CONTENTS

May 16, 1993

18
NBA PLAYOFFS

For winners and losers, centers were pivotal in the preliminary stages of postseason action
BY JACK McCALLUM

New York Knick John Starks, hot hand with a hot head, is explosive, oftentimes too explosive
BY JACK McCALLUM

26
A STAR IS REBORN
A waning Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings has found new life in the playoffs
BY E.M. SWIFT

32
FOR SALE: THE NATIONAL PASTIME
Baseball worked out a risky new contract with ABC and NBC that will put the game in the ad business
BY WILLIAM OSCAR JOHNSON

40
BATTLE-WEARY

The staggering New York Mets took licks from the expansion Florida Marlins and the media
BY TOM VERDUCCI

A media invasion has heightened tensions in once congenial clubhouses in the major leagues
BY TOM VERDUCCI

50
TOGETHER AGAIN
When Don Beebe met Leon Lett, the result was a memorable moment of Super Bowl XXVII
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

68
GET A LOAD OF ME!
Buster Douglas, the man who smoked Tyson, is savoring the good life—in a very large way
BY JOHN ED BRADLEY

DEPARTMENTS

8
LETTERS

11
FACES IN THE CROWD

15
SCORECARD

58
SPORTS PEOPLE

66
BASEBALL

85
POINT AFTER

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. McDONOUGH

PHOTOBILL FRAKESJust Buster: Briefly the big man in boxing, former heavyweight champ Buster Douglas is now big only in his own house (page 68).

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