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Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 1:39 pm  |  298 responses

SLAM 131: On Sale Now!

How ya like him now?

by Lang Whitaker

As Mutoni and I found our seats at the press table high above the Staples Center in L.A. and settled in to watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Marcel asked me about the game recap pieces he and I would be writing for SLAM 131. What exactly, he wondered, should we be aiming for?

I told Marcel that I always think of the issue of SLAM that drops after the Finals almost like a yearbook. By the time the issue is on newsstands, it’s been almost a month since the Finals ended. Not only is the season always over, but the Draft has happened and summer league is in full swing. But this is what we do. SLAM started putting Finals winners on the cover back in 1997 (issue 20 — Scottie Pippen), and after a few years off, we’ve done it every year since the summer of 2000 with SLAM 45 (featuring the Victorious B.I.G.).

Since we’re obviously not breaking any news by having the winner of the Finals on the cover, I’ve always looked at this issue as a keepsake, something hoops fans can cop and hold on to and then look back on, years later, to remember which Finals game went to overtime or which game Kobe it was that Kobe made that weird face where he stuck his jaw out (all of the games!).

With our mission clearly defined, putting together this cover has become about highlighting the story of the Finals. As soon as the Lakers won Game 5 and started celebrating, I got a text from Khalid that read “Gotta do the Kobe scowl pic for the cover right? Lol.”

The thing is, it’s not always that easy. While we’re trying to capture the story and spirit of the Finals with the cover image, we have to find a picture that works as a cover, meaning there has to be room for cover lines and all that stuff.

For this cover image, it came down to three options. One thought was to find a picture of the Lakers as a team, to symbolize that it was teamwork that brought the Lakers this title. We found a picture of Kobe, Gasol, Bynum and Lamar that wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great (Gasol had his back to the camera). And the more we thought about it, the less we liked the idea. Because really, no matter how you want to look at it, the 2009 Finals were about Kobe finally winning a title as the man. He carried these Lakers, he won the Finals MVP, he cemented his personal greatness and he laid the cornerstone for what could very easily be a new dynasty. That’s the accomplishment we wanted to recognize.

This left us with two choices. One was a picture of Kobe jumping into the air immediately after Game 5 ended (similar to this one). But again, to me that isn’t what I’ll remember about the 2009 NBA Finals. My lasting memory of the 2009 NBA Finals will be nobody being able to stop Kobe. The celebrating image is Kobe commemorating what was finished, not what was beginning. And I think the image we chose for our cover accurately reflects that. (BTW, for everyone who says we hate Kobe, please note this is Kobe’s third cover in our last six issues. Haters.)

SLAM 131 isn’t entirely about Kobe and Lakers. We’ve also got our annual Year in Photos (a.k.a. Dome Shots), and it’s longer than we’ve been able to run it the last few years, so there’s a lot of dope pics for your walls. Also, some great features on guys like Danny Granger, Kevin Love, the debut of new High School Diary keeper Harrison Barnes, plus a beautiful old school story on former Sacto star Ricky Berry (RIP).

So that’s it. The issue is out now on newsstands. Cop it.

Oh, and here’s the cover…

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Hell yeah.

  • Spartdog

    That’s what’s up!

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

    The face of a douchebag………….

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

    And it’s even more funny that 4 of the 8 guys listed on either side of Kobstipated are either with new teams or without one at all.

  • Sj

    This cover is as sick as desimethod’s website that’s how sick it is….kobe’s drive for 7 starts now

  • Helmut Hohenegger

    great cover!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks Lang.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also, the perfect place for a very relevant press release, at least for Laker fans in the LA area:
    The official Los Angeles Lakers Championship DVD is coming to stores this Tuesday! To celebrate the release, we’re having 2 signings in LA with Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton. Check out the signing locations and times below.
    The following autograph signings will take place on Tuesday, July 14th:
    Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton
    Wal-Mart – Store #3477
    7250 Carson Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90808
    Signing will take place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    **Please note fans must purchase a copy of the DVD in order to receive an autograph

    Derek Fisher
    Best Buy
    740 S. Sepulveda Blvd
    El Segundo, CA 90245
    Signing will take place from 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Mr. Burberry

    Kobe will win 9 rings…6 in basketball

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    You Can Hate Me Now…you now the rest!Waited this for seven loooong years.Thank You!(Kob&Slam)

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    You mean I can spend an afternoon at Walmart AND meet Luke Walton?!? Thats it, I’m moving to Los Angeles! lol. For real though, that is pretty cool of them to do. Everybody there is gonna be buying it anyways.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s good to see Rafer back in the mag. But Eboy is right. half the people named on the cover aren’t even there anymore.

  • jdubbs29

    The League is in great shape next year:
    Shaq and Lebron +8
    Matrix on Dallas
    Vinsanity on Orlando
    Lakers and Artest
    Arenas coming back for the Wiz
    Rashweed to the Celts

    Lots of interesting plotlines next year for sure.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Eboy: the guys moving teams is all good. Makes them totally current, and in no case are the places they’re in the magazine dated for it; every example is timeless, in a way. You’ll see when you get it.

  • http://slamonline.com Luke Walton’s Stalker

    So…how is the security at these Walmarts?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    niQ: you guys act like it didn’t occur to us that some of those guys would switch teams. Again, read the issue and you’ll see what’s up.

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

    Cool.

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

    Ben….I meant it along the lines of it being bizarrely coincidental that they moved, not funny as in a goofed up way. My bad on the wording.

  • Big Marv

    Ha and Allen Iverson is in this issue. Next year ya’ll better get me one with Rasheed in a boston jersey on the cover!!!!
    Roscoe in Beantown with braids……

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    All good.

  • http://slamonline.com Luke Walton’s Stalker

    I really wish there was a way for me to get my copy faster.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Is the Allen Iverson stuff an interview?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Dave Zirin’s column is about AI…that’s all I’m saying.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Thanks Lang. That explains alot.

  • Candyman

    The Birdman!!! Yes! Show some love to the most overrated sixth man in the NBA!!

  • http://breal421@aol.com BRIAN

    he still cant do it without fisher

  • la huey

    best post-finals cover yet.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Haha putting Kobe’s faux-angry face on the cover is brilliant for fans and haters alike.

  • $tev3

    Few names Im happy to see on the cover is Kevin Love & the Birdman

  • candyman

    I meant underrated. Chris Andersen is the man!

  • Statik

    Ahhh, the face of Master Splinter on the new SLAM…my new dartboard cover…

  • Chris

    Lakers better hope they resign Odom, or Kobe’s going to be stuck on 4 for a while.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Don’t let the Kobe cover turn you all off from reading an issue – I make an appearance in it, so it is well worth your money!!

  • BIG HATER

    go for your 5th kobe, while these guys keep stroking it for you with these covers…. 24 times oh, maybe 5

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    I meant to say “the issue” but you probably figured that out already.

  • ciroqobama

    EW

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Obviously I meant to say “the issue”. I’m not very good with the written word.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    If I Did It: How I Ballhogged, Whined, and R@ped My Way to Glory.

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

    I love the year in photos, you guys always pic the right ones.

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

    Anton is the glue that makes my days here tolerable.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    E:When your enjoying Anton’s comments you need to step away from the paint can. They’re like a combination of Larry the Cable Guy jokes and a Snuff film.

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    I’m beginning to think Anton hates Kobe more than Eboy.

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    lol @ Brad Long

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

    Oh….I don’t think…..I know tina. He’s like an underground hero, like Turk 182 (no one will get that reference).

  • jdn41

    kobe already got 5 rings the 5th one is already more expensive then all the other rings combined and most important since it kinda saved his life as well

  • Izzo

    Anton is the Jimmy Kimmel of the SLAMonline comments section.

  • donovan

    Doing that looks like it’d be painful for your teeth. Good to see Rafer back in there.

  • Izzo

    @Everyone:Much like most of what Eboy references,likes and believes,Turk 182 comes from the 80′s.

  • D.R.23. 21.

    YOU GUYS REALLY SOUND LIKE HATERS.ITS OVER HE GOT HIS RING. AND HIS PERSONAL STUFF HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM BUSTING EVERYBODYS A## IN THE LEAGUE.EXCEPT THE FACT THAT HE #24 IS THE BEST IN THE N.B.A. POINT BLANK

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Or the jimmy fallon.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    With that under bite and some dreads, Kobe Bryant is slated to be one of the Predators in the next Alien vs. Predator film.

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

    It didn’t take you long to do a Google search, Izzo.

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

    Wait…….is Google a tool from the ’80s? Let me get back in my Delorean and find out!!!!!!!

  • bike

    Did anyone ask Kobe if this cover shot was Ok by him? His facial expression looks like a dog s*itting peach pits.

  • Izzo

    On a very bad movie channel two years ago,there was a Kim Cattral double bill featuring that and a far,far worse movie named Mannequin,Eboy.I watched it.

  • Izzo

    Now,back to your Kip Winger Playgirl issue,Eboy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Y’all should have used that pic from when he refused to help Gasol up off the court.

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

    Mannequin WAS turrible.

  • J-O

    the next cover should have ron,sheed and vince each holding their new jersey with the title saying take your pick lol

  • Joe

    cool

  • JB

    Kate Faber will not be purchasing this issue.

  • riggs

    dumbest. pose. ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    @JB:Why not? She’s got the money for it.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Allenp:Maybe they’ll use a security picture of A.I. throwing poker chips at a casino dealer for David Zirin’s article.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Allenp:I just hope they use a security picture of AI throwing poker chips at a casion dealer for Dave Zirin’s piece.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The comments section is working like Anton trying to undo his first bra again.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    (nice) words fail me regarding this atrocity that’ll find it’s way into my mailbox soon. Hmm, maybe i’ll get it before Mambiatch visits so ican ask him about the underbite. Arrrgh!

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

    ^Haha!

  • Bobby

    One of the best ever! I need to find this picture.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Good post Lang.

  • http://Slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Darksaber, at least this pose is something that his sperm/biological-doner did NOT do, which is a step in the right direction in his personality development.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Your wh0re of a mother didn’t seem to mind, B.Long. The fact that she was wearing a Laker jersey only made me f*ck her harder.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    BLong
    I hope they do use that pic….
    It’ll look great next to the pic of Kobe telling the cops:
    “I should have done what Shaq does…”
    Iverson has a host of issues, but nobody, NOBODY, can match Kobe.

  • http://Slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Wait, Mike DID make this pose, right before he threw up all over Scottie after that finals “flu” game against Utah. Dammit, nevermind.

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

    Anton’s 3:44p comment is awe-inspiring. I feel bad it was directed at my boy B, though. So shame on you, Anton.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn, Anton. Slow your (insult) roll.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Let me stop hating on Kobe though. The man won… To bad he had to unveil the lamest facial expression known to mankind to do it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    umm Spaceship, didn’t quite get you reference? Kob’s has a biological donor? Huh?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    umm Spaceship, didn’t quite get your reference? Kob’s has a biological donor? Huh?

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

    Good looks SLAM! WE were discussing this current Lakers team at work and how they seriously could win 2-3 more rings before Kobe retires. If the supporting cast comes to ball every night, and if free agency cripples a few of the current top teams, then its not a stretch to say the Lakers can get through the playoffs yearly with only moderate problems. Straight cash homey…

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    @Allenp, Kobe might have unveiled the lamest facial expression known to mankind but it was slam who ultimately chose to put it on the cover. I actually forgot that he did that fish teeth thingy until today. hahaha. Still love Kobe though.

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

    Also, good looks on the Kool Moe Dee reference for the cover quote.

  • AT

    I think as the REAL winner(you know the one who followed the rules) of the Kobe Jersey contest my consolation should be three copies of THIS issue. You know, as opposed to the copy of issue 130(the one I had just purchased in stores), a T-Shirt that was 3 sizes TOO small and an old Kobe issue that was bent in half. Just saying…

  • http://slamonline.com Susan Price

    Anton, Eboy, Brad and the rest…please stop posting your childish snipes here. This is SLAM, not a playground. Talk about the NBA, Chris Andersen or Kobe’s latest ring. If you want to talk about that other stuff, do it on your own blogs. But please stop doing it here. You’re ruining my site, and I don’t like it. And I’m asking nicely.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh my. THE Susan Price just laid down the law. Things must be getting out of hand here. Don’t think i’ve ever read her here.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    AT, who made you the real winner? I believe five people tied for consolation prize.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Dear Anton,

    Back when you were still in your testube, Slamonline was a place were people who actually cover sports for a living would post frequently like Russ Bengston, Holly Mac, Ryan Jones, etc. but due to miscreants like yourself they rarely show up anymore. If you were to make one or two corny sex scandal jokes a day it’d be different, I make off-color comments occasionally too’ but your constant verbal diarrhea is ruining a one of the few good places to talk basketball on the internets. So please for the love of SLAM, please stop.

    Sincerely,

    Brad Long

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Susan beat me too it. Sorry Susan. I’m done here.

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

    If that was Susan being nice, I’d hate to see her angered. Apologies to you.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    haha, gotta love Ben’s attention to detail.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Anton is the Carrot Top of the SLAMonline comments section.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Whoa, Mrs. Price don’t play! I can only imagine how it is in the Slam Dome when there’S a deadline lol.

  • Jeronimo

    Lang, are you going to do the non-covers again? I really really loved it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    yes, there was that hint of a stern mum in her comment earlier, wasn’t there? Wonder if it’s Miss or Mrs. Price? Oh well.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thankfully, there are still people who do this for a living who comment on here.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Umm….this issue is really good.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Issue.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I wasn’t leaving you out, Ben. I’m just saying there was once a golden era here, and considering the way next season is shaping up to be possibly one of the greatest ever it would be nice to have that back.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    yeah about that Ben. During my “discussions” with Myles, he kept saying you Slam writers etc. No longer like commenting here, partly because you seem to have had it with us commenters? I argued that people like Russ (and Lango) and even Stackmack just spend more time on Twittet nowadays. Any truth in what Myles hinted at? And if so, how do we get you people back in here to share your insights with us lesser commenters?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Twittet? Damn Iphone!

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

    I hope Derek Fisher’s smile when he hit that 3 in OT is somewhere in this issue.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    KOBE!!!KOBE!!!!KOBE!!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    i wonder what else A.I. has to do in order to have his name desappear from SLAM covers….i mean, the guy is trying really hard but you just can’t leave him alone…..

  • Boston Baller

    Even as a DieHard Celtics fan I’ve always loved his game and approach to it. I can’t wait to read this issue. I just pulled out ish #1 yesterday and read it again but bring on the new 1. Celtics will take this next Chip and I hope it’s against Mamba (the Best)as we go thru the the King (the Beast)

    gotta go, there is sunshine in Boston for a change this Summer!!!

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

    “He carried these Lakers” i couldnt disagree more. kobe freelanced and did what he wanted. in no way did he carry la, the deepest team. kwame/javaris’s post game kept the offense balanced, that was the difference.

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

    anton is funny.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    …….

  • skywalker

    people who use the word douchebag are not cool

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Hi Myles.

  • http://slamonline.com luke walton’s stalker’s stalker

    ATTENTION: luke walton’s stalker….. funniest thing i’ve read all day… thank you

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I said I wasn’t gonna buy this issue unless Trevor Ariza was on the cover. I’m taking credit for that one.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I don’t like the immature name calling but the site has been doing great lately so for the most part I just hope as many people as possible keep coming here, whether they ‘work’ for SLAM or not.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Nonetheless, Antons comments are pathetic. Consistently pathetic. Enough, thanks.

  • Bro D.

    Way to go Miss Price, you just killed all of Slam’s street cred with one comment. Way to go madam.

  • Izzo

    Is this good time to say that I love you all?

  • Slam Reader

    I knew that a long time ago that he was gonna take over the whole shiit!!!

  • Slam Reader

    I knew he was gonna take over the whole league one day!!!
    Congrats Kobe-the Greatest!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s a great cover. But every time I see that face, I think of the Predator… thanks to Lang’s darn ‘Separated at Birth’ segment.

  • Rashaan

    Man, is Leborn name gonna be on every cover. Cmon Melo makes it to the WCF and cant get his name on the cover but Wade(no knock) gets bounced in 1st round and his name on the cover? Great point Susan Price.

  • Joe A

    Damn SLAM, this is the fourth time Kobe’s been on the cover this season. I think you owe it to all of us Kobe haters next season that we don’t see his face on your cover at least until the playoffs. But aside from Kobe making that stupid “I want to pretend I’m as intense as KG” face, it looks like its gonna be a dope issue.

  • Joe

    To people complaining that it’s Kobe: Who else would you put on the cover after the LAKERS won?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Joe A: Right, because after the Lakers won the chip, people really want to see Adam Morrison’s face instead of Kobe’s. Right.

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

    yea, kobe does look like the predator after he took off his mask to make it a lil more fair for ahnold

  • edilvia4sho

    hmmm, whole lot of Kobe haters, its pathetic! Oh yeah I’m with him gettin 5, wouldn’t that be exciting!!!

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

    bro d. is funny. kobe does look like the predator after he took off his mask to make it a lil more fair for ahnold

  • http://twitter.com/swooshgoddess swooshgoddess15

    wooooohhhoooooo!!! that brought an instant rush!! take that haters! either love him or shush because his game speaks more than that scowl…

  • http://twitter.com/swooshgoddess15 swooshgoddess15

    wooooohhhoooooo!!! that brought an instant rush!! take that haters! either love him or shush because his game speaks more than that scowl…

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Dont worry Laker fans, the Celtics and Magic will be back next year better than ever!

  • http://slamonline.com Dr Dre

    Eboy your a fukin queer, just hatin like all the others when he got his fourth Lord Of the Rings biaaatch

  • http://www.bonarybasketball.com stubbs

    not hating on Kobe I mean I know he just won the championship but another Kobe cover? damn

  • rjcortesjumpman

    great pic choice for the cover, guys…

  • VictorL

    vindication!
    can’t wait for the cover

  • http://slam.com cory webster

    anyone know the slamups?

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    Great cover! Kobe on the cover again, but absolutely deserved. You can hate me now, but I won’t stop now….

  • Mr.2012

    lmao at luke waltons stalkers comment…Susan Price is hott!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Kobe has had many more memorable faces. Such as the oops/ignoring/far-off look when he elbows somebody. Or the Aaay/Hey/Damn’t look if he gets pushed/battled under the boards. Or combine those two for the ultimate in your face Ginobili. Also kicking and screaming after a missed shot on any contact or dropped ball turnover. Flailing his arms like an inflatable tube man. Throwing one arm in the direction of the ref(s) screaming at them.
    -
    But this cover is def. cool for Anthony Randolph, Ya’ll. And looks better than the NBA2K10 Kobe cover.
    -

  • j4zzm4n

    the quality of comments here has dropped to deplorably substandard levels of immaturity and blind hatred.i’m glad my lakers won it took 7 years and finally it has been done.another kobe cover? fantastic.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    Good Job …

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    You go Kobe!! Tell em’ how Shaq’s azz taste.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Luke Walton has a stalker?? Cool. His dad looked like teen wolf when he played.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Ive been reading slam since day (ish) 1. Want to say thank you for always having the quality not found in other b-ball mags. And thank you for having these boards so knuckle-heads like us can chat about these various topics. there is truly none other like Slam.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Mr Osborne, you are ready to run for office my friend. that response at 6:42pm sideskipped my question so elegantly, i nearly didn’t catch on. Nice.

  • sw

    @Lang: Did you actually ok this with Kobe. I know this captures his intensity and the fact that he got this ring being the man but this is like showing a black man chowing down on some fried chicken. Judge at first site. Maybe the mainstream viewers will be excited, but ignorant. Eat it up eboy but rapist, selfish, more accomplished in life then 10 of your lifetimes could dream of has his 4th ring.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @Blaze(4:05am)….:exactly..

  • larrylegend

    when i will look up my slam collection in same years again, it will skip right from #130 to #132…

  • http://www.twahc.blogspot.com twahc

    where are the lakers??? not a fan here, but i suppose there’s still gasol…

  • Davis

    Hedo to toronto is the best move of the offseason..

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Ok, I’ll come clean. I’m Luke Walton’s Stalker.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Davis:I think the trades or signings of Vince Carter, Ron Artest, and Shaq all trump the Hedo deal. It will have a lot bigger impact than Sheed to Boston though.

  • La Maravilla

    Kobe got game but he ain’t the best ever matter of fact he ain’t even the best on the NBA right now

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    FINALISTS!!!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    Greece dominated from the begging against Australia and will face U.S.A at the final of the under-19 world championship that is taking place in New Zealand!!!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    Greece dominated from the begging against Australia and will face U.S.A at the final of the under-19 world championship that is taking place in New Zealand!!!!!!

  • Krishan

    Haha, this is like the best post ever. Hey remember the time that one guy kept spouting all those corny lame-a$$ rape-jokes, and people kept saying it was funny, but what in reality it was really juvenile and cheesy and OMG LAME? Yeah, that guy’s dead now.

  • Jordan

    Nice job SLAM, there’s some much deserved love for Danny Granger!

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    http://jumpstarthoopers.ning.com/

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Man, some of ya’ll are funny. You guys hate Kobe so much it’s interferring with your own thought process. Foaming at the mouth. Just appreciate the ball player!! @ La Maravilla, he got game? Kobe? Really? lol f()ckouttahere

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe finally won a title by himself with help and is still hated on by some dummies up here, you know your names. Kobe is hated, but the thing is, He is loved more than hated, Number one selling jersey in the world, plays for the number one rank team sellings merchandise and Lakers team is rated the highest when showing games on national TV, thats why they show lakers games more than any other team becasue of KOBE!! Give him his due and let him be, Kobe has a great chance of winning at least two titles in the next 5 years, so hate. But when he gets his fifth and wears a shirt with 5 rings on his hand on the shirt hate him, but at least he knows his place his history is already top 10. Kobe only competiton to him is Jordan and he is shooting for 6 rings so HATERS hate, but he is SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST!!!

  • Josh D

    Honestly guys u shoulda planned ahead, we’ve had 4 Kobe covers this year

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The best trade/move this offseason was Richard Jefferson to the Spurs. That’s a whole lot better than Vince Carter to the Magic, considering Turkeyglue was already playing at a high, All-Star caliber level. Ron Artest to the Lakers is a close second, and I mean VERY close.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Actually, Ron Artest is better than Richard Jefferson. But the Spurs got Jefferson for who? Bowen and Oberto? That was quite a steal.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I gotta agree with Teddy. If the Spurs can go into the playoffs healthy next year they’re gonna be a problem.

  • don

    i hate kobe.

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    KOBE BEAN!! The TRUE King!! great cover…will be copped immediately…lol

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I really don’t want to have to cheer for the Lakers, but you guys got my man Ron Artest. From the Rockets. Originally from Queensbridge. What to do, what to do…

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Would like to see Kobe throwen into the mix of a bad team like the Kings or Nets. Still wouldnt be playoff teams. Jordan took a awful Wizards team to the playoffs.

  • http://dfjsklf.com Jukai

    Not to come in late, but Susan better f*cking read anything by Russ, Myles or Ryan before she ever posts here again. Hypocritical to the extreme. Just f*cking close the comment section, just close it. Getting lectured like children here. Anton is what makes some of this crap readable. I’m not buying the next issue of slam just for that crap.

  • Izzo

    Seriously though,Anton isn’t funny at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Blaze:No he didn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Hi Jukai.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Figured out how to bring back the Sonics. OKC shall move to Charlotte, and merge with the bobcats forming- THE THUNDERCATS!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @Blaze….(4:23pm): don’t care if you read this somewhere else but this is the comment of the month for me.

  • bare pickle bandit

    I just threw up on this keyboard then immediately cancelled my subscription after viewing this cover. way to go fellas.

  • Paul M. Castillo

    is this really out now or in a week

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Kinda makes sense, two bad teams together may make a half-decent team. Plus would improve both teams name.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    “To the extreme I rock the mic like a vandal, light up the stage and wax a chump like a candle…Dance!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Word to your mother…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Blaze: Minus Kobe Bryant the year he scored 35 ppg and should have won MVP, the Lakers were worse than the Kings. Come on now, Kwamaay Brown?! At least the Nets have Devin Harris and at least the Kings have Kevin Martin. The Lakers had… Smush Parker. Thanks for playing though. Kobe on the Nets would elevate them to at least top 4-5 in the East. BET.

  • Mr.2012

    Tonight is gonna be a good night.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    9 hours left…..go Greece!!!! exactly 15 years ago it was Stephon Marbury, Vince Carter, Samaki Walker and Tremaine Fowlkes (as far as i remember he had the best tournament of them all) but they were not enough….

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Im not taking anything away from Kobe, as hard as it is to admit, he IS possibly the best player on the planet right now. However, there is no question that Jordan is the best player ever. I hated Mike when he was with the Bulls cuz he always killed my team and was cocky about it. I respect him now but back then, I dont care if he was playing the Jazz in the finals or the Bucks in preseason, I wanted him to fail.

  • larrylegend

    i will hate kobe as long as he tries to copy mj…not that i am a mj fan, but this is poor. be yourself, mf

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    Do you hate Kobe copying MJ or do you hate players in general copying MJ, cause that’s gonna be a lot of player hating. I’m pretty sure most NBA players wanna be like MIKE.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    @Blaze get your facts straight…Jordan didn’t take the Wizards to the Playoffs just like Brad Long pointed out.And when you have Kwame as your starting center, something is seriously wrong.So the 2005-06 Lakers weren’t bad enough,huh?!What’s next?He can’t win it all alone?He’s proven he is only a human who makes mistakes,he’s proven he can make things on the court that few can,he’s proven he is a winner(with&without Shaq).You can hate the man’s personality or whatnot but you CAN’T take anything away that he has done ON the court.

  • Krishan

    Hi Jukai. You DEFINITELY did not compare myles, russ and jones to anton did you? Because, now, that would be so absolutely mind-f*cking-blowingly wrong. The three at least back their sh!t up with dialogue that actually resembles hoops-talk, and truth be told I count you among those obnoxious-yet-knowledgable talkers (gasp, I know like my approval means anything!). And of course, at least they come of as chuckle-worthy most of the times. Anton’s humor is juvenile, forced, and so goddamn easy. GTFOH, homes.

  • Krishan

    Here’s a formula for you to follow to get you through the day, if anton gets antsy and doesn’t show his face here again: Kobe Topic + White Girl Joke + Rape Joke = Sh!ts And Giggles. That oughta get you golden.

  • Krishan

    Here’s a formula for you to follow to get you through the day, if anton gets antsy and doesn’t show his face here again: Kobe Topic + White Girl Joke + R@pe Joke = Sh!ts And Giggles. That oughta get you golden.

  • Krishan

    Here’s a formula for you to follow to get you through the day, if anton gets antsy and doesn’t show his face here again: Kobe Topic + Wh!te Girl Joke + R@pe Joke = Sh!ts And Giggles. That oughta get you golden.

  • Krishan

    Here’s a formula for you to follow to get you through the day, if anton gets antsy and doesn’t show his face here again: Kobe Topic + Wh!te G!rl Joke + R@pe Joke = Sh!ts And Giggles. That oughta get you golden.

  • Krishan

    Here’s a formula for you to follow to get you through the day, if anton gets antsy and doesn’t show his face here again: Kobe Topic + White Girl Joke + R8pe Joke = Sh!ts And Giggles. That oughta get you golden.

  • Krishan

    And this is why I would love the option of deleting posts. Sigh.

  • Logan

    Been on slamonline ever since ever and the quaity of the posts has really deteriorated. As Krishnan said, sniping about hoop talk and backing it up is always great. Everyone who is passionate about their fav team and player will defend it till the end. But some of the stuff being said here cannot even be classified as ‘juvenile humor’ or as a matter of fact, as ‘humor’. Period. Lots of guys, myself included, have stopped posting since the percentage of interesting, reply worty comments is so small that scrolling down to find em just aint fun…

  • http://Nicekicks.com Hollywud15

    see this is why SLAM needs to stop with the “Finals Picks” issue. Everyone knew the Lakers were guna win the chip, i mean theyre head and sholders above evry team in talent and size. I dont see why Kobe needed a cover before the playoffs started though. Now u leave all your Laker hating fans (i’d say about half the overall fans)with 2 kobe covers in 3 issues. and 4 for the whole year!! common guys, some people don’t need that

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    2009 U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONS: U.S.A…!!:After playing team basketball for 40 minutes with suffocating defence and patience on offence the U.S. team won 88-80 in final game of the New Zealand tournament and marked the first time since 1991 that the U.S. manages to make it to the top. Tyshawn Taylor (18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals)Ashton Gibbs (13 points)and Klay Thompson (10 points, 3 blocks) were able to achieve what Marbury,Vince,Samaki and the other guys could not do against greeks in Athens 14 years ago…p.s.: only somebody who saw Starbury playing against the best players at his age at the 95′ world’s can really understand what kind a waste this guy has been….i still remember him moving past everybody opponent back then with a smoothness you rarely see at this age. I also remember how everybody in Greece was making fun of me when i was telling them that Vince Carter is something special(no internet back then but SLAM was doing a good job covering the highschool game and future stars at the last page of the mag like Vince,Ronnie and KG, Lucas Barnes,…) because Vince was a year younger than everybody else and had not much playing time while everybody said that the real talent of that team was Tremaine Fawlkes!!!! Today’s result took the U.S. basketball even closer to the top of the world rankings that now has Argentina with 890 points, U.S.A with 882.2, Spain 739 and Greece 540…Anyway ,congratulations to both teams that made it to the top.

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com/ Hersey

    Awesome

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

    Sigh.

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Anton has self-confidence issues. Grow up and talk about some basketball.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Vote: What is the best 80′s movie ever made?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    People probably aren’t going to answer this, but that’s okay!

  • Heals

    Now I know how all the Boston haters felt about last years many Green covers, that said all is fair and plus the Mamba covers go well together (vs Lebron, vs Himself, then alone on top of it all). As always great work…

  • http://dfjsklf.com Jukai

    Krishan: Don’t call me ‘homes’ bro, you don’t know me. I never compared Anton to Myles or Russ or Ryan, they’re absolutely different. Susan called out a LOT of people, more than Anton, and I thought it was absolutely unwarranted. She can close the damn comment section if she wants. However, when they still posted, that trio of writers would be downright AWFUL to some posters, downright hateful.
    Now they don’t post as much here and she’s calling people out? F that. Ban Anton, that ain’t up to me, whatever… but don’t call out Eboy and Brad, people who have been here a helluva long time, who have been the same dude since the “good ol’ commenting days” (whatever the hell that is), because they post the same way Myles, Ryan, and Russ do.

  • http://dfjsklf.com Jukai

    OR make it so you have to register to post comments so it’s easy to weed out the unintelligent. But don’t freaking throw some mom-level rant about ruining the site. That’s BS.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    co-sign juk’s

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    geez bigi, on my prior post just before your pissed-offness I said Im not taking anything away from him. I was mistaken when I said Wiz made playoffs (they were close). And yes I strongly believe they would not have won if not for Gasol and/or Fisher. Chill.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Kobe to Thunder!!!!

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Is it too soon to say if given proper minutes, Curry for rook of year?

  • rob

    Kobe’s head blocking Lebron’s name on the cover is a nice touch.

  • http://nbainchina.com NBA China

    Nothing about Hedo in the issue..cmon…

  • http://slamonline.com blak20

    kobe

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Susan called out a LOT of people, more than Anton, and it was absolutely warranted. I first came to this website to state my views of basketball and what I believe in, but some folks write some insenitive stuff dealing with dumb stuff not about basketball. I know some people hate some players up here, but writing dumb stuff about wishing someone was dead is not right and JUKAI, you write about basketball and you are seriously taking up for a dude who writes this I Did It: How I Ballhogged, Whined, and R@ped My Way to Glory and closet punks write this stuff or dudes with some frustration towards their life. ITS SAD!!! SUSAN KICK THE POSERS OFF!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ rob. Nice of you to notice that!

  • candyman

    No thank you for the SLAM 132 mistake mr.ben? LOL

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Blaze: I don’t know… Its definitely possible. Curry needs lots of touches to make it happen though, which he will have, if he’s starting PG. He seems like a volume shooter/scorer, since even though he scored 29 last game (impressive), he shot 8-22. I think Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin (of course), or Demar DeRozan all have as much of a shot, if not more than Curry. Stephen is definitely a keeper, though, he’s got miles of potential.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    MY DARKHORSE TO WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, though, is actually Rodrigue Beaubois. He’s shooting the lights out in summerleague right now, and he’s a huge standout. I think that, if he is given the right amount of minutes (which will be hard, playing behind Jason Kidd/Jason Terry), he has enough game to win Rookie of the Year.
    Other darkhorses include Chase Buddinger and Toney Douglas.
    I suppose I forgot to mention Brandon Jennings. If he’s given the reins of starting point guard, he’s got a shot at Rookie of the Year, maybe more so than most other prospects. He’s got a real shot at finishing top 3 in rookie standings.

  • Mr.2012

    Please don’t ban me. Go Lakers!!!

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Surprised to see Chase Buddinger fall so deep in the draft. Did that Syracuse dude make a team, um, Devendorf?

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    @Blaze: I’m not pissed…And you forgot about LO,Farmar,Luke,Bunym,Shasha,S.Brown,DJ,Morrison…It’s a team right?He is one man.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Nice to see someone step up and call it like it is. Guys like Anton, Jukai & Eboy
    come on a KOBE related page (just to hate) Jukai you sound like a lil kid talking back to his momma threatening not to eat his veggies! Lmao, If i can’t act like a little boy im not buying ish 131!!! Sucker.

    “Turk 182″ was on his big brothers badge, who died & was a firefighter i think.

  • goldblood24

    Why all the kobe hating? Lets all take a deep inhale and exhale and relax. You guys act like the man cheated or something. He’s not on steroids, he doesn’t have some kind of chip in the ball the ball that make its go in the hoop. Kobe won fair and square, Hard Work people Hard Work.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Great psychoanalyzation, ‘negativekreep,’ I hope those psych 101 classes pay off so you stop working at a gas station.
    The Seed: Look, I love Anton and I think he’s got a great sense of humor. His jokes have gone a bit over the top recently. I got no problem with it, but if someone does, he’s got an e-mail address, you e-mail him and deal with it privately, and if he doesn’t scale things back, you ban him: that’s how things are done ‘professionally.’ Susan should know better.
    My MAIN beef isn’t with the Anton stuff– it’s with B Long and Eboy being called out for doing what I’ve seen WRITERS for the website do countless, countless number of times. Once again, if you got a problem with what they’re doing, you e-mail them, and ask them to scale things back. If there are problems with contacting people, put in a registration system. End of story.

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

    Jukai………I appreciate your words. I think we all know that a lot of the regulars have made derisive comments towards each other and towards particular players, so there’s a ton of “guilty” parties. I think part of the draw of the SLAM boards has always been the fact that there are really intelligent basketball minded people that speak FREELY here and there are many topics that have been brought up, by the mag staff itself, which lent itself to comments that wouldn’t seem to be viewed as “above board” because of the presented subject matter. Unless racism, rape, illegal drug use and sexual harrassment are viewed as “light” subject matter that is expected to be treated with respect by each person allowed to chose a screename. BTW, THOSE topics are the ones that most of the “regulars”, who seem to have the worst reputations for their commenting, have the most respect in. Know your subjects before you cast a pointed finger at someone. Just saying.

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

    Jukai………I appreciate your words. I think we all know that a lot of the regulars have made derisive comments towards each other and towards particular players, so there’s a ton of “guilty” parties. I think part of the draw of the SLAM boards has always been the fact that there are really intelligent basketball minded people that speak FREELY here and there are many topics that have been brought up, by the mag staff itself, which lent itself to comments that wouldn’t seem to be viewed as “above board” because of the presented subject matter. Unless racism, r*pe, illegal drug use and sexual harrassment are viewed as “light” subject matter that is expected to be treated with respect by each person allowed to chose a screename. BTW, THOSE topics are the ones that most of the “regulars”, who seem to have the worst reputations for their commenting, have the most respect in. Know your subjects before you cast a pointed finger at someone. Just saying.

  • http://deleted hillbilly

    Re: Kobe’s extreme facial expression…
    “You evah been on a real shrimpin’ boat, Forrest?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    I know i have towards, Eboy, Teddy, And Juk’s. I like Juke’s now though lol. He knows his sh1T!!! People need bigger shoulders.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @Jukai & James the balla….:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Runh0g2orPE

    (though i prefer you don’t,…each more funny that way!!)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Candyman: thanks for the 132 correction.

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

    Deflecting the blame never helps people. You know who you are. The “fire starters”. Always quick to hate.

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

    And Lakers: NBA Champs in 2 of the next 3 years? I believe so.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    So.. I live in Toronto, how long til I get this copy mailed to me? I’m really anticipating the Skip article. And I hope it’s not just a one of those compare to celeb inserts.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And the band plays on…

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I get cursed out a lot on here by staff and commenters alike. I don’t mind that but the one thing I do mind is being talked down to which tends to happen here occasionally. Its one thing to not like what’s being said and saying “hold up that kind of talk is not cool” like I’ve seen lang do but its a whole different story to have anyone come around and just wag a finger and sternly tell people what’s acceptable behavior. I agree with jukai , if you don’t like what’s being said on a consistent basis get rid of the offenders , but don’t put off on a whole set of loyal readers and commenters who traffic the site because they get sucked into a childish exchange with some assh*le . It happens , sometimes you get caught up and I think what jukai is trying to say is that no one even the staff here is above reproach on this subject.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m above reproach.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Reproach is beneath me…

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Civil discourse.

  • Izzo

    It’s only the internet.

  • Myles Brown

    ……

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    One more thing and hopefully this kills all the bullsh!t and we can get back to talking about how great this cover is. Susan Price is awesome. Seriously, from what I understand there wouldn’t be a SLAM without her and she has gone out of her way to hook me up personally in the past with something I’ll treasure the rest of my life. I’m not saying that some of you guys don’t have valid points, I’m just saying that Susan is good people. Also, I hope I didn’t sound like some basketball snob elitist in my earlier comments, I love all the old heads and the new ones alike. From NegetiveCreep to Teddy-the-bear and even NICK KALATHES(who takes time out of his busy schedule of being a T-Wolf draftee and professial player with a contract in Greece to post with us) everybody brings their own opinions and flavor to the site and that, with the great material the guys at SLAM provide, makes this place the best BBall site on the planet. P.S. The only thing that could make this cover better is if Lang did another NOT cover and imposed a grill in Kobes mouth. The title could read “RON ARTEST HOODILIZES KOBE!”.

  • Mykaveli21

    Kobe The White Girl Slayer! I hate this fool…

  • Myles Brown

    I disagree.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Where did I mess up, Myles?

  • Myles Brown

    Not you.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Gotcha.

  • http://AOL Jordan.Bolton

    Actually i love him unstoppable i hate kobe haters

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good post, Brad L.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wait, NICK KALATHES is the REAL “Nick Kalathes”? No way.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    I was thinking the same thing Teddy!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Right Bryan, because you totally don’t talk down to people here (although I’m pretty impartial to it).

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I posted this in that Aaron Afflalo thing, but I thought it’d be good to discuss here. Although people probably won’t =\.
    Two best defenders in the NBA: Shane Battier and Ron Artest. Am I the only one who thinks its total BS that LeBron and Kobe BOTH made all-defensive 1st team, while those guys got 2nd team? Its definitely starting to seem like the All NBA Defensive Team has started catering to the big names… I mean at least have ONE of those guys, either Shane or Artest make 1st Defensive. I don’t care how great LeBron James is at the game of basketball, he will never be a better defender than Ron Artest and Shane Battier. Kobe is close, but no cigar, either. Also, when will Shane Battier get a defensive player of the year award?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sorry, I meant 2 best defenders at the non-center position.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh yeah, to continue my rant on something else:
    Flynn is a bonafide pure point guard, and Wayne Ellington is a bonafide shooter. The Timberwolves blew it on drafting Rubio, but Johnny Flynn and Wayne Ellington has the POTENTIAL to be MUCH better than the Foye/Mike Miller backcourt. You heard it here first.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @Teddy & James….:what are the chances that the real Nick Kalathes was watching live the 1995 U19 World championship games….?(check my 12:52pm comment)

  • Shaahin

    kObe rulez

  • Shaahin

    n sumbOdy lemme KNo! hOw can i buy it frOm iran!!!???!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yeah, you tell em, Antonis.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    haha NICK KALATHES is just the weird greek guy that posts under different greek players’ names like Schortsianitis and calls people cartoons

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Dark beat me to it. Wow this was a very intense comments section. I would just like to comment on Lang’s “BTW, for everyone who says we hate Kobe, please note this is Kobe’s third cover in our last six issues. Haters”. Although I have no beef with the fact that Kobe is on THIS cover because of the SLAM Finals tradition, I do think you guys should diversify a little more. I could be wrong, but isn’t it true that out of the last 15 issues, either Lebron or Kobe is on 8 of those? That’s a bit much, isn’t it?

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    BTW, I know that had nothing to do with the point that you were making. I just get kind of annoyed seeing the face of the same two guys every other issue.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Why did Anton disappear, by the way?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I was in rehab, exorcising my inner demons and various issues.
    But fear not, young Hisham, for I am never too far. All one has to do is mention the name of a certain snake and I appear faster than Shelden Williams on his honeymoon.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    mamba

  • Bruno, RJ

    kobe i really like, a lot. guy is simply the best ball player since the great one, but the cover?
    the cover is just awful taste…
    Kobe has just delivered what he missed last season with a huge playoff campaign, specially that game 1 of the finals (mj-like) and you choose such a bad shot for the cover?
    i think thats just another way to hate the guy, but undercover… bad choice.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    hey Anton! Mambiatch!…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    So why’d he change his number to 24? To let us know how many hours a day he indulges in f@ggotry? *drum roll*
    And what’s the deal with airline food?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    So why’d he change his number to 24? To let us know how many hours a day he indulges in f@&&otry? *drum roll*
    And what’s the deal with airline food?

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Brad: glad your friends with Susan, dude, hope you can talk with her about the right way to deal with this situation.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Well, it was nice knowing you Anton!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

  • bill breedley

    now thats the face of a man who won’t get dunked on by a kid in his own summer camp!

  • Izzo

    Anton should end every ‘joke’ with “but that’s my life” and a throat clear.

  • Lee

    Yeah !!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    lol@Izzo….or crickets chirping

  • Kev

    Kobe: Simply the best. 4 rings and counting!!!
    Lebron: 0, bad sportsmanship and hides tape!!!

  • jumpman3224

    This cover is amazing! This will be the enduring image from this finals. A legend, so consumed with winning a fourth championship that he gave up on using a normal, calm or friendly demeanor. People have always said he had a killer instinct. This cover shows that.

  • ripriprip

    Ah, yes. Another Kobe cover. How original.

  • Deeeetroit Basketball

    Did anybody get their copy in the mail yet on the west side?

  • str8_thinker

    # 131 is another AWESOME Cover!!! When expecting to receive the SLAM MAG via postal service is the only time I enjoy going to mail box!

  • str8_thinker

    # 131 , that’s the look when the Black Mamba is in full effect/ ready to strike!!

  • Zak

    Why does everyone say kobe can’t do it without …
    He did it without SHAQ.
    He can do it with Fisher. So stop. Hes the man.
    RESPECT!

    Zak

  • Zak

    Without fisher.**

    Soz

  • haha

    i didnt get SLAM 131 yet from the mail. im from the west coast.

  • Bad Newz Baller

    not to fond of the dome shots this issue

  • Quail

    He can do it without fisher, but he still needs a good defensive point guard. like Kirk Hinrich.

  • jordan little

    why chris anderson his all talk?

  • Big Kobe Fan

    FISHERS WAY BETTER THAN kirk hinrich ANYWAY HES GOING TO BE SHIPPED TO PORTLAND

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Damn, Bad Newz Baller, I thought it was one of best Dome Shots ever.

  • http://www.thekickoffshow.com P.O.P.E.

    SHOUT TO MY HOME GIRL PINK EYE ON PAGE 81!

  • Marleyy

    This cover truly captures Kobe’s “I want it way more than you” attitude.

  • Matul The Wolf

    damn…Eye of the Tiger, Face of the Ferret.

    btw,not hating, I’m a Lakers and Kobe fan. it’s just that this expression of his throughout the ’09 playoffs is just funny:)

  • megan

    ommmmmmmg <3

  • http://www.myspace.com/sammie_stewie sam412

    maaaan

    enough kobe covers!!
    ill give you this- the lakers deserve a championship cover,
    but seriously
    hes been on the cover, or shared the cover on 3 of the last 7 issues!
    this is getting old
    share the regular season love because everyone seems to think hes going to be reaping the glory in the offseason

    cheers

  • amrit

    wat a crying lil bit*h… horrible player

  • john

    just got it today

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  • Thomas Maiden

    YEAH!!!

  • Thomas Maiden

    I WANT TO PURCHASE SLAM 131

  • Thomas Maiden

    I WANT TO PURCHASE SLAM 131

  • Thomas Maiden

    OH AND HE’S THE COVER

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