Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins joined Sports Illustrated and as a senior writer in September 2007, and he has written more than 50 cover stories for the magazine and co-authored the “I’m Coming Home” essay announcing and explaining LeBron James’s decision to return to Cleveland in 2014.

Jenkins came to SI from The New York Times. Before that, he worked at the Orange County Register and Colorado Springs Gazette. A San Diego native, Jenkins graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1999, which he attended on the Grantland Rice-Fred Russell Thoroughbred Racing Association Sportswriting Scholarship.

Jenkins lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Elizabeth, son, Austin, and daughter, Ainsley. He can be found on Twitter @SI_LeeJenkins.

All Lee Jenkins Stories

Feb. 25, 2013


What can Rajon Rondo do next? Lead the league in triple doubles (again). Average more assists than anyone (again). And maybe prove that his team is not better off without him. Oh yeah—and do it all after rehabbing a torn ACL

Oct. 07, 2013

Right Turn

There are makeovers and then there's this: Tired of his mediocre shooting, Cavs forward Tristan Thompson has left his left behind

Dec. 23, 2013

Peyton Manning: 2013 Sportsman of the Year

Two years after his career appeared in jeopardy, the Broncos' quarterback is burnishing his legacy with a record-breaking season, further inspiring a legion of Peytons to strive for excellence in his (and their) name

July 01, 2013

Take Two

LeBron James thought winning his first title would be the hardest thing he'd ever do. He was wrong. Miami's repeat took every ounce of energy from the best player alive

Oct. 25, 2010

Rolling Thunder

What do the players do for fun in Oklahoma City? Plenty. Run hills. Eat wings. Hang out. And gear up for a run at the Lakers while basking in the love of the league's most appreciative fan base

July 02, 2012

Promise Keeper

It was harder than he ever expected, but with a bravura performance in the postseason LeBron James made good on his vow to bring a title to South Beach. Will it be the first of many?

Dec. 10, 2012

LeBron James: 2012 Sportsman of the Year

There is still one last frontier to conquer, but the premier talent of his generation reached several others in 2012—a ring, a second gold, a third MVP—and started to win back a public curdled by his regrettable Decision ... and that one last frontier, he's coming for it, coming for it real soon

June 03, 2013

The James Gang

He's everywhere—on the block, at the point, behind the arc! As his supporting cast struggles to provide consistent play against the resolute Pacers, LeBron James has displayed, once again, a stunning array of skills. Here's how he does it all, position by position

June 28, 2010

DYNASTY: Beginning Or Ending?

The Lakers beat the Celtics thanks largely to the masterly coaching of Phil Jackson. L.A.'s hopes for another threepeat rest with him too—as Kobe Bryant knows

July 21, 2014

Back To The Future

Even after jilting his hometown four years ago, LeBron James hinted at a return. But this early? With this untested team? The King knows he might not don another NBA crown soon, but this much is certain: Cleveland once again has reason to believe

Aug. 29, 2011

Strange Brew (But it's Working)

Naked golf, baby oil rubdowns, party rockin' in the house every night—Nyjer Morgan, T-Plush and the rest of Milwaukee's best team in nearly 30 years are taking their city for a ride

Sept. 19, 2011

Oh, Brother, What a Start

They're big, they're brash, and they live for the game. The Ryan twins—Rex of the Jets and Rob of the Cowboys—set the tone for the NFL season with a wild opening-week showdown

Feb. 18, 2013

Reason No. 1: This Dunk

Half a lifetime ago, a young Michael Jordan took the All-Star slam dunk title with a performance that finally won over his rivals. Here is the story of that memorable day

April 30, 2012

Meet The Rejuvenated, Revitalized LeBron

After a tumultuous first year in Miami, LeBron James locked himself in his house, rued disappointing his teammates—then worked hard to hone his game. The result: one of the best seasons in NBA history

July 06, 2009

'He Was the Rock That This Community Was Built On'

In Parkersburg, Iowa, it was a high school coach who led the townspeople out of the rubble of a tornado, showed them how to live a Christian life and brought honor to a football field he mowed himself. What they can't understand is why Ed Thomas was gunned down by a former player

Feb. 01, 2016

Finals Jeopardy

David Blatt was a victim of expectations in Cleveland, where LeBron James isn't the only one obsessed with winning it all

March 21, 2016

Memory Trainer

WHILE KOBE BRYANT is regaled with an unending loop of jumbotron appreciations, Gary Vitti tucks his latex gloves into his back pocket.

Nov. 30, 2015