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March 02, 1981
A magic show is expected when Earvin Johnson, sidelined for more than three months by an injury to his left knee, returns to the Lakers' lineup as Los Angeles makes a run for its second consecutive NBA championship....
October 13, 1980
Pro Basketball tips off as the NBA begins its 35th season and SI presents its 24th annual issue. Our starting five: John Papanek's essay on the importance of team play in a sport renowned for individuality; Richard...
April 14, 1980 | Edited by Gay Flood
FRESH KAREEMSir:What a delightful, insightful article on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (A Different Drummer. March 31)! John Papanek has taken one of the most complex figures in sports, cut through the misconceptions and...
March 24, 1980
The Indianapolis four are emphatically not guilty of having the best basketball records in the land, but there they are—Iowa, Louisville, Purdue and UCLA—set to determine the ultimate survivor of the NCAA playoffs....
October 15, 1979 | Kelso F. Sutton
In August of last year John Papanek wrote our cover story on Bill Walton's broken left foot and his decision to leave Portland (SI, Aug. 21, 1978). A friendship developed between the two, eventually leading to their...