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1954

Syracuse Herald Journal- Schayes Huffs And Puffs At Inaugural Workout

Dolph Schayes today realizes more than ever that he must work to catch up in conditioning with the rest of the Syracuse Nationals training squad following his initial drill with the team. The Nats, through President Dan Biasone, and Schayes came to a “mutual agreement” over terms to end the lanky Syracusan’s extended holdout. Principals appeared to be satisfied with terms. Schayes had been seeking an increase to $15,000 after drawing $12,500 last year. In the inaugural drill Schayes was by far the slowest man on the floor and twice asked for breathing spells during the scrimmage session ordered by Coach Al Cervi. He missed nine practices before coming to terms. A total of 13 men participated in the Manlius School workout, with Earl Lloyd missing due to a stomach ailment. A surprise candidate was Ralph Moore of LaSalle, who reported to the Nats for a trial. George King and Al Masino were among the outstanding stars in the scrimmage. King set up several neat plays and sank corner shots with regularity. Masino netted five of the team’s 10 baskets.

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