The Replay: Paul George, Tamika Catchings, and Bob Knight

The Back-to-Practice Edition
» We’re Talking ‘Bout Practice: Pacers star Paul George returned to practice for the first time since suffering a horrific leg injury in August. “I’m happy to be practicing again,” said George. “Just running gives me a smile, so I’m happy right now.” The Pacers, who are chasing a playoff spot, face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs tonight.


» What a Catch: Tamika Catchings, one of the all-time greats of women’s basketball, signed her final contract this week, making sure she’ll finish her professional career with the Indiana Fever:


» A Story With Legs: Thirty years ago this week, former IU basketball coach Bob Knight threw a chair. WTHR’s Bob Kravitz wrote that the anniversary made him feel oldSports Illustrated‘s L. Jon Wertheim gave us the long view of Knight’s “not-so-shining moment.” And our own Mike Botkin, a.k.a. The Naysayer, spoke with one of Knight’s biographers who offered her take on the incident. (Also: Flashback! See The General’s sitdown with David Letterman, in which “the deal with the chair” came up.)


» Wonderlic Wheat? The NFL Combine—the annual confab of wannabe ballers, agents, scouts, and sportswriters—finished up this week in Indy. SI‘s Peter King celebrated the annual “Underwear Olympics” with locally crafted beers at Sun King Brewing:


» Now Read This: Chuck Klosterman goes one-on-one with Kobe Bryant for GQ.