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Larry Bird tosses a no-look pass to Cedric Maxwell during a 1980 game against the Rockets. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird

Larry Bird tosses a no-look pass to Cedric Maxwell during a 1980 game against the Rockets. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird

Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon talk on the court during Game 2 of the 1995 NBA Finals. Olajuwon celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon talk on the court during Game 2 of the 1995 NBA Finals. Olajuwon celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Yao Ming lets SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier shoot a training session during training camp before the 2007-08 season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Yao Ming

Yao Ming lets SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier shoot a training session during training camp before the 2007-08 season. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Yao Ming

Lakers center Dwight Howard hangs on the rim after a dunk against the Rockets during Sunday’s game. Howard scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Los Angeles cruised to a 119-108 victory, it’s fourth win in five games. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

NBA BLOG: Meeting D’Antoni’s goals won’t be easy for Lakers
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Dwight Howard

Lakers center Dwight Howard hangs on the rim after a dunk against the Rockets during Sunday’s game. Howard scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Los Angeles cruised to a 119-108 victory, it’s fourth win in five games. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
NBA BLOG: Meeting D’Antoni’s goals won’t be easy for LakersGALLERY: Rare Photos of Dwight Howard

Yao Ming befriends a rhino while on a two week tour of Africa as a global ambassador for WildAid, one of the leading organizations working to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products. (Courtesy of WildAid.org)

GALLERY: Yao Ming Since Retirement | Classic Yao Photos

Yao Ming befriends a rhino while on a two week tour of Africa as a global ambassador for WildAid, one of the leading organizations working to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products. (Courtesy of WildAid.org)
GALLERY: Yao Ming Since Retirement | Classic Yao Photos

Legendary Jazz forward Karl Malone slams home a dunk during a 1988 game against the Rockets. Malone, the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer, turns 49 on Tuesday. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Karl Malone

Legendary Jazz forward Karl Malone slams home a dunk during a 1988 game against the Rockets. Malone, the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer, turns 49 on Tuesday. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Karl Malone

Charles Barkley is not pleased with the referee’s call during a 1997 Rockets-Sonics game.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Charles Barkley | Seattle SuperSonics

Charles Barkley is not pleased with the referee’s call during a 1997 Rockets-Sonics game.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Charles Barkley | Seattle SuperSonics

Jeremy Lin drives to the hoop during a 2012 Knicks-Wizards game. Houston signed Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet over the weekend and New York has until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to match or lose their popular point guard. SI’s Sam Amick writes that Lin is a perfect example of NBA’s silly season where players are offered contracts that far exceed their actual value. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

AMICK: Silliest of summers continues as Rockets, Knicks battle for Lin
GALLERY: The Jeremy Lin Fan Club | Ivy Leaguers Playing in the NBA

Jeremy Lin drives to the hoop during a 2012 Knicks-Wizards game. Houston signed Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet over the weekend and New York has until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to match or lose their popular point guard. SI’s Sam Amick writes that Lin is a perfect example of NBA’s silly season where players are offered contracts that far exceed their actual value. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
AMICK: Silliest of summers continues as Rockets, Knicks battle for LinGALLERY: The Jeremy Lin Fan Club | Ivy Leaguers Playing in the NBA

Houston’s Twin Towers - Ralph Simpson (50) and Hakeem Olajuwon - pose in front of New York City’s Twin Towers during a 1986 SI photo shoot. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Gallery: Classic Photos of Hakeem Olajuwon | Ralph Sampson

Houston’s Twin Towers - Ralph Simpson (50) and Hakeem Olajuwon - pose in front of New York City’s Twin Towers during a 1986 SI photo shoot. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
Gallery: Classic Photos of Hakeem Olajuwon | Ralph Sampson

Yao Ming and Allen Iverson pose before the 2003 All-Star Game in Atlanta. (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images) 

Gallery: Rare Photos of Yao Ming | Allen Iverson

Yao Ming and Allen Iverson pose before the 2003 All-Star Game in Atlanta. (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images) 
Gallery: Rare Photos of Yao Ming | Allen Iverson