Former KU center David Padgett (In grey shirt). He's in town for the NABC All-Star game, being played Friday, and took in the three-point and dunk competitions Thursday night.
J.R. Giddens and David Padgett, seeing each other for the first time in 'a couple of years'. This was before Giddens' first dunk. He made it to the semifinals Thursday.
Former Cincy/K-State coach, current West Virginia coach Bob Huggins
Georgetown coach John Thompson III (In blue shirt, texting away)
L-R, Texas WR and NFL Draft hopeful Limas Sweed, former Texas Safety (currently with Oakland Raiders) Michael Huff and former Cowboy great Emmitt Smith. They were judges Thursday night.
Seated is former Spurs great David Robinson, judging the dunk contest. Picking up a sense that he's kinda royalty in these parts.
Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman (former Cal coach), spotted on Commerce St. Friday morning.
The Final Four floor in the Alamodome, Friday afternoon before practices.
The baseline in the Alamodome, Friday afternoon before practices.
Baseline. Close-up. Sans makeup.
From the baseline, Friday afternoon before practices.
Some sign in the Alamodome. Someone will probably swipe it.
CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz, doing some prep work on press row during Friday's practice sessions. What do you think is more fun to call: the Final Four or The Masters? Man, who wouldn't love to have that dilemma...
UCLA's Russell Westbrook, about to try some weird under-the-leg concoction of a dunk ... that I'm not sure he ever stuck.
KU assistant Danny Manning (left) is chatting it up with sportswriter John Feinstein (author/The Washington Post, in blue shirt) before the Jayhawks' open 'practice'. Met Feinstein, very friendly man.
Here's a shot of the KU locker room Friday afternoon, about 10 minutes before the open media access ended. About 10 minutes earlier, there were about 50 more people in here. No joke.
Here's the swarm around UNC's Tyler Hansbrough (he's the blurry face in the middle - blame the BlackBerry camera, not me) during Carolina's open locker room session Friday in the Alamodome.
Memphis' Joey Dorsey - Easily the most intimidating basketball player I've ever viewed in person. As Ryan Wood said, '... he's built like a car ...'. And by 'car', he meant a Hummer H3 on 28s.
'With the 12th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select - (dramatic pause) - Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis University' ... Here' is CD-R running out the clock. Watching him go against Brandon Rush will be something else.
Yes, that is THE Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater for all you uninformed young'ns). The guy still looks like he could clown Preppy at any given moment.
Penny Hardaway - who played at Memphis when there was a 'State' at the end - pressing the flesh with the Tiger fans after Saturday night's win over UCLA.