The Knicks, rebuffed in efforts to land 6-7 Warrior Bernard King, sign another 6-7 free agent: their own problem-plagued, sometimes-suspended Sly Williams, to a one-year contract . . . One of the game's most honored coaches, Oregon State's Ralph Miller, says raise the hoops to 12 feet. "Dr. Naismith put his baskets at 10 feet when he started the game because that height was convenient in the building. It was high enough then. Now it isn't" . . .

A little travelin' music, maestro, Coach John Wood has some early schedule lined up for Spingarn (D.C.) High School: Dec. 3-4, Caps City Classic, Raleigh, N.C.; Dec. 8, Calvert Hall (No. 1 in '81-82) in Baltimore; Dec. 10, T.C. Williams at Catholic U.; Dec. 13-17, Charlotte Amalie Classic, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Dec. 21, Robinson, at Spingarn; Dec. 26-30, Belks Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach, S.C.! . . . George Washington U.'s Smith Center gets in swing, international doubleheader Nov. 6, Israeli All-Star Wheelchair Team vs. Washington UFO, 7 p.m.; GW Colonials vs. Taipei of Taiwan, 9 . . .

Dead at 25, aortic aneurysm: Russ O'Quinn of Fairfax, a George Mason U. phys ed major who coached Potomac Valley AAU's 13-year-old champions this year, and with Rob Shanta, helped coach PVAAU to fifth place in the nationals at Monroe, La.