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Sports Illustrated Winter 2020

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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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5 min.
here we go again!

WHEN LAST we saw an NBA game, which feels like 15 minutes ago, LeBron James and the Lakers hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but not before Purelling it first. The Orlando bubble was a wild success and a once-in-a-lifetime experiment, unless the league has to do it again in a few months. Welcome to the 2020–21 NBA season. The best-case scenario is that, like Russell Westbrook, it never stops. The worst-case scenario is that, like one of James Harden’s moves, it stops and starts so much that people debate whether it should be allowed to continue. Last season’s Rockets brought us the Westbrook-and-Harden show, which was fun even though we knew how it would end: without a championship. Now Westbrook is a Wizard (he was traded for John Wall), and Harden…

4 min.
the flamethrower

ELECTRIC GRIZZLIES point guard Ja Morant was the Rookie of the Year in 2020, but the most forceful debut of last season belonged to a burly 36-year-old who hasn’t seen the floor since ’18: Kendrick Perkins. In his first year as a pundit on ESPN, the man once hailed by Sports Illustrated as the NBA’s best teammate became its fieriest flamethrower. No subject is off limits for Perk; each one gets an unfiltered response. Kyrie Irving’s attempt to get players to boycott the NBA’s restart? “If you took Kyrie Irving’s brain and put it in a bird … it’s going to fly backwards.” Paul Pierce’s leaving LeBron James off his top five all-time players list? Perkins declared that Pierce, a former Celtics teammate, has disliked James his entire career. Sometimes those responses…

2 min.
new step from steph

STEPHEN CURRY has come a long way since releasing his first signature sneaker with Under Armour in 2015. Now he’s following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan by launching his own sneaker and apparel division, as part of UA. The Curry Brand debuted earlier this month. Curry talked with Sports Illustrated about his new enterprise. SI: You’ve mentioned that this brand will be about giving back. How so? SC: A big piece of the Curry Brand is going to be investing into youth sports and creating a network and support around kids’ participation in sports. We’re starting with a more than $1 million investment in people, programs, products and places—our four P’s. It’s [establishing] safe places to play and programs that will get kids active in a safe way and around the…

1 min.
bowing to bruce lee

ONE OF the most memorable finishes in the NBA bubble came from Lakers forward Anthony Davis when he splashed a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. On Davis’s feet were a pair of Bruce Lee–inspired Kobe V signature sneakers, with a yellow-and-black upper that nods to Lee’s iconic yellow jumpsuit in the movie Game of Death (which featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and four red scratch marks, which appeared on his chest in the classic Enter the Dragon. Many of Lee’s teachings centered on discipline, personal growth and self-actualization—core philosophies that inspired the mindsets of players such as Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Jamal Murray. Bryant honored Lee within three of his models, and Irving has adopted the theme on two of…

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2 min.
change of heart

WITHOUT THE protection of the Orlando bubble, the NBA is facing challenges combating the coronavirus even before the season begins. In the first round of leaguewide testing since the Finals, administered Nov. 24–30, 48 out of 546 players (nearly 9%) yielded a positive COVID-19 result. Those infected must adhere to strict protocols—no exercise training for at least 10 days, then after that, two days of solo workouts, no team interactions, compulsory mask-wearing in the facility and a mandatory cardiac screening. Like many respiratory viral illnesses, the coronavirus is known to cause damage to the heart, and because athletes’ livelihoods depend on regular, intense physical exertion and high cardiac output that elevates the heart rate, experts are being particularly cautious about return-to-play recommendations. “What we know is that if one has underlying inflammation…