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Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins joined Sports Illustrated and SI.com 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

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

June 01, 2015

ROCKETS

HOUSTON IS not my town, and the Rockets are not my team, but marriage gives us things, whether we want them or not. Things we love, like a ...

Nov. 30, 2015

JALEN BRUNSON

Villanova star JALEN BRUNSON was molded by his exacting father, a former pro whose work was nearly undone by an indiscretion that shook ...

Jan. 23, 2012

¬°Olé!

For two years Ricky Rubio was an NBA draft pick stewing in his native Spain. Now he is spreading joy in Minnesota with his artful passes and spirited play

Jan. 18, 2010

Special Sauce

For San Diego, the kicking, coverage and return units are vital ingredients

Jan. 19, 2015

Swaggy P

Nick Young is wearing a black-leather ensemble that he says was inspired by Michael Jackson and Prince, driving a white Ferrari 458 Italia that ...

Oct. 26, 2015

GIFTS AND GHOSTS

THEY CALLED HIM the Package, because he contained so many gifts, and because people always seemed to be waiting for him. Lamar Odom ...

May 02, 2011

TRIPLE THREAT

Chris Paul was yesterday's point guard, passed by newer models such as Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, knee surgery robbing him of ...

April 14, 2008

Dennis, Anyone?

With a twist of the knee, Dennis Dixon's Heisman Trophy and national title hopes vanished. Now, after five months of high-tech rehab, the Oregon QB is holding tight to his NFL dreams

June 22, 2015

ANDRE AND THE GIANT

ANDRE IGUODALA lay in bed after Game 2 of the NBA Finals and his fiancée, Christina Gutierrez, placed a hand on his stomach. "Your skin ...

April 21, 2014

THE MAESTRO

NOW THAT THE BULLS HAVE LOST THEIR POINT GUARD (AGAIN) AND JETTISONED THEIR TOP SCORER, THE TEAM'S OFFENSE IS ...

Feb. 04, 2008

Global Warning

Born in Britain, nurtured in Nigeria and baptized for football in Alabama, Osi Umenyiora is ready to rock the Patriots' world

July 14, 2008

Jim Abbott

He pitched the U.S. to Olympic gold two decades ago, then spent 10 seasons in the majors. Even now, he's an inspiration to athletes trying to overcome their disabilities

May 12, 2014

Drama Class

The Sterling saga almost swamped the Clippers, who stuck together (and sank threes) to advance

Feb. 24, 2014

Senior's Moment

Thirty-eight students attend Dubois High in western Wyoming, and last fall the school needed a basketball coach. The position demands much ...

Sept. 01, 2008

2 Denver BRONCOS

Yet another new coordinator tries to fix a defense that is vulnerable to the run—in a division full of elite backs

June 15, 2015

The Healing Heart

WHEN WALKER JOHNSON gets home from Spring Forest Middle School in Houston, he picks the baseballs out of the front yard. They're left by ...

Sept. 07, 2009

2 Minnesota VIKINGS

Brett Favre adds a new dimension to the offense—it's called a passing game—and juices the postseason prospects