Sport: I Was Ready

A Polaroid camera cradled in his huge hands, Center Walt Dukes of the Detroit Pistons joked his way through a Syracuse, N.Y., locker room one evening last week snapping one distorted picture after another with wildly exaggerated incompetence. His purpose: to relax his teammates on the West squad for the National Basketball Association's annual all-star game. Of all Jokester Dukes's teammates, none had so much cause for tension as the Cincinnati Royals' Oscar ("The Big O") Robertson, the only rookie to crash the starting lineup of either the East or West team. But, as always, Robertson was the loosest man in...

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