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LEADING OFF
THE LONG SHOTS
In the final days of camp, hope springs eternal for five veterans of struggle and heartbreak
THE MAIL
MARCH MADNESS PREVIEW
RAISING JUNIOR
VICTOR OLADIPO'S JOURNEY FROM OVERLOOKED RECRUIT TO THAT GUY WHO COULD SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGE THE TIDES OF MARCH HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE WITH HIM ALONG THE WAY—AND THOSE WHO HAVEN'T
ORANGE GROOVE
POINT GUARD MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS BARELY PLAYED LAST SEASON FOR SYRACUSE. NOW, HE HARDLY EVER SITS
5 MINUTE GUIDE
FROM A (AARON CRAFT) TO Z (THE NO. 1 ZAGS), HERE'S HOW TO SORT THROUGH THE STATS—AND FIND THE KEY PLAYERS—TO BUILD THE BEST BRACKET
CHANCES ARE
SI'S ANALYTICS EXPERT CALCULATED THE WIN PROBABILITIES FOR ALL 68 TEAMS IN THE FIELD. CHECK OUT THE FULL, INTERACTIVE BRACKET AT THEPOWERRANK.COM
SPECIAL FORCES
EACH OF THE FOUR TEAMS WITH THE BEST SHOTS AT THE TITLE HAS A HIGH-WATTAGE STAR. BUT THEY EACH HAVE A PLAYER JUST AS IMPORTANT, ONE WHO FILLS KEY GAPS AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
THE HELL OF FAME
NOTORIETY ISN'T USUALLY GOOD FOR A REFEREE, AND A WILD RUN-IN 15 YEARS AGO HAS TURNED TED VALENTINE INTO AN INVITING TARGET FOR FANS. BUT IF TV TEDDY IS SO BAD, WHY IS HE WORKING ALL THE BIGGEST GAMES?
Seen Benny? Have Him Give Me a Call
THE AUTHOR SEARCHES FOR AN ICON OF HIS ADOLESCENCE, BENNY ANDERS—THE LONG-LOST, HIGH-FLYING MEMBER OF HOUSTON'S PHI SLAMMA JAMMA, WHICH 30 YEARS AGO TURNED GAME TIME INTO THE WORLD'S MOST SPECTACULAR LAYUP LINE
PRO BASKETBALL
Cliff's Edge
WHEN NOT IN THE GUISE OF HIS MUSTACHIOED, INSURANCE-PEDDLING ALTER EGO, ULTRAINTENSE POINT GUARD CHRIS PAUL HAS MADE THE CLIPPERS NOT ONLY THE HOTTEST TEAM IN L.A., BUT ALSO A THREAT TO WIN THE WEST
JEFFREY LORIA
Art of the Deal Gone Wrong
Less than eight months after he opened a stadium built in his own image and at a taxpayer expense that will eventually exceed $2 billion, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria green-lighted yet another stripping down of the franchise. He insists it's all in the name of winning
POINT AFTER
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Warning: The Heat Is Hot
It would be easy to give all the credit for the Heat's winning streak—which on Sunday reached 22, the second longest in NBA history—to LeBron James, who's having his best season. But bad news for other title hopefuls: It hasn't just been James firing on all cylinders during the streak