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Serge Ibaka finishing with a flourish

Updated: March 30, 2011, 10:19 AM ET
By Tom Carpenter, Special to ESPN.com

Luck. You can't win too many things without it. Anyone who plays fantasy sports or poker knows that from experience. Sometimes luck can be cruel, though. For instance, I played Texas hold 'em with some friends last night and had cards so red-hot, my 4-year-old could have played them to victory. Full houses beating nut flushes, three pair on multiple occasions and quads twice. If only I'd had these hands in the World Series of Poker, with big stakes on the line instead of just a friendly game.

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