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Indiana guard Isiah Thomas dribbles upcourt during a 1980 game against Ohio State. A year later, Thomas would be named Most Outstanding Player in leading the Hoosiers to a national title. (Andy Hayt/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Isiah Thomas

Indiana guard Isiah Thomas dribbles upcourt during a 1980 game against Ohio State. A year later, Thomas would be named Most Outstanding Player in leading the Hoosiers to a national title. (Andy Hayt/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Isiah Thomas

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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GALLERY: Classic Photos of Kansas Jayhawks basketball

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)
POWER RANKINGS: Find out where your favorite team ranksGALLERY: Classic Photos of Kansas Jayhawks basketball

University of Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI Photo shoot at Stegemen Coliseum in Athens, Ga. (Manny Millan/SI)

SI VAULT: Wilkins turned down pros for one more year at UGA (11.30.81)

University of Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI Photo shoot at Stegemen Coliseum in Athens, Ga. (Manny Millan/SI)
SI VAULT: Wilkins turned down pros for one more year at UGA (11.30.81)

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)

WINN: College Basketball Preseason Power Rankings
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

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)
WINN: College Basketball Preseason Power RankingsGALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Friday marks the 40th birthday of Grant Hill. The veteran forward, who joined the Clippers in the offseason, has a career average of 17 points and six rebounds per game. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Grant Hill

Friday marks the 40th birthday of Grant Hill. The veteran forward, who joined the Clippers in the offseason, has a career average of 17 points and six rebounds per game. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Grant Hill

Bobby Knight catches up on his sleep after a 2002 Texas Tech-Colorado game. In his latest column, SI’s Andy Glockner discusses Red Raiders coach Billy Gillispie and Texas Tech’s history of hiring combative coaches. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

GLOCKNER: Texas Tech has a history with controversial coaches

Bobby Knight catches up on his sleep after a 2002 Texas Tech-Colorado game. In his latest column, SI’s Andy Glockner discusses Red Raiders coach Billy Gillispie and Texas Tech’s history of hiring combative coaches. (Rich Clarkson/SI)
GLOCKNER: Texas Tech has a history with controversial coaches

North Carolina State’s David Thompson grabs a rebound during a 1974 NCAA Tournament game against Maryland. Thompson would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Wolfpack to its first national championship. (John D. Hanlon/SI)

WOLFF: College Basketball’s All-Time Thrill List

North Carolina State’s David Thompson grabs a rebound during a 1974 NCAA Tournament game against Maryland. Thompson would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Wolfpack to its first national championship. (John D. Hanlon/SI)
WOLFF: College Basketball’s All-Time Thrill List

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)

SI TRACKING BLOG: Cuban rips into Kidd
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Jason Kidd

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)
SI TRACKING BLOG: Cuban rips into KiddGALLERY: Rare Photos of Jason Kidd

Indiana State forward Larry Bird tries to find an opening during a Jan. 1979 game against Southern Illinois. Three months later, Bird would lead the Sycamores to the national championship game, where they’d lose to Magic Johnson’s Michigan State squad. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

GALLERY: Larry Bird - The Indiana State Years | Classic Photos of Bird

Indiana State forward Larry Bird tries to find an opening during a Jan. 1979 game against Southern Illinois. Three months later, Bird would lead the Sycamores to the national championship game, where they’d lose to Magic Johnson’s Michigan State squad. (Rich Clarkson/SI)
GALLERY: Larry Bird - The Indiana State Years | Classic Photos of Bird

Happy 53rd birthday Magic Johnson. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Magic Johnson | Magic and Larry Bird | Magic’s SI Covers

Happy 53rd birthday Magic Johnson. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Magic Johnson | Magic and Larry Bird | Magic’s SI Covers

NCAA playoffs. Indiana coach Bobby Knight talks to his players during halftime of a game against Alabama in the 1976 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers would go onto win the title with Kent Benson taking home Most Outstanding Player honors. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

NCAA playoffs. Indiana coach Bobby Knight talks to his players during halftime of a game against Alabama in the 1976 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers would go onto win the title with Kent Benson taking home Most Outstanding Player honors. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

SI photographer Bob Rosato captures an aerial view of Auburn’s Chris Porter taking a charge on Alabama’s Jeremy Hays during a 1999 game between the SEC rivals. (Bob Rosato/SI)

SI photographer Bob Rosato captures an aerial view of Auburn’s Chris Porter taking a charge on Alabama’s Jeremy Hays during a 1999 game between the SEC rivals. (Bob Rosato/SI)

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)

SI Vault Twitter Feed Blake Griffin’s Top Dunks

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)
SI Vault Twitter Feed | Blake Griffin’s Top Dunks

University of Bridgeport center Manute Bol goes shopping for groceries. (Jacqueline Duvoisin/SI) 

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Manute Bol

University of Bridgeport center Manute Bol goes shopping for groceries. (Jacqueline Duvoisin/SI) 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Manute Bol

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)

HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

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)
HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title