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SI NOW

SI NOW

By WITH HOST Maggie Gray

INBOX

INBOX

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

By Lee Jenkins

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

By Chris Mannix

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

By Chris Ballard

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

By Ben Golliver

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

By Rob Mahoney

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

By Alexander Wolff

Jerry Tarkanian 1930--2015

By Tim Layden

MLB

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

By Tom Verducci

POINT AFTER

A New Reality

By Alan Shipnuck

Departments

Leading Off

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

By Michael Sam

Making It Look Too Easy

The only time basketball players don't want to be taller

TWEETABLE REVIEWS

Look at Me!

Find the phony minor league promos

HOT | NOT

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick