White Magic in the NBA

From the NBA Finals to Larry Bird, Ralph Wiley says it's the scoreboard, not your skin, that's a reflection of your achivements.

Updated: June 11, 2004, 11:10 AM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2

All a man's got is the integrity of his work.

That goes for everyone from Kobe Bryant to Phil Jackson to Larry Brown to Rip Hamilton to Luke Walton to Ben Wallace to Larry Bird to Magic Johnson to Stephen A. Smith to Jim Gray to possibly even you and me.

Before we examine this premise, at least as it relates to Larry Brown and Phil Jackson (one of whom is the best coach in NBA history), let's first get down to other morbid fascinations making up this NBA Finals environment.

That ...

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