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As a wise man (we think it might have been D. Rodman) once said, "Every misfortune is also an opportunity." With that in mind, Page 2's Dan Shanoff has compiled an extensive list of creative and profitable options that lay at the feet of King James as he awaits the opening of the 2003-2004 NBA season.


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The exploitation of a teenager! The immorality of accepting a pair of throwback jerseys ... without paying for them! Neither side of the hotly debated LeBron James Scandal bothers Page 2 Coolermeister Brian Murphy in the slightest. What gets him all heated up is the sheer lack of originality on the part of all concerned.

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In his final report from the Winter X Games Page 2's Eric Neel takes in the Moto X Big Air competition. After watching them there's only one question; are these guys brilliant or just insane?
The weekend's big winner? The shootout at the NHL All-Star Game. The big loser? Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt. But The Daily Quickie is most concerned with LeBron: Will his appeal be a winner or a loser?

Sports Illustrated had the swimsuit issue thing pretty much to itself. Now, with the announcement that National Geographic is about to come out with its first swimsuit issue, Page 2's Dan Shanoff got to thinking about a bunch of other possibilities in what figures to be an overcrowded -- if underdressed -- field.

With our the next NBA No. 1 pick sitting on the bench, Page 2 reflects on the 10 best high school athletes ever.. Check out our list and vote for the best ever.

10]  Connie Hawkins (Boys High, New York City)
Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys went undefeated and won New York's ultra-competitive PSAL (Public School Athletic League) title in 1959. His senior year he averaged 25.5 ppg., including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title.
9]  Marion Jones (Rio Mesa High and Thousand Oaks High, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
As a 16-year-old, Jones was already one of the fastest sprinters in the world, and won an alternate spot on the 1992 Olympics 400 meter relay team. She chose not to go to Barcelona, but if she had, she probably would have raced in at least one prelim round and taken home a team gold.
8]  Wilt Chamberlain (Overbrook High School, Philadelphia)
In a preview of what would come when he hit the NBA, Chamberlain scored a city-record 90 points in one game his senior year, even though he only played about 28 minutes (he ran off 60 points during one 10-minute run).
7]  Lisa Leslie (Inglewood Morningside High, Inglewood, Calif.)
In Leslie's last home game as a senior in February 1990, she went 37-for-56 from the floor and sank 27 free throws. Then the first half ended, with her team leading South Torrance, 102-24. She had scored 101 points. The game was over -- literally. South Torrance didn't come out for the second half.

Eagles 5-1   Raiders 10-1
Rams 6-1   Dolphins 10-1
Buccaneers 7-1   Packers 15-1
Steelers 7-1   49ers 15-1
Patriots 10-1   Giants 15-1
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For a moment, it seemed as if the '60s were back as the anti-war movement and the X Games arrived in Aspen -- home of the Good Doctor -- at the same time.

OK, so Page 2's Bill Simmons can't help his team on the field. But the least he can do is try not to jinx them!

They can't score or rebound but accorrding to Charley Rosen, the Pistons unselfesh play has kept them in hunt in the Eastern Conference.

After watching the Lakers, David Halberstam says three title runs has perhaps worn them down.

In a league where controversy is the norm, a few members forgot about the unwritten rules of the Nobody's Behaving Association, writes Page 2's Jim Armstrong.
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Once again, our readers have spoken and 38 of you thing this crooner and this shooting Star are a match. It's NHL All-Star Bill Guerin and pop-star Harry Connick Jr. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.

X Games VII
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Big Air, HillCross, Slopestyle and more ...
Men's hoops: Providence at Pittsburgh
7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Panthers still unbeaten at home.
Men's hoops: Florida at Kentucky
9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Both have Final Four potential.
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