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June 03, 2013
June 03, 2013

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June 3, 2013

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
NBA PLAYOFFS
  • He's everywhere—on the block, at the point, behind the arc! As his supporting cast struggles to provide consistent play against the resolute Pacers, LeBron James has displayed, once again, a stunning array of skills. Here's how he does it all, position by position

BASEBALL
THE GEATHERS FAMILY
  • FROM DOWN ALONG THE BLACK RIVER IN SOUTH CAROLINA, FOOTBALL'S FIRST FAMILY OF D-LINEMEN JUST KEEPS SENDING ITS SONS TO THE PROS. THE BLOODLINES ARE STRONG—AND SO ARE THE LESSONS PASSED FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

GEORGIA BASEBALL
  • GEORGIA'S SIGNATURE CROPS? PECANS, PEACHES ... AND BALLPLAYERS. HIGH SCHOOL SLUGGERS CLINT FRAZIER AND AUSTIN MEADOWS—THEY'LL BE TOP PICKS IN THE MLB DRAFT—ARE JUST THE LATEST PRODUCTS OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST EFFICIENT DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

THE NEW ENDURANCE NATION
  • FROM 5KS TO TRIATHLONS TO MUD RACES AND COLOR RUNS, ENDURANCE EVENTS ARE SWEEPING THE NATION. BUT THE COMPETITORS AREN'T JUST LOW-BODY-FAT FANATICS AND NIPPLE-TAPING IRONMEN. THERE ARE ROCK 'N' ROLLERS AND PLUS SIZES AND MORE WOMEN THAN MEN. THE GOAL NOW IS TO HAVE FUN AND FINISH, AS MUCH AS IT IS TO GET FIT. WELCOME TO AMERICA'S SECOND GREAT RUNNING BOOM—EVERYONE'S INVITED

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NBA PLAYOFFS

30 The James Gang

He's everywhere! Against the resolute Pacers, the Heat forward has displayed a stunning array of skills

BY FIVE NBA GUYS

BASEBALL

38 The Tito Factor

Baseball may finally be back in Cleveland. Why are we bullish? A manager who gets the most out of his imperfect parts

BY BEN REITER

PRO FOOTBALL

42 Geathers Family Values

Football's first family of D-linemen just keeps sending its sons to the pros

BY AUSTIN MURPHY

BASEBALL

48 Land of Plenty

Georgia's signature crops? Pecans, peaches ... and ballplayers. Introducing the country's top farm system

BY ALBERT CHEN

54 ENDURANCE NATION

In America's second running boom, everyone's invited—the goal is as much to have fun as it is to get fit

BY AUSTIN MURPHY

DEPARTMENTS

2 SI Digital

4 Leading Off

10 The Mail

15 Scorecard

Standing up to a storm

22 Faces in the Crowd

24 Just My Type

Michael Vick runs hot

BY DAN PATRICK

64 Point After

The old-school MLB

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: Photo Illustration by Pre Media; Photographs by Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated; K.O. Rinearson for Sports Illustrated (Oklahoma)

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PHOTOPOUYA DIANAT FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FRAZIER AND MEADOWS)SAY HAY KIDS Georgia high school sluggers Clint Frazier (far left) and Austin Meadows will both be top picks in the MLB draft.PHOTO