A Month of Crowns and Thorns

A Month of Crowns and Thorns

June was magic for the Los Angeles Lakers, who, under the wizardry of Magic Johnson, disposed of the defending champion Boston Celtics in six games for the NBA title.

This is an article from the Dec. 28, 1987 issue

Scott Simpson beat Tom Watson by a stroke to win the U.S. Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club, and Bet Twice galloped off with the Belmont Stakes, denying Alysheba the Triple Crown. Presaging the future, Steffi Graf, 17, beat Martina Navratilova to become the youngest woman ever to win a French Open. Reprising the past, Gerry Cooney, 30, tried to make a comeback, against Michael Spinks, and was knocked out in the fifth.

PHOTOKEN REGAN/CAMERA 5Gerry Cooney evoked the daze of old in his failed comeback against Michael Spinks.PHOTOJOHN IACONOLarry Bird popped up in the news, but L.A. made headlines by dethroning Boston.PHOTOANDREW D. BERNSTEINAt 40, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still out front among centers, with no hair apparent.PHOTORONALD C. MODRAAt midseason, Fredbird checked to see whether his Cardinals were getting a fair shake.