A Day with the Knicks

By the evening of the 19th all camp Ranger knew that it was once again time to be visited by five mammoth members of the New York Knickerbockers.

The next morning when Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Mike Reerdin, Neil Johnson and Howie Komivcs arrived, the excitement in the air could easily be felt by all. Our introduction to these professional athletes came at the first morning activity, an exhibition of the basic parts of the game of basketball. With Willis over a microphone, Howie, Walt, and Mike demonstrated the fundamental techniques of passing, dribbling, foul shooting, lay ups, and all around good ball handling. Willis not only commented on his sport of basketball, but emphasized good health, eating, and sleeping habits as all important in a young boy's growth. Speaking of health, Neil Johnson was unable to participate in the day's activities due to a slight virus.

After the morning exhibition each group had its chance to spend some time with the Knicks alone. It was at the more personal instruction periods where the ballplayers were able to teach each camper and deal with his individual problems. In each division a foul-shooting contest was held. Many boys earned certificates, and they can be very proud of them. They were given for achievement and outstanding play.

After lunch the four Knicks able to play a game teamed up with counselors and waiters, in a regulation game. It was a hard, tough, contest that went into overtime.

After all the day's activities were completed, the camp saw a movie entitled "The N.B.A. Story." It reviewed the best ballplayers in the National Basketball Association. When the movie was over, a question and answer period was held which gave the Knicks an opportunity to clear up many a doubtful mind, and to discuss what Knickerbocker basketball will hold in store for fans in coming seasons.

Andy Steele