FOR JULY 28, 2014
This is an article from the July 28, 2014 issue
POINT / COUNTERPOINT
Which team is now the best in the NBA's Eastern Conference?
[Ovie Mughelli] LeBron James is the most dynamic player in the NBA, so the Cavaliers are now the favorites.
[Tyler Jacobs] With the additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, I'm going with the Bulls.
[Ovie Mughelli] James, Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins are the new Big Three—if Wiggins isn't traded.
[Tyler Jacobs] Chicago has firepower too: Derrick Rose is back, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson have matured, and it's still got Joakim Noah.
[Ovie Mughelli] All of them combined might equal one King James.
[Tyler Jacobs] If Rose is 90%, he's one of the best players in the league. He could take over the East.
[Ovie Mughelli] Rose is too injury-prone to make a long-term impact. And don't even try to make a dehydration joke.
[Tyler Jacobs] I'll just sit over here sipping my sports drink, enjoying the air-conditioning.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
From the SI Vault Dec. 6, 2010
Bringing New Orleans its first Super Bowl title was far from the only way Saints quarterback Drew Brees contributed to the rebirth of that great American city.
By Tim Layden
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