The rumored unretirement of Wilt Chamberlain, 43, to play NBA for Clevelad has died aborning (evidently), even though Los Angeles owner Jerry Buss announced Monday he would not demand compensation to the Lakers for letting the Stilt do something Buss himself "would enjoy, as I am sure would thousands of basketball fans" . . . Bob Cousy, Chamberlain contemporary of Celtic glory, has resigned after going on five years as commissioner of the American Soccer League. This after Willie Ehrlich, Pennsylvania Stoners' owner in ASL, was quoted as saying Cousy's contract would not be renewed because he "doesn't have soccer in his blood."

Darryl Dawkins, Wilt's Philly successor a few times removed, after sufficient badgering has relented and named his most awesome dunk, the one that broke the bank(board) in Kansas City: "Chocolate thunder flying, Robinzine crying, teeth shaking, glass breaking, rump roasting, bun toasting, wham ban, glass breaker I am jam."

Well, they asked for it when they let Dawkins do a weekly column in a Philadelphia newspaper . . .

Time proved to be on Orlando Cepeda's side when the Phillies gave him a job earlier this year after his early parole from prison on drug charges -- now he evidently has found a better job: batting instructor and scout for the Chicago White Sox. The former slugger's scouting territory: home base, Puerto Rico, and other Latin American countries . . . The N.Y. M ets append to the list of potential buyers of the franchise Earl T. Smth, the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba -- bringing from a wag in out office the note, "Smith is expected to move the team to Havana or WASHINGTON, D.C. Oh, Shea, can you see? . . .