Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 11:19 am  |  113 responses

KICKS 12: On Sale Now!

Russ gives the Rookie of the Year front-page shine.

by Russ Bengtson

A few weeks ago, I landed at LAX, picked out my Hyundai rental at Alamo (one with Cali plates—I ain’t stupid), and was in the In N Out Burger drive-through on Sepulveda within a half-hour of deplaning. My priorities might be crooked in other areas, but I know exactly what to do when I find myself in Los Angeles.

But if this is about double-doubles, it’s not about the one I ate (Animal style, with fries and a Coke) on the grass directly under the LAX landing pattern. Rather it’s—warning, awkward transition ahead!—the 10 double-doubles the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose stacked last year en route to winning the Rookie of the Year in a rout. Derrick was out in Cali for adidas’ annual Super Shoot, and we followed close behind to get our own shots for the cover you see here.

roseadidasWhy, you may ask, are we putting someone on the cover of KICKS who doesn’t even have a signature shoe? A fair question. Were this a different time—and were adidas a different company—D. Rose would undoubtedly have his own model. But somehow this seems more right. More fitting. Derrick readily admits to not even wanting to watch his own highlights dating back to his Memphis days, and apparently feels more comfortable discussing his failures than his successes.

For example, check out these two exchanges from our post-shoot Q&A:

KICKS: What was the switch like from the regular season to the Playoffs?
ROSE: A whole other level. Every possession counts. Turnovers, everything counts. In the Playoffs, you can’t mess up, really.

KICKS: And you were going against the defending champs.
ROSE: Yeah, it was fun. It was real fun.

Compare that with this:

KICKS: Who were the toughest guys you went against?
ROSE: Everybody. Oh, growing up? You’re talking like in high school? AAU? Something like that?

KICKS: Yeah, high school, AAU, even playground.
ROSE: Who was the toughest player? Man, the only person that really served me, like really really served me, I don’t even know this boy name. I just know he go to Montana. He probably a senior this year, he probably a senior, and I was young and playin’ up, that’s what you’re supposed to do. It was some boy, he was from Minnesota, he played for a Minnesota team, they came into Chicago, and I was playin’ up. And he served me, I can’t lie.

KICKS: He was another point guard?
ROSE: He had to be a two guard the way he was shootin’. I wanted to check the best player on the floor, so I was checkin’ him. It seemed he wasn’t missin’. He had to have 30-somethin’, 40 points or something like that. I don’t know his name, but I know he goes to Montana.

82996017BG020_Suns_BullsThis was literally the most animated Rose got during our whole talk—speaking about some unnamed kid who busted him up a long time ago. Playing the defending champion Celtics in the playoffs? Meh. Getting lit up by some nameless kid from Minnesota? He’d talk about that all day if you let him.

Well, and if he didn’t have to go get ready for the ESPYs. (For the record, I looked up the current Montana AND Minnesota rosters when I got back to my hotel, and couldn’t find anyone who fit the description. So, if you’re a guy from Montana or Minnesota who lit up Derrick Rose a long time ago, let us know.)

The question of whether or not Rose would want a signature shoe went unasked, but still got answered. In every sense, Rose seems happier being part of a team. There’s probably a part of him that feels uncomfortable just being on this cover alone.

But we’re glad he’s there.

[For so much more from Derrick and Russ, not to mention great features on the likes of Brandon Jennings, Nate Robinson and the Jordan Brand's new retro plans, as well as hundreds of great shoes, pick up your copy as soon as you see it! Or, if you aren't already a SLAM subscriber, sign up now and we'll send you KICKS for free.—Ed.]


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  • Zydrunas Illgauskas

    Wow!!! THX SLAM!!!

  • http://yahoo.com Logues

    where can i buy this and any of the old ones??

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Logues, this will be on sale at any newsstand/book store that sells SLAM. Should be in Manhattan today, rest of country in next week or so. As for old ones, go to our backissue site (http://www.primediabackissues.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=PB&Category_Code=SLAM)
    the 2006 and 2008 versions are available there for $7. Every other old one is sold out, though they do turn up on eBay fairly often.

  • bbaby


  • Tato

    First, fresh cover,another jordanesque cover

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ


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


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

    lol brought to you by footlocker???

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

    SLAM is now selling space on they’re front cover like the NBA jerseys!!

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

    Russ “was in the In N Out Burger drive-through on Sepulveda within a half-hour of deplaning.” What the f*ck took you so long.

  • chingy

    feeling the cover; not feeling the shoes

  • chingy

    The white on white is sooo sick

  • Young Lebron 23

    Bout to go and get this one. I really like the cover. Derrick Rose=Potential legend

  • thafanatic

    speaking of backissue. Im trying to get my hands on some really old SLAMs. I have been a SLAM subscriber since about SLAM 30 and I wanted to know if there is a place to get the earlier ones?

  • Young Lebron 23

    BTW those lebrons on the cover look sick

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ryan: I was indecisive at the rental spot. Making renters choose their own cars is just cruel. That said, I didn’t need a GPS to know where I was going once I got out of there.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Can’t wait for the Knife/Apple colorway.

  • cp3mvp0910

    this will be mailed to people with a subscription?

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

    Russ never mailed me my burger, so Im not reading this.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    thafanatic: assuming you mean older than issue 30, yeah, that back issue site (http://www.primediabackissues.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=PB&Category_Code=SLAM) is sold out of all of those. Again, eBay is probably your best bet. I just went there and typed in SLAM…mostly newer stuff there today, but there are some cool old issues on there (including Streetball 1 with Rafer Alston) that you might like, and I’m sure if you check every week or so just about everything you’d want should show up (except maybe issues 1/2/3…those are all pretty rare).

  • chingy

    That white on white is sooooo sick

  • slamfan4life


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    cp3mvp0910: new subscribers will get it as part of a promotion currently running, but otherwise, no. It’s never been part of the subscription package. Also FWIW: the above policies are dictated way over the editorial staff’s collective head.

  • CJK

    LOL @ Anton

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    This looks tight, for real. I like D Rose’s kicks, they look pretty original. The new LeBrons look alright too. Glad you guys did a piece on the Tai Chi’s, one of my favorite sneakers EVER.
    But you guys couldn’t have the Footlocker ad inside the cover? Lol all good though. At least the two are related…

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

    Man, I love to double double on the grass right under the LAX landing pattern. If I was filthy rich, I would go to LA simply to do that, and then leave.

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

    What is Rose so mad/upset about? He looks like a sad panda in this pictures!

  • http://www.thedailydott.com michaeldott

    SLAM has done it again, what a great cover, I may just cop my first KICKS Issue. SLAM I have been down since Chris Webber’s ‘Only The Strong Survive’ issue, a small gripe, is it just me or is the Issues getting thinner and the articles less? The season over Issue shouldn’t have been so thin, in issues and years past it’s almost three times as thick and I don’t think it has anything to do with the amount of ads, you guys used to have 5 thorough artices and thats not including the cover story…. can any of the SLAM guys break that down for me, is there a reason? And if Rose ever tests postivie for drugs the headline has to be CHICAGO DOPE!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    michaeldott: page count has pretty much everything to do with ads, or lack thereof, at both SLAM and just about every other magazine you pick up. I can promise you that there are a lot of articles in this issue though.

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

    I have issue 1-5, I ma missing 6, and 8 and then I have the rest except for I think 16. Any offers haha??

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

    dope cover, nice!

  • Jer Boi

    hmm i might get it just for the cover…pretty sick

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Sick. Love the white on white.

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep


  • the only one two and three

    hey slam put a regualr joe smoe on the cover. that would be really cool. like a bunch of 35+ guys in headbands and long socks and beer guts. that would be so cool.

  • James

    Will KICKS be available in Europe?

  • j4zzm4n

    dude i still haven’t got the end of season issue with kobe on the cover

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

    Oooooooowwweeeeeeeee!!! Now I know why the boy looked so tired at the USA trials in Vegas a few weeks ago. He’s running around everywhere. Ridiculuosly dope cover SLAM!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    James: yes.

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

    And guys I live in Cali, In-and-out is aiight. I never understood the hype surrounding them.

  • TD

    Adidas just cant get a decent shoe together. Not even for a cover of Kicks. But, still looking forward to the ish, have em all.

  • rashaan

    i have alot of old issues of slam. all the way back to issue 15. let me know if you need any of them. KICKS 12, DOPE.

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

    Re: Zee!, the comments guidelines posted below should really include something about making derogatory comments regarding In N Out. Then we could ban you for life, which is exactly what you deserve.

  • http://www.thedailydott.com michaeldott

    Excellent! Thanks Ben, looking forward to seeing it in Borders.

  • Calibro

    Good look, but somebody beat SLAM to the punch: http://dimemag.com/2009/07/dime-50-is-here/

  • LA Huey

    Slick cover. Looking forward to it.

  • shoval

    does slam members get it free?

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

    @Ryan: WOW.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    D Rose is going to be one of the best point guards in the league for years to come. I really like his game. The Adidas kicks are alright. He should sign with Nike. Air Rose

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    So does he have to stand next to KG in The Brotherhood ads? More awkward on paper than in real life with Rose’s humble demeanor though.

  • Ramn

    Forgive the foreigner (I’m from Toronto), but someone please explain the “Cali plates” reference…thanks

  • Ace

    It’s about time! Damn!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    This is the 4th time Derrick’s been on one of our covers, so I don’t think we’ve really been “beaten” by anyone.

  • Heals

    Love the color scheme and layout of the cover, it should definately catch some eyes on the newsstands…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Dime is terrible. Just terrible.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    & Derrick isn’t holding new sneaks on that Dime cover, just a ball, generic.

  • jonboy

    What’s the model of the shoes drose is holding? those are tight

  • Martin

    what shoes are those?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ben, you gotta offer Anton a recurring guest spot on the Site or something… more often than not, he has the funniest one-liners on the comments sections, bar none!

  • http://kb24.com Bigi


  • kaj

    If you’re already a slam subscriber, di you het this issue also by mail?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nichosmegasport andrew

    Great. I can’t wait to see this in Australia in three months time. I wish this was part of the subscriber package, I had to search high and low for last year’s copy.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Nice cover! Can’t wait for the cover to hit magazine stands here in the Philippines. :D

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    I’m the guy who lit him up haha

  • Balherett3

    Time iz due for Front Page cover for Rose

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I was about to defend Dime Magazine from Anton, but then I went to their website and it had an Asher Roth interview… They called him the “hottest name in the music game in the gym” at some Converse celebrity game… Then they called him a “hip-hop Rookie of the Year candidate”…………………………………………………
    Carry on Anton.

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Lol that aside, I think Dime seems pretty cool. I’m a SLAM fan, but they do have a nice blog going there and some of their issues look fresh.

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

    Kicks is ALWAYS hard to find here in New Zealand. Gotta look everywhere… and it usually pops up in some completely random store in the Hip Hop section. Btw, this cover is infinitely better that Dimes. No comparison.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    No. Just no. Their pics are generic, magazine layout random at best, and writing about as good as drunk texting. I haven’t seen their staff but I get the impression they’re a bunch of street ballers who wanted to cash in. Also, I hate that they’re attempting to be more “hood” by placing the stars shirtless or with casual clothes…you’re not street, you’re just boring. Then there was that whole mini feud with SLAM, which their argument was “what do you mean we suck? we’re better at basketball har har”. Which is severely retarded if you’re arguing about the business of your magazine itself, not who has “more skillz”. Lastly, they claim to “go against the grain” with their covers while at the same time having Kobe and LeBron on them every other month. I sincerely hope SLAM is killing them financially.
    Anyway, Rose is far beyond humble. I seriously think he hates himself.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL I did not know that, Anton. There was a SLAM vs. Dime feud? Ahahaha that’s awesome! Point taken, Anton.

  • Calibro

    I read both of ‘em. Any serious hoop fan probably does. Some things SLAM does better, some things Dime does better. No need to “pick one” like it’s Kobe v LeBron or something.

  • Byron24

    cameron rundles

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good point, Calibro.

  • Enigmatic

    I never bought a Kicks issue before cause I could care less what NBA players are wearing/endorsing, but I’ma have to cop this just for the cover alone. As a huge Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls fan, I have no choice. Rose is a great kid, I met him when he was signing autographs at the Adidas Superstore in the Water Tower Plaza back in the Chi. Not everyone got an autograph, but he made sure all the little kids in the store got something signed by him. Now that’s real.

  • Enigmatic

    Oh snap, just noticed the arm sleeve. Is Rose gonna rock the AI look next season? Rose has been on the cover of a few Slams, but this is the first time he’s on it by himself…though technically its a Kicks issue and not a Slam..hope to see him on a cover dolo next year

  • dial up

    dime is a better mag and site, barely. LOL at the guy saying dime does a more generic site than slam does. All slam is, does is promote lebron dont you know?

  • campbellsoup

    Where do you get this issue if it dosent come in my subscription

  • amir

    i wish converse gets its groove back…the brand deserve something in return nike!!!!!!

  • ngoiekafita

    Yup, just copped kicks in Belgium!
    Thx Slam for keepin’ me updated with all the fresh sneaks!
    That i later on have to order by ebay ‘cuz they don’t sell here! LOL

  • http://experiencerubane.wordpress.com J Long

    Mr. Osborne,

    Can you me when the mag might hit Midwest retailers. In the middle of Kansas, but couldn’t find a copy at our Barnes and Noble or Borders on Sunday. Walmart had Slam (With KB24 on the cover), but not Kicks.

  • AlbertBarr

    @dial up: you are wrong.

  • Martin

    does anyone know what shoes are those???????????

  • Captain Jean Luc-Picard

    Next cover: Jonny Flynn!!

  • childless

    Hey Russ, the guy from Minnesota/Montana is named Cameron Rundles and he transferred from Montana to Wofford.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    J Long: It should be there by end of this week. We always post these covers a little on the early side. Childless: Great work on the research.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    With a name like “Cameron Rundles,” dude should make the L on general principle. Just out of curiosity, how did you know that was him?

  • childless

    @Ben: Thanks, I learned from the best aka Slam

    @Russ: Agreed and I knew it was him because I’m originally from Missoula, Montana (home of the Montana Grizzlies) and got to see him run when he was there…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Gotcha. Someone will have to let Derrick know. Assuming he doesn’t see this. Thanks much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Willie

    whens punks coming out?

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  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    @Calibro: no its not like kobe v. lebron. Slam vs. Dime is more like kobe vs. Vince carter. Slam is the one with the chips and the polished career, while dime is the one that makes you say, “if only you gave a sh1t once in a while”

  • Robert

    Where can I buy this issues. I live in Chicago and I cant find int anywhere? Please help me out!!!!!

    Thanx a milli.

  • Vin

    In the words of Lupe Fiasco:

    Chicago Mayne!

  • cRoWBoY

    The kid that d rose got lit up by could have been Cameron Rundles. He was from Minnesota and played for U of Montana.

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

    i heard derrick rose was ruled ineligible for this magazine cover.

  • JIJS

    When is Kicks coming to Toronto?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    KICKS is all over NYC now, should be in Chicago and rest of US this weekend/early next week, and Toronto by middle of next week. Thanks for all the interest. Willie: No PUNKS Mag this year, but extra Punks coverage in next issue of SLAM.

  • Maya

    Thank god for SLAM i can but the best shoes for my outfits i’m gonna wear this school year

  • Maya

    Thank god for SLAM i can but the best shoes that could match my clothes i’m gonna wear this school year

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  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton


  • rog123

    SLAM, I know u wanted to give this guy a cover since his playoff performance against boston (rightly so) but putting him on the cover of kicks is an insult to this magazine. Not putting down his skills, but come on, I think a wade jordan brand cover would’ve been most appropriate. Plus those shoes look like every other adidas shoe. Never again put an adidas man on the cover. Durant, harrington, lbj, melo, kobe, even shaq would make more sense.

  • ant


  • http://mcballers@hotmail.com yes sir

    Ask Derrick if the kids name by any chance was Eddie Rios but they call him Tony MONTANA… man?

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  • http://aim.com Paula

    i love it!!!!

  • zo

    @SLAM: how can I subscribe KICK? can’t find it in the subscribe area. thanks

  • http://slamonline.com Visha

    This cover is TOUGH……..DRose does seem like a humble dude.

  • Ace Marini

    I live in Rochester, Ny and it is IMPOSSIBLE to find Kicks and it is really pissing me off. Why can’t the do a subscription?