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Each week I will provide some thoughts on the world of sports.

• It sure looks like San Antonio is going to the NBA finals again. When is Gregg Popovich going to get that recognition that he deserves? He has done a phenomenal job establishing discipline, toughness and a mental capacity that leads to winning. Popovich's peers know how good he is, but NBA fans don't always appreciate all that he has done -- win, win, win. He has built the offense around Mr. Fundamental, Tim Duncan. Some consider Duncan the Pete Sampras of basketball; nothing spectacular but he gets to the winner's circle.

• With the NBA draft less than a month away, you think about players who were not a number one option but developed. Think about Carlos Boozer of Utah, a second-round pick who was not the top option at Duke when playing with Jason Williams and Shane Battier. Boozer has become a solid pro, developing a middle range jump shot. He has great hands and scoring ability. He can dominate up front. What a tandem with Boozer and Deron Williams, who has become one of the premier point guards in the league. Williams has power, the ability to make the open shot and court vision, he will be a unique, special player.

• Do you think the Hawks will consider picking a point guard in the draft? Well, Atlanta had two shots at pretty good ones when Deron Williams and Chris Paul were available, but the team took Marvin Williams a few years back. Those two would have solved many problems. That's what draft day is all about, making decisions and you roll the dice. Sometimes you win when you take a hungry player with something to prove, guys who have the desire to improve even when they see all that cash come flying in!

• The Yankees are digging quite a hole in the AL East, and even the wild card race. The bottom line is, my friends, this is still May and this lineup has too much talent to not win. I still feel the Yankees will go on a major run and Joe Torre's team will be heard from.

• Andy Roddick simply doesn't like the clay at the French Open. He tried and tried but fell in the first round to a Russian named Igor Andreev. Let me tell you, Andreev hit winner after winner, showing great power with his forehand. Maybe Roddick will do better at Wimbledon down the line. It will be interesting to see is Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet again after Federer blew him away in a recent final.

• I'm thrilled that the three-point line has officially been moved back in college basketball to 20'9". The rule has been passed and I think it will truly help the game. It will become a more difficult shot for long-range bombers, and it will open things up inside.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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