Picks and Pans Review: Viewers Choice

updated 03/02/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1992 01:00AM

>BIG BUCKS BASKETBALL CABLE'S PAY-PER-VIEW HAS A NEW WRINKLE ON Friday (Feb. 28, 9 P.M. KT, suggested price $19.95): a live, one-on-one basketball game between retired NBA greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 45, and Julius Erving, 42. In the prelims Nate Archibald goes up against George Gervin and Rick Barry, takes on Connie Hawkins. Some things argue against the event: (1) Basketball is a team game; one-on-one isn't that much fun to watch. (2) Hoop skills erode quickly, which is why Wilt Chamberlain's periodic threats to come back to the NBA have always been rather ludicrous. Still, pay-per-view is built on hype and curiosity, so I'll probably ante up, even though I think sweet-shooting Bob McAdoo, retired since 1986, could mop the floor with either of these guys.

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