Basketball: Battle of the Miracle Workers

The Los Angeles Lakers obviously play on the side of the angels. Their starting center, Darrall Imhoff, is one of the shortest in pro basketball, at 6 ft. 9 in., and boasts a lifetime scoring average of only 6.3 points per game.

Their best guard, Jerry West, is accident prone. Their best forward, Elgin Baylor, is a 33-year-old with two bad knees. Their coach, Bill van Breda Kolff, is a first-year man who learned his trade in the Ivy League. Yet, after losing 22 of their first 44 games this year, they have...

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