This is an article from the Oct. 29, 2007 issue
In the span of 33 days this summer G.M. Danny Ainge pulled off a pair ofmegadeals to right the stumbling Celtics
By Ian Thomsen
Kobe Bryant spent his off-season riding a roller coaster, and he and the Lakersare both feeling queasy
81 Stern ActionNeeded
The commissioner must take stronger measures to regain the public's trust afterthe Tim Donaghy debacle
By Jack McCallum
Who's the best ever at every height—pro or college, man or woman? Is it Shaq orWilt? Calvin Murphy or Sue Bird?
Who's going to win the hardware, who's going to get traded and what else tokeep an eye on this season
By Ian Thomsen
A detailed look at each of the 30 teams, with starting lineups, Fast Facts andinsights from an opposing team's scout
After an epic layoff the Rockies face their toughest opponent yet in the RedSox
By Tom Verducci
With coach Gary Pinkel loosening the reins, Missouri has a newfound swagger
By Austin Murphy
60 When He isBad. . .
. . . Islanders left wing Chris Simon is horrid. So why do so many playersstand by him?
By Michael Farber
Practice squad players are one play from their NFL dreams—or one fromoblivion
By Lee Jenkins
8 Leading Off
• Can Tom Osborne save Nebraska?
• First Person: Grant Hill
• Farewell to Max McGee
• The Yankees' aimless front office
• Adrian Wilson's jump training
44 Faces in theCrowd
154 Life ofReilly
After transforming a city, the Rockies have turned it upside down by RickReilly
Inside . . .
142 CollegeFootball • The key to Ohio State's future
144 The NFL
• The Giants are 5--2. And worried
148 High SchoolFootball
• The life of a homecoming patsy
• Teammates, pals—and archrivals
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