Sports Illustrated NBA Commemorative 2020

Sports Illustrated NBA Commemorative 2020

Sports Illustrated NBA Special Championship Commemorative Issue 2020

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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3 min.
2008–2010 the last hurrah

IN THE SPORTS world it is the recurring harbinger of summer, Phil Jackson standing in another locker room with another commemorative cap on his head, his daughter Chelsea having bent the brim “so he doesn’t look like a nerd.” The scene is reassuring in its familiarity, as if a permanent date on the NBA calendar. His 11th title seemed the stuff of routine—once again he had the best team and the best player—and yet at the end it was anything but. The week the playoffs began, Jackson made a decision that would spur the Lakers to Game 7 of the Finals: Kobe Bryant would no longer have to practice. He stood in his black sweatsuit next to his coach and rested the ankle, finger and knee that had bothered him for months.…

4 min.
rocked out

FOR THE SECOND straight series of the postseason, Los Angeles dropped its opening game, this time to Houston and James Harden 112–97. But while in Round 1 L.A. simply ran into a Trail Blazers team riding a hot hand after their charge to qualify for the playoffs, the Rockets posed a more serious threat. They looked like a team constructed to give the supersized Lakers fits. Houston attacked with the most unconventional roster of any team in recent memory, taking its small-ball concept to the absolute limit after a shocking four-team trade in February that jettisoned 6' 10" center Clint Capela and brought back 6' 5" wing Robert Covington. The new acquisition became the team’s tallest starter: Covington took over at power forward while 6' 7" P.J. Tucker moved to center.…

12 min.
one for the books

ON THE night when the NBA’s most glamorous franchise won the league’s least glamorous edition of the postseason, the sport’s biggest star did the grunt work. LeBron James had given self-care his best shot in the bubble. He had one of the two big suites on the Lakers’ floor at the Gran Destino in Orlando, two doors down from Anthony Davis. He had a wine fridge in there, and a hyperbaric sleep chamber for his daily naps. He did all of it so he would be ready for a night like this. He guarded Heat star Jimmy Butler for long stretches of the decisive Game 6. He took hits to his midsection and his face; he tried to draw a charge, failed, ran down the court, got the ball after a…

11 min.
lebron james

IN ANOTHER reality, one not irrevocably altered by the spread of COVID-19, the excitement in Los Angeles would be palpable this spring. The Lakers were back, sitting atop the Western Conference standings, poised to end a six-year playoff drought. The poor chemistry that defined last season’s 37-win team had been replaced by an unshakable bond. LeBron James, after showing signs of basketball mortality throughout the 2018–19 season, had surged back and was playing at an MVP level. A championship run had become not just possible but probable, a franchise that was shaken by an unspeakable tragedy at midseason with a chance to give it a storybook ending, a superstar in James with an opportunity to line his résumé with a signature accomplishment. “I don’t think I’ll be able to have…

12 min.
kyle kuzma

ON THE SUNDAY that Kyle Kuzma found out he was—maybe, possibly—going to be traded, he chose to view the news as a good sign. This was back at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2019. Kuzma was driving his black Porsche Panamera down I-10 toward Staples Center. In three hours the Lakers were scheduled to play the Suns, and Kuzma was officially a game-time decision because of a balky left hip. Prepared for the worst, he had picked out a suitable bench ensemble: skinny gray pants, black blazer, reversible purple pocket square and open-necked shirt, the better to highlight the ink on his chest. The outfit, like Kuzma, was hard to miss. Ebullient, self-assured and tall, the 6' 8" forward can seem, as L.A. assistant Miles Simon says, “like he was born to…

6 min.
bringing out their best

LEBRON JAMES has now played in 10 NBA Finals, a statistic that is both mind-boggling and insufficient, like saying Claude Monet created more than 2,000 paintings or Agatha Christie wrote at least 78 books. James has been the best player on all 10 of those Finals teams. He has made it to the Finals for five head coaches, four of whom never even made the playoffs without him. But maybe the stat that we should sip and swirl around our mouths, like a glass of fine wine, is this one: Now that the King has collected his fourth ring, 29 players had started alongside him in the Finals. Twenty-nine. Some context: Nine players started alongside Michael Jordan, 15 alongside Tim Duncan, 17 alongside Kobe Bryant and 19 alongside Shaquille O’Neal. The statistics…