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NBA pioneer is no old fogey

Ossie Schectman scored the first basket in NBA history in 1946, but he watches -- and loves -- today's NBA.

Updated: April 9, 2003, 12:22 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

Here we are, living game by game amid the delightful turmoil of still another NBA season rushing headlong to judgment. Even here in Sports America, where fuel prices are rocketing out of sight ... where the dogs of war have been set loose ... where disappointed idealists (like me) try with all their might to be hopeful in the face of a game (and a culture) increasingly distorted by money, power, the media, and rampant egomania.

There is an understandable danger that every one of us ...

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