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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Julius Erving, the great "Dr. J," had the biggest hand of any athlete I've ever shook hands with. If you care about these things, Michael Jordan was No. 2 on that list. And John Unitas, the iconic Baltimore Colts quarterback, was No. 3. No, I'm not a hands freak. I'm just saying. I interviewed The Doctor in the mid-1980s, at the tail end of his brilliant career, when he starred for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was still a hugely exciting player to watch, although his wondrous, soaring trips to the basket were becoming less frequent.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Julius Erving, the great "Dr. J," had the biggest hand of any athlete I've ever shook hands with. If you care about these things, Michael Jordan was No. 2 on that list. And John Unitas, the iconic Baltimore Colts quarterback, was No. 3. No, I'm not a hands freak. I'm just saying. I interviewed The Doctor in the mid-1980s, at the tail end of his brilliant career, when he starred for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was still a hugely exciting player to watch, although his wondrous, soaring trips to the basket were becoming less frequent.
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By Milton Kent | July 6, 1999
The just-completed Independence Day holiday gives us the annual license to think about how great this country is and to wax rhapsodic on all the freedoms and rights its citizens enjoy.But we are constantly reminded that the balancing of one entity's freedom against another person's right is a tricky one and that we still haven't learned how to pull it off effectively.The latest person to be thrown on the pyre of the press' absolute freedom to publish what it wants at the cost of a citizen's right to privacy is budding tennis star Alexandra Stevenson, whose paternity was disclosed -- against her wishes -- to a global audience.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | June 27, 2009
I eat, sleep and dream basketball. -Sam Cassell, assistant coach, Washington Wizards He's not kidding. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, Cassell would shoot hoops all day with his pals on East Baltimore's playgrounds, then grab a bite "and brag about what we'd just done to each other." At night, Cassell would curl up in his room on North Montford Street, a ball alongside his bed. Oh, the dreams that lad had. "I was always the point guard for either the Philadelphia 76ers or the New York Knicks," he said.
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By MICHAEL LITTWIN | June 14, 1991
He is sitting. That's the strange part. In the image I'll keep of Michael Jordan -- His Highness, the prince of midair -- he is at rest, at peace with gravity and with himself.Jordan is sitting next to his wife amid the madness that is the Chicago Bulls championship locker room. There is much screaming and yelling, fingers pointing to the sky, champagne mist hanging in the air.And Jordan sits. Holding -- no, hugging -- a large, golden trophy. His eyes are wet; it's either the champagne or tears, or both.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | December 18, 1991
Is it the money? Can't be the money. They've got all the money. They got summers-in-France-and-winters-in-Aspen money.So, it's not the money.It's not the shoes either.I don't know what it is because I've got my eyes covered in case I catch a glimpse of it. I'm talking, of course, of Julius Erving vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one-on-one, in Atlantic City on Feb. 28. Pay per view. Twenty bucks a household.Some of the money goes to AIDS research. Some of the money goes to the promoters. A lot of it goes to Kareem.
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By Lori Riley and Lori Riley,THE HARTFORD COURANT | September 11, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The story of Michael Jordan getting cut from his high school team as a sophomore has been well documented. Not so many know the same thing happened to Clyde Drexler. "They threw me out of the gym," Drexler said yesterday at the Basketball Hall of Fame. "I was terrible. It was a wake-up call. It let me know that only the best players are going to make the team." Drexler did make the team the next year. Clyde "The Glide" went on to play for the University of Houston's high-flying Phi Slamma Jamma team with Hakeem Olajuwon, then for 15 years in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 25, 1992
"Aladdin" conjures up a story Scheherazade wouldn't have thought up in 2,002 Arabian nights. For how could even the world's greatest storyteller have imagined a Robin Williams?Is this a man or a spirit or a deeply dysfunctional human being? Like, maybe he is a genie. That certainly would explain the endless torrentof personality that seems to gush through his presence, on screen or off, the literally unbelievable way in which he takes up and puts down new voices, rhythms and world views within the confines of a single sentence or two.Thus the big news in "Aladdin" is all Robin Williams.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 11, 2004
HEY, TERRELL OWENS - it's about time to end the soap opera, isn't it? That's right, we're talking about this obsession to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Ravens, which would deny you the golden opportunity of getting to know Baltimore, the Paris of the mid-Atlantic region. Frankly, T.O., this infatuation with the Eagles is kind of puzzling. Oh, Philly is an OK town. They have a pretty good zoo, and it's not a bad place to stop if you want a cheese-steak sandwich and a cold Yuengling and a break from the traffic on the Schuykill Expressway.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | June 27, 2009
I eat, sleep and dream basketball. -Sam Cassell, assistant coach, Washington Wizards He's not kidding. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, Cassell would shoot hoops all day with his pals on East Baltimore's playgrounds, then grab a bite "and brag about what we'd just done to each other." At night, Cassell would curl up in his room on North Montford Street, a ball alongside his bed. Oh, the dreams that lad had. "I was always the point guard for either the Philadelphia 76ers or the New York Knicks," he said.
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By Lori Riley and Lori Riley,THE HARTFORD COURANT | September 11, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The story of Michael Jordan getting cut from his high school team as a sophomore has been well documented. Not so many know the same thing happened to Clyde Drexler. "They threw me out of the gym," Drexler said yesterday at the Basketball Hall of Fame. "I was terrible. It was a wake-up call. It let me know that only the best players are going to make the team." Drexler did make the team the next year. Clyde "The Glide" went on to play for the University of Houston's high-flying Phi Slamma Jamma team with Hakeem Olajuwon, then for 15 years in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 11, 2004
HEY, TERRELL OWENS - it's about time to end the soap opera, isn't it? That's right, we're talking about this obsession to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Ravens, which would deny you the golden opportunity of getting to know Baltimore, the Paris of the mid-Atlantic region. Frankly, T.O., this infatuation with the Eagles is kind of puzzling. Oh, Philly is an OK town. They have a pretty good zoo, and it's not a bad place to stop if you want a cheese-steak sandwich and a cold Yuengling and a break from the traffic on the Schuykill Expressway.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 13, 1999
No plans have been announced as to where Wilt Chamberlain, who died suddenly yesterday at the age of 63, will be put to rest. But if the basketball legend had his way, his epitaph would read: "Nobody loves Goliath."In this era of superlatives, when every unusual sports feat is heralded as extraordinary and every clutch basket by Michael Jordan was etched in stone, it is easy to forget how Wilton Norman Chamberlain totally dominated pro basketball in the '60s with both his brute strength and athletic ability.
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By Milton Kent | July 6, 1999
The just-completed Independence Day holiday gives us the annual license to think about how great this country is and to wax rhapsodic on all the freedoms and rights its citizens enjoy.But we are constantly reminded that the balancing of one entity's freedom against another person's right is a tricky one and that we still haven't learned how to pull it off effectively.The latest person to be thrown on the pyre of the press' absolute freedom to publish what it wants at the cost of a citizen's right to privacy is budding tennis star Alexandra Stevenson, whose paternity was disclosed -- against her wishes -- to a global audience.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 25, 1992
"Aladdin" conjures up a story Scheherazade wouldn't have thought up in 2,002 Arabian nights. For how could even the world's greatest storyteller have imagined a Robin Williams?Is this a man or a spirit or a deeply dysfunctional human being? Like, maybe he is a genie. That certainly would explain the endless torrentof personality that seems to gush through his presence, on screen or off, the literally unbelievable way in which he takes up and puts down new voices, rhythms and world views within the confines of a single sentence or two.Thus the big news in "Aladdin" is all Robin Williams.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | December 18, 1991
Is it the money? Can't be the money. They've got all the money. They got summers-in-France-and-winters-in-Aspen money.So, it's not the money.It's not the shoes either.I don't know what it is because I've got my eyes covered in case I catch a glimpse of it. I'm talking, of course, of Julius Erving vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one-on-one, in Atlantic City on Feb. 28. Pay per view. Twenty bucks a household.Some of the money goes to AIDS research. Some of the money goes to the promoters. A lot of it goes to Kareem.
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By Alan Goldstein | March 13, 1991
Ask three-time MVP Magic Johnson who holds the key to the Los Angeles Lakers' renewed title aspirations and he doesn't hesitate a second."Vlade Divac," Johnson said before Saturday night's game against the Bullets at the Capital Centre. "The Western Conference is more competitive than ever this season. Besides us, Portland, Phoenix, Utah, San Antonio and even Houston can make a run for it."Check these teams out. They either have an outstanding center or point guard. Except for the Jazz and Suns, who use their centers mainly for defense, they all have big men who can score.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 2, 1991
LANDOVER -- His pro basketball debut is still four months away, but rookie guard LaBradford Smith has faced his first frustration.The first-round selection of the Washington Bullets will not be able to wear No. 23, the uniform number he sported during his Louisville career in tribute to his idol, Michael Jordan. That number belongs to reserve center Charles Jones, the Bullets' least Jordan-like player." 'Dr. J' [Julius Erving] and Michael Jordan are my favorite basketball players," said Smith, appearing at his first Bullets news conference yesterday.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 2, 1991
LANDOVER -- His pro basketball debut is still four months away, but rookie guard LaBradford Smith has faced his first frustration.The first-round selection of the Washington Bullets will not be able to wear No. 23, the uniform number he sported during his Louisville career in tribute to his idol, Michael Jordan. That number belongs to reserve center Charles Jones, the Bullets' least Jordan-like player." 'Dr. J' [Julius Erving] and Michael Jordan are my favorite basketball players," said Smith, appearing at his first Bullets news conference yesterday.
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By MICHAEL LITTWIN | June 14, 1991
He is sitting. That's the strange part. In the image I'll keep of Michael Jordan -- His Highness, the prince of midair -- he is at rest, at peace with gravity and with himself.Jordan is sitting next to his wife amid the madness that is the Chicago Bulls championship locker room. There is much screaming and yelling, fingers pointing to the sky, champagne mist hanging in the air.And Jordan sits. Holding -- no, hugging -- a large, golden trophy. His eyes are wet; it's either the champagne or tears, or both.
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