Knicks and Lakers: Contrasts on Coasts

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The Knicks have gone so retro this season that they acquired, among various performers long in the proverbial tooth, the Argentine Dick McGuire.

That is whom Pablo Prigioni — at 35 the N.B.A.’s oldest rookie — stylistically brings to mind for students and scholars of ancient Knicks history. McGuire, the passing wizard of the 1950s, was known for being so reluctant to shoot that he stopped short of filling out a consent slip when he resigned himself to hoisting one up.

Even into his 50s, scrimmaging on occasion with all-thumbs sports reporters, McGuire was capable of breaking the prominent nose (mine) of an unprepared teammate rather than taking aim at the rim.

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Knicks and Lakers: Contrasts on Coasts