Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the NBA's highest-paid player if we are to believe the Los Angeles estimates of $1 million-plus a year in the new Laker contract awarded the five-time MVP by moneybags Jerry Buss, who had plenty to spare after buying out Jack Kent Cooke. The old agreement for A-J ran through 1981-82 and paid a mere $650,000 annually but Buss has torn it up in mid-season. Buss says of the fresh pact, "In essence, we become partners in some things." b
One unusual provision: Abdul-Jabbar, 32, receives use of the Forum one night a year, when he probably will stage a jazz festival.
Dick Motta might grow wishful about this one: Weber State, which he set on the upward basketball path (120-33), today boasts the nation's longest Division I winning streak: 17 . . . At Boston State, basketball Coach Paul Fitzpatrick, 30, has been fired for kicking a North Adam State player while he was down (on the floor after fouling a Boston man) . . . At Arkansas, Coach Eddie Sutton suffered a broken nose during practice when Razorback player Leroy Sutton ran into him going for a pass. No relation, the Suttons . . .