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The fleeting (and haunting) art of the sports dynasty

Originally Published: July 10, 2002
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Jan Stuart, whose knowledge of Chinese dynasties is exceeded only by her fabulous title -- associate curator of Chinese art at the Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery -- is a good sport. Last week, while it was simmering outside her air-conditioned office in Washington, D.C., she tried to place the Los Angeles Lakers in a context with the heralded Tang, Sung, Yuan and Ming Dynasties.

The Tang, of course, ruled through ancient China's golden age ...

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