Sport: Fantastic!

The big man scored with driving lay-ups. He hit from the outside. His huge hand flashed out of melees under the hoop to tap in rebounds. Agile as an acrobat, he seemed to hang suspended in mid-air while he faked his man, then got off shots whirring with English that flicked wickedly off the backboard and into the basket. When the need arose, he simply used his football lineman's build (6 ft. 5 in., 235 Ibs.) to overpower any player foolish enough to block his path. In the first quarter alone, Elgin Baylor, 25,...

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