March 31, 1969


The title “Million Dollar Finish” says it all. The look on my face is one of pride and relief. Our team was always expected to win and we could be remarkable only if we lost a game. That is a lot of pressure but we were able to overcome that pressure and prevail. I could have signed a professional contract a couple of years earlier than my senior year but I felt that my value would increase if UCLA could win consecutives NCAA titles. By winning an unprecedent three in a row our success at UCLA put my value much higher than it would have been if I had signed earlier.

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