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Warmup
Chuck Wielgus
November 19, 1986
Traveling light, fast and widely, two roundball soldiers of fortune explored the marvelous diversity with which the game is played in the U.S.
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November 19, 1986

Warmup

Traveling light, fast and widely, two roundball soldiers of fortune explored the marvelous diversity with which the game is played in the U.S.

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"You realize you've got the highest court in Chicago? "

"We were put here by the highest court in Chicago."

Kings Of King

There are schoolyards named for Crispus Attucks, parks memorializing Frederick Douglass, rec centers honoring Booker T. Washington, playgrounds bearing the name of Ralph Bunche and junior college gyms with MALCOM X chiseled on their cornerstones. But none of the aforementioned late greats is close to challenging the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. when it comes to having his name attached to parks and rec centers. From Michigan to Illinois, New York to Indiana, Minnesota to Texas, you'll find the name of Dr. K gracing the proving grounds of tomorrow's Dr. Js.

So, which is best? For raw comp, we'll take Dallas's MLK Recreation Center, where a summer league team boasting both Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman once finished second. For atmosphere, go with MLK Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., whose distinguishing feature is a King-style preacher on the sidelines. To see, a thriving youth program, march on Washington's MLK Rec Center. And for keeping the spirit alive, nothing beats Buffalo's MLK Park, where summer league officials are considering building a rainproof bubble over the court. They have a dream.

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