It was just a few short months ago that we turned Dime #41 into a celebration of an NBA season that was so good from beginning to end, we proclaimed it the best season ever. The 2007-08 season was overflowing with so much good: the resurgence of the Celtics and Lakers, the rise of Chris Paul to MVP-level dominance, the improbable winning streaks of the Blazers and Rockets, and a spectacular All-Star Weekend in New Orleans were just a few of the factors that made last season so compelling.
But then a funny thing happened.
During the offseason, as we prepared to put this NBA Preview issue together, we came to a realization: that as great as last season was, this season has the potential to be even better. The NBA is riding the wave of last year’s season-long triumph and a summer where the League’s stars won gold in Beijing. The pieces are in place to take the momentum from last season and surpass the wonder of ’07-08. The heart of this issue is devoted to the players, personalities and story lines that could make 2008-09 the new “Best Season Ever.”
On the cover we have Kevin Garnett, making his third Dime cover appearance, who talks about finally reaching his championship dreams and how he plans to pick up another ‘chip this time around. Inside the mag we’ve got a feature on Elton Brand, a fashion spread with Rudy Gay, our usual serving of the latest in sneakers and lifestyle must-haves, plus our extensive and definitive NBA, college and high school season previews, to name a few.
Pick up Dime #45 now on newsstands and at retailers nationwide.