NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LeBron James has a grand plan to play in the NBA with his 17-year-old son Bronny… and maybe 15-year-old son Bryce, too. Filmed exclusively at LeBron’s high school gym in Akron, Ohio, the trio broke records this summer as the most-watched Sports Illustrated daily cover. The King detailed his bold plan to Chris Ballard, adding that they don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of the dream, in the October issue of Sports Illustrated on newsstands today and on SI.com/issues, with additional features below.
Features of the October issue
- Your decision: LeBron James isn’t done dreaming yet: Chris Ballard leads us into LeBron’s plan to end his career by playing alongside his son (or sons?) in the NBA.
- Aaron Richter: According to Tom Verducci, the simple narrative is that Aaron Judge gambled a lot on himself when he turned down a mammoth contract offer from the Yankees before this season. But maybe it’s not a gamble if after years of work and learning he’s a master hitter at just the right time.
- He plays for Sean: It’s been 15 years since Washington Commander’s security Sean Taylor was shot dead by burglars at his home, a tragedy that sparked a wave of support across the country. Now his younger brother, Gabriel, is honoring Sean’s football legacy — and creating his own as a defender at Rice University, according to Alex Prewitt.
- New York Mets: New York’s other team is poised to play in October thanks to a turnaround project from new Mets owner Steve Cohen, who has been trying to reshape a struggling franchise. Stephanie Apstein examines whether a good season erases decades of dysfunction.
- Keep going: More than a decade ago, an avid cyclist named Ian Mackay was left paralyzed in a horrific bicycle accident. Now he’s finding happiness and inspiring others by getting back on the road as a record-breaking long-distance wheelchair user, by Joseph Bien-Kahn.
Also in this edition:
As four iconic athletes retire this fall, SI bids farewell with a photo tribute to Serena Williams, Sue Bird, Allyson Felix and Sylvia Fowles.
Longtime SI writer/editor Jerry Kirshenbaum recalls a momentous night in Munich 50 years ago: his dinner with Mark Spitz hours after the swimmer won his seventh gold medal at the Olympics, and hours before a brutal terrorist attack that destroyed the Games for… always changing.
SI Gameplan: Mark Bechtel on a new collection of football photos by longtime photographer Michael Zagaris.
Richard Johnson on five college coaches in the hot seat this fall.
Point after: Shohei Ohtani’s incredible two-way encore performance.
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