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Feb. 23, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015

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Feb. 23, 2015

SI NOW
INBOX
NBA MIDSEASON REPORT
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MLB
  • TWO DECADES AGO, LONG BEFORE A REPLACEMENT PLAYER WAS A WELL-KNOWN SABERMETRIC MEASURING STICK, MAJOR LEAGUE CAMPS WERE OVERRUN WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF FILL -IN: HORDES OF HAS-BEENS AND WANNABES CHASING DREAMS WHILE REAL BIG LEAGUERS WERE ON STRIKE. IT WAS FUNNY, SHAMEFUL—AND FOR ONE PLAYER, TRAGIC

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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

24 James Harden

Three years ago he wasn't sure he had what it takes. Now the league is trying to keep up

By Lee Jenkins

• SI's MVP prediction

32 Golden State Warriors

One-dimensional and one-and-done last year, they're multifaceted favorites under Steve Kerr

By Chris Ballard

38 Jimmy Butler

His game is defined by constant motion, an approach he learned the hard way growing up

By Ben Golliver

• Eye-opening stats

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

44 Dean Smith

The coach's former players and assistants found a way to say to him what he'd always told them: Thank you

By Alexander Wolff

BASEBALL

50 The Replacements

Two decades ago major league camps were overrun with has-beens and wannabes

By Tom Verducci

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4 SI Now

6 Inbox

8 Leading Off

14 Scorecard

20 Faces in The Crowd

22 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Vince Carter on dunking and Dean Smith

60 Point After

Alan Shipnuck: What's next for Bruce Jenner?

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: ROBERT SEALE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HARDEN); BILL BAPTIST/ NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (THOMPSON); GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BUTLER)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY TODD ROSENBERG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDKLAYMATION With his team off to its best start ever, Warriors guard Klay Thompson is in a golden state of mind.