One of the biggest personal success stories this season has been that of John Drew of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz, before the season, acquired Drew from Atlanta, along with Freeman Williams and $1 million, for rookie Dominique Wilkins. Soon after arriving, Drew admitted to a problem with a number of mind-altering drugs. With the support of the Jazz, Drew took an eight-week leave and spent it at a Maryland rehabilitation hospital.
He rejoined the team Feb. 2. In his second game back, he scored 33 points; he had 30 the next night.
In his five games since returning, Drew has averaged 22 points (in eight seasons with the Hawks, he averaged 21.2). He is the starting small forward, even though, he says, he is a couple of weeks away from top condition.
Drew, 28, said he is "only 40 percent cured, however. It's a disease and a battle I'll have to fight all my life."
The league trading deadline passed at midnight Tuesday. March 1 is the date by which anya player has to be on a team's roster in order to be eligible for the playoffs . . . While Georgetown's Eric (Sleepy) Floyd settles in with Golden State, ex-Hoya John Duren has made a home in Indiana. A preseason free agent, Duren in his third NBA season (two years with Utah) has started 18 games for the Pacers. Splitting time at point guard with Jerry Sichting, Duren has averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 assists and has earned a reputation for tough defense.