Stan Albeck has become coach of the San Antonio Spurs, leaving Bill Musselman to succeed him as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it's anything but cut and dried.
Albeck, the holdover given a three-year contract renewal a couple of weeks ago by Nick Mileti before Mileti yielded conrol of the Cavs to Ted Stepien, broke off talks with Stepien in Cleveland yesterday and left town. Lo and behold, a few hours later Albeck appeared in San Antonio to be introduced as the man to guide the Spurs. Small world, that NBA Central Division.
Stepien warned, before his San Antono counterpart Angelo Drossos trotted out Albeck, that much as he didn't like the idea of having Albeck's three-year contract crammed down my throat," he wouldn't release the coach without compensation.
Forward Mark Olberding would do nicely, Stepien said.
No doubt prompted by Musselman, who a few years back jumped from U. of Minnesota to San Diego of the ABA and took underclassman Olberding along.
Drossos said the Spur's position is that Mileti legally released Albeck and that Stepien has no claim. . .
The Marvin Webster compention case is back -- back with Telford Taylor. He's the "special master" who earlier approved sending forward Lonnie Shelton, a first-round 1979 draft pick and $450,000 to Seattle when the 7-foot Human Eraser switched to the Knicks. The U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, in New York yesterday sent the issue back to Taylor for a new determination as to whether the compensation decreed by NBA Commissioner Larry O'brien was significantly excessive". . . .
Georgia Rosenbloom has served further notice she is running her own show, the relocated-in-Anaheim Rams, by becoming 100 percent owner. Willed 70 percent of the club last year by husband Carroll Rosenbloom, she has bought out the 30 percent he had left to five Rosenbloom children.
NFL again, and Bill Kushner, coauthor of Jack Tatum's book, "They Call Me Assassin," reports that Commissioner Pete Rozelle -- having (finally?) finished reading the hard-hitting volume -- wants to see Tatum in New York. Kushner says the longtime Oakland Raider secondary smaker, recently become a Houston Oiler, will meet with Rozelle "in several days," after Tatum has fulfilled prior commitments. Hmmmm. . .
Win some, lose some. A clevland groundswell bolstered by a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Cav fans promted the NBA Board of Governors to revoke last week's decision to move the 1981 All-Star Game from Richfield Coliseum to Inglewood, Calif. . .