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SPECIAL REPORT: GANGS AND SPORTS

BY JEFF BENEDICT AND ARMEN KETEYIAN

GAME ON

NBA PREVIEW

"WE'D REACHED OUR LIMIT..."

by LEE JENKINS | P. 44

FREE-AGENT SCRAMBLE

by IAN THOMSEN | P. 48

SCOUTING REPORTS

by CHRIS MANNIX and SAM AMICK | P. 50

KITAM HAMM

PLAYS HIS WAY STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON...

PAGE 82

BLAKE GRIFFIN

PUTS ON THE LEAGUE'S NEW GAME FACE

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER READ MILLER (GRIFFIN)

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DEANNE FITZMAURICE (HAMM)