Pro Basketball: Dispirit of 76

It was a classic confrontation: potentate v. parvenu, defense v. offense. The Boston Celtics, National Basketball Association champions for six straight years, were the most successful team in the history of professional sport. The Philadelphia 76'ers did not even exist two years ago. The pride of the Celtics was Bill Russell (6 ft. 10 in.), the N.B.A.'s four-time Most Valuable Player, a brooding defensive genius who gobbles sleeping pills and vomits from tension before every game. The pillar of the 76'ers was Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain, a giant (7 ft. 1-1/16 in.)...

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