About This Week's Cover
Kevin Durant is tired of finishing second. SI senior writer Lee Jenkins delves into the NBA superstar who appears unassuming, but remains one of the most dominant competitors in the game today. The question now is, can he finally finish first? With the Heat standing in the way, it won't be easy, but Durant is determined.
Does BYU's Ziggy Ansah have the stamina to play in the NFL? Can West Virginia's Geno Smith master an NFL offense? Is USC's Matt Barkley big enough to succeed as a pro QB? How will the Manti Te'o girlfriend saga affect his draft status? After months of mock drafts and other speculation, these questions will finally be answered. Use SI.com's NFL draft tracker to see which players your favorite team selects and to get instant analysis after every pick from the first two rounds, draft grades on every team and Peter King's thoughts on the first round.
Can anybody beat the Heat? Carmelo Anthony won his first scoring title, but how will he and the Knicks fare this postseason? SI's experts are on hand to analyze every series and highlight the story lines and players to watch here.
Happy Birthday, Phillie Phanatic! One of Major League Baseball's most lovable mascots turns 35 this week. To commemorate this historic occasion, read Bryan Graham's feature on mascots in every sport, from the elder statesman to the spring chickens to old favorites who have been put out to pasture.
The NBA is a young man's league right now, but Ian Thomsen discusses how older players like Jason Terry will be able to impact the playoffs. Be sure to check in with bloggers Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney at The Point Forward and staff writers Chris Mannix and Lee Jenkins for all your playoff coverage.
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