FOR APRIL 28, 2014
Sure, the Spurs finished the regular season atop the Western Conference; yes, the Pacers had the best record in the East. But is a Finals matchup between the old West and the swooners of the East what everyone wants to see? Not according to SI.com's Ben Golliver, who maintains that it's really all about the Thunder and the Heat. We know the NBA's past and have an idea about the future, but who is the best of the present? Check out SI.com/nba for coverage of the 2014 playoffs, including analysis of why KD versus LeBron is the dream Finals.
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The Killing Ground
From the SI Vault | Feb. 14, 1994
For 12 days 30 years ago, Sarajevo held the sweetest Winter Olympic Games in the author's memory, but a mere decade later it was entrenched in a bloody, brutal civil war.
By William Oscar Johnson
Tom Verducci on ...
The Overuse of Young Pitchers
Last month Jameson Taillon, 22, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month and will miss the entire 2014 season. Taillon pitched a total of 382 professional innings, but he has been throwing a 90-mph fastball since he was a sophomore in high school and as a senior often hit 99 mph. The story of Taillon's elbow has become a common one. Could it be that pitchers are headed for arm trouble way before they even sign their first pro contract? SI's Verducci thinks so. Read his column at SI.com/mlb
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SI.com honors TNT reporter Craig Sager, who will be missing from the 2014 NBA playoffs while he undergoes treatment for leukemia, with a look back at his career through a photo gallery highlighting his famed wardrobe, including this shot from an interview with Dwight Howard in 2009.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT: GARRETT ELLWOOD/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (KD); MIKE EHRMANN/GETTY IMAGES (LEBRON); TOMBONATTI/VETTA/GETTY IMAGES (BACKGROUND)
GENE J. PUSKAR/AP (TAILLON)
CHAD MATTHEW CARLSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (IPHONE)
SCOTT CUNNINGHAM/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (SAGER)
JAVIER BAULUZ/AP (SARAJEVO)