NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Three years ago, Trae Young and Luka Doncic were traded on draft night. Now their connection runs deeper: They lead a wave of young superstars who will shape the future of the NBA while pushing their teams to new heights. In the NBA and College Basketball Preview issue, available online today and on shelves October 14, lead writers Michael Pina and Michael Shapiro take a deeper look at the Hawks point guard and the lifeblood of the Mavericks franchise. Also in this issue, Alex Prewitt on Black Widow’s Professional Pool Course, Michael Rosenberg on Penny Hardaway’s Ascendant Basketball Program in Memphis, Q&A with Halle Berry on his new Jon MMA movie Wertheim, and more.
NBA preview features
- The future is now: Trae Young and Luka Doncic are at the forefront of NBA’s Generation Next, a wave of young stars who will shape the future of the league. Michael Pina and Michael Shapiro explore how they are reshaping the NBA in their image.
- The trick: The dynasties are dead and the NBA title is entirely up for grabs, according to lead writer Howard Beck. Pluses: three sneakers to watch this season and SI Sportsbook’s picks and odds for NBA awards races. Don’t miss either Jeremy Woo’s large NBA Draft 2022 chart and a summary of this year’s banned offensive moves.
- The rebound: Karl-Anthony Towns has lost seven family members to COVID and spent last season trying to find closure after a year of tragedy. Now the centerpiece of the Timberwolves is ready to move forward, details Michael Pina.
- Scouting Reports: SI breaks down every division of the NBA’s intriguing matrix – who’s good, who isn’t, and who’s fascinating no matter what. Plus, the final prediction: The Lakers over the Nets.
College basketball preview features
- Inverted pyramid: Michael Rosenberg examines Memphis, America’s most interesting program – led by coach Penny Hardaway, two of the nation’s top rookies (Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren) and a team including NBA coaching legend Larry Brown and the ‘Former All-Star Rasheed Wallace.
- The Top 20: Emma Baccellieri and Elizabeth Swinton project the best women’s teams in the country, and Kevin Sweeney faces the men.
Also in this issue:
Black Widow – You know Jeanette Lee as the once brash face of ’90s billiards. Alex Prewitt reveals that after being diagnosed with cancer, she embarks on self-discovery and enjoys the little things in life.
How long can we play? From NFL legends to pickup races at the YMCA, we all give in to the urge to compete later in life. Here’s why the push to extend athletic immortality isn’t just for Brady and LeBron anymore, by Chris Ballard.
A photographic look at five rookie quarterbacks who, for better or worse, defined the first month of the NFL season.
Steve Rushin on a consequence of the new 17-game NFL season: the death of the .500 team.
Jon Wertheim Q&A with Halle Berry, director and star of the new MMA-themed film, “Bruised”.
The mystery of the first LA Rams helmet, by Greg Bishop.
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