Sport: The Best the Game Offers

Not just in the playoffs, Larry Bird and Dr. J love to play

By the time pro basketball's interminable dance marathon turns into ballet, so few people are left watching. It is a pity. The game simply cannot be played all-out or very well for 100 nights over six months, so the National Basketball Association is at its best only near the end of the season, when everyone cares almost half as much as Larry Bird and Julius Erving do all of the time.

The Boston Celtics and Bird and the Philadelphia 76ers and Dr. J...

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