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Friday, July 11th, 2008 at 2:22 pm  |  41 responses

Links: Later, Sam…

Plus, NBA Friday!

by Lang Whitaker

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to my main man Sam, at least in terms of Sam working here at SLAM fulltime. He’ll still be blogging here, will still be writing for the mag, but we’ll definitely miss having him around here from day to day, from 11 until 5. He took care of most of his goodbyes this morning, but I wanted to add a li’l something. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short…

I hired Sam four years ago without ever having met him, though we’d talked on the phone a few times and our mutual acquaintance Noah lobbied me to hire him. So I did, and Sam worked out great. Over the last four years we’ve become friends as well as coworkers, and we’ve had a lot of fun. One of greatest and most bizarre nights of my life happened with Sam right beside me, out in Vegas at the All-Star Game in 2007. We saw things that night, things that changed us forever.

We’ve traveled together from Atlanta to New Orleans to Cleveland to Vegas to Boston. We ate breakfast with Stephen A. Smith. We almost got stranded together at the airport in Cincinnati. We improvised on live radio. We had scary cab drivers. Sam taught me about Jim Jones, Mike Francesa and Willie Randolph.

We drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of Cosi and Chipotle. We came up with ideas, good and bad.

But most of all, we resized images and taught everyone else around here how to use WordPress over and over again.

And it’s been a pleasure the entire time. Sam, best of luck as you move on and, speaking on behalf of everyone here in the Dome, we’ll miss you.

Now let’s play Madden.

Joel Kimmel, the official illustrator of The Links, is back today with NBA Friday. And today’s subject is Tim Duncan!

“When I made my list of teams at the beginning of the season, I had a few players in mind that I knew I wanted to paint and Duncan was one of them,” Joel explains. “I really don’t like the Spurs and most of my ideas for other players on that team involved painting them in unflattering ways, so I decided that designing a Tim Duncan robot was the way to go. I tried to design the robot to resemble Duncan’s body type and I assembled it all on a page of schematics breaking down scale, materials used and other engineering details (I even gave him some robotic adidas feet, complete with spurs).”

Great stuff, Joel. And next week’s team in the Los Angeles Lakers. As always, if you have suggestions, list them below (and keep them clean!).

Have a great weekend everyone, and catch you next week…

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Fittingly, Sam (as the subject or the speaker) has had me laughing all day. Good luck, dude, and don’t stop writing The Watcher!

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Joel should make something for Sam, something he could show the kids at school.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Best piece yet, Joel!!!! Fantastic. Lang, please get us an update of the final Madden Bowl. Who would have thought that 4 years on, Eli would be the champion and Vick an afterthought.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Good luck, Sam. It was a pleasure.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Melissa Brennan

    Lang says I have to post a note to this column too. I’ll miss you buddy. You can come over and eat hors d’oeuvres, drink scotch and watch Laguna/The Hills/whatever any time.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Great pic, Joel. Love the spurs on the robot. I’m glad Sam will still be around from time to time.

  • B. Long

    Love the T-Shirt. Good Luck Sam.

  • http://slamonline.com Goggi

    Another great thing about Jersey Scamuel… the Giants. Kick Lang’s arse.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    It’s been a great run. It’s getting dusty in here

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I will seriously pay for any one of the following:
    1)A painting of Kobe as Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two Face.
    2)Kobe dunking a la Dee Brown, trying not to look at the sea of teenage white girls below him
    3)Kobe playing one on everyone-a la K.G. circa 2000-with the media, Jordan, Shaq, Phil etc. Just an over the shoulder perspective of him staring them all down in front of the basket would be great…
    4)Kobe as a Sphinx. With his nose blown off.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Seriously, Im only half kidding.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Do Chris Mihm, sitting alone on a park bench weeping.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Do Kobe bending over while Shaq finds out “how his ass taste”.

  • http://youtube.com/watch?v=-cza2yIk_yU SMK

    Kobe with the ghost of MJ hovering over him, making bad draft picks.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    if it’s the lakers, then there should be no players involved. just how la is.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Worrrrrd this picture is ill… I wish I could read the writing on the bottom though, y’all couldn’t upload a higher resolution image?

  • http://firemitchkupchak.com Jackie Moon

    Peace be with you, Sam.

  • Krishan

    Joel, this is awesome. Although my fave was that marbury-coney island piece you did, but this comes close.

  • Krishan

    Oh, and for the LA piece, please do radmanovic being run over by a truck. Thanks.

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    @ what: Thanks! You can see some of the writing larger on my website’s blog and my Portraiture page. It’s mostly a bunch of technical info with specs on size, weight, materials and stuff like that.

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    @ Krishan: How about Radmanovic AND Vujacic?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    what about a picture of phil jackson in a coma with all the machines hooked up?
    either that or a picture of kobe “getting cozy” with the aston martin?
    but seriously, anything by Myles is great.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    what about vujacic making out with a machine? any machine is great. then we can title it “machine love”.

  • Homie

    We need more Slam Radio!

  • Jack W.

    Kobe jumping over a diesel truck…but not quite making it

  • Tommy Patron

    @Joel-Sweet TD rendering. Lakers-Phil doing his patented two-finger whistle, players 2-15 giving rapt attention, player 1 paying no attention at all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tanny

    Make something with the Laker legends like Magic and Kareem behind Kobe and Andrew as great history, but also shadows they have to overcome.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    I vote for Sphynx Kobe, with Shaq as the big Napoelean. Love the Robo-Crucian pic, but those hips look too rigid to wine up in a jam (jumpup tonight stx!)

  • http://tha4point0show.tumblr.com WeS

    Peace to Sam, you’ll be missed… For Joel, if you could somehow capture Kobe looking into a mirror and seeing himself as being better than MJ. Whether his reflection is rocking a Bulls 24 or the Olympic 10… or any of Miles’ ideas could work too. I’d put my bids in at auction…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m not even going to try and compete with Myles’s ideas. Bravo.

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    Myles, you’re giving me a lot of work to do. I especially like your idea number 3.

  • floe

    jeanie buss please!

  • CLabo

    good luck Sam, enjoyed your writing over the years, all the best!

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    perfect pic for duncan
    now, about the lakers… how about kobe posing a-la 2pac on me against the world/all eyez on me

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Joel, you could just put the Celtics logo in front of Kobe and be done with it.

  • niQ

    lakers?. do we really have to suggest?.. its gona be kobe.

  • Ben Payne

    defnitely Coby
    thats right…COBY KARL

  • Jose

    Well if ur gonna draw one draw Coby Karl

    and so long sam.u helped me out so much when the signed d-wades never came.i wouldnt have got then if it werent for him. he also wrote good articles. Good luck wherever u go

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Phil Jackson.

  • matt the jazz fan

    dj mbenga healing wounds in congo (yes i know he’ll probably sign elsewhere over the summer, but still, it would put things into context)

  • chintao

    Duncan is robotic. The funny thing is, that when I say so, it’s in a very unflattering way….

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