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
YEAR THREE A.D.
Anthony Davis's rapid rise from overlooked high school junior to NBA phenom mirrors his teenage growth spurt. The Pelicans' do-it-all big man with lofty goals is off to a historic start this season—and he's only 21
It's Like You Never Left, Kid
Grown men reduced to tears, a rock star downloading 14-year-old playoff footage on his iPhone, an entire city falling in love all over again: Ken Griffey Jr. is back in Seattle, and, damn, it feels good
KYRIE IRVING'S BURDEN
Cleveland's latest would-be savior is an unassuming point guard who is doing the impossible: making the city forget about that guy who took his talents to South Beach
They Walk The Walk
Bobby Abreu has taught the Angels that patience at the plate is a great virtue—and it will serve them well in the ALCS
Is This the Face of a Bad Guy?
AN UGLY EXIT FROM ORLANDO TURNED DWIGHT HOWARD FROM A LOVABLE MAN-CHILD INTO ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S MOST REVILED PLAYERS. BUT IN L.A. EVERYONE FROM HOTEL WORKERS TO HOWARD'S TEAMMATES IS DISCOVERING THAT THE LAKERS' NEWEST SUPERSTAR STILL HAS A FUN-LOVING SIDE
Kosuke Fukudome Tastes Good
Plenty has gotten lost in translation for the newest Chicago icon, but not this: With his all-around game, he has won over fans like no Cub since Sammy Sosa
This Is Not Good
It's early, but it's time for the Heat's beleaguered Big Three to bring their nasty to South Beach
The Sterling saga almost swamped the Clippers, who stuck together (and sank threes) to advance
Ready to Rummmble!
Forget Red Sox--Yankees: With its backdrop of violence, fearless front offices and flair for October theater, Red Sox--Rays has all the hallmarks of baseball's next epic rivalry
SAN DIEGO PADRES
THEY MAY NOT WIN OFTEN OR HOLD MUCH APPEAL TO BUYERS, BUT THEY'VE PROVED THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO CHANGE ... THEIR UNIFORMS
Who's Gonna Stop 'Em Now?
On a weekend when other favorites fell hard at home, the Steelers rolled past the Chargers and on to an epic third showdown with the archrival Ravens. At stake: a trip to Super Bowl XLIII
Soooo where is everybody hooping today???? #LA
The lockout is forcing NBA players to organize their own games, which suits Brandon Jennings just fine
The Fire Still Burns
Having lifted an entire state with a thrilling run to the championship game in Detroit, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans can savor their memories, but they're determined to create more
THE ICEMEN COMETH
As the Heat seized an early lead over the Thunder, one thing became clear: The title will go to the team whose star can best close out a game