No one shuts down Michael Jordan, but the champion Detroit Pistons have developed an intricate defensive system, called the Jordan Rules, that comes close to containing him
THE QUIZ KID
MILLIONS FROM HEAVEN
The Atlanta Hawks' Jon Koncak was a center of little renown—averaging 6.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, career—until he signed a six-year contract worth $13 million. Now other lesser NBA players should find gold at the end of the rainbow
In the Nick of Time
Thirty-five years ago the 24-second clock was created, the invention of Danny Biasone, a bowling alley proprietor and owner of the Syracuse Nationals. The clock may have saved pro basketball, whose fans had grown frustrated by the stalling tactics of the day
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Larry Bird, Eastern Europeans and Minneapolis are all making comebacks, and, come the spring, the Pistons and the Lakers will be back, playing for the championship
HOLY COW, WHAT DIGS!
The Pistons' John Salley, a 6'11" man of wit, sophistication and discipline, has a house that fits him, literally and symbolically. It's big—62 rooms—and was home to the Archbishop of Detroit, exactly the place for a guy of Salley's catholic tastes
Nowadays his name is often forgotten when the greatest basketball centers are listed, but no pivotman was more dominant or did more to revolutionize the game than George Mikan, who led the Minneapolis Lakers to half a dozen pro crowns
A FRENZIED RALLY
Stirling Moss was in form at the Mille Miglia
HOW CHEAP CAN YOU GET?
Take a look at today's pro athletes and you'll find out