Steely Dan in Indiana

The ideal was Isiah Thomas, same as it was when I was eight and the older guys that let me play with them put up with this dumb kid’s attempts at 25-foot bounce-lobs to adults I didn’t know (couldn’t jump). Isiah sprained his ankle deep into the third quarter of the sixth game of the 1988 NBA Finals, he worked through the throb and dropped 25 points in the fourth quarter of that loss on one leg, nearly toppling the back-to-back champion Lakers before they could call themselves that.

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