Shooting Star

A heart ailment may end the meteoric career of the Celtics' Reggie Lewis

THE BOSTON CELTICS BASKETBALL TEAM JUST FINished a sad, hard season: the revered Larry Bird retired at the start; the always dependable Kevin McHale retired at the end; and during the playoffs, the team lost its captain and hope for the future, Reggie Lewis. The 27-year-old forward collapsed during a % postseason game at Boston Garden. Lewis, who is the Celtics' leading scorer, bravely returned to the game before weakening and finally heading for the bench for good. A few days later, a team physician delivered a disturbing diagnosis: Lewis had "focal cardiomyopathy," an ailment that damages an area of the...

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