Sports Illustrated’s annual NBA season preview issue is here, with four different covers to help tip off the 2013-14 campaign.
This year’s national cover bears the headline “The New Tower Of Power” and features Dwight Howard in practice gear, flanked by Rockets coach Kevin McHale and the franchise’s legendary center, Hakeem Olajuwon. After leaving Los Angeles to sign with Houston as a free-agent this summer, Howard has been tutored by the two Hall of Famers. Senior writer Lee Jenkins explores that budding relationship and its potential impact on the Western Conference hierarchy.
Supplementing the national cover are three additional regional covers that feature: 1) Bulls guard Derrick Rose, 2) Warriors guard Stephen Curry, and 3) first-year Nets coach Jason Kidd, who is surrounded by his starting lineup.
In addition to those four stories, this year’s season preview issue also includes scouting reports for all 30 NBA teams. Howard saw the cover at Wednesday’s practice and called it “sick.”
“Dream looks good, like he has a few more years left in him,” Howard said. “(McHale) looks good too. I like this. Houston’s big three, the old three. I like it.” McHale was less impressed with the cover. “Yeah, I saw it,” he said. “I just don’t really care too much about things like that.”