We all want answers. We demand them, actually. From revered coaches, from players making history, from execs we’re convinced are up to no good. Every time one of them answers a question from us – the reporters, the fans – it reveals a small, unvarnished truth about them and about the games we love.
ESPN The Magazine’s “Interview” issue on newsstands Friday, November 30, features Miami Heat forward LeBron James and his thoughts on what he can do to get better, Cy Young Award winner and New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey detailing how the painful process of becoming a knuckleballer several years ago with his former pitching coach Orel Hershiser was the key to his becoming the best pitcher in the National League this year, Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin and James Harden on getting to know each other better, eight-division champ and Philippines Congressman Manny Pacquiao on his new outlook on life including more religion and less drinking, gambling and girls, and more.
No matter the interview, no question went unanswered. Full list of interviews:
In addition, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap discussed his one-on-one with Pacquiao in detail as well as the “art of the interview” and more with The Mag’s Editor in Chief Chad Millman on his weekly podcast.
Beyond the Interview:
- NFL: The “Interview” issue also features “My fire is still there,” by Dave Fleming where Lions’ star Ndamukong Suh responds to critics’ rips and quips before he kicked Matt Schaub in the groin in the Thanksgiving game between the Lions and Houston Texans.
- Tennis: In “Breakpoint,” The Mag’s Shaun Assael explains how the Lance Armstrong doping scandal sent the sports world reeling. But for tennis players and fans, the fallout has just begun
- Soccer: On the eve of the MLS Cup, ESPN The Magazine’s Doug McIntyre profiles Aron Johannsson, one of Europe’s most prolific scorers plays in Denmark who has roots in Iceland — but was born in the United States. Could he be America’s answer at striker?
- College Basketball: In “Mr. Big Shot,” Adam Doster sheds light on how Bryce Drew’s heroics put Valpo on the map 15 years ago. Can he do it again from the sideline?