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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 3:05 pm  |  114 responses

Kobe Bryant Cover Shoot Video

SLAM 114 behind the scenes

It’s behind the scenes video time again. SLAM #114, Kobe Against the World is still on newsstands, just a friendly reminder. Once again, thanks to Alfredo Tovar for another video banger. Without any further ado, the video of Lang, photographer Atiba Jefferson, and Kobe.


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  • says

    hard knock life, indeed

  • Captain America

    Another superb!!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Bodie, jay, Holly, Mutoni, Myles and the rest of SLAM’s Laker quotent just had an early Christmas present without waiting in line or ripping through some bullsh*t gifts.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Amazing work, Alfredo. Thanks.

  • David H

    Very nice shoot Kobe is the best

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    SO excited to watch this, Christmas came early, indeed.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    oh boy that was amazing. I……..currently am at a loss for words. Too much to say. Thanks for posting that Alfredo, you are talented beyond words. Atiba, this was one of my most favorite covers ever. Super cool to put a face to the one who brings us the faces each issue. Lang, you know I loved this interview, this was such a treat to see!

  • Tom

    I think i need a cigarette after watching this …awesome job with the video editing btw, and who’d choice was hard knock life? That song just gets stuck in your head wether you like it or not.

  • jay

    i`ll watch once i get home, since there is no sound card at work, that & i should really be working. cant wait though. also any one of you Slam guys have any word on Kobe being at the House of Hoops on saturday??? let me kow.

  • G$

    Word up?

    Ain’t anyone even a little uncomfortable with Kobe wrapping himself in the flag? Same flag that FEMA reps…Same flag thats on the bombs and the tanks…

    Literally wrapping yourself in that flag?

    “The crowd was waiving the red white and blue
    it seemed strange to me, was it strange to you?
    Walkin on the street every one is scared of ya
    so how can 10 Africans represent America?
    Bullish, it didn’t mean a thing,
    cuz in the same year, we saw Rodney King.”

    Spearhead. Dreamteam.

  • Yammel

    Can someone link me to your guys response to the Dime- SLAM beef thing? http://dimemag.com/2007/03/22/bite-this/

  • vercetti

    lang could u plz drop sum kobe wallpaper from this shoot

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great stuff, Lang and Alfredo. I’m surprised this is getting so few comments; we can do a one-line story on dude and get 200. Maybe this normalizes Kobe to such a degree that people (on both the love and hate side) are forced to mellow out a bit regarding what they say about him.

  • k.o.

    dope

  • http://UYY cartel

    The GOAT RAPPER(2PAC) AND THE GOAT BBALL PLAYER( KOBE BRYANT) 2GETHER

  • http://SLAM.COM stacy

    Kobe looks like 2pac.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sammy

    We need to do a story on Alfredo Tovar the former college ballplayer slash illest video dude out! I see you SLAM

  • 1hush D

    Ben, some of us are forced to “mellow” only by the Slam site censorship. Apparently, asterisks are not enough when it comes to Kobe, his diamonds and snake, his flag and Slam’s worship of that bling bling culture.

  • 1hush D

    1 of 3 comments uncensored prior to this one. Yes, Ben. Kobe is “normal” wrapped in his flag with a blood diamond in his ear. And he is normal when he goes to Denver. Instead of normal, maybe you meant average. Etan Thomas, I hope you are witnessing this.

  • Molta

    Oh wow a Kobe cover.. About time.. it has been nearly 15 issues since you´ve been riding his black mamba the last time. Come on man.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    1hush, I just went through all the back-logged comments; found a few positive ones, Molta’s negative one, and that’s it. No mention of the diamonds or the flag that I can see, so apologies if something you said hasn’t shown up; asterisks usually do the trick so maybe you’ll try again. And incidentally, while we generally try to come up with the cover concepts for most of our shoots, Kobe has his own ideas (such as the snake and the USA theme).

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also, we don’t “worship” any culture—other than basketball culture, I suppose. If dudes are wearing diamonds in shoots, it’s because they wanted to. If they’re not wearing diamonds in shoots, it’s because they didn’t want to. Wouldn’t it be “censorship” if we told them whether or not they could wear jewelry?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Ben, you ever think that besides the Kobe lovers, no one else can care less about him at a photo shoot? Alfredo’s work is fantastic and Lang’s piece was great, and yes, even I enjoyed Kobe’s words, but you have to be a HUGE fan of a certain player to care what he looks like or how he acts during a photo shoot. It’s really just a tease into someone’s off the court persona, and I think Lang did that well enough in the mag for it too warrant 200+comments for this subject. And since 24 picked the cover scheme, I sure hope it doesn’t come back to bite him in the ass next summer.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    15-9 is my early xmas present, eboy.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    It’s a nice number, Bodie.

  • 1hush D

    Ben, I think that my comments are getting filtered because I choose to use the word that means the crime of forcing somebody to have sex (2 msgs. in total). That is the only thing I can think of unless asterisks are out now. I am not asking Slam to not cover Kobe or to tell him what to wear when you do. What would be nice if you would take on a critique of the negative aspects of the culture while propping up the positive. What if you wrote about the symbolism, as G$ points out, of Kobe’s choice of the flag or the diamonds players in the game are rockin? I don’t think that is negative, it is vanguard. Or what if you decided, we should cover a player with a good game and good deeds, focusing on both? My “worship” comment comes not only from some of the coverage but the advertisements as well. The latter perpetuates the problem. And ignoring the problems surrounding the culture of the game that we both love only exacerbates them. By the way, out of curiosity, do all players get to decide the terms and style of their shoots?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @white hot: I won’t speak for Ben, but I think it’s kinda cool to see an NBA superstar laughing, talking, answering questions, etc, doing a lot of things away from the court that you don’t normally get to see him do. But even if your conceit is correct and we’re only talking about Kobe fans who would be interested, there seem to be a lot of them out there, too.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    It wasn’t a slight Lang. Just an observation on Ben’s thoughts as to why there’s not 378 comments about it. Everyone get’s so sensitive around the holidays. Compare a dude’s facial appearance to a world-class chef and all hell breaks loose.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Plus, it makes me feel good that I fall under Lang’s edict that he only responds to stupid commentors. Thanks man. Two days in a row, I’m feeling good right now. Way to kill a guy’s spirits.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    1hush, sorry again for any comments that didn’t show up. I went into the moderation messages and didn’t see any from you, but maybe they’d already been killed. Besides Dave Zirin’s column, and I suppose my editor’s letter, we don’t do a whole lot of opinionating (word?) in the mag; we present the players the way they want to be presented (to a degree; we do have opinions on what guys should do in a photo shoot, and most players take our advice, but Kobe tends to do what he wants to do). I think this attitude might be why players like dealing with us so much, and what many readers like about SLAM. Should there be more “critiques” of the culture? I don’t know. I mean, can’t you get that in about 50 other media outlets that consistently bash the NBA and its players? And yes, it would be cool if most of our ads were for non-profits or other socially conscious organizations, but for the most part they’re not calling us. For better or worse, unless an ad is blatantly offensive, we are going to run it since that is what pays the bills. Hopefully our readers are discerning enough to support advertisers whose products they like and ignore those whose products they don’t like. We did have a nice recycling ad in the new issue, though…And White Hot, no defensiveness on my part; your opinions are always welcome. I remain surprised that a guy who normally generates 200+ comments, when shown in a more real and candid state than most media outlets will ever be able to show him in, is largely being ignored by our readers. I go back to my original theory: that many readers just focus on the “HE’S GREAT. HE’S THE BEST PLAYER EVER, ETC” angle, or “HE’S AN A-HOLE. HE SHIPPED SHAQ OUT. HE COMMITTED A CRIME/ADULTERY IN COLORADO.” It’s like there is no room for a nuanced opinion of Kobe, which I think is more of what this video would call for.

  • John E. Sanford

    This is awesome!!!! Man you guys have a cool j-o!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Ben, maybe from the group of jaded fans who kind of take 24 in tiny little portions, seeing him so cool and down to earth could be perveived as an “act” because the camera’s were rolling. Not saying that was the case with Kobe, but there is only so many times a particular player can be called a squirrel, and people expect him to climb a tree and eat walnuts. Odd comparison, I know, but I’m not trying to bury the guy with a comparison to a weasel or a donkey.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com Myles Brown

    I have nothing to say.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    1 hush what do you think the problems surrounding the culture of the game are??

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Damn, Myles, I was counting on you (even if you were going to be negative). By the same token, I take a no-position stance on issues debated on this site pretty frequently, so I shouldn’t complain when others do the same.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Ben, look at it this way, the comment count has almost doubled today, so talking about it seems to have given the subject life.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I hate to disappoint, Ben, but I think my Kobe diatribes have littered the site enough. At least until tomorrow. It’s not that I don’t have a position on this topic, it’s just that I have nothing NEW to say. And me? Negative? I’m a big bowl of sunshine baby! (Ha.)

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Besides, Russ or Ryan’ll come in here soon enough and stir the pot.

  • http://nsbacasakchbkl.com t.dot dude

    kobe is still a hogg

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ryan is traveling (an on-the-road post is coming from him later today, in fact); I cannot explain Russ’ reticence except that he also might have said all he can on the topic. I also assume he’s rightfully annoyed that the Lakers beat the Bulls last night.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I did enjoy that. Especially since Kobe only had 18.

  • 1hush D

    K,

    Problems: Racism, Violence, Misogyny, Decadence and corruption of the spirit of Basketball. Lack of understanding of hip-hop culture and the game. And of course, influence of the youth (not-so discerning) witnessing all of it.

    Contributions to the problem: Coach K bringing in crippled troops to motivate the USA team without a critique on militarism and the glaring fact that these guys were crippled for that flag that Kobe is wearing. Slam focusing on players rides and rims (J5) and praise of bling rather than good deeds. Blood diamonds, hummers and extraneous bling. Force over women (see Kobe in Denver and JKidd anywhere). Army ads in SLAM, Navy ads in Slam. David Stern as racist slave-owner telling his boys how to dress, how to talk, and where to leave their guns.

    Addressing these issues and advocating for change and awareness is all I want. Not censorship.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Ben, good luck.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    “I’ll take Blatant Generalizations for $500 Alex…”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    1hush, i appreciate the reply. So in the context of what you just wrote what is SLAM’s responsibility? Do we just focus on the on-court exploits of the players with little color or attempts at understanding their behavior? Or do we disregard their stats and concentrate out coverage on their off-court lives?? And how do we address racism, violence and misogyny in the game? In the culture? In this country? How do we do these things and still satisfy our readers and advertisers? I think we do a good job of touching on real life situations with Zirin’s column and in some of the stories we do (hoops for hope,etc). What kind of stories would you like to see us do? Each of us have our own ideas and thoughts about any number of topics but that doesn’t mean they have a place in a basketball mag. Sometimes we will have an agenda that goes further and allows us to expound on life by using basketaball as a template of sorts. The problems of living the high life and the extraneous “bling” are bigger than SLAM or basketball. This is an nationwide problem. What more do you want to see us do? I’d like to hear….

  • G$

    Good questions Khalid.
    How about chillin’ a little on the Bentley rentals for OJ?
    That’d be a start.
    And a great follow-up would be to ask Kobe even one hard question (you know, like Journalism…)
    Perhaps ask him why he’s wrapped in the flag. What the flag represents to him. Why he is so enamored with bling culture. How he views women who throw themselves at star atheletes. How he views women atheletes. Why he snitched on Shaq. Etc. Etc.

  • G$

    Whats up with the emails that don’t get posted?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    So say we ask Kobe what the flag means to him. Then what? Is that what you want to know? And does it matter? Is he running for office? I find athletes to be far less influential then music artists and far less important then politicians. Do you care really what he thinks about the flag? Why not ask your local state rep what he/she thinks about the flag. Isn’t that more important to you personally?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’m with Kahlid, 1hush. While the problems you speak of do plague the L, they are by no means limited to basketball and unfortunately, they are rampant in our society as a whole. I’m glad SLAM gets to focus on the fun part of basketball and gets the opportunity to show players in a different light than most media reports.

    G$, it would be interesting to get Kobe’s take on the flag and what it stands for and how he came up with the concept for the shoot. The rest, I can’t see many players getting into, but who knows. I’m not sure why your comments are not getting posted. I haven’t been around as much as usual, because of family stuff and the holidays, but I haven’t seen anything from yourself or 1hush that I haven’t approved.

  • G$

    Khalid,
    See the thing is that I subscribe to Slam.
    And I also care a little bit about social justice.
    So when I get a magazine in my mailbox with Kobe wrapped in the flag I’d like to know why…
    Ziren talks about the flag and sports in Whats My Name Fool.
    Forman pulling the flag out at the Olympics.
    Smith and Co. giving the black power salute during the Anthem.
    Sooo, if you think wrapping yourself in the flag during a time of (illegal) war “doesn’t matter” I think yer sleeping.

  • G$

    Also,
    Remember during the run-up to the war the ONE playa that wouldn’t worship the flag pre-game was national news…
    And guy ran out of the stands and tried to wrap her in what?
    Thats right, Kobe’s flag.
    Flag on the backboard.
    Flag on the unis.
    Flag in the stadium.
    Flag on the cover.
    Flag (and white guy) on the logo.
    Talk about fetishism.
    Or actually, don’t talk about it at all…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    I’m not sleeping at all G$. I’m looking at it from all angles, thats all. And trust me, i care a bit about social justice too. As well as politics and societal conformity and many other things. you should see my desk. or ask my co-workers what the name of the top drawer in my cabinet is.

  • G$

    Tupac never repped the red white and blue.
    Although ya sure wouldn’t know if from the video.

  • G$

    How in the world can ya say your “looking at it from all angles” when no-one even asks Kobe why he wants to be wrapped in the US flag post-Katrina and during a war where a disproportionate number of those dying are black and brown? Doesn’t looking require, like, inquiry?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    All angles meaning SLAM overall not just this one cover. Plus its not the flag thats problematic its the people in DC who set agenda and policies. In the meantime while we are debating over Kobe, Mike Huckabee is on a MF’n mission to get elected. How do you feel about that G$??

  • G$

    As stated above, in the past there’s been atheletes that have made statements regarding the US prediliction for war by how they interact with the symbol of that war. Smith at the ’68 olympics. The brave young college hoopster during the WMD run-up to the Iraq invasion. So I’m just not buying that Kobe wrapped in a flag, with an “Against the World” title qualifies as looking “from all angles.”
    Think about it. When Wyclef accepted his gramy (for The Score) he came out wrapped in the Hatian flag. And it meant something real. Another way of saying it is that symbols symbolize something. Thats why they’re called symbols. And if you’re going to print a symbol, perhaps you should look at what it means.

  • Elyse

    Why does Kobe being wrapped in the flag have to be linked to politics or the war? Honestly, I think Kobe is just happy to be playing on team USA and representing this country. Believe it or not, he actually does a ton of charity work, in both New Orleans and elsewhere. Is it possible that being a part of team USA is something he is just really proud of, a symbol of solidarity and unity?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Elyse thank yoy. This is what i was alluding to and was trying to get G$ to state without me having to obviously tell him. Kobe wants to do well for Team USA. how come thats not enough. and G$ don’t avoid my question. Mike Huckabee..what are your thoughts? You must have some…

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Khalid,I wouldn’t get too riled up about G$’s comments,he took the cover idea as a whole wwaayyy out of context and went off on a tangent,without making many valid points.He’s arguing for argument’s sake and shows a clear lack of understanding of what he’s talking about,it wouldn’t be much of a discussion.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Kobe wanted to rep USA BASKETBALL. If the way he/we illustrated that makes him—or us—insensitive, I/we apologize (at least for our role in it). Again, we are a BASKETBALL magazine and plan our stories and covers as if we will be seen in that context.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Ben:In fairness you had absolutely nothing to apologise for.

  • G$

    I ain’t down with Huckabee (I’m an Obama guy).
    But lets be real.
    Huckabee doesn’t sell magazines.
    Kobe does.
    And so does a rented Bentley.
    Maybe I’m the last guy in the hood that ain’t turned on by fancy cars, floss and flags.
    I miss Ali. And Kareem. And that whole generation of atheletes who stood up for the poor and oppressed.

    The flag isn’t linked to politics?
    Wow. I mean wow. Can ya really say that with a straight face?
    “Against the World.” Come on now…

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Obama,the guy with no real policies and just plays the media game?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I loved the cover idea and I thought it was cool that SLAM got a Kobe cover amid the trade rumors (literally, in the MIDDLE of the trade drama going on back in LA). Maybe it was Kobe’s idea to wrap himself in the flag, but, like Ben suggested, since SLAM is a ball magazine, to me it represented him wrapping himself up in his duties and commitments to USA Basketball rather than focussing on the drama of whether he would or would not be in LA. I thought the photoshoot was amazing and Atiba got some great shots. While it was Kobe’s concept, Atiba killed it and it was one of my favorite covers in awhile. Of course, had I chosen to look at SLAM in a different light, maybe it wouldn’t have been as fun and cool to see a player excited about playing for his country and with the best players in the game, but, to me SLAM is basketball and that is how it looks to me.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The flag idea was a collaboration between Kobe and Atiba. The Team USA gear as opposed to Laker gear was Kobe’s idea all the way.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    i thought Kobe was an Italian, named after a city in Japan.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    and regarding censorship of curse words and things like that, you have to be vigilant in the war with s p a m. The other day I wrote about the thing that baseball players inject themselves with and now there are links to it from supplement tracker dot com. And words that could link to p0rn sites are the most dangerous of all for those kind of things to happen.

  • Mac wall

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. Your comment is awaiting moderation. What are you guys doin? First you complain about how players are being narcissists and inking their own name and number ont heir back,while before that KG is on the cover with no teammates.Plus you put Kobe ont the cover and say hes “Against the World”. Really, do you even have an opinion? why don’t you make an article that won’t embarass your hypocrit writers and do an article on Rafer Alston. He came out of colege, Played with AND 1, got his name out there, and went pro. He didn’t care where he was or what anyone thought about him, he was just happy to play.

  • 1hush D

    Ok, back. Great discussion on this and it probably goes without saying that I share G$’s other views too. Holly stated what Khalid thought he was trying to teach is the difference between government and country. “Loyalty to the country always, loyalty to the government when it deserves it” – Mark Twain. Does the flag really represent “the country” to you? It doesn’t to me. Does it to Kobe? You could have asked. Maybe Kobe would have quoted Twain. I doubt it. And I doubt Kobe would discern between the two. But we will never know. Khalid, you and the folks at SLAM will determine what angles you take and what product you provide. You will determine what your responsibility is and where to draw the line. I guess i am just saying that I think you fall short. And I question my decision to provide a subscription to my nephew who just started shaving, loves the game and doesn’t need those problematic themes that I mentioned bombarding him – at least not from his uncle. But props for the Zirin column and much of the coverage SLAM brings. We had a great discussion on Amaechi during that scene. Looking forward to that Rafer cover. And I would love to hear who H to the Izzo is supporting for Pres. H is right, Ben should not apologize. Especially b/c he isn’t really sorry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Melissa Brennan

    Great editing job but we forgot to shout out Chad the dude who filmed it! Thanks Chad and great work!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Rafer Alston was on the cover of SLAM #22 (my first issue as a member of the staff, in fact).

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And hush, why wouldn’t I apologize if we offended anyone? Once again, we are a BASKETBALL magazine; we are not trying to offend anyone. I’ll also add that some of the anger on this post (while more than welcome) was unexpected because most of our feedback to issues still comes from mail or email (trashtalk@harris-pub.com), and that stuff was overwhelmingly positive.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also, to answer a question Jay posed in one of the first comments on this thing (before it turned into a geopolitical debate)…the following comes straight from Nike and should be of interest to Kobe fans:
    KOBE BRYANT WILL UNVEIL LATEST SNEAKER AT HARLEM’S NEW HOUSE OF HOOPS BY FOOT LOCKER
    NBA STAR WILL BE ON HAND TO GREET CONSUMERS
    IN ADVANCE OF GAME WITH NEW YORK KNICKS
    WHAT: This Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 PM, NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant will be on hand at the newly opened House of Hoops by Foot Locker store to unveil his
    latest signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe III. Bryant, who will be making his first trip to New York City this basketball season, will meet
    and greet consumers at the new retail store that is located in Harlem.
    The Nike Zoom Kobe III is the third signature shoe for Bryant with Nike
    and doesn’t hit retail nationwide until February 8, 2008. However, for
    one day only, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase the Nike
    Zoom Kobe III in advance in limited quantity, the same sneaker that
    Bryant will debut on the basketball court the following night at Madison
    Square Garden in a game against the New York Knicks.
    House of Hoops by Foot Locker is located at
    268 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell (7th Avenue) and
    Frederick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue)

  • jay

    thanks alot Ben, `preciate it.

  • 1hush D

    Ben, I just meant that you guys would not change anything w.r.t. the Kobe cover/photo shoot. I don’t believe you ever would intentionally insult or offend anyone. That is, SLAM’s offensiveness is unintentional, and fortunately, relatively limited. I wonder if New Balance, with 3 shoe factories in Maine and 2 in Mass, could be convinced to manufacture a basketball shoe so that in my efforts to avoid support of Phil Knight and his sweatshop labor, I could purchase more than my recently purchased Retro 990′s and the 498′s. ……. Kobe, I noticed you have a new shoe coming out……have you been to the factory in China where these are manufactured? No? Do you often put your name on something you know nothing about? Or……….Stephon Marbury believes it is better to own (w.r.t. his shoe line) than be owned. Kobe, what do you think of that statement?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    New Balance does have a bball shoe (though much to our chagrin, they rarely advertise it in SLAM.) In fact, I learned first hand tonight in the Cavs locker room that Devin Brown wears them. He told me two other players do as well. Personally, I prefer Nikes for playing bball, but I love NBs for day-to-day wear and I do respect their Maine factories.

  • Logan

    1hush D and G$, do y’all take all magazine covers and their representation/interpretation to YOU so seriously? I mean damn, all summer long all we read was Kobe being excited about playing for Team USA…then he went out and played his butt off for us….so when his time came to be on the cover of SLAM, why should he not rep Team USA? Everyone I know who has seen the cover have always taken it with a reference to Team USA! So where is the conflict? As Ben and Khalid have pointed out, SLAM is a basketball magazine, and the most real basketball magazine out there. Everyone loves to read it BECAUSE it goes beyond the stats and hardwood and provide a different look at the players. You are saying your problems are Racism, Violence, Misogyny, Decadence and corruption of the spirit of Basketball. Lack of understanding of hip-hop culture and the game, influence on the youth….are you complaining about SLAM or our whole country? You talk about
    addressing these issues and advocating for change and awareness….in a basketball magazine? In what context? Have write-ups about each players charity work? Decadence of the spirit of basketball? Give me a break!

    What have you done lately about these issues other than take a particular image completely out of context and made a issue out of it?

    The most ironic thing is you guys are talking about the symbols and symbolism….this coming from a guy who has a dollar sign in his name……

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Wow, Logan, thanks for that comment.

  • Logan

    heh you’re welcome!

  • Janggoon1

    Thanks for the video SLAM…I think its great idea to post up these interviews. It allows us to get to see an up close look on how Kobe acts during an interviews when cameras aren’t directly on him. Seems more authentic…

  • http://nsbacasakchbkl.com t.dot dude

    kobe needs to go to the suns

  • 1hush D

    Logan,
    First, I don’t subscribe to other magazines with this problem. But because I love the game and SLAM does provide the best venue for reading about that game, here I am. SLAM is not perfect in my opinion. As to what I have done lately well, outside of the volunteer work I do for various non-profits (this is called advocacy and activism), and because I do not work for a hoops zine, I try to lead through actions such as tracking down those New Balance shoes that are made in the USA so I don’t have to support Phil Knight and his sweatshop labor in a repressive country. I also like to speak up when I think others have an opportunity to lead like SLAM does. You quickly dismiss the angles SLAM could take while ignoring their decisions that have an angle to begin with. You also assert that the symbolism is taken out of context. Would you say that about Kobe’s diamonds and messages regarding success, and LeBron’s hummer and the hummer’s relationship to war? It seems like you may be genuinely naive but please don’t argue that it is out of context just because you are missing it.

  • G$

    Try looking at it this way.
    If Slam had a cover of Kobe wrapped in a Confederate Flag people would go absolutely nuts.
    You wouldn’t sleep on what that image projects to the world and to the hood. You would recognize that it a symbol that has political ramification and a political subtext.
    To most of the world (that Kobe is “against”) the US flag is also a symbol. Maybe you can’t or won’t acknowledge that. But its real.

  • G$

    An alternate vision of Team USA courtesy of Spearhead:

    Now we done we heading to the ceremony
    hand on the heart is a bunch of baloney
    fist in the air, this is the proper manners
    while Jimmy Hendrix, is f’ing up the spangled banner
    spirit of the ’68 olympics
    black power people can I get a witness

  • Logan

    ok..now my comments are not showing up….a little annoying, specially after the lakers lost a close game…

  • Logan

    1hush D,
    since my comments are not showing up anymore (been trying every 15 mins for the last 2 hrs)…lets just agree to disagree and leave it at that…

  • KC

    I GOT DA MAG IN DA MAIL KOBE DONT DESERVE IT YET YALL WHY DID YALL GIVE IT TO HIM GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY TJAT DESERVE IT YEA

  • rashaan

    man this is amazing. even tho im not a kobe fan i respect his game. this is year he is getting his teammates involved. this video was dope. lang is one heeuva of interviewer. slam is the s*$@. i love the behind the scenes. alfredo and atiba excellent job. i always looking forward to getting slam and getting the behind the scenes.

  • ak47

    G$. Seriously, what the f&*^ is your point? I’ve been trying to figure out what it is you’re saying or trying to say and I can’t!

  • ak47

    KC, what makes Kobe undeserving of the cover? Is he undeserving because you don’t like him? If it is tough s$%^ ’cause the world doesn’t revolve around you or the other Kobe haters!

  • jon

    Tell us how you really feel

  • Don Rickles

    Atiba Jefferson is the baddest photog out there! Sick cover shot, totally banging.

  • C-Menace

    Yeah….kobe is the hardest player in the NBA and will remain the hardest player in NBA history…the youngest to hit 20K points…man this dude bout to pass kareem…and when he do retire in 10 years. hes bout to be the #1 Greatest NBA Player surpassing that dude mj. Real Talk. And all the haterz..keep drinkin your Haterades.

  • http://www.myspace.com/starbo2 Marcus ‘The Hoodlum’ Browder

    KOBE IS THE BEST IN THE NBA. LeBron doesnt have a ring. D-Wade has 1 Kobe has 3. Come on people do not hate on Kobe. He is neck and neck with Jordan. People just dont wanna admit it. Kobe plays exactly like Jordan. Like C-Menace says “Keep Drinkin Your HATERADES”

  • http://www.slamonline.com marvic

    yo! this guy is wack!

  • http://www.slamonline.com mARviC

    i love this guy!

  • http://slamonline.com lil m

    kobe is the best and for get wat the reporter say kobe is the best and kobe should not trad and kobe is better than lebrun james

  • http://slamonline.com lil m

    kobe is the next michel jordan proble

  • jay

    that is a cool shoot. i like the 81 sweatshirt..must cop that!!!!

  • http://sisterdebbie55yahoo.com Debra Headley

    I am trying to purchase a copy of the Dec and or Nov 2007 issue of Slam Magazine. Could you possibly help me out. I am in Buffalo (Newsstands are hard to find) Tank You

  • Sora

    Great cover .Kobe’s da man.
    BUT: I finally found that issue last week in France,and that interview really left me thinking “what?is dat an interview?Too short, nothing really interesting to read ..”
    Disappointed.

  • Kobe J

    Sup Kibe is da man

  • http://www.cheatplanet.com kings lover

    give k-mart a cover or someone from the kings

  • allie

    As a wife of a man who serves in the Air Force I don’t mind that Kobe is wearing an American Flag but the fact that it is on the ground is WRONG!! Any American knows that the American flag should never touch the ground and being a family member of an Airman I feel really dissrespected for all the hard work that all our arm forces has fought and died for through out the days of war, and fighting for our freedom. That is what that flag stands for and to see on the ground is simply wrong.

  • jay

    please put tmac and yao or one the two on the cover and an article

  • sumbo

    As usual, the cover was Hot,SLAM is cool,and kobe is wack. Why not do some thing on emeka okafor. I’D REALLY LOVE THAT

  • daijanai

    that was a great vid i love kobe with all my heart i think you did a really good job

  • http://www.slam.com Bunt aka handles

    Kobe is my favorite player in the league and I want him to get on az many covers az he can.I love that guy’s game.

  • martines

    give kobe the ball

  • martines

    if u give kobe the ball the team will have 100% of winning!!!!!!

  • martines

    man if i was out there but i am comeing i will show!! yall!!! something lol but kobe the best in my book

  • jingles jefferson

    hey atiba, nice job.keep it up.

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  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Kobe against the world more like Kobe against Lebron James!!

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