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Catching Up With...

Rory Sparrow, Good-Guy Point Guard December 21, 1987

By Kelley King

Si View

SI View The Week In TV Sports

By John Walters

The Surfer

By John Walters

From Tip-off To Sign-off The NBA's new round-the-clock channel has no shortage of programming possibilities

By Steve Rushin

World Series

All Aces In a World Series stacked with top-drawer starters, Orlando Hernandez and the Yankees got a leg up on the Braves

By Tom Verducci

October's Guy After just four years in the big leagues, Derek Jeter is building a postseason record for the ages

By Stephen Cannella

Payne Stewart 1957-1999

The Final Journey Two-time U.S. Open champion PAYNE STEWART turned his game and his life around before the fateful flight that ended that life at 42

By Michael Bamberger

A Colorful Life Living well was as important as playing well

By Rick Reilly

College Football

Majordomo With sophomore quarterback Major Applewhite taking charge, Texas made it three in a row over Nebraska and continued its march back to national prominence

By Tim Layden

NBA Preview 1999-2000

The Power Of Two The formula for success in the NBA used to require a triumvirate of talent. In today's league, it just takes a pair

By Phil Taylor

Rare Air It figures that Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady of the Raptors are comparable talents and kindred spirits. They're cousins! (Well, sort of)

By L. Jon Wertheim

Father Phil The high priest of the Triangle offense, Phil Jackson, has become a paternal figure to Shaquille O'Neal as he tries to lead the Lakers to the Promised Land

By Frank Deford

West Is Best With the sun having set on the Bulls' empire, the Western Conference is now the land of plenty

By Jackie MacMullan

Scouting Reports

1 San Antonio Spurs Despite their shopping failures, the champs still have the goods to repeat

By Marty Burns

2 Portland Trail Blazers Only whining over minutes will keep this band of All-Stars from winning it all

By L. Jon Wertheim

3 Los Angeles Lakers Shaq and Kobe say that all is well, but Phil Jackson still has personnel issues

By Phil Taylor

4 Utah Jazz Too old, too slow? You can say so, but Utah's vets will just say you're wrong

By Jackie MacMullan

5 Minnesota Timberwolves The re-signing of Terrell Brandon and Joe Smith brings stability and depth

By Jackie MacMullan

6 Sacramento Kings A new shooting guard could pay off big for the flashiest team in the league

By Phil Taylor

7 Phoenix Suns They're dazzling on the outside, but do they have what it takes on the inside?

By Marty Burns

8 Houston Rockets A team seeking harmony says its new floor leader, little Stevie, is a wonder

By Marty Burns

9 Seattle SuperSonics If Vin Baker exacts vengeance for last season, this micro lineup won't be soft

By L. Jon Wertheim

10 Denver Nuggets Happy to leave Boston, Ron Mercer is even happier to show his stuff to Denver

By Marty Burns

11 Vancouver Grizzlies As a smaller Big Country shapes up in the middle, this team becomes a bigger threat

By L. Jon Wertheim

12 Golden State Warriors Antawn Jamison is the poster child for a team that's still in search of a star

By Phil Taylor

13 Dallas Mavericks Little talent, no draft help. So it goes in Big D, where the rebuilding is perpetual

By Marty Burns

14 Los Angeles Clippers They've got a new arena and a new stud, but they're the same old NBA punch line

By Phil Taylor

1 Miami Heat Even with Tim Hardaway healthy, will Miami have enough offense to win it all?

By Marty Burns

2 New York Knicks The question will linger for weeks: What will they be doing with Ewing?

By Tim Crothers

3 Indiana Pacers Al Harrington doesn't want to be snubbed again come prom--er, playoff--time

By Jackie MacMullan

4 Charlotte Hornets Eddie Jones proved a perfect fit for this team; now a rookie will follow in his shoes

By Tim Crothers

5 Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson is looking for a scoring partner, and he's looking at Larry Hughes

By Tim Crothers

6 Milwaukee Bucks Now that Sam Cassell is healthy, the question is: Will he dish or shoot?

By Mark Bechtel

7 Atlanta Hawks After a high-risk makeover, Atlanta enters a critical year with fingers crossed

By Tim Crothers

8 Toronto Raptors Antonio Davis got his wish: a new home with the league's fastest-rising squad

By L. Jon Wertheim

9 Detroit Pistons Jerry Stackhouse is ready to work with Grant Hill, but not to worship him

By Mark Bechtel

10 New Jersey Nets After last season's debacle, things can't possibly get worse. Can they?

By Elizabeth Newman

11 Cleveland Cavaliers The dullest offense in the league is now vowing to run. Thank goodness.

By Mark Bechtel

12 Washington Wizards Lots of very expensive talent just doesn't add up to a very talented team

By Mark Bechtel

13 Boston Celtics Rick Pitino says his team will make noise, but will it just be the sound of bickering?

By Jackie MacMullan

14 Orlando Magic After revving his team into first, G.M. John Gabriel throws it in reverse

By Jackie MacMullan

15 Chicago Bulls He lacks flash, but big things are still expected of Air apparent Elton Brand

By Marty Burns

Inside

Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside Boxing

Inside Boxing

By Richard Hoffer; Franz Lidz

Inside College Football

Inside College Football

By Ivan Maisel; B.J. Schecter

Great Expectations Quarterback hype is high at BYU, but Kevin Feterik is measuring up

By B.J. Schecter

The Team I Love to Hate

By Rick Reilly

Departments

The Great Alaska Shootout In a title game held before the state freezes over, Wasilla was snowed under

By Leigh Montville

Get A Grip

By Mark Beech

Books

By Ron Fimrite

Leading Off

The Interloper Europeans ruled until Cliff Bayer of the U.S. won a World Cup gold medal

By Franz Lidz

Letters

Scorecard Nasty Hazing--Shrinking Sportscasts--Ski Demons--All-Century Snubs

By Alison Schafer Edited by Kevin Cook and Mark Mravic

They Must Be Joshing Leaving Josh Gibson off the All-Century team was baseball's error of the year

By Ron Fimrite

Faces In The Crowd