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Links: SLAM 127: On Sale Now!

Dwyane Wade. Cover. Need we say more?

by Lang Whitaker

wade1A couple of weeks ago I did a post about being in Miami for a Hawks/Heat game, where I ended up doing color commentary on the Hawks radio network for a night. That was a fortuitous event, and it gave me some material to write about.

What I did not mention was why I was actually in Miami: A cover shoot with Dwyane Wade for our new issue dropping this week, SLAM 127.

I was talking recently with an NBA player who, as NBA players often do, started lobbying me for a cover. I started explaining to my man that we have to pick and choose our cover subjects as much by marketability as we do by basketball ability. (And don’t think we don’t listen to your comments, either! I see you Eboy and Cheryl!) He asked who was on the next cover, and I told him Dwyane Wade. And he couldn’t argue with our choice at all.

After doing a little research, it was mildly surprising for me to realize that in all of our 126 previous issues, Dwyane’s only had two solo covers. His first was issue 101, which came after the Heat won the title in 2006, and his second was issue 87, the “Flashpoint” cover. So Dwyane was obviously overdue like the Netflix DVDs I’ve had at home the last three months.

We actually were talking about getting Flash on a cover last year when he blew out his shoulder, which put that on hold. Then he bounced back in the Olympics stronger than ever, and he’s been ridiculous this season. As of today he leads the NBA in points per game and has a Heat team most (OK, me) thought would struggle to win 30 games fighting for a four seed in the Playoffs.

So we made a call to Dwyane to gauge his interest in giving up an afternoon for a cover shoot, and our request was met with a Yes! that Marv Albert would’ve been proud of. Seems that despite the signature Converse kicks and T-Mobile ads and constant SportsCenter highlights, a lot of publishing people have forgotten about Wade — this is actually his first magazine cover for any magazine all season. We had a couple of concepts we floated, and Dwyane was down for whatever we came up with. But in the end we kept it simple. And I think it’s awesome.

wade2The morning after that Hawks/Heat game, SLAM photog Atiba Jefferson, his crew and I met up under a gorgeous blue sky outside the American Airlines Arena, our bellies filled with cafe con leche and pastelitos de guayaba (well, mine was). We got the equipment loaded in and then sat and waited for the Heat to finish practice so we could use their court to set up our gear. When Coach Spoelstra finished up, and after a team meeting, a shower, a shave and a haircut, Dwyane finally emerged, raring to go. He got back into his uniform and we went to work. I checked my watch and realized I wasn’t going to make my flight back to New York that night. What I didn’t realize was that considering the amount of time we were about to get with Dwyane Wade, it would be totally worth it.

Just outside the practice court is a wall of photos that commemorates Miami’s 2006 Chip. Sitting there staring at the those photos, I was struck by the faces now long gone from South Beach: Shaq, GP, Toine, Kapono, Posey, Jason Williams, Zo. In fact, the only players still on the Heat from the title team are Wade, Udonis Haslem and Dorrell Wright (though he was inactive during the Finals). I asked Dwyane if he truly appreciated the magnitude of getting that ring at the time.

“Winning that title, it’s even better now,” Wade told me, three years removed. “I can’t say I didn’t appreciate it, because I appreciated the winning, having the opportunity to win a championship. But I didn’t know the significance of it. I was just happy to be a young guy with a championship, and knowing that a lot of people play this game and they never get there. So knowing I had one already and had a big part of bringing us one, it made me feel good, it made me feel whole. But I didn’t know the entire significance of it. Now I look back on it and think, Man, that was a helluva, helluva run that we had.”

“The thing now is I get to look at other teams that are getting to go through what we went through. So I look at a team like Boston and I think, It’s great while them guys are together, but there’s going to come a time soon that they’re not going to be together. And that’s when things change. But when you’re together, enjoy it, because it’s an unbelievable experience when you’ve got a veteran group of guys who are successful.”

I asked him winning that title was worth it considering how terrible the Heat have been the last few years while rebuilding. He paused for about a second before bursting out laughing. “Yes! Yeah! That moment? That moment of feeling like the best in the world? That champagne bath? It’s all worth it.”

We talked about a lot of stuff for the story, from the rebuilding of the Heat to the rebuilding of Dwyane Wade. Last summer, Dwyane was more serious than ever about working out and getting into shape, and this season we’re seeing the results.

wadeopener“I feel great,” Wade said. “I feel as good as I’ve felt in a long, long time. And with the team that we have that’s kinda deep, they’re able to give me a lot of rest, so I’m more efficient when I’m on the court. So that’s been cause for a better year thus far.”

After a few hours in the gym, we were all ready to get outside. Why be in Miami if you’re going to be in a gym all day? We’d been talking about taking some photos out behind the Arena, as the Arena actually sits right on Biscayne Bay (you can even take your boat to a game). So our whole crew grabbed a couple of necessities (a few cameras and lights), took an elevator down and out of the Arena, walked across an underground parking lot, climbed through a hole in a fence and popped out right next to Biscayne Bay. A couple of kids were fishing about 200 yards down the shore, and when we emerged they all started yelling and screaming, which was great: Imagine if you were a little kid out playing next to the arena of your favorite NBA team, when all of a sudden the best player on your favorite team showed up out of nowhere wearing his full uniform.

The sun was setting, so we hurriedly snapped a few pictures and called it a day just as the sun dropped behind downtown Miami to our West. And out of all that, we got a great cover and cover story. As we were finishing up this issue, I realized what a great issue it is, with a terrific variety of stories, from Wade to OJ Mayo, from Pitt to Wake Forest, from Michael Gilchrist to David Lee…there’s even a story about the 1989 NCAA Title Game written by Farmer Jones (Rumeal Robinson, anyone?)

The issue should be on newsstands here in NYC tomorrow and on newsstands across the country by next week. You’ve seen some of the images Atiba snapped throughout this post, and now here’s the cover. Be careful, it’s hotttt…

SLAM 127 Dwyane Wade

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  • http://www.mykal1.blogspot.com MyKal

    That cover is HOTT!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    We’re good.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Oh yeah, who said the Heat would win 45-47 games? Me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    nice cover, I like the color scheme & Tropic Thunder is tight. Excited to see this on newsstands.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I wasn’t aware people slept on D Wade…. That is officially news to me :)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    haha Tropic Thunder is an awesome title. Should have kept the band aid on, though…
    Nice work!

  • http://www.mykal1.blogspot.com MyKal

    Good work photog Jefferson

  • thesubwayconnection

    I’m excited. Atiba’s an amazing talent.

  • IHeartCoffee

    A Glen Rice article(hopefully), that’s nice and it fits with the cover. I’ll be looking forward to that one!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Nice. And I ain’t mad at a Roger Mason Jr feature!

  • Pic

    I’m a Suns fan, but Amare??? His play this season does not merit a feature!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    I’m excited for the final four picks and obviously the PUNKS section myself.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    yeah it’s straight. I like the tropic thunder as the title.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Pic: Actually, it’s not a feature on Amare — not going to say what it is but it’s awesome.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    …a minute late on the Amar’e one though!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @DP: Glad you guys like Tropic Thunder. I came up with that as a possible line for Dwyane when we did the NBA Preview covers and we didn’t use it b/c we wanted to tie them all in together. We ended up sitting on it until now.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @ciolkstar: Actually the Amare thing is…well, you’ll see.

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    great cover choice, bad cover.
    flash deserved a cover more than anyone in the league right now
    but…
    this is a mediocre cover… i think i’m just spoilt from all the super creative covers slam has been taking out recently, so to see one of my favourite players in an average cover was dissapointing.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    looks like a great issue. HOWEVA!!!, its pretty fcuked that slam writes a feature on the ncaa champs from 20 years ago, but not one thing about ku winning it last year? i know the delay in putting out magazines, but it would still have been relevant. give the champs a lil shine. you certainly did it with florida, n carolina, etc. why hate on ku? although, i must give thanks for the big feature in the 100 issue?( super thick with mike on the front)

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Ben, it was the 18th comment. I was off by 3. (I predicted it would take 15 comments before someone came along and hated on it.)
    @Tarzan: We’re working on a Kansas story for 2028.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Tarzan, I’ll say this- KU gets more love in college basketball circles than you’d believe. Even in the days when Bucknell ruined Wayne Simien’s college career.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    D-Wade = MVP 2009

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    I think DWade has probably got some more championships in him, just not with this exact squad. But I really think they’re only a piece or two away, because when this dude wants to ball, he takes it to a totally different level. One of my favorite dudes to watch, no question. Great cover choice.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Wow, that cover is the best looking one in a long time. The red Heat uni looks real good against that background, the title is also sharp and I reckon that Wade was due with the way he’s been playing. I don’t have any complaints about this cover at all. But have to admit that there’s one thing that has started bothering me about the SLAM covers, I realise that you have to look at what sells and off course Kobe, LeBron, Wade sells more than less heralded players. But one of the things that used to seperate SLAM from all the other BBall mags, was your courage to put lesser hyped players on the cover (off the top of my head: Starks, Chamique H, Skip to my Lou, Jerry Stack, Odom, Telfair, Francis – kinda hyped at that time I guess, Artest), this has been missing for a while. I’ve been seeing a lot of Kobe, LeBron, CP3, Iverson and other sureshots for the last couple of years. Please SLAM don’t be like the rest. Get back to the roots, and let’s get some Cap. Jack, Granger, Lil’Nate or Rubio gracing the cover soon – the true fans respects this all the more. But like I said nothing but love for the Tropic Thunder cover, sweet in every sense.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Dope cover! Can’t wait for that ish to drop here in the Philippines… :D

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wade going nuts againsr the Knicks a few nights ago really showed me something as well. He got busted in the chops and just responded brilliantly, he was just annihilating anyone in his way. He didn’t miss a shot for like 10 minutes, singlehandedly bringing his team back and taking the lead. Even when the Heat beat Dallas in the Finals, I thought Wade was more effective than awe inspiring, but that game against NYC was a dominant singular performance that really showed how unstoppable he can be at the top of his game.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    justin “purple pssuy” walsh, all the media talks about is big east, acc, pac 10, blah, blah, north carolina, duke, georgetown, pitt, blah, blah, ucla, blah blah. are you kidding about bucknell and bradley, everyone was sihtting on ku about that.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    lang, you had better get a cover story ready for next month, because ku will repeat. i suggest sherron for the cover.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Tarzan you do realize that KU got more love than anybody during the months leading up to the NBA draft, they are always mentioned as possibly elite 8 final four teams (even this year by the way). Tarzan, don’t seriously think KU will repeat.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    oh, and dwade is better than kobe and lebron. kobe is a better distance shooter, but other than that, how is dwade not the best? lebron is a freak of nature that bullies/crab dribbles into and over people. kobe and wade cant do that. wade is by far the best consistent defender out of the three. kobe plays d once in a while only in a statement matchup. lebron blocks a few breakaway baskets and hes dpoy?!!? dwade leads the league in scoring and hes getting more assists than either, while second in steals. DDDWWYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    WWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDEEEE!!!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    the months leading up to the draft? actually, derrick rose, love, mayo, etc got the most

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    oh wow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Tarzan, trust me KU and Bill Self got SO MUCH love for having 5 nba players in one draft & on that roster you have 6 if you could the future draft of Collins. And here’s why rose mayo and love got more love- they are better basketball players individually than the KU guys. I’m not some outrageous KSU fan Tarzan, I’m in one of those families who has extended family jayhawks, extended family wildcats, etc.

  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    ill Cover. Best Mag on the Planet.

  • scott

    Kansas 2009 NCAA champs? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jake Appleman

    Mad sChoolie, yo.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Where’s eboy?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Ben, he’s probably weeping out of pure joy and calling his family. :) haha

  • luke

    Damn……ISH 127?!?!?We dont even have 126 on news stands here in Florida lol

  • Michael

    nice cover, nice to see the move away from some previous covers where it looks like you are trying a bit hard…also, dwyane must be the least inked star in the league, the lack of tats stands out

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    With a special guest appearance in Trash Talk by Moose (thanks again, Ben!).

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    One of the best covers ever for SLAM was around 1-2 years ago: The LeBron James cover where he was the logoman in the NBA logo. That was very, very creative.
    I forget which number that was, but it was the first ever SLAM magazine cover that I personally owned.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Agreed. This is a killer cover.

    Best all around baller since MJ. Blocks, steals, assists, shots, points — he’s got it all. And, he has come off some horrific injuries.

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

    I want to say I passed out from happiness and excitement but I’m stuck in the car in I-95 traffic getting to the damn game tonight. Great work by Lang (this intro is fantastic), Atiba is ridiculous and to top it off the Jones piece on the 89 NCAA game is very much looked forward too. Ben….thanks for the heads up a month ago…..I’ve been excited to see this cover since your email and I’m drooling right about now for it to hit.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Did they make up for last issue for you, E? Great work as always, guys. Enjoy the game tonight, E-bizkit.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Hey, I met Thomas Robinson (Kansas-bound) and Andrew Fitzgerald (Oklahoma-bound) today after a game for their HS (Brewster Academy). Two of the nicest guys I’ve met who have made the big time. Do you guys know much about them?

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Is Michael Gilchrist related to Josh?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Moose, I got your e-mail but since you commented on here I’ll just answer it here. I know of Robinson, he’s solid. Fitzgerald I don’t really know a whole bunch about outside of the fact that he’s in Oklahoma’s recruiting class… I’ll be doing my research on that

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Thanks, Justin. Fitzgerald picked up about five three-point-plays in the game, that was just great. He’s in the Big Baby mold, but he’s got a little less blubber and a little bit more muscle. Robinson had a great jam on a breakaway, broke about three guys’ ankles and then dunked on two guys. Beautiful. Both of them were nice, I told them that I’ll be watching them once they get to the Big Dance. They smiled and said, “Thanks, man,” or, “Thanks, bro,”. They were cool. While we’re on this, do you know of the other guys I mentioned earlier? Givon Crump in particular.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Fitzgerald might not get that much PT with Keith “Tiny” Gallon being an Oklahoma signee.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Good looking cover. kinda relaxed a little. @Teddy-the-bear, the cover you speak of was, I believe, Ben’s first as the EIC. Ben, can you confirm?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Tzvi, I remember him talking about that cover as his first if I recall correctly.

  • mdawg

    Dwayne Wade is on fire now…good timing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Well, when Tiny leaves for the L, maybe Fitzgerald will have his time. I’ll be rooting for him, as I said.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Jadakiss….I’m sold. Hottest mixtape out right now. Oh and Mr. T-mobile is cool too.

  • http://icyhott420@yahoo.com Scott Carter

    Finally, a Glen Rice piece. Thanks for showing him some love.

  • http://slamonline.com Melo&JR2daRaptors

    this cover is dopee… maybe Melo is next??

  • http://icyhott420@yahoo.com Scott Carter

    With all due respect D-Wade, I still think Joe Johnson should have been on this cover. He’s LOOOOOOOOONG overdue.

  • J-O

    cant wait to check out the ichat section

  • http://slamonline.com gabriel

    MAn i love D-Wade,also my fav player.Scoring Champ baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dude

    d wade sucks

  • King of Akron

    i dropped 42 on him 2 nites ago. he aint got nothin on me.

    Sincerely,
    the L Train

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I wrote a story for this issue? No memory of it.
    Cover looks good though.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Yeah, Bron as logo was my first as e-i-c. Remains my favorite cover, too. Still trying to beat that one. I’m not mad at this one, though. Nor am I mad at all you great readers (even the haters; where would we be without you all?). My only beef so far: way too much Kansas talk. Kansas has got nothing to do with Dwyane Wade!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I’m upset that this only has 65 comments, when Kobe cover had 300+. Where is the luv?

  • Joey Jo Jo

    What?! I only recently got the a$$ grabbing Kobe issue!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Sorry Ben, I attended a NEPSAC tournament game with a lot of recruits in it today. Well, some of them are recruits. Marko Dujkovic isn’t going to the L. You may be thinking, Who is Marko Dujkovic? Well, let’s just say that you feel mighty insignificant if you stand next to a guy who is 7-3.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com/ Peach B.

    Dope. I’m glad I subscribed when I did. Can’t wait to get this one. I too am disappointed with all of the KU talk, especially considering DUKE is the team of the decade.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    sorry, I fueled some of that KU talk folks. And DUKE is what’s poppin. And Ryan, I know exactly what you did for the mag this issue (taps forehead all knowingly)

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=243084247 Witness

    it seems like all the SLAM magazines are recycled. i wish they shook it up a little. like if they made an issue about the coaches. i wanna read about phil jackson or gregg popovich. gimme don nelson at least.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I am so ready for the next Bron cover.
    Still haven’t received any issues, though. :(

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    okayyyy. Lang and co. I love you guys work, your dedication and the mag (yoi know that) and your story above was nice to read, so congrats on putting the MOST deserving player this season on the cover. That being said, you spent hours with the man, did indoor shots with the matching burgundy background, and you put an amateurish waterfront photo i could snap with my phone on the cover? REALLY?! Clashing colours, wade looking super arrogant and slightly bored. So if a star doesnt go around cultivating his media presence (mambiatch, bron) thus forcing ya to come up with ideas for covers like oh yellow/purple pants last cover (great concept, all sorts of strangeness in the foto itself), he gets the boring picture? Arrrrgh.you could have done so much to make it stand out. Pop culture is rife with examples: obama, the oscars, watchmen, stimulus refernces etc etc. Tropic thunder is a fantastic title though, bland pic. Hope you guys get good sales no’s from it.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Now i’ve vented (didn’t hate, Ben. just saying my mind), is Glen Rice’s wife in it too?

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    oh wow, a story with Rumeal in it. I am getting old. Whats he up to these days? Same for Mookie Blaylock.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    You’re right, Darksaber. DWade obviously should be on fire (HEAT) and perhaps dressed in an army uniform (Tropic Thunder) holding a bazooka that shoots basketballs.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    haha Anton. Why not though? Two M16′s lile Stiller, a flak jacket and standing with a scowl. Happy?

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

    LOVE THE COVER!! Was that loud enough? ‘Bout dam time, Slam people. Can’t wait for my copy, although I think the mailman steals it sometimes cuz I every now and then I end up buying it at Border’s. Nice write up, Lang.

  • Ryan

    hey Ben, is Nate Robinson on the Slam-ups? Im just wondering if its the picture of him jumping over Dwight Howard?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Haha I was being sarcastic but now that I think about it, could be wicked. Make the court a battlefield or something.

  • Hubert

    Dwade WILL still the MVP trophy from Lebron this season.

  • Hubert

    *steal

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    yeah yeah, when it comes to Wade, he could be shown picking his nose and women would still love the cover, Cheryl. My lady (and her female friends) would.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    i knew you were Anton, just expanding on the idea.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    btw Anton, your consistent hatred of all things Mambiatch, and the venom you throw at him is even more impressive than some kobebashers here, yours truly included. Even moreso that you even brought up his colorado problem in “post up”. Damn son, thats a bit harsh, no?

  • http://slamonline.com oliver aquino

    how about my main man lebron james??????

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    thanks Sabes. you know the way I see things, I can’t do things half-assed. If I love a player, I borderline worship them. If I hate a player, I hate them till it hurts.
    Haha you’ll have to be more specific, as I mention the colorado thing in nearly every Post Up lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Check this very important realization: SI has the cover curse, here at SLAM we have the cover gift. Last ish KB24 dropped a healthy 61 the week of the publishing. Between Monday night and tonight’s games, Wade dropped a 40+er and had 16 assists matching his career high. I guess the players know, like Lang said, the cover sells mags. Well, Wade and Kobe obviously want more covers. Soon!

  • call me li

    growth on lebrons neck? lemme know

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    @Lang: We need to make it known that tonight was Nueva York night at the Garden. I don’t even know what that means. What a promotion

  • http://yahoo.com Domo

    The cover nice but the colors could have been better….

  • Jackie Moon

    @Domo – yeah, doesn’t Wade look ashy?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh yeah, like Larry! (where IS Dave Chappelle btw.?)

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Tzvi: I was there — actually, I ended up doing color commentary on Hawks radio again, which was fun. Gallinari had no regard for Noche Latino.

  • KozmicKid

    So if I just got the Kobe ish less than a week ago, does that mean that I’m gonna get this one three weeks from now? I think I’m better off pickin it off the shelves, y’all have some serious distribution issues to take care of… but D-Wade and Tropic Thunder .. CLASSIC!! Slash is goin crazy this season.

  • http://wherethenbareallyhappens.blogspt.com Collin

    nice cover, still waiting for the brandon roy cover though

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    why, what did Danilo do to sully the night, Lang?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    The Rooster made it Noche Italiano.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Rooster? Well 17 points is a solid contribution. Va bene, non? Lang?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Rooster? 17 points was a good performance for the rook, right? Molto bene, non?

  • BLove

    Swear to god I’m in my bed last thinkin about how Dwyane Wade needs a cover. How many covers have Lebron or Kobe been on in the last year? And I mean no disrespect, but why should AI still be getting covers at this point in his career? Especially over Dwyane Wade who has been playing out of this world, and should seriously be considered the MVP this season. But you guys got it right. I’m lovin it! Big ups to Flash.

  • bash

    that cover is hot! great timing too. dwade is on a tear, he deserves this. great job mr. lang whitaker and co.

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

    pretty amazing that on last month’s cover Vince Carter’s name wasn’t mentioned, although Lang wrote a great piece on him.
    Anyway, looking forward to this issue. Speaking of forwards: Glen Rice? Awesome!

  • Pigott17

    great cover but its for may…its only march:S

  • ab_40

    as a cover idea since you always hype up the hottest young team in the leauge could you do an okc cover with westbrook green and durant. they’re gonna be ninth or 8th next season and they’ll be contending after that so might as well give them some early love. Like y’all did to the clippers a few years back. That was one of my firs issues of slam so that’s why I remember.

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

    ab_40: like Lang said in his original post: you need guys who sell magazines on your cover. I like Durant and co., but it just doesn’t work that way.

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

    Wade is cool, but i’m amped to reader the Farmer’s take on Michigan’s ’89 title team!

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

    Now that I think of it, I wonder if Mr. Penn State is going to give Michigan a fair shake in the story?

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  • Fernando Sanchez

    Nice Cover. Good title, and I’m happy to see that Amare fets another article, hopefully with his new shoe coming out. And I look forward to reading the KryptoNate article also.

  • Diesel

    @BLove – you were in your bed thining DWade needs a cover? That’s just weird and creepy. I don’t need a response to this comment on sales figures and demographics and all that crap. All I’m saying is AI,Kobe,DWade, Lebron. No need to ever buy a mag because you know who the 4 people on the cover will be. Seriously how long are your guys cover shoot brainstorming sesison meetings? is it like 2 minutes of someone reaching in a hat and pulling out one of the 4 names from a hat?

  • The Seed

    Dwade is a great player and I feel he will have a better career than Lebron, because of Wade’s killer instinct. Lebron doesn’t have a killer instinct, he just plays and every now again uses his size to run people over for layups. Lebron shouldn’t be taking jump shots, but we all love the new Dominique Wilkins. Yes-until Lebron wins a title. Lebron is nothing but HIGHTLIGHTS. Wade doesn’t get his due, becaue of Kobe and Lebron, but he has picked up his game this year like in 06. Wade shouldn’t be in MVP race because of his team record and if that is the case. Kobe is missing two MVPs, when he led the league in scoring with scrubs in the tough West. Wade for Most Improved Player, sounds better-joking Wade is a beast and if he gets help-maybe he will get a second ring.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I am going to dig through my “vault” and find my Denver Post Sports section from 89 when Michigan won that game (i grew up a wolverine/jayhawk fan) 88 and 89 were good years for me.
    excited for that story, Ryan!

    Rumeal, Higgins, Loy, Glen, Mills.

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

    Cub, you save newpaper clippings that long?! I’m still salty Loy Vaught had to play all those years in a Clips uni. He deserved a better fate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Totally on Vaught. His career was lost in the bowels of the LA Sports Arena.

    Between my old comic books, baseball cards, and star wars action figures, there are a few old newspapers….

    Including this Denver Post Headline-

    MAGIC: I Have AIDS.

    please excuse my geeky nature.

  • Big Marv

    ………I saw Roscoe’s name on the cover…all smiles here.

  • Jackie Moon

    Glen Rice!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Cub: You just named a bunch of guys who wouldn’t return my calls…

  • http://www.irememberwaybackwhen.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    great cover!! I’m glad y’all showin Flint, Mi some love too by putting Glen Rice in there…I can’t wait to cop it!

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

    They probably saw that 814 area code.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Cub: Geeks rule. Especially the b-ball variant. I still have marvel comics from the early eighties in the attic, and my yellowed worn out AJ XI’s from 91, amongst other antiques. Hail Geekdom!

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    oh snap, i meant the black/red AJ VI’s. The elevens are still in near mint condition

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    If I needed more reasons to dislike your school, Tad, working on this story offered plenty.

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

    You’re welcome.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Paul… Iverson… Kobe… Wade… we’re in for a Lebron cover next issue! Sweet!

  • http://Yahoo.com Roland

    Damn this cover is HOT!!!! Its gonna look good next to my 126 cover

  • don

    wow i didn’t notice wade’s lack of tats before.
    clean cut superstar….personal life non withstanding.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Don, that’s why I don’t agree with the NBA’s ruling to not allow Wade’s band-aids. If they’re cool with players having tattoos, can’t they let a guy express himself with a sticker?

  • Josh D

    I told you D-Wade should get a cover, next month do a peice on Tim Duncan,i appreciate his character may not be cover material, but just a peice i can’t remenber the last time there was a peice the Big Fundamental, give Bron or Superman cover next month

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

    You know who should get a cover? Chauncey.

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

    You can name it “Rocky Mountain High” or something lame like that. You’re welcome.

  • Tristan Elledge

    Who won the What’s my name for devin harris and what was it?

  • http://icyhott420@yahoo.com Scott Carter

    Hey Lang Whitaker, has Joe Johnson been f’n banned from getting a cover or something?? If it was ever a time for someone to score their first ever SLAM cover, it’s Joe(are the Hawks even IN the playoffs without him??).

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Scott: Actually, yes, I banned him from being on the cover, even though he’s on my favorite team. People in Atlanta don’t even go see him play, so you think people in airports in Kansas or Alaska or wherever are going to buy a mag with him on the cover? I don’t.

  • BLove

    Diesel, what can I say I’m a passionate sports fan. I got a lot of ideas that run through my head when I can’t sleep. Maybe you can say I had a premonition ;)

  • http://nba.com tealish

    Lang: Haha, love the honesty.

  • Mum-Rar! Transform!

    Am really pissed. Finally my favorite player has a cover for slam and i cant find the damn mag anywhere.

    I searched the whole tri state area and still no one has this mag on stock.

    Am PISSED.

  • Mum-Rar! Transform!

    If I subscribe, well this particular issue come to my house?

  • m dub

    i like it, i like it a lot

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Lang- C’mon, if people in fair dinkum Australia buy a cover with CP3 (who didn’t get 1 national TV game last year) and D-Will (who plays in Utah, most Australians only know of Mormon City)
    then who’s to judge whether they’ll buy a Joe Johnson cover?
    To the Slam Hierachy:
    D!ME doesn’t exist in Sydney (maybe other areas) and Handle is pretty much solely run by Brad, and that is a bi-monthly production.
    There’s no market competition vs. Slam in the Pacific.
    NZ, Japan, The Islands etc don’t have any other bball magazine. Sure we get Sports Ilustrated, but that’s different.
    Also:
    I’d LOVE to see a big feature on coaches and (maybe) referees. That’d be something different, and for a lot of readers, enlightening. Pop, Nelson, D’Antoni.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I don’t really have feelings about the cover, it’s solid and good, but not spectacular. Wade does deserve one for his play of late though.
    If there were a few people I’d like to have love for the next issue(s) though… Kara Lawson, Mutumbo (old skool poster perhaps?), Ron Artest, Thabeet, Greg Pop, Gerald Wallace, Chauncey, Matt Bonner, Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby, Troy Murphy- who has been straight balling btw, Eva Mendes, Ben Gordon, Jameer Nelson, Al Thornton, Peja.
    Any of those guys (and Eva) getting pieces would be sweet. Thanks heaps. Keep up the great work.
    Under NO circumstances should Tony Brothers ever be mentioned with slam however lol. That man is baaad (in a terrible way).

  • iwannaknow

    When will an ALL STAR 2009 Edition be published ? ??

  • http://www.DreAllDay.com dre baldwin

    Hot cover shot!

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  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    troy murphy deserves a feature more than anyone else in the league.

  • Candyman

    Yes Rogar Mason Jr! is getting some LOVE. And Cooper’s right, you guys should show Troy Murphy some love seeing how no one does and he is getting Pau Gasol stats with 15 and 10 a night!

  • http://www.slamonline.com DeMarco Williams

    Another knockout job, peoples. The cover is subtle dopeness. Glad to be a part of this one.

  • Miguel Ferreira

    Finally Dwyane got his cover back, i really like it it turned out great, can’t wait to read it. Wade’s my favourite player.

  • http://- Marcel

    I’m a big time SLAM addict and I’ve been reading this mag for years now. I would love to read an article about the two L.A. homeboys with the Lakers, Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar. They’re both very talented players and they will both be even better in a few years. Please consider this idea SLAM HQ!!!

    Marcel, The biggest SLAM-fan of the Netherlands!

  • BostonBaller

    DWade was a bit under the radar b/c of his injuries but as soon as he reappeared during the Olympics he has been tearing it up. He didn’t get as much shine as James or even Kobe but he was they MVP there in my mind. Bosh even got just as much shine as Wade did. RuPaul played well.

  • Tristan Elledge

    WHAT IS DEVIN HARRIS’S NEW NICKNAME???????????????????????

  • Emma

    im excited for the article on oj mayo.

  • Kozmic

    I just got back from the store, the Kobe ish still has one more copy on the shelve, no sign of Flash!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Devin Harris? What’s wrong with DASH? Fitting and to the point.

  • http://- murat keles

    Hi my name is murat I m a Turkısh ı love you nba ,and slam dunk and slam onlıne perfect number :-)

  • Blinguo

    Does this mean Wade is RDJr. : “Which NBA player are you?” “You people, what do you mean you people?” I think I own 2 Flashpoint Finals MVP Wade action shot covers for some reason(mailer subscript. and newsstand impulse buy when I saw it) – and never saw Tropic Thunder once yet, again no reason. But this is only good enough to own one. Dope that its in the ALT red jersey though.

  • eugene

    can we get a brandon roy cover, dude gets no love. Or a NAte Robinson cover you can call it Little Big Man….or something.

  • Blinguo

    Brandon had an article in the last month, Kobe issue. Not to mention the House of Hoops advert in nearly every SLAM too. Cover, he had one on the Dwight come up a couple years back right?

  • Blinguo

    Alternate covers, one Dwight, one Brandon.

  • paul castillo

    When does it come out in las vegas. And what does b TrailBlazer have to do to get a cover.

  • paul castillo

    When does it come out in las vegas. And what does b TrailBlazer have to do to get a cover.

  • Arek

    when will team flight brothers get some slam love?!?!

  • shoval

    how many time i need to wait to get the issue?

  • bballer

    You guys are gonna rip me for this but I really think Dwayne Wade is a better player than Lebron James1 I really do! This is how I rank them right now:

    Kobe Bryant
    Dwayne Wade
    LeBron James
    Dwight Howard
    Chris Paul
    Deron Williams

  • Yeezy

    Im not the type of person to say I told you so..But to all the Dwyane Wade doubters and haters…well you get the point..but honest to God I thought I was all alone when it came to defending Dwayne on his ability to play.. I mean ppl were saying he was done and I kept hope alive that he would be better than ever and look what happened..I will also be the first to say look out for T-Mac after his recovery from surgery..go ahead and laugh..they laughed at me about Wade:)..

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  • Michaelbchnn

    Another 42 10 and 6 so far for wade, on 13-19 shooting. It’s not even agruable at this point he is by far the best player in the league. He’s best player i’ve ever seen. Of course I Didn’t see Jordan in his prime.

  • D-rek

    Perfect timing for Dwyane Wade. After hitting the game-winning three following the game-winning steal…he says, “This is MY house!” against the bulls.(48pts, 12assists, 4stls, and 3blks) Now he can say, “this is MY slam cover!” Thank you slam 127!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Jesus!!! That Wade Buzzerbeater against the Bulls tonight was…..wowza….. steal, time ticking down, one leg prayer….win! FLASH!

  • BostonBaller

    @Yeezy: there were a bunch of us saying the same thing about Wade so put the crystal ball away b/c it must be broken or the batteries are dying since you see TMac coming back and tearing it up (unless the tear is a part of his body.)@Michaelbchnn: You do have a DVD player right? You do have a computer right? Youtube, google…. Then there is no excuse NOT to know that Mike was and is the baddest dude around. lol.

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

    Is anyone still confused as to why Dwyane is on the cover?

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  • YAYAREASFINEST

    yo SLAM…. why was there no issue of PUNKS this year? i saw some behind the scenes pics of john wall and lance stephenson that were supposedly from a slam cover shoot… ????? anything on this anyone from slam?

  • endless

    WADE is great!

  • Jakob Oster

    He is gonna run the east the next season:P

  • Merlyn Wade

    YO..I SAW DIS MAGAZINE 2DAII AND I WENT CRAZZI..EVRYONE IS LIKE D-WADE NOT MAKIIN IT NO WHERE DIIS SEASON.I’VE STUCK BY HIM 4RM ’05 AND HE STILL GOIIN HARD..NEVA SLEEP ON HIIM..N HE WON 2NITE WIT 50 POINTZ N 3 OVERTIIMEZ..SMH ALREADII KNO

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    He has been Fire as of late

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Finally got my subscription processed and this issue in the mail.
    Thanks.

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  • Joel

    WHAT!!!!! NO NATE ROBINSON ARTICLE???? ROBINSON DESERVES AN ARTICLE NOT JUST SLAMADAMONTH

  • Sean Whitley

    Wade is easily on of the best in the league he ahs arguably the most effective drive and has the manyenept ability to finish with dunks and killer layups. I truly believe if he could hit 3 more and build some range he could be better than Jordan (arguably). I look foward to many more years of watching him.

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  • bunniesbaby

    1. whats the amare feature for? he hasnt had the numbers this year
    except for when hes healthy and shaq is out

    2. whats the slamups? (PLEASE BE NATE)

  • bunniesbaby

    3. ROY COVER!!!!!!

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  • C@M0NRO

    M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P! one the best years I’ve seen anyone have, I thought there would never be life after MJ. But D-Wade changed my mind….

  • j.r buford

    yo can someone tell me the name of those red dc kicks in the kicks off the court section

  • MINIc

    DWADE RULES!!!THIS COVER IS SOOOOOOOOO OVERDUE,HE WILL ALSO WIN MVP, EVERYONE ALWAYS SAYS LEBRON IS GONNA GET IT,HE NEVER DOES!!!

  • YusufCelticfan

    The Dwade cover is well desevered, nicely done but overdue. Lets face it, at 6’3 Dwade is eveybit the deadly scorer as the Black Mamba, just as much a pin your shot on the glass defender as king James and shares the same leadership qualities as Paul Pierce (kind of a leader by example type). Therefore there needs to be a massive recall on all magizines to replace the title, which should read The NBA MVP.

  • http://lerms_35@yahoo.com Lerma P. Caladiao

    >> i love DWADE!!! he’s GREAT!!! on and off the Court….Good Luck nxt season….more championships for the great player like U!

  • Tenzin Dhonyoe

    d wade is my favorite. He’s is better than kobe and lebron
    i think he truly deserves the mvp award

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