Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 4:40 pm  |  48 responses

Links: All-Star Media Day 2009

CP3, Tony P, Iverson cuts his braids, LeBron and Mariah?

by Lang Whitaker

As I do now for all the NBA media events, I brought along my video camera to document the madness that is Media Day…

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  • http://ungoinkillmepannuh.blogspot.com/ Esco

    Oh man. First Melo, now AI, who’s next? Me? I ain’t ready to cut mine yet.

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


  • Levon Jones

    Man, now if we can only get AI on a contender we’ll be aight

  • Levon Jones

    And I assume David Stern should be proud.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    AI shoulda cut ‘em off years ago, so I ain’t mad. Time to re-create the “Who’s Afraid of Allen Iverson?” cover…

  • http://violetsprite.tumblr.com Ulee

    Love the videos. Keep them coming.

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

    I’m still laughing at Joe Johnson. And yes, Mariah Carey did look pretty good in that Wizards jersey in 03.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton


  • http://five27.com OdotJdot

    umm… re: dwight howard never being dunked on… they left out Lamar Odom….


    I watched this happen live. I was going NUTS!

    and to make the murder complete… it was brian cook that got his now team mate, dwight howard posterized like this lol. cold business.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    The lady next to LeBron seemed surprised by his answer for most memorable AllStar moment

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

    Surprisingly, it doesn’t look at hectic as I’d imagined. How long does media ‘day’ go for? I saw one of the clocks behind JJ down to 7:30 seconds, but it has to be closer to a few hours?
    Oh, and well done to Anton, stretching the screen parameters.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    That asian girl behind LeBron is pretty fine

  • http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    It is weird Lebron’s favorite ASG moment is Mariah Carrey in the jersey dress, and kobes was “getting to share that moment” with Mike? Seriously that was his answer…

  • http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Also, NBA tv cares waaaay to much about AI’s hair.

  • Prison Mike

    I never thought anyone over the age of 25 looked good in braids.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    It’s more than just hair, man. This is the guy that brought cornrows, baggy pants, and street cred to the NBA and all of it is gone now.
    And we sittin here talking about the all star game? Not the hair, not the hair. But the all star game?

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Bill Russell… wow!! Almost had me in tears at the start!!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    We found out after Issue 125 that AI couldn’t blow his hair out like he used to. That may have factored into this. That, or the fact that he is in his 30s.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    AI maturing inside & out. Interesting

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    reg. The players remembering Mariah fondly, look at the answers on slams allstar warmup competition. Like every 2nd person mentions the dress, and we all drooled while watching on tv. Imagine what it felt like for the players in the arena. MJ couldnt stop licking his lips like LL. Mariah looked hawt then (and lately too)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I was in the arena for Mariah’s dress, and it’s one of my favorite memories too. Hursty, media availability is about 45 minutes long and held before the teams “practice.” I think it’s cool Allen cut his hair (especially now that our cover is off sale).

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

    Thanks Ben.
    Always nice to get feedback in the comments section.
    Also, going back through a bunch of old Slam Ups posters, theres some weird connections going on.
    KG dunking on Al Jefferson before the trade, Nash going up n under over Dirk in 2005 before the MVP’s, KG (Wolves) open court on on the Pistons, some others too, just can’t remember them off the top of my head.
    Just thought it was interesting.

  • kat

    no AI! Where is his mother??

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    oh boy, i smell another AI cover…

  • Kevin

    Bout damn time, it’s the 09 braids are played out, dudes is rocking clean fades with a sharp edge up now

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Joey E: I think this calls for another AI cover as well. You know you want to see it.

  • rob stewart

    AI with no braids is like catfish with no hot sauce, peanut butter with no jelly, jordan without pippen, puff with no Mase, cake with no ice cream, etc….

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

    Nah, its like, cat with no dog. Or Chocolate without soy, a dropkick without a ball, actually scratch the last one.

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

    Lmao @ LeBron, Lang: How old were you?

    Bron: “Old Enough!”

    Nuff said. Nick Cannon I envy you.

  • simoun

    AI said that he wont ever cut his hair off!!! Let alone his cornrows!!!!!

  • starbury&stevey

    is like a ballhog without a ball…

  • big marv

    we need a new cover now, yall gotta give respect cause he stayed true to himself.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    You guys would KILL us if we did another AI cover. I’ve got no complaints about the current Kobe cover, which has been getting crazy props out here, and our next few covers are absolute fire as well.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    i can see many people(kids) here really disapointed on this….

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    by the way…:if he had done so 4 months ago he wouldn’t have been an all-star starter(!!!!!) this year….

  • vmcb

    shut up, spanoulis.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    vmcb….:come on,the hair can grow up again, you don’t have to cry my little friend…!!!(i know it is a difficult time for you now, but your love for your sweatheart should overcome this temporary tragedy…)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS


  • Fat Lever

    Damn, to put this in perspective for me, the last time he didn’t have braids I think I was a freshman in HS…

  • snyper48

    @ Fat Lever, when AI first came in to the L he didnt rock the rows..

  • BigWalt206

    Braids have been played for years. He may have set off a nationwide craze when he debuted them at his first all star weekend, but he held on for years too long. But I like that he chose to do it right around all star weekend again…good call

  • CHE

    What does braids have to do with anyone maturing? Dumb comment.

    It is weird to see Ivo without his braids. Can we be bold to say next step is him shaving his head like Jbone? lol

  • rob stewart

    @ CHE, I agree but I can’t see Ivo bald! And I know alot of ignorant immature guys with low cuts. Society puts false meanings on braids.

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  • chintao

    Desperate Housewives back piece? That’s hilarious… unless you have to go to prison. Then it would just be an invitation to @n@l r@pe.

  • Hold on…wait a minute!

    Iverson looks like he’s 12 yrs. old with that haircut. LOL!

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