Austin Carr, one of Washington's foremost athletes, apparently -- at age 33 -- has arrived at new-horizons time. The Bullets put Carr on waivers yesterday, probably marking the end of his career as a professional basketball player.
But surely not signaling the last we'll hear of the gentleman who went from Mackin High School in the District to a fabulous stay at Notre Dame, when he captained the team both as junior and senior while scoring 1,106 and 1,101 points for back-to-back averages of 38.1 and 38.0 points . . . to runaway selection as college basketball player of the year, thence the very top of the 1971 NBA draft and a $1.4 million contract, huge for those days (especially for a 6-foot-4 guard), with the Cleveland Cavaliers . . . to scoring averages of 20-22 points each of his first three years with the Cavs, en route to a nine-year average there of 16.2 . . . to expansion Dallas by draft to begin last season, thence by trade in November to his hometown team, and 192 points in 39 Bullet games bringing his pro scoring total for a decade (less a couple of half-seasons early on, lost to recurrent foot injuries such as hampered him in his first two Notre Dame seasons) to 10,473, plus 212 in playoff games . . .
To an Austin Carr Day in Washington by mayoral decree in 1971 . . . and the 1980 Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for community service, by vote of the Professional Basketball Writers' Association for the NBA.