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Aaron Leviwanted to know who he was, where he came from, where he belonged. From an early age, he had questions about his identity. He was adopted and biracial. Not only slender but growing taller by the year. When he finally pieced it all together, he was told that his biological father was the most transformative player in pro basketball history, and one of the most transcendent athletes of the 20th century....

BY GARY M. POMERANTZ

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ON THE COVER: DEANNE FITZMAURICE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LEVI); PAUL VATHIS/AP (CHAMBERLAIN)