Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm  |  17 responses

Beautiful Things

DMase is an artist.

Desmond MasonPhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 72

Remember when Desmond Mason did things like this on a regular basis? Drafted by the Sonics, the 2001 Slam Dunk Contest champ was shipped to Milwaukee in ’03, when Atiba snapped this shot. Looks like he put all of his 38-inch vert to use on this one. — Adam Fleischer

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  • http://trulyhoops.blogspot.com Collin

    I forgot all about him

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

    great, great shot. Does Atiba even post here sometimes? If you do: Atiba, this is one of those pics where you wonder: did Mason make the dunk? Good work man!

  • http://Slam Justin Moore

    Thanks for the photo, of someone who has fallen off the basketball earth! You couldn’t get a photo of Melo or D-Will could you?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Justin, we have a Melo portrait in the cue. Atiba took it as well. We’re still trying to get the exact issue, so that’s what’s been holding us back from posting. As far as I know, the only portraits of Deron came from this summer’s cover shoot. Those might be a bit longer before they’re up online. Sorry.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T.

    Ryne, we know what iss they’re from; just haven’t filled you in yet.

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

    Best action shots in SLAM. Ever.

  • Diogo

    He’s a good player, I don’t know why teams don’t keep him.

  • Chris

    I remember having this as my background for the longest time. Sidenote: Those And 1 Quests are siiiiick!

  • http://Slam Justin Moore

    Ok Ryne, I digged the Stack Jack photo that was on here about a week or so ago.

  • Gumdrop

    Perhaps the best dunk contest since Vince’s was when Desmond and JRich went head to head. I loved how furiously Mason attacked the rim.

  • j-smoov 5

    Man, dude was one of my favorite players back then…Hope he finds a better team and comes back from that injury.

  • Curtis Chumpert

    The Nene photoshoot in that issue was also amazing. That was the Duncan Finals one in ’03.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Atiba is one of the most outstanding photographers I can think of. He also takes outstanding pictures of skateboarders in action if I remember correctly

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    as beautiful and graceful as his dunks are, his free throws are the complete opposite.

  • S-Mc

    man i love this pic… too bad about Andrew Bogut And Michael Redd though

  • http://yahoo.com Domo

    D-mase In his prime…!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com Domo

    What city was this photo shoot in ?