ESPN The Magazine’s “Interview” Issue Hits Newsstands Friday; Highlights This Year’s Top Newsmakers in Sports

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:

  • Andy Murray (interviewed by Shaun Assael)
  • Barry Zito  (interviewed by Tim Keown)
  • Brad Keselowski (interviewed by Ryan McGee)
  • Brittney Griner  (interviewed by Elena Bergeron)                                     
  • Davis Love III (interviewed by Bob Harig)
  • Freddie Roach (interviewed by Jeremy Schaap)
  • Gabby Douglas (interviewed by Carmen Renee Thompson)
  • Hank Haney (interviewed by Scott T. Miller)
  • James Harden (interviewed by Pablo S. Torre)
  • Jeremy Lin (interviewed by Pablo S. Torre)
  • John Calipari (interviewed by Andy Katz)
  • John McKissick (interviewed by David Fleming)
  • Jon Jones (interviewed by Alyssa Roenigk)
  • Jonathan Vaughters (interviewed by Joe Lindsey)
  • LeBron James (interviewed by Michael Wilbon)
  • Manny Pacquiao (interviewed by Jeremy Schaap)
  • Matt Ryan (interviewed by Seth Wickersham)
  • Megan Rapinoe (interviewed by Lizzie Haldane)
  • Meghan Vogel (interviewed by Doug Binder)
  • Missy Franklin (interviewed by Wayne Drehs)
  • Nate Silver (interviewed by Peter Keating)
  • Orel Hershiser (interviewed byTim Kurkjian)
  • Orlando Cruz (interviewed by LZ Granderson)
  • Pablo Sandoval (interviewed by Andres Agulla)
  • R.A. Dickey (interviewed byTim Kurkjian)
  • Randy Moss (interviewed by Lil Wayne)
  • Rusty Hardin (interviewed by Ryan McGee)
  • Silas Redd (interviewed by Kevin Van Valkenburg)
  • Stephanie Gilmore (interviewed by Alyssa Roenigk)
  • Travis Tygart (interviewed by Joe Lindsey)


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?