On Feb. 7, Dave Kindred's column dealt with the Roger Phegley/John Williamson trade. Even though I'm no John Williamson fan I feel he was treated unfairly in the column.
Let me start by saying Williamson is indeed a shooter. Although he takes a lot of shots, it's always been in team situations that called for that. In case Kindred didn't know, Williamson did not shoot as much when he played for the ABA champion Nets, with Julius Erving and Larry Kenon. As a matter of fact, most of the numbers cited in the column were based on John's performance over the last three years. That's how long it's been since Erving was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kindred also wrote that Williamson has never been in the playoffs. Obviously, ABA playoffs do not count. Besides, when the Nets lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, Williamson was there.
As for the name "Super John," he did not assume the title on his own. It was given to him in the New York press. It stems from his early days with the Nets when his role was to come off the bench for "instant" offense.
I am not arguing the merits of the trade. It may prove to be a mistake on the part of the Bullets. But it would be best if Kindred based his opinion on the facts rather than on Williamson's reputation.