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25 THE SILVER SEASON

Oct. 26, 1970
Oct. 26, 1970

Table of Contents
Oct. 26, 1970

Yesterday
Ali
Black Magic
Pro Basketball
College Football
Horse Racing
Aikido
Poison
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

25 THE SILVER SEASON

On its 25th anniversary, professional basketball sits for a unique portrait. Artist Douglas Gorsline views the sport's swirling combat as in a fractured looking glass, jaggedly juxtaposing fragments of action to create the illusion of motion. In his multiple images, colliding hips and elbows, twisting torsos and charging legs all hang on the edge of violence until the abrupt punctuation of the referee's whistle. On the following pages a literal cross section of fans around the arenas bears testimony to the game's own population explosion, and some of the famous participants are captured by the Gorsline technique. Finally, the artist interprets the tedium experienced by players in continous flight to one-night battlegrounds, their oversize frames crammed into planes that were built for the comfort of smaller men.

This is an article from the Oct. 26, 1970 issue Original Layout

In slices of action from a dozen arenas, Knicks Willis Reed (19) and Walt Frazier (10), Buck Lew Alcindor (33) and Celt John Havlicek (17) are among those caught in distinctive moves.

To the pros, flying constantly, the season seems like one long approach to an endless runway.

SEVEN ILLUSTRATIONSDOUGLAS GORSLINE