Sport: D Is for Dollars

Agile as a flea and not much larger, Ernie DiGregorio baffled the lumbering Russian basketball team last spring with his pinpoint passes and improbable jump shots. After DiGregorio led the American amateur team to one victory with eleven assists and 25 points, Soviet Coach Vladimir Kandrashin said in exasperation: "If we had him, we wouldn't lose any games."

The Buffalo Braves, who lost a lot of games last season (their 21-61 record tied them for the second worst showing in the N.B.A.), felt that DiGregorio could solve their problems too. They signed the playmaker...

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