This article was originally published in the September 1980 issue of Inside Sports and appears here with permission.
This piece originally appeared in the June, 1988 issue of Esquire, and is featured in the essential new anthology, Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram.
This story appeared in the April 8, 1990 edition of The National Sports Daily. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.
This piece was originally published in the October, 1968 issue of Sports Illustrated. It is reprinted here with permission from Cope's family.
The following is excerpted from Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which is available now on Amazon.
Originally published in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 21, 2011. Republished with permission of the author. For more, visit the WSJ.com sports section.
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