Sport: Braves' New World

Buffalo Braves Coach Jack Ramsay is an incorrigible optimist. At the beginning of this season, following three years of famine for his expansion team, Ramsay had hopes for a veritable feast: nothing less than 42 victories, double last year's total. With Rookie Ernie DiGregorio the best-known player on the team, Ramsay's goal seemed laughable.

By last week no one in the National Basketball Association was laughing. The Braves won their 42nd game, and they had already locked up a spot in the playoffs.

The Braves are not the only N.B.A. surprise. With Wilt...

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