It took the world a while to learn how to pronounce his first name correctly, but now everybody knows who Deron Williams is. He’s the point guard with the ill crossover and the ability to put up 30 every night, the man who keeps Carlos Boozer’s stat line stuffed and Jerry Sloan confident that has team can win every night. But most of all he is the key to Utah’s quest for an NBA title.
50 A World of Difference Jamal Crawford never made the playoffs before this season. But the ATL has been the perfect location for the well-traveled guard to thrive, and in return he may just be the missing piece that gets Atlanta to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.
64 10 For 10 - Playoff Preview Will we get the Cleveland-Los Angeles matchup every fan has been salivating for since last season? Or can the Magic once again spoil the show? Does Boston have one more charge left behind the Big Three? Can Denver or Utah usurp the purple and gold? We have all the answers to your playoff questions as we prepare you for what is sure to be a wild ride until June.
74 Tears of the Son A native of Haiti, Samuel Dalembert has always played with the pride of his nation on his back. That love for his homeland runs deeper than ever after the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti last January. Normally viewed as a quiet player around the League, Dalembert bears all as he reveals his emotions upon learning about the disaster, and what he has already done and plans to do to continue to help rebuild his country.
47 24 Seconds... with the Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill
19 Jumpball Losing can have quite the effect on the emotions. So how do NBA players cope with ending up on the wrong side of the score more often than not? Catching Up: David Thompson; Fab 5: A three-way Fab 5 extravaganza; Straight Shooter: So where does Steve Nash keep his Olympic torch? Celeb Row: Common is just the wright fit for his latest movie; Bread and Butter: LBJ’s patented stuff from behind; and more
41 First Five Corey Brewer, Brendan Haywood, Roy Hibbert, Anthony Morrow, George Hill
81 Check-It Spin Moves: The Birdman has some eclectic tastes when it comes to entertainment (and no, he doesn’t listen to Baby and Weezy…or so we think); Triple-Double: Thad and Carl break down the latest from Luda, Usher and Kidz in the Hall; Keepin It Reel: DG tktktk; TechEd: Shane Battier gets ionic with his car washing
102 Stepback A look back at the Lakers’ Sam Bowie and Vlade Divac frontcourt