Zion 2.0 and the Celtics’ “Big 3” Double Up In Sports Illustrated’s Dual Cover Basketball Preview Issue
Inside the Basketball Preview Issue, available at SI.com and on newsstands today: Can New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar
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NBA Preview Features
Eyes On Zion: It’s been more than a year since Zion Williamsonplayed an NBA game. Now recovered from injury, the Pelicans’ 22-year-old phenom is ready to show the world the new and improved Zion, according to Howard Beck.
Green Light: Trade rumors linger and a sudden preseason coaching change hangs over the Celtics franchise. But their core of
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brownand Marcus Smartare hyper-motivated to finish the job after last season’s NBA Finals loss and bring another title to Boston, by Chris Mannix.
Challenge Guys: Who’s the most influential person on an NBA bench?
Chris Mannixmakes the case for why the challenge guys—the assistants who decide when and why to officially challenge a referee’s call—could be the difference between a win and a loss.
- Scouting Reports: Breaking down every team’s chances, division by division. Including awards picks, SI Sportsbook odds, and our NBA Finals pick: Warriors over Bucks.
College Basketball Preview Features
Full Drew Experience: Gonzaga’s top player could have left, but the
NCAAgets another year of the Drew Timme Experience. His famous ‘stache will shine, but Greg Bishoptells us his real focus is on bringing Gonzaga that elusive national championship. Plus, Jeremy Wooon why big men are back on campus, and how an offseason of coaching changes will shape the season.
Nothing But Love: The
Stanfordwomen’s loss in the Final Four last season sent the program back to the drawing board. Their drive for a title this season will be powered by lots of talent on the court and unique off-court assets (a happiness professor, anyone?), by Ben Pickman.
SI’s Men’s Top 25. Our top 4:
North Carolina, Gonzaga, Houstonand Kentucky.
SI’s Women’s Top 25. Our top 4:
South Carolina, Stanford, Texasand Iowa.
The Great Wide Open: Wide receiver has become the NFL’s marquee position, and four pass catchers rise above the rest for their skill and dominance. Here’s how
Davante Adams, Ja’Marr Chase, Cooper Kuppand Justin Jeffersondo it from Conor Orrand Albert Breer.
Joe Maddonwas one of MLB’s most accomplished and experienced managers, but that didn’t stop the Angels from firing him last June after the team underperformed for two weeks. In an excerpt from his new book, we learn from Tom Verducciand Joe Maddonwhat that firing says about the culture war between baseball’s data-driven front offices and the men in uniform.
Astro in Exile: As the
Astroshead into the MLB postseason as a favorite to reach the World Series, the man who built much of their roster – former GM Jeff Luhnow– is running low-level soccer teams in Spainand Mexico. According to Stephanie Apstein, while nearly everyone else involved in Houston’s cheating scandal three years ago has been welcomed back into the game, Luhnow is still in baseball exile – and feels like he doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone.
Also in this issue:
- A photo tour of what might be boxing’s last great boxing trilogy: the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rivalry that culminated with an epic bout last month.
Michael Rosenbergon why the power of star players makes one wonder: who would ever want to run an NBA team?
The upstart outfit that’s redefining what it means to be a
NASCARracing team from Madeline Coleman.
Gameplan: Mark Bechtelreviews a new book on the history of the World Series.
SI Full Frame: Photographer
Eric Rascoremembers the World Series’ longest game.
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