Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  34 responses

Videos: NBA Stars as Rookies

Vince, Garnett, Shaq, Kobe and more…

by Eldon Khorshidi / @eldonadam

It’s crazy how time flies. Iverson’s gone, Jordan’s history. Shaq—well, the real Shaqis a distant memory. KG has 16 seasons under his belt, Vince Carter is officially irrelevant, and the majority of teenagers today are absorbing Kobe Bryant as #24, not #8 with the Crazy Eights and the stylish afro.

On one hand, it’s good; a younger, newer breed of ballers are infusing newfound life, talent, and awe into the best league on planet Earth. On the other hand, it’s scary. But regardless how you look at it, it’s reality. Stars come and go, no matter how great they are at a given point in time. Before you know it, we’ll be asking how many more years Bron, Wade, and Melo have left in the tank. It may seem lifetimes away, but the day is creeping up on us faster than we realize.

The point here is that we gotta do our best efforts to savor these memories because they’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. Above are 10 video clips of select NBA stars in their rookie seasons, leaving their imprint on the game from day one and helping us fans freeze time and capture the moment. From a 18-year-old Kobe Bryant to an infant-like Kevin Garnett to the GOAT himself, the raw talent, athleticism and swag on display was truly remarkable.

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  • ripslam

    KG was a stringbean, lol. I miss the old NBA…

  • http://memebase.com LilKDub503

    Yeah, this is crazy. LeBron remains fun to watch, but back then he was likeable too, with a lot fewer tattoos. Then you have Shaq, from whom Blake Griffin stole the screen and roll then dunk on dude.

  • NJ4Life

    No JKidd rookie mix?

  • cramzy

    Lebron the homie but I will argue to the death that Melo was robbed of Rookie Of Year in 04. They could have at least co-’d that thang ala Grant Hill/ J. Kidd or Brand/Franchise.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Shaq should have never left Orlando. Those guys had so much fun.
    Funny to see the Chris Morris sighting and Billy O in the Bean video.
    Let me watch the rest.

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    @NJ4Life I couldn’t find any Kidd highlight reels… there were a few single-game clips, but that’s it. It’s Unfortunate.


    Im lovin these trips down memory lanes. Even NBATV has been showing sum old 90′s playoff games.

  • Yann Blavec

    I had never seen the block KG had on Sir Charles before. I also read in Slam magazine the best piece of advice KG was given as a young player. It was Sam Mitchell who said to him not to “bring home the problem he had had on the floor.”

  • saj

    can someone please please tell me the name of the song on the shaq video? im in love with it, rather catchy! thanks

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Vince was amazing

  • Yann Blavec

    I also read in Slam magazine someone say about :” it’s easy to stop a 330 pounder who isn’t moving. It’s harder to stop one who is moving.”

  • marc

    damn dwight is one of my favorite center but shaq would have destroyed him. lol

  • Charles Breen

    Kobe…”the kid”

    time is a strange thing

  • Yann Blavec

    01:14 of vince carter tape or how to split a quintuple team !!

  • Yann Blavec

    No witness of nowitzki air-balling a three or getting beaten on a rebound by gary payton or someone…

  • saj

    i need the name of the track on the shaq video.. help me out people please!!! plus, vince was crazzzzyy back then

  • JL

    young shaq~! man that was awesome. 3.5 blocks pg.

  • D12FSU

    my dad would tell me stories of watching shaq play for orlando, and he’d tell me every time he dunked, he would dunk so hard, the lower bowl would shake lol

  • add

    shaq a beast!

  • Mr. Wet

    No comments on the raptor’s uniforms?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    ^ Copped that throwback snapback!

  • jking6coop



    Its cool that the snapbacks r back. Dope as hell. I had 2 get me a couple of them when I saw them

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Orlando Shaq was an athletic freak. Also, his first ever NBA score was a TURN-AROUND JUMPSHOT (!)

  • jufu

    ain’t gonna lie i’m lovin the raptors unis back then

  • http://www.slamonline.com big_ticket

    kg=da kid,big ticket!!my fav all time

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Teddy – must have been his only one that season. His turnaround was flat-out awful in Orlando.

  • slamfan4life

    Young MJ reminds me of DRose now……….WOA

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Garnett looks like a fetus! lol. Thats my favorite player of all time, loved the vid. And I just don’t get how people can hate of Vince. Outside of MJ, he’s the most exciting player I’ve ever seen… eff it, in terms of shear athleticism, in his prime he was even more exciting than MJ to me. That reverse dunk on Mullin, the dunk on Dikembe when he seemed to just hang in the air forever, the 1 handed 360 spinning the opposite direction, the dunk contest, “he jumped… OVER his head!?” the list goes on and on.

  • bob

    kg rockin the concords at 1:42

  • http://christianrey09.tumblr.com/ Christian Rey

    wohohoh.. Lebron James my Idol. you very funny to watch. thanks for posting and nice blog.>>! :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    would really like to see VC in a better quality than 240p

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  • http://christianrey09.tumblr.com/ Christian D Rey

    Lebron James is very funny to watch when he was still a rookie.. :D