with much appreciation to: NMcMillian,SPerkins,VJohnson,SWatts,BBoozer
Fascinating to hear a non 20 something Sonics fan's point of view...Are you aware of how many ex,one time Sonics have passed away?......THERE HAVE BEEN ABOUT 15 EX-sUPeRSONICS WHO HAVE SADLY DEPARTED...Aside from Walt Hazzard,Lee Winfield who was a 1969 Sonics rookie with LuAllen, was the most recent....John Brisker, Art Harris, Tom Kron,DJ, M.Webster, H.Gilliam, Al Fleming, Pete Cross,Al Tucker,Leonard Gray,K.McIntosh, M.Lucas,N.Weatherspoon,Jake Ford,Quinton Dailey, ....ALL Gone too Soon... also, Jack Curran,Sam Schulman, Zollie Volchok,Eugene Klein,Dick Vetlieb, Don Richman, from the Early expansion days
KeithY...Are you still in the Seattle area?......Great summary of the Golden Rule's Career and the 1970-71 Seattle SuperSonics....I'd love to hear more from you,here or wherever....:)