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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 3:15 pm  |  16 responses

Face Off

Can even Kobe stop Kobe?

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Clearly there’s no rhyme or reason to the order we release these wallpapers. Last week, we gave you Dwyane Wade beside the Biscayne Bay, a photo from Lang’s Ish 127 cover story. It was quite timely and relevant–Wade has only bolstered his MVP case since All-Star. But while looking through the cue of unreleased walls, it occurred to me that the Kobe “Face Off” wall was waiting for weeks, gathering virtual dust as we cranked out issues. Issue 128 is about to hit newsstands, so it’s high time we gave you this one.

The idea for this is simple: Kobe is the only person who can stop himself. He has the third most points of among active players (soon to be first, as Shaq will be around for one more season, and Allen Iverson isn’t as buckets-productive as he once was). He’s mentally tough as a samurai (What honestly, do you think would throw Kobe for a loop now?). He’s as focused on that championship as he’s ever been. He’s a complete iron man (Kobe’s played every game possible in the past two seasons, including four Playoff rounds and the Olympics).

He’s 30 and seven months, yet he’s showed almost no signs of slowing down or frustration. Will it ever kick in? Will being the NBA’s model of on-court excellence and consistency ever become too much? Will there ever be that “This is just too damn much!” moment, where Kobe breaks down and takes a step away from basketball? It sounds sort of familiar. It sounds like only Kobe will know the answer… — Ryne Nelson

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Like the colorway of the defender Kobe.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I didn’t mind this entire love piece until Ryne put Kobe in the same sentence as Iron Man. Turrible.

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Tell me how my own ass feels

  • j-smoov 5

    Kobe=G.O.A.T.

  • riggs

    he does have a goat face

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

    Kobe=G.O.A.T.

  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    FALSE

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

    TRUE

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    ..its true that its false…?
    my brain hurts.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    Slam are now just blatantly goading people into Kobe vs LeBron/MJ debates now, aren’t they?

  • DJR

    PROPS TO ATIBA FOR A KILLER COVER!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!!

    I don’t know what the technical term is…maybe Atiba or someone else could inform me…but these covers where it as the one player in multiple poses are some of the best covers I’ve ever seen…MORE PLEASE MR OSBORNE AND MS WINKLER…let Atiba do his thing!!

  • Tommy Vercetti

    Best in the business today.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    I Think I Can Stop …… Kobe

  • B_Easy24

    Ayo!!! this picture is one of the dopest Slam pics ever!! and I got the ish too dope is all I can say and keep killing em kobe, Lebron will never b e as good as you

  • Cavsnumbah1

    Kobe looks like hes grabbing kobes ass

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