Elsewhere among the NBA losers: Nate Thurmond, the old warrior/Bull/Cav center, says in San Francisco he is interested in coaching at Cleveland-but has not been contacted by the Cavs . . . George Maloof, Albuquerque tycoon negotiating to buy the Houston Rockets, has suggested to Coach Tom Nissalke that he move up to general manager, and to Nissalke's assistant, Del Harris, that he take over as coach, on a year's trial, at least. . . . Sheldon Beychok, Baton Rouge lawyer who is a minority owner of the New Orleans Jazz, says majority owner Sam Battistone, the Californian bent on moving the club to Utah, rejected his offer to buy out the franchise. Added Beychok: "Strangely enough, not a soul from the New Orleans business or political community or the Chamber of Commerce called and said, 'Hey, Sheldon, you need any help?' It makes me wonder how bad they really want to keep the Jazz."

How soon they forget when you're only No. 57 on the year's PGA Tour money list: Can you believe it, WDVM-TV-9 will eschew CBS showing of Jack Nicklaus' own Memorial golf tournament from Dublin, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday in favor of flicks.A shame, for Memorial in its short history has been memorable, over the Muirfield Village course created by the Golden Bear. Competitive course record is 67, so didn't Craig Stadler raise eyebrows in yesterday's pro-am tuneup by scorching the par 5s for three eagles and a birdie to card 64! . . . Six months shy of his 50th birthday, Don January has joined the tour's $1 million career club as its 20th member going over the top at Fort Worth . . . If Tom Watson just makes the cut this week, he eclipses $300,000 - already this season - en route, evidently, to golf's first $400,000 campaign . . .

Rockville Joe Namath - or make that Olney Joe now that this stalwart of Penn State's capital area Nittany Lion Club has edged a little nearer alma mater-points out that as happy a hunting ground as the Keystone State is for football talent, there's gol din these here hills too: 1979 starters, off their spring practice showings, will include Bob Jagers out of St. John's High at center, snapping to Dayle Tate, the former All-Met Lee Lancer. Both are coming off medical redshirt years; in the Blue-White spring finale, before 28,000 enthusiasts, Tate went 19 for 43 for 257 yards and a touch-down passing against what is billed as the nation's best defensive unit. Coach Joe Paterno ventured, "Dayle has a fine arm, is a good runner, and a smart quarterback" . . .*