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Brian Urlacher sacks Brett Favre during a 2001 Bears-Packers game. Urlacher, the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time Pro Bowler, retired on Wednesday. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher sacks Brett Favre during a 2001 Bears-Packers game. Urlacher, the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time Pro Bowler, retired on Wednesday. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Brian Urlacher

Sixers guard Allen Iverson poses for a April 2001 SI cover shoot. (Gerard Rancinan/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Allen Iverson

Sixers guard Allen Iverson poses for a April 2001 SI cover shoot. (Gerard Rancinan/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Allen Iverson

Gail Devers shows off her fingernails before a 2001 race in Edmonton. (AFP Photo)

GALLERY: Best Fingernails in Sports

Gail Devers shows off her fingernails before a 2001 race in Edmonton. (AFP Photo)
GALLERY: Best Fingernails in Sports

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim Duncan
McCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleading
AMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim DuncanMcCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleadingAMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Allen Iverson steps over Tyronn Lue after making a basket in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson, a longtime Philadelphia fan favorite, is expected to attend tonight’s Game 6 between the 76ers and Celtics. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Allen Iverson


Allen Iverson steps over Tyronn Lue after making a basket in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson, a longtime Philadelphia fan favorite, is expected to attend tonight’s Game 6 between the 76ers and Celtics. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Allen Iverson

A group of top NFL prospects including (from top left:) Santana Moss, Anthony Thomas, David Terrell, Freddie Mitchell, Reggie Wayne, Quincy Carter, (from bottom left:) Jonathan Beasley, Drew Brees and Deuce McAllister pose during the NFL Drills and Skills Competition in Dec. 2001. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)  

A group of top NFL prospects including (from top left:) Santana Moss, Anthony Thomas, David Terrell, Freddie Mitchell, Reggie Wayne, Quincy Carter, (from bottom left:) Jonathan Beasley, Drew Brees and Deuce McAllister pose during the NFL Drills and Skills Competition in Dec. 2001. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)  

Allen Iverson attempts a layup against Kobe Bryant during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. This year’s 76ers squad has been one of the league’s biggest surprises and after last night’s victory over the Bulls, proved they are a serious Eastern Conference contender. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Philly-Chicago | Box Score
LOWE: Philly trounces the Bulls, prove they are contenders
LOWE: Can the Sixers hold up against elite defenses?


Allen Iverson attempts a layup against Kobe Bryant during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. This year’s 76ers squad has been one of the league’s biggest surprises and after last night’s victory over the Bulls, proved they are a serious Eastern Conference contender. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Philly-Chicago | Box ScoreLOWE: Philly trounces the Bulls, prove they are contendersLOWE: Can the Sixers hold up against elite defenses?

Knicks center Marcus Camby gets ready to block a shot by Raptors guard Chris Childs during Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Playoffs. The Knicks won the game, 92-85, but lost the series in five games. Camby is currently a key cog on a Blazers team that has raced to a surprising 7-2 start. (Manny Millan/SI)

THOMSEN: Almost 38, Camby achieving more than most youngsters ever could

Knicks center Marcus Camby gets ready to block a shot by Raptors guard Chris Childs during Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Playoffs. The Knicks won the game, 92-85, but lost the series in five games. Camby is currently a key cog on a Blazers team that has raced to a surprising 7-2 start. (Manny Millan/SI)
THOMSEN: Almost 38, Camby achieving more than most youngsters ever could

Randy Savage, who passed away in May, would’ve turned 59 today. In this 2001 photo, the Macho Man poses with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. (AP)

GALLERY: Rare photos of Randy “Macho Man” SavagePEARLMAN: Savage’s dream was to play pro baseball

Randy Savage, who passed away in May, would’ve turned 59 today. In this 2001 photo, the Macho Man poses with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. (AP)
GALLERY: Rare photos of Randy “Macho Man” SavagePEARLMAN: Savage’s dream was to play pro baseball

Members of the Dallas Mavericks -  Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Juwan Howard — pose with owner Mark Cuban for a 2001 SI Photo shoot.

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Steve Nash
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Dirk Nowitzki

Members of the Dallas Mavericks -  Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Juwan Howard — pose with owner Mark Cuban for a 2001 SI Photo shoot.
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Steve NashGALLERY: Rare Photos of Dirk Nowitzki

Here’s one solution for owners: Lasso up your top player and force them to agree to a new labor deal (as Mark Cuban does to Dirk Nowitzki in this 2001 SI photo shoot). It seems that may be the best to achieve a deal as the NBA lockout stretches into its 102nd day. The two sides are meeting again today in New York City in a last-ditch effort to avoid canceling the first two weeks of the regular season. (Jeffrey Lowe/SI)

LOWE: System issues at forefront of labor talks
AMICK: Enough of this: Let the players take a vote
GALLERY: Revisiting the ‘98 lockout | Lockout tweets

Here’s one solution for owners: Lasso up your top player and force them to agree to a new labor deal (as Mark Cuban does to Dirk Nowitzki in this 2001 SI photo shoot). It seems that may be the best to achieve a deal as the NBA lockout stretches into its 102nd day. The two sides are meeting again today in New York City in a last-ditch effort to avoid canceling the first two weeks of the regular season. (Jeffrey Lowe/SI)
LOWE: System issues at forefront of labor talksAMICK: Enough of this: Let the players take a voteGALLERY: Revisiting the ‘98 lockout | Lockout tweets