Sport: For Pride and Profit

Though a newcomer to the pros, New York Knick Guard Dean Meminger has a veteran's grasp of what the annual free-for-all called the National Basketball Association play-offs is all about. He proved it in last week's showdown game with the Boston Celtics, when a flash fight between Knick Bill Bradley and Celtic Don Nelson threatened to erupt into a bench-clearing slugfest. Meminger, the smallest man on the floor, quickly stepped in front of Boston's Dave Cowens, the 6-ft. 9-in. center with flaming red hair and a temper to match, and said: "Cool...

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