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Gregg Popovich scares media. Watch him be interviewed. The lengthy pause between questions. Eyes darting from one reporter to another, as if daring his interrogators.
Rudolph "Rudy" Clay and Fred Williamson once were "enemies" while growing up in Gary.
Ron Smith was a walking contradiction, extremely proud of his athletic prowess but as private as an island paradise.
MERRILLVILLE | Money is today's most popular drug in professional sports, a lure for superstars more concerned with dollar signs than playing on a contending team.
MERRILLVILLE | There are few things worse than a discontented fan base. Purdue can attest to that.
GRIFFITH | A shaky defense is like driving on bald tires. Eventually, you end up in a ditch.
GARY | Jonvae Johnson is s-o-o-o-o fast, he plays volleyball by himself.
Carson Cunningham, 36, may have to change the voice mail greeting on his cell phone now.
EAST CHICAGO | You think about what could've been with East Chicago Central cloud seeder Kenneth Lloyd and you shudder.
HIGHLAND | There were no excuses Tuesday. No complaining about freezing rain, ice pellets or wind chill.
CHICAGO | Dumb basketball doesn't produce wins, only critics, and the shorthanded Bulls have had their share against the Heat.
GRIFFITH | Dennis Bunda hates the snow, so the former athletic director and coach spent the last eight years in Arizona.
MOROCCO | Hall of Fame baseball manager Leo Durocher was blowing smoke when he said nice guys finish last.
CHICAGO | The Miami Heat is not some 13-headed monster from outer space devouring everything in its path.
MOROCCO | Michael Jordan's sons were expected to play basketball, though they couldn't hold Dad's shoelaces.
HAMMOND | The 100- and 200-meter dash is the Super Bowl of track and field, thrilling events that put a lump in your throat and bring crowds to their feet.
CHICAGO | Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau said he felt great.
CHICAGO | Former Bulls' guard C.J. Watson thought it was funny at the time.
EAST CHICAGO | At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, Kawann Short's life changed forever.
CHICAGO | How important is point guard Deron Williams to the Brooklyn Nets? Try five years at $98 million.
OK, Ryan Grigson. What do you do for an encore?
MUNSTER | Tommy Bolanowski is the newspaper on your front porch each morning, donuts at a construction site, Vince Scully doing Dodgers' games.
CROWN POINT | With all apologies to baseball, there is no crying in track and field as well.
An aging roster riddled with injuries is what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich feared most heading into the playoffs.
John Boyajian could chuck a football through a car wash and have it come out dry.
CHICAGO | If not for the players' union, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks' Mike Woodson might be recruiting bodies from the VIP seats.
HOBART | They say if you can high jump your height, take a bow. You're pretty good.
CHICAGO | With seven games and little practice time remaining in the regular season, you might think Friday's game with the struggling Orlando Magic would be a coffee break.
"Pistol" Pete Trgovich was the scorer. Tim Stoddard provided the inside muscle. And Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman was too often the unsung hero.
MERRILLVILLE | Austin Jamerson's rivals won't want to hear this, but he thrives when the pressure cooker is boiling over.
HIGHLAND | Ian and Seth Hardy are fraternal twins, a fact many classmates and teachers were surprised to learn this school year.
CHICAGO | Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals resumes Sunday in Chicago. Oh, wait. That's not true.
WEST LAFAYETTE | A Sunday night blizzard blanketed this bustling college town with more than 10 inches of snow, reducing travel to a snail's pace.
CHICAGO | Bulls' fans have little to brag about, except maybe a few more available seats at the United Center due to an average season.
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. | If John Beilein's fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines were any younger, they'd need babysitters.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. | Branden Dawson's jump shot still needs lot of work but defensively, the Michigan State sophomore is on you like lint on wool.
HUNTINGTON | Ever watch coach Marvin Rea on the sideline? So calm, so confident. It's like he's waiting for a bus.
HUNTINGTON | Andrean's Skyler Moss loves to muscle people in the paint, move them around like chess pawns, and score at will.
If defending 4A state champion Carmel hopes to repeat, coach Scott Heady must do it with the program's calling card — a vise-like defense.
GARY | A favorite saying of Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau when a player goes down with injury is "Next up."
MICHIGAN CITY | South Bend Adams has one player over 6-foot-2, loves to jack up shots, and makes a sinus headache inviting compared to the extreme pressure it puts on opponents.
MICHIGAN CITY | Merrillville entered Saturday 10-1 in games decided by eight points or less. Good teams do that.
GARY | Keontae Bridges needs a new Walmart portable basketball setup. The one out on the street, in front of his house, is falling apart.
GARY | Earl Smith Jr. remembers coming home during a school break at Iowa and chatting with then-city athletic director Johnny Kyle.
GARY | After dismantling Morton in the semifinals, Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic wanted his team to maintain the same high energy level on Saturday and play like it loves basketball.
GARY | Think about this for a moment.
GARY | Class 4A No. 2-ranked Munster has had a bull's-eye on its back all season the size of Rhode Island.
GARY | Basketball sectionals are the ultimate makeover, your second chance to get it right.
The nostalgic Hammond Civic Center, like rings on a giant redwood, has an endless list of stories to tell.
HAMMOND | Andrean and Bishop Noll took their new basketball teams for a test drive earlier this season and ruled the streets.
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