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Sports Illustrated July 2021

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16 Edities

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13 min
ignition switch

Last December, on the wall of Jalen Green’s sparsely decorated two-bedroom Walnut Creek, Calif., apartment, a 40-inch TV glowed. Most nights, college basketball flickered across the screen. Most nights, college basketball flickered across the screen. Auburn games, occasionally. Unbeaten Gonzaga, often. Oklahoma State, led by friend Cade Cunningham, whenever possible. From his couch, Green would text and FaceTime friends and former teammates across the country. He knew what he was missing. A year ago Green, a smooth 6' 5" combo guard, was a five-star prospect at San Joaquin Memorial High in Fresno. His life, virtually all 19 years of it, was chronicled in YouTube documentaries. Stories about him—such as how he taught himself to dunk in the summer before eighth grade because his stepfather, Marcus Greene, promised to buy him a pair of…

20 min
rasim vs. the regime

DID HE DIE FOR WHAT HE WROTE? OR FOR WHAT HE REPRESENTED? THE EXCHANGE could have occurred anywhere on our sports-addled globe, on any day of our games-filled calendar. It fit a familiar pattern: Star athlete does something controversial. Journalist criticizes said athlete, maybe on social media. Athlete becomes angry with said journalist. Sometimes athlete and journalist talk it out, and usually the dance ends there. But what if this happened in a country where the ruling party paints journalists who challenge authority as enemies of the people? And what if that country has a culture of impunity around attacks on journalists? What then? On June 12, Wales and Switzerland will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the second game of the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020, and throughout the soccer tournament three more matches,…

15 min
the stream team

When you wind your way up Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles en route to the home of Lee Trink, it’s hard not to gawk at the massive mansions with conspicuously green lawns hugging the curvy, narrow road. When you arrive at Trink’s address you won’t pull up to the house itself, but rather to a driveway long enough to allow a plane to take off with an attendant whose sole job is to make sure the collection of high-priced vehicles belonging to Trink and his guests has room to breathe while parked. Once you get inside the house, you’ll avoid stepping on rugs that look to be made of bearskin, walk past the pool glistening over the city below and eventually settle down on the patio, which has a view…

3 min
taking his name in vain

IT MAY NOT be an origin story worthy of a Marvel hero, but it’s at least an interesting case study in nominative determinism, the theory that people’s names can shape their futures. If Usain Bolt was meant to run like lightning, if Cecil and Prince Fielder gravitated toward first base and if Arsène Wenger was the ideal manager for Arsenal, then perhaps, for less obvious reasons, Robert Lewandowski was destined to reach the pinnacle of soccer. His late father, Krzysztof, couldn’t have imagined during those long drives to training in Warsaw, Poland, that one day his only son would score at will for a juggernaut like Bayern Munich, or that he would be chosen as FIFA’s 2020 Player of the Year, becoming the first Pole to win the award. But Krzysztof…

1 min
pure gold

FOR A PHOTO act in our Sydney Games preview issue, Peter Read Miller wanted to shoot Olympians painted, head-to-toe, in a manifestation of their ultimate goal: gold. The images of eight auric athletes from five countries appeared in the Sept. 11, 2000, issue, including that of NBA star Jason Kidd (above). Miller conducted the Kidd shoot in Phoenix. “The whole spraying was like a two-, three-hour thing,” Miller recalls. “The real trick was that you can spray people’s skin, and it’s pretty much all the same. But the different uniforms they wore [made it harder]—a basketball uniform is one material and a swimsuit is totally different.” Poses were another issue: Some action setups worked while others, Miller says, “looked like some shiny guy with a pointy head.” And because Kidd’s popularity dwarfed…

1 min
golliver’s travels

ONE OF the most seized-upon “stories” from the NBA bubble before the games began last July was a viral video in which Washington Post writer Ben Golliver demonstrated his exercise regimen while confined to his hotel room: eight steps toward the bathroom, 180-degree turn, eight steps away, 180-degree turn…. Fortunately for readers (not to mention Golliver), he got out after seven days of quarantine, enabling him to function as one of the few journalists to cover the season’s final three months. His book, Bubbleball, is part tick-tock of events in Orlando and part travelogue for a bizarre time when hardly anyone traveled. Golliver’s access allows him to take a deep dive into the leaguewide protests after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. His analytical chops allow him to break down the…