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Major Player: Bill Bradley

Former New Jersey senator and New York Knicks basketball star; lost to Vice President Gore in the Democratic primaries.

Age: 57

Family: Married, one daughter, one stepdaughter.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Princeton University; master's degree from Oxford University (Rhodes scholar).

Career: Professional basketball player, New York Knicks, 1967-77; U.S. senator, 1978-96; author, public speaker, lecturer.

In basketball and politics: On the court, Bradley developed an unselfish style that favored the silky pass over the dazzling jump shot. But when he had to, the lanky forward could light up the scoreboard, and he helped lead the Knicks to an NBA title in 1970. In his 18-year Senate career, Bradley focused on a handful of large issues and generally stayed away from the hurly-burly of daily politics. Among Bradley's legislative triumphs were an overhaul of the tax system in 1986 and a complex reform of Western water laws in 1992.

Did you know?
During a contentious debate at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Bradley had this to say of a Gore answer on gun control: "What you've seen is an elaborate what I call `Gore dance.' ... It is a dance to avoid facing up to your conservative record on guns. It is a dance that denies the fact that you do not support registration and licensing of all handguns, but you'd want to give the impression of that."

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