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The Lineup

March 07, 2005
March 07, 2005

Table of Contents
March 7, 2005

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LETTERS
SCORECARD
SI Players
College Basketball
Pro Football
Baseball
Pro Basketball
Inside
Inside The NBA
Departments

The Lineup

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

This is an article from the March 7, 2005 issue Original Layout

36 We Love to Watch

As March Madness begins, one player stands out as the star of the show: Illinois's Dee Brown

by Grant Wahl

PRO FOOTBALL

42 The No. 1 Question

Who will the 49ers take first in the draft? SI slots the top four players at the scouting combine

by Peter King

BASEBALL

48 A Winning Hand?

In discarding a pair of aces, Oakland A's G.M. Billy Beane took his boldest gamble yet

by Daniel G. Habib

PRO BASKETBALL

52 Executive Decision

Kevin McHale has taken charge of his moribund T-Wolves. Risky move.

by Jack McCallum

BASEBALL

56 Unsafe at Home

Despite their success in the major leagues, Venezuela's beisbol stars are crime targets

by E.M. Swift

Departments

4 Leading Off

12 Contributors

15 Letters

17 Air and Space

Andy Van Slyke has some advice for his old teammate Barry Bonds: Look in the mirror by Steve Rushin

18 Scorecard

• NBA trade deadline madness

• John Chaney finally crosses line

• Jose Canseco, literary lion

26 Faces in the Crowd

29 Players

70 The Life of Reilly

You asked for it: an update on many of the little guys I've written about in 20 years at SI by Rick Reilly

Inside...

66 College Basketball

• Louisville primed for NCAA run

68 The NBA

• Magic's Howard justifies top pick

• Sonics, Allen can't make a deal

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS

INSET PHOTOS: Manny Millan (Felton, Rondo); David E. Klutho (Jack); Steve Jahnke/The Southern/AP (Brooks); Brett Hansbauer/US Presswire (Basden)

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COLOR PHOTOBRAD MANGINSPRING FLING At training camp in Arizona, A's ace Barry Zito dusts off his lefty delivery (page 48).