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John Starks
It was time for a show
It was time for a show

The headline over a science story in The Times this week read, "In a Universe of Wonders, Remembering to Be Awed." That reminded me of a conversation I had when I covered the Showtime Lakers 20 years ago. Bill Dwyre, the sports editor, summoned me to his office one day and warned me about my cynicism, borne no doubt of covering too many Cub games for a Chicago newspaper. He told me to maintain a critical eye but also to make sure that I provided readers with a sense of how special that team was. I should, in short, remember to be awed. It wasn't difficult. With Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it seemed at the time that the Lakers had the basketball equivalent of...

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