Swiss basketball star Thabo Sefolosha will be the second Swiss, after Roger Federer, to feature on the cover of prestigious US magazine Sports Illustrated.
Sefolosha, currently shooting guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association (NBA), appears on the front of the October 25 issue alongside Serbian colleague Nenad Krstic but behind Kevin Durant, who in the 2009-10 season became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title.
“People don’t really know about them too much for some odd reason,” said Durant, explaining his choice to be with Krstic and 26-year-old Sefolosha, who was born in Vevey, on Lake Geneva, to a Swiss mother and South African father.
“So it was good to have them in there with me … People don’t really talk about them too much, but they’re playing a role. They’re guys we have to have on this team. So I want everybody to know how much they’re important to us and what great teammates they are.”
Tennis star Federer made the cover of the June 15, 2009, edition (see link) after he won the French Open and the career grand slam.
Sports Illustrated was first published in 1954 and is read by 23 million adults each week.
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