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1954

Oswego Palladium-Times- From The Sports Scoreboard By Don McGann

Dolph Schayes, the Syracuse Nationals' top scorer since joining the NBA club in 1948-49, late yesterday was offered for trade or sale to the Boston Celtics. In a long distance telephone conversation, President Walter Brown, of the Celtics, declined to enter into any negotiations with Nats' General Manager Leo Ferris involving Schayes. Brown stated that he would not be interested in a ball player with "big Dolph's" high salaried requirements. The Boston sports magnate said his players had taken "appreciable salary cuts," and he could not meet Schayes' last year's salary demands. Leo Ferris admitted he regarded Schayes, an annual holdout at contract time, as the most valuable player in the pro circuit, but he was quick to add, "no one on Al Cervi's team is indispensable." The Nats' general manager said Schayes was offered the same contract as he received last season, which will be among the top three salaries paid in major league basketball this coming year. No increase was offered to the ex-NYU All-American, under the new community-owned structure of the Nats. Ferris said that a losing year, financially in 1953-54, would not permit a raise for Schayes, already the club's top paid star, in fairness to the other players. Dolph, who has yearly been named to the NBA All-Star teams, requested the Nat's front office to trade or sell him to either Baltimore or Fort Wayne if his demands were not met. The State Tower executive office of the Nats reported that the Nationals would be interested in a possible Schayes deal with either Boston or Milwaukee. Schayes, now a resident of Syracuse, the Nats' executives stated, was higher salaried than Coach Al Cervi and their offer to the 6'8" star would not be increased.

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Players Are Injured

The injury plagued Syracuse Nationals, reports the visage of bumps and bruises still haunts the local N.B.A. club. The famed “bandage brigade,” in pre-season drills at the Manlius School, announced that yearling Billy “the kid” Kenville, and rookies Johnny Kerr and Fletcher Johnson, were injured in yesterday’s scrimmage. It was believed Kenville sustained a broken nose in a jump-ball play with Bill Gabor. He was to report for X-ray examination. Kerr, nursing a badly strained back, was having difficulty straightening up, while Johnson, the 6 foot 6 inch rebounder from Duquesne received two stitches under his chin, after a board battle for a rebound.

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