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Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 11:47 am  |  134 responses

SLAM 132: On Sale Now!

Carmelo Anthony: “I’m back, baby.”

by Lang Whitaker

The last time Carmelo Anthony was on a solo SLAM cover was SLAM issue 105, back in the Winter of 2007. He was playing great, the Nuggets were looking up, and it seemed like it was time to highlight how he was finally growing up a little bit. The day we got copies of that issue into the SLAM office, the Nuggets were in NYC, so I went down to the Garden to give Melo a few copies. I had dinner plans that evening and couldn’t stay for the game, so I swung by for the pregame. Gave Melo some issues, caught up with him for a minute, told him to keep playing well so we’d look smart, and then I headed out for dinner. A few hours later, Carmelo punched Mardy Collins and got a 15 game suspension, just in time for SLAM 105 to hit newsstands.

Figuring out a SLAM cover isn’t an exact science. We try to mix it up between the LeBrons and Kobes and Wades and the guys who’ve never been on a cover before, like we did with college kids like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. And in between, every once in a while, we have the chance to highlight a guy we feel everyone else is sleeping on.

Six years into his NBA career, Carmelo Anthony is still only 25 years old, and he’s already fourth on the Nuggets’ all-time scoring list. Last season, with Chauncey Billups replacing Allen Iverson in the attack, the Nuggets became one of the most rabid defensive teams in the NBA. They tied a franchise record with 54 wins, and the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in two decades. Carmelo is the best player on a team that was two wins away from making the NBA Finals last year.

But still. For a guy who’s never averaged less than 20 ppg in the NBA, never not been to the postseason and has a gold medal around his neck, Carmelo Anthony has been remarkably overlooked as a basketball player for a long time. He is very aware of this, and he plans on doing something about it.

When Melo was a rookie, I helped him write his SLAM Rookie Diary each month. This was before texting, and getting him on the phone each month was not an easy task. But the more we spoke, the more Melo and I got to know each other, the more he was willing to speak to me. Since then, I’ve been wanting to do a Q&A with Melo in SLAM, because I hoped he’d be comfortable enough with me to talk about a lot of stuff you don’t hear Melo talk about very much.

When we were setting up the SLAM 132 cover shoot, one of Melo’s ideas was to have him in a director’s chair. Melo thought that this would be representative of the changes he’s made in his life the last few years, of how he is now directing his life as opposed to just going along for the ride. While I appreciated the sentiment, and that Melo was actively putting thought into our cover shoot, I explained that shooting a cover is a very difficult thing to do. Between the word “SLAM” across the top and the cover lines down the sides of every cover, there’s not a lot of room to work with. And with the little rectangle of space that’s available to work with, it’s increasingly difficult to do something different.

Anyway, we reached a compromise: We’d get a director’s chair and we’d shoot Melo in it, but I made it clear there was probably no way we’d be able to use it for the cover.

After the shoot, back in NYC, we started looking at photog Paul Aresu’s images and…well, guess what ended up on the cover:

Print

Great idea, Melo.

Once we settled on that cover shot, our creative team of Melissa Brennan and Steven Goggi went to work and crafted a very cool cover. There’s plenty of great stuff in SLAM 132 besides the Melo story, including interviews with Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon, Rajon Rondo, our college preview and the debut of our newest Rookie Diary keeper, Jonny Flynn.

We did the Carmelo shoot out in Denver about a month ago, and I went out there for a day to hang with Melo my man. The story in SLAM 132 covers everything from the AI/Billups swap to the Nuggets’ recent renaissance to Melo’s leap into the upper echelon to what it was like growing up without a father and how that informs his relationship with his son, Kiyan.

While Melo and I were talking, we got around to all of the other stuff Melo does, from making movies (his Krossover Entertainment produced the great Tyson documentary last year) to, more recently, dabbling in the music business. I asked him what he gets out of being involved in those fields…

MELO: To be able to put my creative thinking into a film or a documentary, you can’t beat that. It’s easy for me to just go out there and ask people what their ideas are or what they have going on. But I’d rather give my own input, and sit with a good writer or a good director and come up with a plan. And that’s something that seems to work for me.

SLAM: And you’re also in the music business…

MELO: I try to stay in the background more with that. Athletes get stereotyped all the time, because we only can do one thing — we can only play basketball. So we get stereotyped. I can’t work for SLAM? I can’t be a photographer? I hate when people say that. You know what? We do sh*t too! You didn’t know me before I started playing basketball. You don’t know what I wanted to grow up to be when I was a kid in school.

SLAM: What did you want to be?

MELO: Every time that question came up at the beginning of the school year, I never answered, because I didn’t want to be nothing. I just wanted to graduate from high school. I wanted to run around, I wanted to be outside, just chilling on the steps, seeing what’s going on. Not doing anything, just being there. I never walked around saying, I want to be an NBA basketball player! I watched the NBA, I had favorite players. Bernard King, that was my favorite player. No disrespect to MJ, because that’s God, but Bernard King was my favorite player.

SLAM: It’s funny you mention Bernard King, because he was always so overlooked…

MELO: Always! Always overlooked.

SLAM: And you get overlooked a lot, too.

MELO: Well, I’m back. I’m back. I think the only reason I was being overlooked was because I went to the Playoffs and got eliminated in the first round five straight seasons. And then you see D-Wade win a Championship, then you see LeBron take his team to the Finals, and it’s like, OK, where is Melo? Last year when we got to the Conference Finals, I think people realized, Melo is finally where he’s supposed to be.

SLAM: So you feel like you’re back?

MELO: I mean, I don’t like saying I’m back, because I didn’t go nowhere. But I’m back, baby.

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wow that’s a…. drastic cover change. Kinda like it though.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I slap Melo haters. Then run away, naturally.

  • http://www.kzine.se Tanny

    Best cover I have ever seen.

  • HangTime Hec

    Now this, this is a cover.

  • Ken

    I like the cover. It’s very raw. I have to say though, it seems a bit random to have Melo as the focus. I mean, he wasn’t in the finals, and he also isn’t somebody I’m expecting to have a huge breakout year, like Durant. Hopefully the Nuggs will make noise in the playoffs again and I’ll look back on this comment and be happy to be proven wrong.

  • http://www.sportweek.fr LexaB

    Wow. Just wow. Sick sick cover guys.

  • Carter

    Melo is so over rated. He needs to step his D up before he can be mentioned with Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Howard. Until then he is only a high volume scorer.
    Sorry melo fans, thats just it.

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    nice

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

    Great cover, and cool that Flynn will be keeping the rookie diary. How does that work though? Because Eric Gordon’s diary was a drag to read. It basically was something like this: WHEN WE’RE ON THE ROAD blablablabla…. BEING IN THE NBA blablablabla…. ADJUSTING AS A ROOKIE blablabla end of article. Is there no way to write a comprehensive piece?

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    With Billups (and Chris Andersen the BIRDMAN!!), Melo finally has a good cast. On another note, I am not a big fan of the sketchy font.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Gerard: It’s really up to the player. I will say that Jonny’s first diary is really good.
    @niQ: Not a font — Mr. Goggi drew all that.

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

    Hey Lang, thanks for the response. Well, since Johnny Flynn seems like a guy who is quite outspoken, can’t wait to read it. By the way, is it known who made the millionth (?) comment on this site?

  • J.C.

    Dude’s slept on cos he doesn’t make highlight reels. He’s not particularly quick, he’s not a particularly high flier, he doesn’t have a particular craft that he’s elite at (‘Ray Allen’s a good shooter’, ‘Ron Artest’s a good defender,’), he’s just quite good at everything. So he puts up great numbers and his team wins but now the initial hype has faded the casual fan doesn’t pay attention.

  • J.C.

    Oh, and that cover is sexy.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Yeah…I like the sketchy front as a departure from the norm BUT I really hope it isnt the regular bit. The strong typography makes for a more graphic (superior?) cover and meshes better with the Slam logo. Love the photo though…I’m stoked Tyreke Evans is going to be in there as well.

  • http://fsjkfdlc.om Jukai

    DAMN Melo’s legs are hairy.. for a second, I thought those were really bad tats.

  • http://fsjkfdlc.om Jukai

    No hating though, that’s still a sweet cover

  • arthur

    Beast of a cover.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    J.C. makes him sound like Paul Pierce.

  • BigShotBob24

    I’ve been a hater lately, SLAM, but I want to give credit where credit’s due. The Jordan issue was nice, and I’m definitely going to cop SLAM 132.

  • Joe A

    Very dope cover. And I can’t wait to read that Rondo article.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    You guys gotta’ read Lang’s q+a. Best interview with Melo I’ve ever read. By far.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Gr8 work by melissa and Goggi–even if he is a Giants fan.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Loving it. Did you guys interview Ron or is it just a short article on him?

  • http://twitter.com/ramzy1of1 cramzy

    @ JUKAI, I’m glad im not tha only one that thought that. I though it was apart of the cover design or something lol

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    WOW JUST WOW!I’ve been down since mike The Interview, and this is F.R.E.S.H.

  • riggs

    as a graphic designer i have to say this cover is worthy of my praise.

  • riggs

    melos legs are hairy son, must be the spanish in him

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Can everyone that commented on Melo’s hairy legs retroactively go back and edit their posts to end them with ‘pause’? Yes?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Brad: A little of both…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    I hope Lang voiced that Raiders like uniform colorblocking change to Melo, so they don’t stay wearing that “Shiny suit man!” of course with the NBA, they’re probably going to abuse the Alternate versions and Silver shiny sweat garbage bag authentics (Dallas Antoine Walker style) would come right back out of the idea anyway.
    -
    Kids are going to love this bright blue cover with orange popping out at them to let them know its about basketball when they run by the magazine racks.

  • 6marjons

    one of the sickest covers you guys have ever come up with, and you didn’t even come up with it

  • RickyRude

    Classic cover, good job

  • http://www.thedailydott.com michaeldott

    Well done SLAM, the writting on the cover is pure Joker Why So Serious font-type!! Ben OSbourne why has Scotland not seen Slam presents Jordan or the latest issue of Kicks? :( :(

  • Bear

    Now that, fellas, is a cover.

  • $tev3

    When canb durant get a cover?

  • $tev3

    ^ can

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    If you’re looking for an absolutely sick cover, look no further. Oh, wow.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Please comeback and play like you did in the Playoffs Melo, please. Co-sign Z “A real man shouldn’t have to say no homo”…. But still.

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

    Only way this cover would be better is if you Photoshopped in the South Park kids!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    This is nice.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Carmelo is my 2nd favorite player behind DWade! I wrote into trash talk and told SLAM that they should do a cover with Melo and Chauncey but a Melo cover is just fine! And I asked if SLAM if they could do something on the Pistons since Im a die-hard fan of them and they did! Sounds like SLAM got my letter and took some of my advice. Hopefully Im published in Trash Talk!

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Also I like the writing on the cover too! It looks absolutely awesome with the graffity writing!

  • Young C

    Im mad I still dont have my Derrick Rose cover. Can someone help me out with this? I dont think my subscription ran out because it would have warned me before it happened.

  • BP3

    melo will never get past kobe man!

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    So Sick. First cover I’ve felt in a LONG time.

  • badnewsb8ller

    Melo’s legs look like his teammate J.R Smiths arms.ha

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Matt Lawyue

    As people have stated, this cover is definitely going to “pop” on the newstands. Great job guys.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Young C: Derrick was on cover of KICKS, which never goes to subscribers. Last subscriber ish was Kobe/champs. @michaeldott: Ask your newsagent. I don’t have anything to do with shipping overseas.

  • Sigurður Einar (Iceland).

    I am a big fan of Slam and i have been reading Sins Larry Johnson was one Slam 1 and i have read all of your magazines. I love this cover and it is in the top 10 of SLAM covers.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Glad people are feeling this, by the way.

  • Abdul-Salaam

    God is God. Michael Jordan is a human being.

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

    I see you all let the Joker design the cover….

  • la huey

    effing sick cover. great work.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com thedimemachine

    Sick. Top 5 Slam covers fo sho.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s gotta be one of the coolest magazine covers ever.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Is the Michael Jordan tribute issue still on sale even though this Carmelo-cover is out?

  • Young C

    Thanks Ben. I still haven’t seen the Kicks issue in the grocery store where I usually get it. Ill have to go to Borders or something to see if I can find it

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    One of the best covers ever. Melo is way overlooked and I think he is a top 5 player in this league ability wise and defintily he is a better scorer than LeBron. Next year will probably be a great year for Melo.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Let’s put a smile on that face aHAHAHAHAHAHAHa

  • ish

    luv melo, but yeah lets get that other overlooked brother in a new slam ish, im talkin bout MR> BERNARD KING

  • MTLien

    Absolutely unbelievable. This cover’s an all-timer.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Yea hopefully MJ’s special edition issue is still out because I dont have the extra money at the moment.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    AN INTERVIEW WITH BG AND CV31! HOW COOL IS THAT AND JONNY FLYN IS THE ROOKIE DIARY!!! I CANT WAIT TILL I GET THIS IN THE MAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    The only thing that pisses me off about this issue is that Ron Artest is in it. Why is that? People in Detroit absolutely hate that man.

  • Rusty

    dude does have some hairy ass legs, sick cover guys, will cop this for sure.

  • http://fsjkfdlc.om Jukai

    Pardeep: Why is he a better scorer if Lebron averages more points?

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan15

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG Finalllyyyyyy!!!! ell over due but much appreciated
    i think some man juices just spiled in my pants (no H0m0)
    haterss falll back!!!!
    thank u SLAM!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    As special newsstand issues, both KICKS and JORDAN will be on stands for a couple months, so yes, you all have plenty of time to go buy one or both.

  • http://- Marcel H.

    I’ve seen it on the NY newsstands since Saturday, even before this website put the ‘On Sale Now’ article up. Why is that?

    Ill cover, really like the writing!

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Cant wait to read about Tyreke Evans

  • http://flp1@cox.net floridafinest008@aim.com

    Damn that cover is dope as hell, College preview too, Slam yall are ridiculous, I’m out like Kanye at the VMA’s

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Jukai: Thats my opinion I think Carmelo is a pure scorer and LeBron uses most of his athletic ability to score. You got to remember the structure of Melo’s team he has Chauncey who balances everything out and with Chauncey it is hard to take over games because he changes the offence to help the team, you know he goes to different people throughout the game it isn’t like the Cavs give it to Lebron and hell decide. Even before Chauncey came Melo had Iverson another great scorer he had to share the shine with. Melo before Iverson and Chauncey came was averaging 30 a game untill he was suspended for the fight. That was three seasons ago imagine Melo in that situation now. Melo has not clearly been the best player on his team for so long and he always had to share the scoring but LeBron is the main man on his team and it revolves around him and it is so much easier for him to score points like that and hes a guy who is 6 foot 8 and 270 dominating the ball more than Chris Paul and Nash. Imagine if Melo got to do that. Melo is a lethal scorer. He gets selfish sometimes during the season and puts up major numbers like one time when he had 33 points in a quarter this season. Melo>LeBron in scoring.

  • http://yahoo.com Logues

    finally u guys got more creative with the cover

  • http://www.oprah.com doyouwantmore

    Yep, probably the best cover ever. Well done, SLAM.

  • http://www.oprah.com doyouwantmore

    Melo did refer to himself in the third person though.

  • stokesey

    Real nice cover guys, way to shake things up a bit

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    way to be different. a few too many question marks for my tastes, but i’d rather have those than exclamation points.

  • Rashaan

    Its about Damn time you guys gave Melo the cover. That cover is the best i ever seen. Cant wait til i get mine in the mail. Gonna buy it on newsstand to. Hope you guys have some outtakes to.

  • http://fsjkfdlc.om Jukai

    Pardeep: Actually, rather nice argument, can’t really debate it. I still say Lebron is better purely from the ease I see both of them get to the basket and the the double teams both see on average. But you certainly have a case.

  • German Reignman

    Really dope cover, though I don`t really see the connection/ideas between the Goggi font and the director chair ?

  • Solon

    Dope Cover. Melo is hated on. He was killing the lakers for a few games. No one could guard him, he was crashing the boards and beasting. He had that one game where he was just off, but he proved that he is a big time player on a big time stage. Even Kobe was calling him a beast. Better rebounder then Odom even though Odom is 4 inches taller.

  • AJM

    This cover is real sick, great job SLAM.

  • karan

    LOVE THE FONT!!! awesome cover

  • LOAF

    love that COVER
    and glad melo is the center piece of the magazine and the main story, my favourite player since i got into basketball going to cop that mag!

    GOOD WORK

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I swear this is soooo dope. play wit it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    Solon, hold up…Odom is four inches taller than Melo, wouldn’t that make him seven feet tall? SMH. Come on man, let’s get with the program.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I Love Love Love that cover!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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

    Props to the Joker for the design cover….. It just needs random ha ha ha’s scattered around it.

  • NoD

    This article literally had me laughing out loud!

    Carmelo STILL the overhyped, overrated FRAUD he’s been since his Syracuse days. Syracuse was EXTREMELY LUCKY Kansas had Kirk Hinrich bricking up shot after shot.

    Even now Carmelo cannot realize that it was his teammate, Chauncey Billups, that got him past a first round . . an AGING Chauncey Billups! Dwayne Wade carried his team to an NBA title; LeBron James put the Cavs. on his broad shoulders and carried them to an NBA finals; all Carmelo has done is hitch a ride on the coattails of Billups, and now he has the audacity to proclaim “I’m back baby”

    What a joke!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Sometimes I seriously wonder if some^ of the people who post on this site even watch basketball on a regular basis.

  • MARSHALL

    FINALLY! No more ugly “bubble letter” SLAM covers! And the ugly “new” look. Makes me sick.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    NoD, I laugh because Melo also played in the WC when it was a lot more stacked. Wade x Shaq wouldn’t have made it out of the West, neither would have Bron and company ANY year. I guarantee, if the Cavs played in the West, their appearance in the Finals wouldn’t have happened. The Cavs can’t even make it with a less than 100% Celtics or Magic, and the Heat have no chance at winning anymore. Melo almost beat the Lake Show singlehandedly until Ariza stole the show and shifted the entire momentum of the series. And yeah, I agree with Brad…some people just speak with their a$$es and don’t even watch basketball, let alone use critical analysis to figure out why things work out the way they do.

  • ThaRussian

    NoD, it’s a team effort, you can only get so far having one good player, esp. in the stacked WC, Melo is highly under-appreciated, the dude is so smooth and aggressive at the same time, no body can guard him, as far a pure scorers go I think Kobe is #1 (tho he does so much else) and Melo is right behind him

  • mike

    how bout you guys give durant a cover soon – like real soon

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    I wonder why SLAM always has the magazines with the month being 2 or 3 months ahead when it comes out. Look at it by the barcode it says november 2009 and the last time I checked it is september 2009!This happens all the time. Whats with that SLAM? Anyways I cant wait to see the pistons article!!!

  • will vagher

    melo is just as good as wade howard and james melo has had injuries that people dont even talk about and he still is one of the best in the nba

  • Jonez

    WTF Jukai and Pardeep actually agreed on something. LOL.

  • Outlaw

    sick cover

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Okay I’m sorry but this particular exchange:
    MELO:”People don’t know what I wanted to be when I grow up.”
    SLAM:”So what did you want to be?”
    MELO:”I didn’t want to be nothin.”
    Kinda gave me a chuckle

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Jacob: All monthly magazines do that — not just SLAM, but everyone from Vogue to GQ. From what I’ve been told, the month written on the magazine is for newsstands to know how long to leave it on the stands. Yeah, doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either.

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

    Pretty telling that his favourite player was Bernard King; you can really tell how much Bernard was an influence on Melo’s game. Can’t wait for this to hit the stands here in Toronto.

  • Kobester

    sorry Melo but u will never beat the Lakers as long as KOBE is healthy

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Melo has more of a perimeter game and deeper range than King had, but King definitely had a WAY better post-up game. And he was a better scorer. King’s turnaround on the block was unstoppable; he could get that thing off over anyone. Took out Isiah’s boys with two broken fingers on one of his hands. King of New York.

  • greekmule

    best SLAM cover ever! this is art…

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    This cover and Melo have alot in common. SLAM and Melo are both well-known, but often overlooked, and they are both headed for breakout seasons! Although Melo’s already a premiere player, I’m talkin MVP consideration next year, with him D-Wade, LeBron and CP3. My psychic friend says Kobe is having a season-ending injury against the Clippers…

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  • tavoris

    Teddy, thanks 4 educating them on Bernard King…the man was a KILLER scorer (even after his knees were gone) who could get the shot he wanted anytime.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Meh… no d*ck-riding from me. I’m not feeling the cover, and I always prefer when SLAM puts a new face on the cover (though I know the all-stars sell the most). But as a loyal SLAM reader since I was in 6th grade (I’m 25 now), of course I’ll cop it.

  • ENDS

    Im just Glad u guys are getting Creative and not just doing the SOS

  • kamaukali

    Another good cover by Slam. I’m slowly becoming a Melo believer. The more he grows as an all around player, the more I check for him. He’s got Chauncey now….time to start focusing on the defensive end a bit more.

  • floridafinest008@aim.com

    I got this today and everything’s dope as usual, except I can’t read the Artest article and part of the Melo one either, the font is washed out,it’s strange it’s like they ran out of color from their printer, anyone else have this problem.

  • Captain Jean Luc-Picard

    Great respect for Melo. Nice cover too.

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

    kinda funny how melo happens to be on the cover where u say ku will repeat

  • omg

    wooow man, this cover is super dope!!! its funny how it says why are u still hating on carmelo anthony? and then a melo hater pops up. i cant wait to cop this man. Melo is my fave player and he most def is overlooked. top 10 SLAM best covers

  • http://www.thisismelo.com wow

    n da shoes dont look so bad on his feet……….

  • Tammy Hunter

    OMG! I Love this Cover! I was so excited to see Carmelo Anthony back on the cover of Slam mag. again!!! Carmelo Anthony u r my favorite player! Can’t wait for your season to start No. 15!

  • http://facebook.com hallabalo!

    can you do an article on arenas and about his offseason?

  • joey

    Lebron dominates the small forward position and there is noone within a mile of him

  • Levizzle

    Actually “carter” melo’s defense and rebounding is one of the primary reasons the nuggets got as far as they did last year. Sorry, that’s just it.

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    Slamadamonth killed thousands of trees for no reason

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/08/iverson-memphis-made-an-offer/ Mar

    i agree with anton and i dont care if this issue is crap for some reason i the cover alone is worth buying

  • bj uptown

    one of the best covers i have seen so far

  • http://yahoo.com jose

    the slamdamonth part is blank=((

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Guys, please read the Slamadamonth words. And re-think your comments. To quote Mark Jackson, and aimed at those who think there’s a mistake, “you’re better than that!”

  • Ged23ai

    Wow what a great cover melo deserves respect, and you guys came through him. Well done

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  • MARSHALL

    SHUT, UP ANTON!!

  • samcobilibob jr.

    Oh those poor trees! Im sure they really care. morons.

  • http://www.autobotshop.com Autobotshop.com

    sorry Melo but u will never beat the Lakers as long as KOBE is healthy

    i agree

  • jayson munar

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