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

Sept. 08, 2008


Do you believe in miracles? The '69 Mets certainly do—and when they look at the upstart Rays, they see plenty of parallels with their own remarkable run. Will it happen again?

Jan. 14, 2008

Full Blast

An electrocharged edge rusher who drives a hybrid and hikes mountains just to throw up? As the Redskins found out, Patrick Kerney is Seattle's most unconventional weapon

May 02, 2011


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

Nov. 17, 2008

Lost Yardage

Ravaged by the mortgage crisis, a team and a town try to lift each other's spirits

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

Aug. 24, 2015

The Case for ... No NFL in L.A.

OH, NO, here they come, another busload of unwanted transplants with big dreams and limited talents to pollute our airways and hurt our eyes.

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

Jan. 12, 2009

Road to Redemption

All but out of it a month ago, the Chargers forged past the Colts and on to a divisional-round matchup with mighty Pittsburgh

June 14, 2010

L.A. X Factor

The Lakers' fortunes hinge on the play of forward Ron Artest, a prospect that has the city both thrilled and terrified Ron Artest caught the ...

March 31, 2008

1 Los Angeles Angels

WHEN TORII HUNTERfiled for free agency in October, he had no idea which team would sign him. ButHunter thought he knew which team ...

April 26, 2010

Just Like I Drew It Up

Get a TO, baby! But then you better know what to do with it. Because in the NBA postseason, what happens during a timeout can decide which team wins a series

June 15, 2009

What It Means to Be the 1

A record-setting contract, maybe even a leap to the bigs this summer, await draft phenom Stephen Strasburg, but as plenty of past can't-miss kids will attest, you can miss