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SLAM 134: On Sale Now!

The How-To Issue…

by Lang Whitaker

My job as Executive Editor here at SLAM comes with a very loose definition. Staying up late at night to watch the end of a Grizz-Clips game? Part of the job. Spending 10 minutes figuring out how Josh Smith stacks up against the all-time leading shot blockers in Atlanta Hawks history? Part of the job. Emailing back and forth with a writer trying to make their story better? Part of the job. Thinking up funny headlines? Part of the job. Texting with some NBA player and fending off their requests for a SLAM cover without pissing them off? Part of the job. Tweeting random NBA thoughts in the middle of the night? Part of the job. Writing blog posts and editing together funny videos? Part of the job.

The one unifying part of the job — the big picture stuff, as Michael Scott might say — is that I’m always trying to come up with ideas to make SLAM better. Move along, keep going forward, step outside the box from time to time and try new things.

Maybe two years ago, I was watching a “Mythbusters” marathon one Saturday afternoon, and I thought about how cool it would be to do a basketball Mythbusters issue. For instance, could Earl Manigault really take change off the top of a backboard? Or what about…well, that was the only myth I could think of at that moment. But I kept coming back to that general idea, of SLAM doing a cover story that was actually a package of a lot of other stories.

A few months later I was cleaning up my apartment and came across a stack of Striker magazines, the soccer mag we used to do, and I recalled how we used to do a section called “Training Ground,” in which we had a famous player describe to us how to do his signature move, which we illustrated with detailed drawings.

Sometime later, I was thinking about how SLAM could better serve those of our readers who spend a lot of time actually playing basketball. We have access to a lot of the greatest players in the game, so why couldn’t we do something where they give tips directly to our readers? That would be something you’d be interested to read, right?

Eventually, all this stuff swirled together in my head, and soon after, late one night, I sent Ben the following email with the subject “Idea…” (And yep, this is the actual email that I sent Ben. Sometimes it’s helpful to never empty your email trash):

The SLAM How-To Issue

Maybe the tag line could be something like How to make yourself the best basketball player you can be.

I’m thinking this cover package could be something like 8-10 pages, maybe more. Each page could have 2/3 boxes/items. Could use action shots for the cover, or do a shoot with one of the guys. Inside, lots of action photos. Each item can be a numbered list with 3 or 4 tips/steps on how to do a particular move, I’d say no more than 300 words per item. And maybe there’s a way to do some how-to drawings like we used to do in Striker.

As for players, I’d hope we could get a lot of big name guys (just getting them in locker rooms, etc).

Some initial thoughts…I bet we could come up with a lot more…

LeBron — How to read a defense

Kobe — How to shoot a jump shot

CP3 — How to set up your teammates (or do a crossover)

Duncan — How to use the glass

Dwight — How to rebound

Ray Allen — How to shoot free throws

Bench player — How to contribute to a team w/o getting minutes

TV analyst — How to watch basketball

A Trainer — How to stay healthy

A PR person — How to market yourself (aimed at high schoolers trying to make a name for themselves maybe?)

After Ben and I went back and forth on email and honed the idea, Ben sat with our publisher and sold him on the idea. Then we had an editorial meeting with the full SLAM staff where we all passed the idea back and forth, and eventually put together a list of topics and players we wanted to match up with each topic. Ben and Susan met with our art department, Melissa and Stephen, and they hashed out how it could all fit together and went to work on the visuals. Finally, we sent our writers across the country out to talk to the best basketball players in the world to uncover their secrets to being amazing.

And from all of that sprang SLAM issue 134, a.k.a. The How-To Issue. My initial list held together pretty well, though we had to make some adjustments based on availability, etc. Here’s the final line-up that’s in SLAM 134:

How to Block a Shot
By Dwight Howard

How to Score
By Kevin Durant

How To Win A Championship
By the Los Angeles Lakers

How To Be A Leader
By Kevin Garnett

How To Shoot A Jump Shot
By Ray Allen, second all-time in three-pointers made

How To Cross Someone Over
By Tim Hardaway, five-time All-Star

How To Improve Every Year
By Danny Granger, Most Improved Player

How To Play With a Superstar
By Romeo Travis, high school teammate of LeBron James

How To Rebound
By Blake Griffin, NCAA rebounding champion

How To Take A Charge
By Shane Battier, All-Defensive Second Team

How To Be A Mascot
By Benny The Bull, longest-tenured mascot in the NBA

How To Shoot A Free Throw
By Chauncey Billups, 89 percent career free throw shooter

How To Be A Fan
By Clipper Darrell, attendee of more than 350 consecutive home games

How To Shoot A Bank Shot
By Rasheed Wallace, four-time All-Star

How To Stay in Game Shape
By Aaron Nelson, Trainer of the Year

How To Read A Defense
By Chris Paul, First Team All-NBA

How To Deal With Losing
By Jamal Crawford, eight seasons, no Playoff games

How To Watch A Basketball Game
By Charles Barkley, Hall of Famer

From that, we put together four different covers (below, which should hit newsstands in NYC this weekend and around the US next week) and a pretty cool cover story package.

(And as for covers, subscribers get the Dwight cover, as well as people overseas, I think. The other covers will be available in their respective regions, and also online.)

Also in SLAM 134, we have a lot of other great stuff, from a feature on the fifth anniversary of Malice at the Palace, written by my main man Sekou Smith, who was actually there at the game when the brawl broke out, to Tzvi’s Dime Drop with Manny Pacquiao, to a team feature on the Dallas Mavs by Khalid to an old school on Tom Meschery, the first Chinese-born player in the NBA. And we have the diaries from Harrison Barnes, Jonny Flynn and Josh Childress, as well as a feature on Brook Lopez, tons of Punks stories…and much, much more.

If you play basketball, this cover package is a must-read. If you’re a fan of the game, it’s just as relevant to you, too. (For instance, we got Charles Barkley to actually take his bit seriously and he came up with some great stuff about how fans should watch basketball.)

As for us, we’re on to the next one, already dreaming up the next issue of SLAM, setting up shoots, getting guys on the phone, watching games, tweeting and posting and writing and going, going, going.

And it don’t stop.

Hey, it’s part of the job.

Enjoy…

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  • Caleb

    SLAM BEST MAG ON EARTH!!

  • LeoneL

    Will grab a copy ASAP!

  • matt604

    Durant has got his thizz face on. Hopefully this is another great ish.

  • jk_light

    A team feature on the Dallas Mavs by Khalid. Yeahhh, right. That will be one objective article!!!

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  • jk_light

    Other than that, great idea with the cover story.

  • doobie

    what a sick idea. i cant wait to read this effin issue.

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

    I’m just psyched to see the name “Romeo Travis” on the cover of Slam.

  • ClydeSays

    My sub had better get me the KG cover.

  • Pic

    Didn’t you guys used to have a how-to section before? I remember a frame by frame instruction manual of Tim Hardaway’s UTEP 2-step. I think its from the John Starks issue.
    You need to bring that back!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Pic: We just did!

  • vmcb

    Velvet Hoop cover, please.

  • jumpman3224

    This looks great! Glad to see Durant get some cover love. Any idea which version is going out to subscribers? Does it depend on where you live?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    People asking about the covers you’ll get…read the post!!

  • LA Huey

    Get Jennings a cover.

  • Pic

    Great work as usual. Would’ve loved to see the PR angle that you guys initially thought of, too.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks, Lang. I’m excited to read it and I edited the effing thing.

  • OfficialEdgar

    5 years from now no nobody is gonna buy these magazines! You guys need to make ur own App on Itunes! I could work for this company its easy!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Great post, LW.

  • K-Nasty

    Man this ish looks sick. I’ve actually been hoping for a while that you guys would do something like this to add something new to the mag. Great work guys. Can’t wait to read it.

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

    i’m excited! But dammit i wanted KD!

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

    Very nice and original.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @OfficialEdgar: You are wrong. Although many print publications are struggling, there will always be those who will pay for the tangible. I love digital formats but as a print designer, i dont know if it could ever replace the majesty of ink on paper…That is all.

  • Atrain

    Jennings needs next cover

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

    let me just say i’m glad you’re not sending me the one with the lakers on it :) kidding all these covers look really good

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @OfficialEdgar: Perhaps. But it’s really hard to stick a full-page iPod screen with a photo of your favorite player to your wall.

  • http://tmz.com Candyman

    Wow this is crazy! I dont know which one to get! Maybe all of them ( not a laker fan )Been a slam fan since Alanzo morning was on the cover! Forgot what number that was but SLAM keep them coming! Hey Slam, maybe you can show some love to Chris Andersen soon?

  • doyouwantmore

    If I get the Laker one I may cancel my subscription. (Not really though!)

  • Bruno

    hell yeah slam’s the best
    so overseas’s gonna be the dwight cover mmm I’m ok with that but I’m gonna try to get that Lakers cover too

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i’m assuming td wasn’t available to talk bank shots.

  • KHALID SALAAM

    @ jk_light: Surely you jest??

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Was hoping for a nude Iverson cover “No Team, No Problems”

  • LexLuther

    LeBron: how to put up a triple double damn near every night

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Andrew Bynum just solidified his All Star placement with a cover from the Basketball Bible. Thanks guys.

  • slamfan4life

    i hope i dont get the KG one….i hate that mofo….he good and i respect him….but damn how you gonna talk sh!t to the bulls when you’re on the bench KG??

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

    Lebron: How to not shake anyone’s hand and not see any problem with it.

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

    First time in a long time that I’ll be picking up an issue. Very nice concept Lang, it takes me back to when you have those little how to guides in the back of the old SLAM’s. Reggie shooting free throws etc. Well played.

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

    Queen lebron: How to take a Crap step or traveling without gettin’ caught …

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    damn, really wish i woulda got the kg one, but very thankful that i didnt get the lakers one

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Looking forward to this issue!!!! But, this is such a random collection of covers for one issue.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    How to block a shot should’ve been Josh smith! and how to shoot a free throw should’ve been Jose Calderon! He had the best record last year missing only 3!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @NiQ: Know what’s weird? Calderon’s shooting 76 pct on free throws this season.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Jose didn’t want to talk free throws.

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

    Don’t be mad at me if I only have itnerest in three of the covers.

  • http://lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Great idea Lang, best potential overall issue in a while.

  • thalilbigkahuna

    This sounds really cool. Can’t wait to see it.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    @Lang, yea I noticed that. Don’t know why its so low this season. But you were mentioning accomplishments for other people like Most improved player, NCAA rebounding champion, so I figured maybe it was something worth noting.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    Wait, no one ever told me that tweeting was part of the gig. Because in that case, I charge by the tweet. The rate is negotiable.

  • JD

    Working for Slam must be the best job in the world! Love this issue

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

    Def gonna pick up the KG mag. Little surprised that Timmy D didn’t get the “How To Shoot A Bank Shot” spot.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Seth: I tried to get Timmy but didn’t hear back. In the meantime, I was talking to Sheed and, well, he was a great fit.

  • underdog

    Wow, OKC on the cover. I would cop the one with Durant on. The others like, well…

  • j4zzm4n

    i need this ish a.s.a.p but only got ish 133 this week.man the lack of love for ball in the u.k is pathetic. i wish all 4 covers were available here though man oh man slam with more hotness.

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    How to Save a Life – The Fray

  • davidR

    i’m gonna cop just to read what khalid had to say about the mavs hah

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

    These covers are beautiful.

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

    Although after all the L Wolves jokes, Im almost insulted that we werent consulted on how to deal with losing.

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

    Although after all the L Wolves talk, Im almost insulted we werent consulted on how to deal with losing…

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sWhatSheSaid

    How not to win consecutive rings by Celtics and Spurs.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    How to double post by Myles Brown

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This sounds like it could you guys best issue yet. I’m excited.

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

    Damnit. I should just change my name to Charlie Brown.

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

    Man. Best idea you guys’ve come up with in a bit.

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

    Bonus Question : How To Get A Technical by Rasheed Wallace.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    How to Shoot a Bank Shot (From 3-point land) — by Rasheed Wallace, is what y’all meant I think

  • Beady Eye

    Let me guess… Dwight Howard, how to rebound: be really tall, and able to jump really high.

    Might have been better to get someone who relies on technique (ie. Kevin Love) to cover that section.

  • doyouwantmore

    LOL poor Jamal Crawford. Glad to read I’ll be getting that Dwight cover.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Woulda loved to see a Billups cover…

  • Jay Cutler

    Really curious to see how this will turn out.

    I think the topics are a bit anodyne though. How to grab a rebound? How about how Jamaal Crawford does his shake and bake thing? How about how Kevin Garnett psychs out his opponents? How about Kobe’s fadeaway or his approach to conditioning? Rip Hamilton on using curls. Battier on some underlooked aspect of help d. You know, actual SIGNATURE qualities.

    I think an issue like THAT will get your readership, most of whom probably consider themselves ballers, excited. In short what you need is to get insights that aren’t so generic that you can get them from great European, D-League, college players.

    That said I do look forward to seeing how things turn out.

  • Jay Cutler

    Really curious to see how this will turn out.

    I think the topics are a bit anodyne though. How to grab a rebound? How about how Jamaal Crawford does his shake and bake thing? How about how Kevin Garnett psychs out his opponents? How about Kobe’s fadeaway or his approach to conditioning? Rip Hamilton on using curls. Battier on some underlooked aspect of help d. You know, actual SIGNATURE qualities.

    I think an issue like THAT will get your readership, most of whom probably consider themselves ballers, excited. In short what you need is to get insights that aren’t so generic that you can get them from great European, D-League, or college players.

    That said I do look forward to seeing how things turn out.

  • #XV

    To Be Quite Honest, I Have Been A Hawks Fan For The Past Five Years (Some Bad Years Included).. Considering They Are Young, Talented, Improving Each Year. Last Year They Won Their First Playoff Series Since Like Wat ’98?
    And Now They Seem To Be The Best Team In The NBA, Watch Some Games Or Look Up The Power Rankings For More Info.
    All Ive Seen Is ONE Piece On Josh And Joe Each Within Past 2 Years.

    LANG WHITAKER, WHY DONT U SAY SOMETHIN?
    Maybe Josh, Or Horford, Or Bibby, Or Johnson Arent Good Enough For A Solo Cover (JOE NEVER HAD ONE????)
    But Why Cant They All Be On The Same Cover.. Maybe Somethin Like Hawks Flyin High In Atl… Maybe Even Jamal Can Get Some Love Since He Is One Of The Best SIXTH MEN IN THE LEAGUE. Im Just Sayin…

    This Is Not A Star Studded Celtics Team, But A TEAM Nontheless, Which Is Largely Ignored.

    Great Teams Are Unselfish, And Play Defense, Can Score In Great Ammounts, And They Win Championships

    …Maybe A Title Is Too Far Of A Stretch For Some, But Once U Watch A Game, It Dont Take Long For U To Notice That Somethin Special Is Happening With This TEAM. And A No. 1 Power Ranking, Road Wins, And
    Unbeaten At Home Are Characteristics Of GREAT TEAMS.

    (SO CAN WE PLZ GIVE JOE A COVER AT LEAST???)

  • Nick R

    Love the idea…..my bball skills need some work, and you might as well learn from the best. Can’t wait for a copy!

  • http://twitter.com/wealwayswin Hersey

    May have to cop the KD cover. Should be available here in Austin

  • Robb

    Velvet Hoop cover FTW!
    Kevin Fartnett cover FTL!

  • http://www.paidtosave.info Dang I’m Nice!!!

    Wow, I’m really excited about this issue. This really sounds like a great concept and I hope you guys can make it a staple of the mag like Noyz and In Your Face.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i have a ring folder at home with torn out pieces of magazines, newspapers and the sort…the theme is exactly what you wrote about up top, Lango. pages from GQ and Maxim where Nba stars show their workouts, printouts from Nba dot com about rehabing injuries (actually copied Dampiers Rehab program from his GSW days, helped my legs out a LOT), signature moves, the lot. And after Nike did their series last summer (Kidd, Lebron etc. breaking down in-game situations) i got stoked for more material in that direction. Thank you for this.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    And thank you for sending Dwight (even though it’s not his best cover pic) to the international subscribers. Saves me from having to pick up and read the Lakers cover version with heavy lead lined gloves and heavy duty prongs.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    And Nemesis (Kha) is writing a piece on the MAVS in this? Kha, the Dirkhater? *shudder*

  • Hubert

    I’m buying this issue not because of the How-To’s, but because of the mini feature on Manny Pacquiao.

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  • Joe King

    How to deal with losing should of gone to the Nets..

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

    Looks like a great issues. Thanks fellas.
    Also, LOL @ Tad.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    How to score?? Durant? yea, he gets it in.. but this is his first time averaging big numbers… and when a guy like melo is constantly being refered to as the best scorer, i dont think kd shud of been given this title

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    How to guarantee – Guaransheed

  • J

    wow great cover. and good to see bynum on it.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    How to not draft Brandon Jennings – Donnie Walsh guest starring Mike D’Antoni.

  • http://www.slamonline.com oliver

    i got chills seeing garnett with the sick crossover!!!

  • J

    how to get an all star for crap- starring pau gasol, directed by mitch kupchak

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    How to Make a Graceful Exit – Shaquille O’Neal

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    How To Shoot (and make) 3-Pointers That Are Nowhere Near The 3-Point Line – JR Smith

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    How To Fall Down And Act Like Someone Punched You In The Neck Even Though Nobody Even Touched You – Sasha Vujacic

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    How To Fall To The Ground And Act Like You Were Hit With A Sledgehammer – Sasha Vujacic

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    How To Foul – Greg Oden

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    How To Take A Hit – Not Sasha Vujacic

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    How To Lose By 58 Points In The Playoffs – The New Orleans Hornets

  • karan

    AMAZING IDEA!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this issue… SLAM has truly amazed me, yet again…
    as an international subscriber, i’m sure to get the dwight cover, and that doesn’t make me too happy…
    and btw, the laker cover should’ve had odom instead of bynum, who had a bigger hand in winning that championship for them than bynum did.

  • Randy Brown

    Awesome, can’t wait for this. It’s like the old Skills (Skillz?) section, but like, you know, bigger and stuff

  • Michael

    How to hate on ESPN constantly, yet still be happy to take their money and make everyone go through an ad to get to anything on your site – SLAMonline

  • chintao

    I gotta’ get it, I got, got to get it.

  • http://Vikturus Vikturus

    Seems awesome, and Bynum looks big on the cover!

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  • staff

    I resubscribing based on this post/issue, amazing work

  • Jeronimo

    -How to choke in crunch time, by Kevin Garnett.
    -How to choose a team when you’re a free agent, by Allen Iverson.

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

    The how-to idea is great. And a team feature… I loooove team feauture, no matter which team it is. Barkley, Brook Lopez, yes, I’m happy.

  • Kendo

    How to get injured by Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    How to dissappear from the league without anyone realizing it by Steve Francis.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ Michael. No offense SLAM.

  • Hoodsnake

    How to score – with a Kardashian by LO

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Slam got some love for the Philipines’ own Manny Pacquiao? Cool! Now, I’m even more proud to be a Filipino. :)

  • BostonBaller

    I haven’t read not 1 comment but I have to say I LOVE YOU SLAM but you are killing my pockets with the multiple covers….Now I have to buy 3 mags to go with the 1 you send me. I have to keep up my EVERY COVER streak. lol. I’m old school to the core, down from LJ to KG covers baby!

  • Charlie G

    I wrote to slam to do this. great. took my idea.

  • Dot Com

    Kind of lame, SLAM. “How to block a shot”? Try jumping up and swatting it out of the air. “How to cross someone over?” It’s fairly straightforward.

    I don’t mean to be a jerk … just want you to know that not all your readers are sycophants who drool over every half-baked idea you put out there.

  • Earl

    If you want something worthwhile to do, Youtube “George Younce”.

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

    I can’t wait to read the Barkley thing. In fact, I think there’s a lot to expand upon within that theme. Very interesting.

  • Robb

    How to eat 5 cheeseburgers in less than a minute by Sean May

  • jmac2k9

    how to shoot a freethrow….by jose calderon

  • jmac2k9

    how to cry in a game….by big cry baby davis

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    How to be a douche-by Kobe Bryant, with special introduction from Karl Malone.

  • Robbi

    Y’all better make this an annual thing now. LOVE the concept!

  • LeoneL

    In Future Issues of SLAM:

    How To(crab)Dribble-LeBron James

    How To Say Sorry To Your Wife-Kobe Bryant

    How To Win A Championship Shooting Free Throws-Dwyane Wade

    How To Disenchant Fans-New York Knicks

    How To Play Dirty-Bruce Bowen

    Just kidding..:D

  • kaerie

    how to make mayweather down to his knees- manny pacquiao

  • Daniel Dragicevich

    dam, im from australia and i really want the lakers one or kevin durant one

  • jj

    finally some coverge on my man kd

  • john

    The crossover by Tim Hardaway was done early on in Slam’s career.

  • edmalhas

    Long live Striker mag!!! Loved it, too bad I was one of the few. How about a special World Cup 2010 issue Lang? Gotta order my Laker cover!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    edmalhas: we’re trying on the 2010 WC preview…

  • Tommy Patron

    Do we really need KG telling kids how to be leaders? I guess that’s better than showing them his game tapes.

  • Abaci

    im bummed that subscribers get the Dwight cover that was my fourth choice

  • gani

    How to make millions without trying – Jerome James

  • Sam

    OH NO another cover with Kobe on it. I bet ya printer in SLAM HQ is running out of yellow ink!!!

  • Flight

    Odom got dissed

  • MVP420

    This is messed up!! the last issue i recieved was the one with MELO on the cover. Was there like 2-3 issues after that? am i getting my moneys worth? whats going on?

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  • Hoodsnake

    @Flight – i gave them an idea for an Odom ‘How To-’ ;-) and if you gona do a WC Preview come down to South Africa…i’ll be waiting at Greenpoint Cape Town:-)

  • Luke

    im on the west coast, anybody know when the mag should be arriving?

  • http://www.slamonline.com lacokanostra

    Ron Artest – How to start a melee

  • europe

    great idea you should make it a weekly feature.

    and you should have added how to get your name out like originally thought of.

  • Jer-dawg

    I’m a subscriber and I WANT the Lakers cover! I’m out in Los Angeles! I like DH12, but I want the Lakers cover!

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

    ^Then go and fu*king buy it. If you can afford the money to blog here (internet/electricity), then you have a spare $7 to pay for another cover. Waaaah!

  • Ryan Kenney

    Durant Ed. to Maine. Please.

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  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @ Luke – I just got mine today lol.

  • TSS

    Yeah why do we as subscribers have to get the Dwight cover.I like Superman and all,but since this is the first cover Andrew Bynum has been on and since I’m a Laker fan,I’d rather have that issue

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  • Reece

    I could just the extra column that didn’t make it…
    Ron Artest’s Self Defense classes!

    -from a Lakers fan :)

  • Paul

    how can i win a gametime shirt of Howard?

  • Paul

    It’s nice to see a featured article about Manny Pacquiao. I am proud of him because he is a Filipino like me. He’s the best pound for pound boxer in the world!

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