Friendship was only skin deep. But competition was their lives and does not wipe away the driving force of one’s existence simply because some young man comes along and you like him.
“I’m not mean,” Hagan said. “I think ‘intensely competitive’ would be more accurate.
“We were a mixture of the old and the new, both in experience and style of play. The long jump shot was just catching on in the league and practically none of our players used it.”
Kerner comes to a basketball game looking, fittingly, likes the best-dressed man in the hall. He leaves looking more like Emmett Kelly, the clown.
Larry Johnson became the first player to actually be paid by the league as its spokesman.
Marin, like the vast majority of professional hoopsters, is sensitive to each particular town visited by his team.
“He’s one of the great young players in our league,” said Indiana coach Larry Brown, a former New York point guard himself. “He makes the other players better.”
“I have two dunks that I really remember,” Kersey said. “Well, maybe four or five.”
I’m basically a low-key person. I don’t think I do anything exceptional or out of the ordinary, except maybe play basketball.
Just as governments have their social and political systems, basketball has its own. It’s called the law of the playgrounds, and it holds true whether the game is one-on-one, three-on-three, or five-on-five. It is as democratic as a game of H-O-R-S-E.