The stir in the press over supposedly untraditional Boston Celtic unseemliness, or unteamliness, has brought the NBA regular-season East champions' assistant coach, K. C. Jones, and trainer Ray Melchiorre, a square deal -- and maybe then some.
Jones and Melchiorre will receive -- through owner Harry Mangurian -- the eqiuvalent of full shares of the teams's $175,000 playoff bonus, or about $14,000 apiece. There had been a fuss because the players, in dividing up the pot, voted naught to Jones (the former Bullet head coach) and "only" a half share to the trainer. Now it's said that in the past, the Celts usually settled "at least" a half share on the trainer and voted nothing to assistant coaches -- so what was new?
Well, says Mangurian, who earlier declared he was giving Jones a half share's worth: "I purchased the Celtics last spring because I believed in their tradition of pride and excellence . . . I will not allow anything to detract from the high regard the Celtics have earned" . . .
FanFare followup: Bert Shepard, the 1945 Washington Senator pitcher as a Walter Reed out-patient after losing a leg in the war, has headed back to California after getting to first base with the Veterans Administration. He said the VA told him that if somebody builds another prototype of the artificial leg with the super-flexibility that Shepard developed, and wears, the government will evaluate it for possible use by veterans. Before he left to seek accomplishment of that mission, he made the Channel 7 news playing a couple of holes of unhandicapped -- no limp -- golf at Langston with proprietor Lee Elder . . .
The Capitals will have another injury rehabilitation case come preseason camp: Left wing Errol Rausse damaged both cartilage and ligaments in his right knee in the Hershey Bears' 6-3 loss Sunday to New Brunswick in the AHL Calder Cup Final (Hershey leads series, 2-1). Operation by Dr. Pat Palumbo scheduled today at Arlington Hospital for Rausse, a heck of a way for a guy who had seven goals, seven assists in the AHL playoffs to head into his 21st birthday, Sunday . . .
The Notre Dame Club of Washington has a high old time starting 6 p.m. Thursday, Touchdown Club, with Notre Dame sports night featuring some real capital Irish as guests: Tracy Jackson, 1980-81 basketball cocaptain (ex-Paint Branch H.S.); Tom Gibbons, 1980 football cocaptain (defensive back from Fort Hunt); Ty Barber, '79 ND fullback from St. John's H.S., now bidding for the tailback post vacated by all-time Irish ground-gainer Vagas Ferguson. Speaker: Gene Smith, assistnat football coach . . .
Another St. John's stalwart, Bob Jagers, has been elected co-captain of Penn State football '80. Coach Joe Paterno says Jagers should develop into the best Nittany Lion center ever.
In U. of Nebraska spring football, another capital-area invasion of the Big Eight: Jimmy Williams and Toby Williams out of Wilson (D.C) moved closer to fulfillment of a dream of a lifetime.
The inseparable Williams brothers -- all-Interhigh, they walked on together at Nebraska -- bid fair to play side by side on the Cornhusker defensive front this fall. Jimmy used his success in spring camp at Lincoln a year ago to earn a scholarship; a former offensive guard, he lettered last autumn at defensive end. Toby sat out last season as a redshirt and will be a sophomore this fall working at defensive tackle. "I'm No. 96, and he'll probably be No. 97," Jimmy told the Lincoln Journal.
Toby went into spring practice at 6-4 and 245 pounds; Jimmy goes 6-3, 220. And get this: Toby in winter sprints ran the fastest 40-yard time for a Nebraska interior lineman: 4.68. Jimmy was the fastest Husker, period: clockings of 4.45, 4.41, 4.48 . . .
Tim Wilson of the Houston Oilers wed his U. of Maryland sweetheart, Valinda Vaughn, in St. Michael's Church, Baden, Md., on Saturday, with Wilson's running (and we do mean running) mate in the Oiler backfield, Earl Campbell, best man. Rah!