Sport: Little Big Man

They said I was too small to play in high school. I made All-America. Then they said I cou'dn't play in college. I made All-America three years running. Now they say I can't play in the pros. Well, damn, I know I can.

At 5 ft. 9 in., Calvin Murphy is the shortest player in the National Basketball Association—and one of the tallest in determination. When he was drafted by the San Diego Rockets last year, many of the pros predicted that he would be overshadowed like a sapling among sequoias. Now, at the...

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