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Sports Illustrated October 21, 2019

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5 min
red scare

IN JUNE 1973, more than two years after the U.S. table tennis team helped the Nixon administration open diplomatic ties to China, another delegation of American athletes was dispatched on a similar mission. At the invitation of the State Department, two teams of men’s and women’s college basketball players spent the month barnstorming the People’s Republic, which rolled out a Red carpet of dinners, receptions and fan events for its honored hoopster guests. Even Jiang Qing, then wife of Chairman Mao, made a surprise appearance at an exhibition game in Beijing. “It was a splendid scene of friendship,” wrote SI’s William Johnson, who accompanied the party, “with the small, dignified first lady of China reaching up, up, up to grasp the hands of the smiling young giants from America.” That was…

14 min
time to think big

BRETT BROWN is supposed to be on the second level of the Philadelphia 76ers’ practice facility for a 6 p.m. party, but it’s 6:35 and he very much is not. A crowd of tall men mills about, circling a table stocked with cheese and cured meats. Most of them once played basketball at St. Joseph’s and have come back to honor former Philadelphia assistant coach Billy Lange, who is about to start his first season as the school’s head coach. The Sixers and Brown offered to host the shindig at their shiny three-year-old complex, a physical monument to ownership’s complete overhaul of the franchise. At 6:40, on the balcony overlooking the practice court, several name-tagged guys in suits sip beers as they watch someone on the hardwood below. It’s Brown, in…

2 min

FLASH POINT I beg to differ that the Astros built the SCARIEST POSTSEASON ROTATION EVER, as touted on the cover. The 1971 Orioles had four 20-game winners (Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson and Dave McNally) with a combined 70 complete games. And they lost to the Pirates in the World Series. Richard A. Nyborg Pooler, Ga. No disrespect to Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, but the scariest postseason rotation belonged to the 2010 Giants (Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez). Charles Margiotta Livermore, Calif. THIS IS/WAS BRAVES COUNTRY As a lifelong Braves fan who endured its basement-dwelling teams of the 1970s and ’80s, I found Brian Burnsed’s article on the city and its sports teams polarizing. Money—not race—was the primary reason the Braves left Atlanta. The city refused to match Cobb County’s offer, electing…

1 min
big ups, backups


17 min
the start of something big

ON THE FIRST FRIDAY IN OCTOBER, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley sat lounging in Waikiki, pontificating near the midday surf. “To live in L.A. and root for the Clippers, you have to be a different type of person,” he said. “We haven’t won anything, we don’t have banners, we don’t have our own arena.” Just then, backcourt-mate Landry Shamet strolled by and invited Beverley to join the surfing lesson he’d scheduled. Beverley took a rain check. “To live here,” Beverley continued, speaking as if he were standing on Figueroa Street instead of the Clippers’ Hawaiian training camp, “to be born and raised here and be a Clipper fan and have to go through that every day—think about that. That’s a constant battle. Those are the type of fans we have.” After the previous…

73 min
scouting reports

Eastern Conference Western Conference NBA FINALS CLIPPERS over BUCKS The East 1 Bucks MILWAUKEE 2018–19 RECORD 60–22 1st in Central COACH MIKE BUDENHOLZER 2nd season with Bucks TELLING NUMBER 1 From Brook Lopez to Trevon Duval to Christian Wood, all 24 players who suited up for Milwaukee last season MADE AT LEAST ONE THREE-POINTER. Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year partially because he turned the Bucks into the second-most fearsome long-range shooting team in the league (after the Rockets). Milwaukee hit 53.9% more treys than in 2017–18, which helped spread the floor and allowed Giannis Antetokounmpo to terrorize opposing defenses. Milwaukee’s proficiency from behind the arc lifted it to the top of the regular-season standings, but it’s no lock to earn that spot again. While the team’s three-point volume was impressive, its percentage was a pedestrian 14th in the NBA.…