Aaron Gordon is the king of isolation defense

Three tales of players evolving beyond their reputations.

BY DAVID THORPE

Henry Edwards was a respected music critic for the New York Times in the 1970s. One evening he went to see an act that was getting raves despite poor album sales for their first two releases. Edwards was unimpressed. His review the following day called the lyrics “an effusive jumble,” and the melodies “either second-hand or undistinguishe…

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