Kansas forward Paul Pierce celebrates after defeating Oklahoma to win the 1998 Big 12 Tournament. This year’s Jayhawks squad is ranked No. 7 in Luke Winn’s preseason rankings, as guards Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Travis Releford will make life hellish for opposing backcourts. (AP)
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Kansas forward Paul Pierce celebrates after defeating Oklahoma to win the 1998 Big 12 Tournament. This year’s Jayhawks squad is ranked No. 7 in Luke Winn’s preseason rankings, as guards Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Travis Releford will make life hellish for opposing backcourts. (AP)

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Rajon Rondo nearly kicks Chris Lofton in the head after Lofton faked a shot during a 2006 Kentucky-Tennessee game at Rupp Arena. In his preseason power rankings SI’s Luke Winn has the Wildcats ranked No. 4 and the Vols at No. 27. (David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo nearly kicks Chris Lofton in the head after Lofton faked a shot during a 2006 Kentucky-Tennessee game at Rupp Arena. In his preseason power rankings SI’s Luke Winn has the Wildcats ranked No. 4 and the Vols at No. 27. (David Stephenson/Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images)

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Jason Kidd dribbles past Bobby Hurley during a 1993 tournament game between Cal and Duke. The Golden Bears, led by Kidd, upset the two-time defending champion Blue Devils in the second round. Kidd is headed to the Knicks this season, and Mark Cuban is not happy about it. The Mavs owner said of Kidd’s departure: “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters. It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.” (John Biever/SI)
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Jason Kidd dribbles past Bobby Hurley during a 1993 tournament game between Cal and Duke. The Golden Bears, led by Kidd, upset the two-time defending champion Blue Devils in the second round. Kidd is headed to the Knicks this season, and Mark Cuban is not happy about it. The Mavs owner said of Kidd’s departure: “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters. It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.” (John Biever/SI)

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Blake Griffin may be recovering from arthroscopic surgery but that doesn’t mean he’s not staying busy. The Clippers forward is taking over the SI Vault Twitter feed for the day and  all photos will be his requests. If you’re not already on Twitter, this is the perfect time to join. Check the SI Vault feed throughout the day for Blake’s favorite photos. (Greg Nelson/SI)
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Blake Griffin may be recovering from arthroscopic surgery but that doesn’t mean he’s not staying busy. The Clippers forward is taking over the SI Vault Twitter feed for the day and  all photos will be his requests. If you’re not already on Twitter, this is the perfect time to join. Check the SI Vault feed throughout the day for Blake’s favorite photos. (Greg Nelson/SI)

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Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)
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Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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