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Byline: MICHAEL MINK
Bill Sharman's basketball career proves that nice guys can finish first. And often.
"I like to treat people the way I'd like them to treat me," Sharman, 76, said in a recent interview.
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player with the Boston Celtics, Sharman is one of only 10 men in National Basketball Association history to have both played on and coached a team that won the league title.
He's the only man in NBA history to win championships as a player, coach, general manager and team president (having served in the last three positions with the Los Angeles Lakers). For his career, Sharman has been a part of a record 15 championship teams. He's currently a special consultant for the Lakers.
Sharman rose to the level of a Hall of Fame player through an unceasing work ethic. "I was real competitive. I always …