Sport: Best in the West

Sure losers. That is what the Golden State Warriors appeared to be when they reported to training camp last fall. In a preseason shakeup, the Warrior front office had traded Center Nate Thurmond to Chicago, sent Rebounder Clyde Lee to Atlanta, and lost Cazzie Russell to Los Angeles after the streak-shooting forward had played out his option. The team's only returning star was Rick Barry, basketball's soldier of fortune who had played for three teams in two leagues in the past nine years.

Now, halfway through the season, the Warriors have a commanding lead in...

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