West Point, NY. 1967: Half-court basketball at the military academy sometimes pitted Arthur Ashe and Bobby Knight versus Bill Parcells and Norman Schwarzkopf. As a world-class tennis player, Ashe, 26, was fulfilling his military service in the ROTC program. Following a stint in South Vietnam, Schwarzkopf, 33, was an academic instructor. Parcells, 27, coached linebackers for Army while Knight, 26, guided its basketball program. Oh, and his starting point guard was a 20-year-old cadet named Mike Kryzyzewski.
As former high-school superstars, Parcells and Knight were perhaps the best ballers. Regardless, the competition among the legends-in-the-making was fierce — make ‘em, take ‘em to 10 buckets. What a sight!
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