April 23, 2012 | Frank Deford
So was SI writer Frank Deford, who cut his teeth on a league then so inconsequential that reporters got floor seats. In this exclusive excerpt from Deford's memoirs, the author recalls encounters with Bill Russell,...
April 16, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
In a wild season, a wild playoff race could hinge on the play of the NBA's wildest player: the Nuggets' new and absurdly gifted center, JaVale McGee
April 16, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Chicago, Miami and Oklahoma City are the easy choices to go deep into the spring, but there are formidable obstacles in their path—they just don't include the defending champs
April 09, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
The 76ers are unselfish, take care of the ball and play stifling defense. But can they win in the playoffs with a star who doesn't shoot?
April 09, 2012 | SAM AMICK
Kobe can't play forever. Andrew Bynum has the numbers and potential of a future franchise player, but not the maturity