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Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 2020

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2 min.
ties that bind

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS ago this month, fresh off leading the Lakers to an NBA title and earning Finals MVP honors, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. The consummate athlete-philosopher of our time was typically thoughtful in his interviews for Gary Smith’s profile, never more so than when describing his mindset while hoisting one of his trademark skyhooks: “You center on your inner calm and your target, isolate everything else until you and your objective become one.” It was as if Abdul-Jabbar had let readers into a secret club reserved for athletic royalty, granting poetic insight into the type of focus it takes to be the best. That kind of connection was on our minds when we were imagining how to tell the stories of the 2020 Sportspersons of…

4 min.
2020 visions

JANUARY COACH EAUX AND JEAUX One month after winning the Heisman Trophy, Burrow hoisted more hardware to the delight of the Superdome crowd and of Ed Orgeron, who won his first career title in his fourth year at the helm of LSU. FEBRUARY PLANE SIGHT Damien Williams scored the game-winning TD for the Chiefs with 2:44 left in Super Bowl LIV against the 49ers, barely sneaking the ball around the pylon MAMBA ON THEIR MINDS Before the Lakers’ first game following the Jan. 26 death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, the players—all wearing Bryant jerseys—watched a memorial video at Staples Center. FINISHING UP In a Feb. 22 rematch touted as “Unfinished Business,” Tyson Fury knocked down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round and stopped him in the seventh to win the world heavyweight title. NO DUCKING HER Oregon’s Sabrina…

6 min.
‘i feel like it’s me’

SUZYN WALDMAN, the Yankees’ broadcaster, cried when she heard the news. Mariana Patraca, a Latin America operations assistant with the Diamondbacks, sat in her car, scrolling through Twitter. Andrea Nuñez, a strength and conditioning coach in the Angels’ organization, summoned all her self-control to keep from jumping up and down at Disney World. Eventually they—and other women around baseball—found time to pause and consider the moment: Kim Ng had just been named the Marlins’ general manager, making her the first woman in major American men’s professional sports to hold that front-office position. The Women in Baseball WhatsApp group almost melted its 80 members’ phones. “It’s huge for all of us,” says Patraca. “For the ones who are dreaming, for the ones who are working in baseball and for the little ones who…

2 min.
master works

READ GO UP FOR GLORY By Bill Russell In 1968, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED named Bill Russell its Sportsperson of the Year after a season in which he won his 10th NBA championship as a player and his first as a coach, the first title won by a Black coach in the league’s history. Two years earlier the Celtics’ center wrote a book, Go Up for Glory, which had been out of print for 40 years until its mid-November rerelease with a new foreword from Russell himself. A half-century after its first publication, Glory remains one of the best books of its ilk, an enthralling snapshot of its era that serves as a reminder of not only how much basketball has changed (back then the Lakers’ courtside celebrity was Doris Day)—but also how much…

2 min.
water weight loss

AFTER THE NCAA season was cut short and the country went into lockdown in March, you could likely find Vernon Carey Jr. in his backyard pool. But even with the steamy South Florida sun, there were no inflatable floats or umbrella drinks to be found—the Duke freshman standout used the water for workouts, as he set out to slim down his 6' 10", 270-pound lineman-like frame. Since finishing his abbreviated one-and-done season with the Blue Devils, in which he put up 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game, Carey has shed 30 pounds, thanks to two training sessions a day, five days a week, and a personal chef who helped revamp his diet. Swaps like a gallon jug of water for sugary juices, fruits for candy and nutrient-dense quinoa…

1 min.
facts of fife

EVEN IN the internet age, when a person can order just about anything with a few swipes and clicks, finding an authentic-looking Revolutionary War outfit for a 7' 4" man would not be easy. Now think about how tough that would have been 40 years ago. That was the biggest challenge Raeanne Rubenstein faced when she was tasked with photographing three stars—Mark Aguirre (below left), Albert King (right) and the 7-footer Ralph Sampson—for the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 1980 College Basketball Preview. Hoops editor Larry Keith came up with the motif. The players had eschewed the NBA to return to school, so Keith decided to honor their loyalty using a “patriot” theme. To get the costumes custom made, reporter Roger Jackson had to call the players and give them detailed instructions in…