In the thick of an NBA season that we’ve already said has potential be the best ever (Dime #45), it might seem strange for us to give our December/January cover to a 19-year-old whose never seen a minute of NBA burn, and who currently resides a 10-hour plane ride away from the closest NBA city.
But as we noted in our NBA Preview, this season is one where you should keep an eye on the Euroleague, and the one player there who is changing the game on multiple levels, Brandon Jennings. From high school All-American to overseas pro, Jennings’ landmark decision to bypass the typical NCAA route to the NBA could have a lasting effect on American high school, college and pro ball as we know it. While other outlets have relayed parts of his story recently, we gave “Young Money” the camera and the keyboard and let him tell you and show you first-hand his experiences playing for Virtus Roma in Italy’s top pro league.
And don’t worry, inside the mag we’ve got the NBA well-covered, with features on Andrew Bynum, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee and Gerald Wallace to name a few, plus Nate Robinson in our hot-as-usual fashion spread. We also talked to the people who created the Celtics’ 2008 championship ring and give you an up-close look at what Paul Pierce, KG, Ray Allen, Rondo and Co. have stashed in their safe-deposit boxes. Earlier this week at MSG we ran the issue by a few interested parties — Nate himself and Brandon Roy — and needless to say, it got their seal of approval.
Pick up Dime #46 now on newsstands and at retailers nationwide.