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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT
IN HIS OWN SWEET TIME
When James Harden signed with the Rockets, he wasn't sure he had what it takes to be a star. Now he's the MVP front-runner, and the league is trying to keep up, step for Eurostep
MOST VALUABLE PREDICTIONS
Stephen Curry and James Harden both have strong cases for the MVP award this season--but strong enough to beat out LeBron James? Even after his rough start, you can't write off the King
WARRIORS COME OUT TO PLAY
One-dimensional and one-and-done last postseason, Golden State has morphed into a multifaceted favorite this year. The catalyst? Start with that bony, spiky-haired coach
RUNNING THE GAUNTLET
Jimmy Butler's game is defined by constant motion, an approach he learned the hard way growing up. Now, in his breakout season for the Bulls, he can see just how far he's come
EYE OPENERS
Three noteworthy stats illuminate some of the season's most interesting trends, from the best of the best ... to the worst of the best
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Hail and Farewell
Five years ago, amid his sad decline, the coach's former players and assistants found a way to say to him what he had always told them: Thank you
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THE SHAM SPRING
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
POINT AFTER
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One Year Later
I've been called a distraction and a hero, an attention seeker and an icon, but I'm still working to earn the label that matters to me most: NFL player