Rodney Hood started his career at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke, where he's averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Those numbers earned him a spot on Dick Vitale's recent All--Marco Polo Team, which names the best transfers. It is but one of Vitale's numerous lists, many with self-consciously "zany" names. Guess which of the following are actual Vitale teams and which are fake.
Players who fluctuate wildly in value
Players expected to have breakout seasons
Players who try harder
All--Chris Christie Team
Lane cloggers who tie up traffic
Players who take the worst flops
All--Frank Lloyd Wright Team
Coaches who are master architects
All--World B. Free Team
Players with the best names
All--Peyton Manning Team
Players who miss the big shot
ANSWERS: THE ALL-ALCATRAZ, ALL-AVIS, ALL--FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND ALL--WORLD B. FREE TEAMS ARE REAL.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
In honor of forward James Johnson, the Grizzlies will hand out neck tattoo stickers to the first 5,000 fans at their Feb. 21 game against the Clippers.
STREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES (VITALE)
KATHY WILLENS/AP (CHRISTIE)
COLUMBIA PICTURES/PHOTOFEST (ISHTAR)
JOE MUNROE/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES (WRIGHT)
DICK RAPHAEL/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (FREE)
DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MANNING)
ROCKY WIDNER/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (JOHNSON)