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NBA – 1987 – Playoffs Special – James Brown On Health Of The Celtics + Interview With Slick Watts

This video features CBS sportscaster James Brown as he provides the viewer about the state of health of the Boston Celtics going into the playoffs…..with Scott Wedman and Bill Walton out for the playoffs…..while Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge and Robert Parrish were all nursing injuries.  Brown then covers the NBA selections for Players of the Year and  Rookies of the Year…..then he moves to an interview with former Warriors G Slick Watts. 

After failing to make a roster spot when he tried out for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks in the mid 1970’s….James Brown entered the corporate world….while working for such companies as Xerox and Eastman Kodak…..when he went into sports broadcasting in 1984….after he was offered a job doing Washington Bullets television broadcasts…..as well as an analyst job for The NBA on CBS….as seen in this video herewith….where he was paired with Frank Glieber. 

Slick Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player….who was not selected by any team in the 1973 NBA draft….but his coach at Xavier University of Louisiana was a cousin of Bill Russell….who was the coach and general manager for the Seattle SuperSonics….when Russell gave Watts a tryout….and he signed with the SuperSonics as a free agent.  After making the roster for the 1973–74 season as a reserve….he played more frequently the following season….and became a starter for the 1975–76 season. That season, he led the NBA in total assists, assists per game, total steals, steals per game….and made NBA All-Defense First-Team….as he was the first player to lead the league in assists and steals in the same season.

In 1976, Watts also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the community…..but Watts’ career declined after 1976, however, and he retired from the league after six seasons due to injury.  He played 4½ years with the Sonics, half a season with the New Orleans Jazz, and one season with the Houston Rockets.

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