High School Basketball: The Courtship of Lew Alcindor

The Stepinac Crusaders were already halfway through their pregame warm-ups by the time the boys from Manhattan's Power Memorial Academy finally showed up at Madison Square Garden. That was enough practice as far as Coach Nat Volpe was concerned. He ordered his team back to the locker room to await the start of the game. "I didn't want them to see him before they had to," he explained. Who was him? Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., 17.

The Lollipop & the Dunk. A lot of him there was, too. Even in high school, basketball...

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