SI cover: The education of the NBA’s next generation begins

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2015-16 NBA preview lands cover of Sports Illustrated
Tuesday October 20th, 2015

Four NBA teams are featured on the cover of this week’s NBA preview issue of Sports Illustrated, which takes a look at how each team’s superstars will act as mentors to their next wave of stars. 

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns appears with Kevin Garnett. Los Angeles Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant pose together. Justise Winslow and Dwyane Wade represent the Miami Heat, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan stand in for the San Antonio Spurs.

With the 2015–16 season set to begin on Oct. 27, SI's Lee Jenkins delves into the relationships between Bryant, Garnett, Wade and their respective rookie teammates. The package is anchored by Bryant, whose legacy could include everything except a protege to whom he can pass the torch. Russell is his last shot.

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