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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 2:05 pm  |  101 responses

The Legendary

‘The cover that wasn’t.’

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Photo by Pier Nicola D’amico
Originally published in SLAM 96

Although our cover for SLAM 96 ended up being this photo of Allen Iverson without the blacktop in the background, it’s no doubt that the streets of Philly always had The Answer’s back. Dude gave it his all for the Sixers night after night for a decade.  This past year may have made some forget, but when you see AI drop 30 more than a few times in a new city next season, don’t say we didn’t warn you.—Adam Fleischer

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  • Prodi

    Not even an AI fan, but this is pretty sweet

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/LetYourGameSpeak81 J

    Dope pic, I am a fan of A.I, dammit the guys 6;0 reppin it hard for all of us who are of average height and backgrounds. He to me is a ballers, ballah. A.I. will always be one of my top five favs.

  • Hussman25

    AAh… the good old days! What used to be in the city of brotherly love… It was better to have loved (his game, his “practice rant” & the Finals Run) than to have never loved at all (we could have picked Marbury???).. We miss you A.I.

  • Ken

    That’s a fantastic photo. Definitely like it without any text in the way. He was such a good fit for Philly.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Classic material.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    was the background in the real photo?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Aww the good ol days. This guy was the Sixers. That jersey is a classic. Too bad the management in Philly sucked. Imagine if a legit proven superstar was brought to Philly a guy that knew this was AI’s team and he was going to do what he wanted and made sure he did his part and got his share. If KG was in Philly AI would have a ring on right now and would not be on his 4th team. The Iverson era was one of the best to watch and Philly is a lucky city they got to witness it live. Classic photo.

  • http://slamonline.com sultan

    Yeah its strange how things change so quickly may A.I have a decent career at Memphis, good luck man.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Pardeep: yeah, or someone like Chris Webber

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    this is a REALLY great pic, even if it’s touched up with photoshop. the expression, the composition, the color. just wow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    @Jukai: That was a battered up C.Webb you know he was battered up and was not the player he was in Sacramento but im saying legit superstar KG type you know like a HOF’er. Come on Jukai you gotta lotta basketball knowledge you know your stuff but you may not like AI and you say these kind of things that make you look like your just an average NBA fan Im pretty sure you know deep down that was not the kind of player that would get AI a ring.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    @Jukai: You know that C.Webb was battered up and washed up he could not help AI like KG would be able to help AI and when I say he needed a legit superstar future hall of famer and a player who had years left at that point Chris Webber was battered up. Come on Jukai you have a lot of b-ball knowledge you know your stuff a guy like you should know that C.Webb was not the Sacramento C.Webb. Your smarter than that but you just love ripping AI dont ya. Well maybe not so much but still you dont use your actualy knowledge like you do with other topics when we talk AI.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    I posted twice because the first one never appeared mi bad.

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jukai
    I can’t believe you through out Chris Webber.
    Damn, that was just sad. Sad, sad, sad.
    I would expect a better argument.

  • King David

    the greatest of all time

  • Ant

    Allenp, don’t b surprised…Jukai has been in an especially sour mood this week.

  • ab_40

    who’s gonna score thirty earlier tmac or ai?

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    is it just me or A.I. looks like a …… in this photo ??

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    I don’t wanna sound absolut and say “the worst” but EASILY one of the worst players of all-time….his case is going to be studied in marketing courses 50 years from now.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    C.WEBBER>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>SHOE SELLER

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @ab_40……:”BIG SOFO” tonight.(i am dreaming!!)

  • David

    Wow – I think I like this version of the photo a lot more than the cover that did run. But I suppose it would have kind of taken away from the ’96 draft remix cover story and made it more about Iverson himself.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Allen: Didn’t you get mad at me for not including Webber in a top 15 power forward list or something? Now you’re dissin’ the dude?
    He got twenty at ten in Phili.
    Was it Iverson’s inability to bond with Webber that made them miss the playoffs? No. Actually, it was neither Iverson nor Webber but management’s inexplicable decision to try and turn Phili into a slow, grind it out team (even though Iverson said again and again the team was built to run and they had to run… and it gets even more ironic and aggravating that the moment Iverson leaves, management turns the team into an athletic running team).
    I’m just tired of people saying “OH MAN IF ONLY IVERSON HAD TALENT!”
    The dude has had LOTS of talent in the past. It has nothing to do with talent. It’s not being in the right situation, not always making the right decision, and sadly, like most superstars who never got a ring, playing in the wrong era or just general bad luck. Just like all the other NBA big names who never got the hardware (Baylor, Gilmore, Gervin, Maravich, King, Wilkins, Stockton and Malone, Barkley, Ewing, etc.), it doesn’t make them less of a player. Iverson is a superstar through and through. But stop using the f*cking “he never played with the right stars” excuse. That makes YOU sound like an average basketball fan.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    If Iverson had KG in 2000, there was a good chance they would have toppled the Lakers and won a ring. That could be said for a lot of players. I should have gone for that route.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    On the other hand, Spanny calling Iverson one of the 50 worst players of all time is even more aggravating, but at least he’s simply not taken seriously since he watches too much FIBA basketball.

  • tavoris

    20 and 10 for a PF that shoots 43% from the field is NOT great stats. Also, it’s pretty telling that 1)his stats dropped to half the next season, and 2)he was out of the league 2 years later. The player-whose career was defined by his combination of athleticism and savy-had NO athleticism by the time Sacramento traded him. While Webber was a VERY talented player, he was also deteriorated one by the time he arrived in Philly. If you look at AI’s time in Philly, the only player who warrants serious HOF discussion is Mutombo. ALL of his contemporaries (superstar-level players whose career overlaps) have at least 2-except MJ.

  • Royal

    @Pgjhkjcfgsxgf Vadfsgfjkuh: Iverson is closer to the All-Time great list than the All-Time worst list(I understand that you may not like his style of play ,but lets not be cynical)

  • Tre

    gotta love seein this dude in a philly uniform

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Royal…..:if by saying what i said i am cynical, then i am propably true.That is the meaning of the world cynic, it is a greek word, it comes from “kynas” that means “dog” in ancient greek. It was a philosophical movement, “OI KYNIKOI” (the cynics as you would say) that they had this tough and ‘spartan’ approach on everyday life. Luxuries where not for them , only the hard truth(dog-life).

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Yeah Tavoris, AI Never played with anyone talented, dude has the worst luck of any NBA player ever, he totally deserved the ring with his work ethic on and off the court, you’re 100% right, if only he played with a talented defensive bigman or a team oriented basketball squad or another deadly shooter to take pressure off him, god, I hate Iverson fans so much, they just don’t live in reality.

  • Royal

    @Pan-Hey, i’m a freshman at morgan state give me a break:)

  • tavoris

    Jukai, I ddin’t say that he didn’t play with talent. Of course he did. However, there is no dispute that Kobe, Wade, Shaq, Duncan, Nash, Kidd, Garnett, Pierce, & Allen, have all played with more talented teammates for larger portions of their respective careers. Hell, even Wade’s teammates TODAY would give Iverson’s supporting cast in Philly a run for their money. For someone who makes a point of calling out people detachment from reality, you spend an awful large amount of time trolling AI articles. The funny part is that you are so consistently full of AI-hate that you’ve minimized your own middling credibility.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Tavoris: So you’re saying a team consisting of Chalmers, Jones, Beasley, Haslem, and Joel Anthony could beat a team with Eric Snow, Aaron McKie, Lynch, Jumaine Jones, and Dikembe f’in Motumbo??? You live in bizarro world! “Give them a run for their money” my ass, outside of Haslem, that team wouldn’t score a damn point!
    People love to talk about 2000, like it was some Jordan sh*t… When the Raptors and Bucks were just as bad, teams being carried by two (lesser) superstars who almost beat Phili in seven game series.
    Yes, at the core, you are right: all those players have played with more superstars throughout their respected career (for the possible exception of Garnett, Allen, and Pierce–just because they’re all playing together now, doesn’t mean that they played with much talent). You’re still brushing over the fact (there’s that living in a different reality thing again) that Iverson HAS recently played with talent, and nothing happened… YES, once again, the reason was a) management and Iverson getting into fights on how to run the team (Iverson was right), then b) a lack of commitment to defense and c) being forced into a situation that was unbecoming of his skillsets and impossible for most any NBA player to fill. It was not really Iverson’s fault, ‘per say’. But damn, why am I lambasted for trying to say that Nash was cheated out of his glory by David Stern and referees working for the mob… but Iverson gets a free pass because he never teamed up with Kevin mother f*cking Garnett?

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

    PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS / Greek dude
    You sir are a racist, muf*cka. Those six ‘.’ marks in your first comment? That’s a dog act and you know it. Shame on you.
    And I don’t care if I get some email telling me to “calm down” or some sh*t. If I do, that’s some two-face cr@p.
    You really thought you could make an innuendo like that and NOT have someone pick up on it?
    Actually, maybe they did – and just had the sense not to bring it into the light. Well f*ck that.
    Shame on you.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Hursty….:_____________(yeap, that’s my kids!!!)

  • tavoris

    Jukai, the 2000 Bucks (with Allen, Cassell, Robinson, Danny Manning, Tim Thomas, and Dale Ellis) were LESS talented than the Sixers? You’re crazy for that feeble attempt. How about the 2000 Raptors with Vince, T-Mac, Dell Curry, Doug Christie, Charles Oakley, Antonio Davis, and Kevin Willis? Again, nuts to think that Philly was nearly as talented as either of those teams. And from the Miami team you are conveniently leaving out Jermaine O’Neal, Daequan Cook (who both are bigger options than the players you mentioned). Come on now…u r smart enough to not try to throw out that bull’ish, Jukai…

  • tavoris

    Hursty, co-sign

  • peter

    What a bunch of a.i. fanboys. That loser complained that he wasn’t “himself” in detroit because he didn’t get enough shots up. Yet, even with the lower amount of shot attempts he’s kept his trademark 41% shooting percentage. This proves that he wasn’t even a scorer, he just throws the ball up hoping it’ll go in. He misses more than he’ll ever make a basket.

  • tavoris

    peter…when did he complain about getting shots up?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    somebody explain to me what the six periods mean?

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Royal……: and that means what….?(no irony, i just don’t get what you mean)

  • tavoris

    Allenp, think of a derogatory six-letter word that people of a certain European origin used during slavery to describe people of a certain African origin. There lies your answer.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @tavoris,hursty,allenp______:you are sick and ……..(and now i have actually counted the dots in order to make sure you find the correct word). But i ain’t bite.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, I assumed Greek Dude was saying that Iverson looked like a “cartoon” in the pick because of the way it was doctored. I didn’t even realize it was a slur until Hursty said something.
    Learn something new everyday.

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

    Sorry Allenp, most of the time I can ignore greek dude, but not for that. Not for that.
    If he wants to explain what he meant, then he can.

  • tavoris

    yeah, Allenp, he usually has no problem using the word Cartoon (altho it’s pretty obvious what that’s a substitution for). The truth always comes to light.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    i wrote you the answer, it doesn’t show up,that’s it….

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    it is unfair that my answer do not show up….

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Ah, I love it. Allen Iverson fanatics will freaking GLORIFY the awfulness of the Raptors and Bucks to make that Iverson look even more impressive.
    You really took the cake though, adding players to those teams who weren’t even there. That’s impressive. That’s commitment. Iverson would be proud.
    Well, let’s take the Raptors: by the time 2000 rolled by, McGrady was balling in Orlando and Doug Christie was taking shots in Sacremento. If Vince’s squad had those two cats, they would have trampled the 76ers.
    They did have a 36-year-old increpid Dell Curry, who was put in mainly during the second quarter for ten minutes and never saw any other playing time. He averaged six points that season. They also had an even OLDER Charles Oakley (37 years old) whose sole job was to prop his body up in the paint and grab rebounds– something he was too exhausted to do in the playoffs (Trust me, it wasn’t Iverson who was cutting his rebounding averages down by four). Antonio Davis was the only real help Vince Carter had, and even HE was 32-years-old, pretty immobile, and simply there to rebound. 13 points on .43% shooting for a power forward– great help!
    The Kevin Willis inclusion was the best– he was closing in on 40 and was sucking so bad, the Raptors actually got RID of him before the playoffs!
    So congratulations, 3/6 people you named were traded and the rest were well over 30 and unable to score! The 2000 raptors as a team, sucked!
    You’re even farther off of reality with the Bucks– Danny Manning never even f’in PLAYED with the Bucks, and Dale Ellis WAS RETIRED FROM THE GOD DAMN LEAGUE.
    Cassell was great for the Bucks and partially the reason for their success, but Robinson was not. Bias aside, Allen and Robinson were a terrible pair, as they constantly fought for shots and leadership fo the team– but unlike Allen, who could play D, lead the team, and hit clutch shots, the only thing Robinson could do other than score was to rack up turnovers and holdout on his team for money. But yeah, having two shoot-first “leaders” on your team was great for chemistry.
    I love how you listed Tim Thomas as a ‘good’ player. Give me Aaron McKie anyday.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    I’m still laughing pretty hard at all the players you included who weren’t playing for the Raps and Bucks. This is what I meant by detached from reality.
    On another note, Spanny better find a way to give his ‘answer’ on this comment section or I’ll e-mail Ryne right now petitioning for his banning.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Anyway, the 76ers had Dikembe Mutombo, Aaron McKie, Eric Snow(who sucks, but is great at D and fantastic lockeroom chemistry), Tyrone Hill, Jumaine Jones, Todd MacCulloch, and Raja Bell.
    All-star team? Not hardly. At least equal to the awfulness of the Bucks and Raptors? Clearly.
    Iverson was just better than Ray Allen and Vince Carter, so they moved to the Finals.

  • tavoris

    Jukai…r u talking 1999-2000, or 2000-2001? because T-Mac DID leave before the 2000-2001 season, but teams are identified by the year that the bulk of the games are played. I responded to YOUR post with the rosters from that season. Now, you’re bringing up the NEXT season. Classic…

  • tavoris

    Jukai, you’re hopeless…why are you EVEN hating on AI in a post ABOUT A FREAKING MAGAZINE COVER? Really dude…kick rocks.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Tavoris: Yes, it is perfectly excusable for you to think I’m talkin about 1999-2000, instead of the year when Iverson took his team to the NBA Finals. Which I was referencing when mentioning Iverson taking other teams to seven game series.
    Just admit you looked at the wrong team charts on basketball-reference and move on, buddy.
    I still don’t know where you got Danny Manning and Dale Ellis.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Tavoris: I ranked AI sixth as an all-time shooting guard. I admitted there was an argument, especially if he could fix his reputation, that he could justify moving up on that list to fourth!
    There are about as many players I could count on my hand in the L that could do what Iverson did in 2000-2001 (specifying for you!)
    I’m just so tired of the outrageous c-sucking the dude gets. The same way Eboy bashes Kobe, Allen bashes Nash, and Myles bashes Lebron. I mean, Pardeep and Teddy were telling me the dude was better than Stockton. yeah, that’s about the time I really started getting disgruntled.

  • tavoris

    But dude, I am not deluded to that point. That’s my dude, but I don’t stan like he’s the best EVER. I just think that he’s taking an unfair hit to his legacy because of a f’ed up situation he was traded into. People who look at the situation objectively-and not on a anti stan crusade-can see what really went down. Even if you want to blame him for Detroit’s failures, hasn’t he already gotten beaten down enough? Let the man TRY to make a situation better. You and I come from two different schools of thought. I-admittedly-am an idealist. I want players 2 succeed, because that makes the ENTIRE NBA STRONGER. This hate, conflict, and “crabs in a barrel” attitude does nothing to strengthen the league that I love. Why do you think so many players are aloof and refuse to interact with fans? It’s partially because they see the shit people say about them on boards like this.

  • cramzy

    ya know, for guys who hate AI and think he’s the worst ball player to ever grace a court….you sure spend ALOT of time and words on his posts..im just sayin’

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Tavoris: I doubt a man who makes millions of dollars with even more millions of fans really feels that hurt about what a dude on a message board who never made it past High School basketball says about his game. And that ‘man’ isn’t suppose to be Iverson. That is suppose to be any NBA player ever.

  • tavoris

    Jukai, that’s total BS. Of course they are affected by it. All the kids who are in the NBA today grew up on Slam Mag. And we all know that quite a few of them have fragile egos (Kwame Brown immediately comes to mind). How are you’re “AI Sux” campaigns helping anything or anybody?

  • tavoris

    and the fact that you brought that “doubt their bothered” into the equation sounds a lot like your disdain is rooted in ENVY.

  • http://sdjklf.com Jukai

    Is AI really going to be that pissed that I ranked him sixth in my all-time shooting guard list instead of 5th or 4th?
    Of course I envy Iverson. I envy every single NBA player who can make millions by playing a game! Lots of freaking envy! I would hope the same would go for you too. Unless you won the lotto or something
    If you think psychoanalyzing me is going to distract the fact that you looked up the wrong dates to try and up Iverson even further, I think you’re getting deeper into this fantasy.

  • Ant

    dude. I responded to you. you mentioned that those teams didn’t have talent in THAT year. don’t deflect that you mentioned the wrong year, then switched your story when you were called out.

    No, I don’t envy NBA players. I am proud of them.

  • tavoris

    that was me…don’t know why that showed up as Ant.

  • Fat Lever

    Anyone that knows SEPTA here in Philly can probably guess that train in the background was running 15 mins late.

  • http://sdjklf.com Jukai

    I was talking about Phili playing the Raptors and Bucks in seven game series! Jesus, use your head! Why would I be talking about the Bucks and the Raptors BEFORE they played Phili in Iverson’s glory year? You either looked up the wrong date or had no idea when Iverson actually WAS in the Finals, making you a fake fan.
    I think we’re done here.

  • tavoris

    Jukai, we’ve been done. you’re the one trolling AI articles trying to dull ANY shine he receives on this site. Geez…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    two “geniouses” done fighting over the greatest “genious” of ‘ em all !!! this is a historic moment !!!!(………………………………..38 dots. Now , let’s see what you can make of it !!!!)

  • Rusty

    FUK OFF GREEK GUY

  • Karl

    @Greek Guy
    It’s ‘Genius’ Genius.
    I’ve finally figured out why I can’t understand any of your analogies or sentences. Stop using an online translator and actually learn some structural English.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    If you ignore the Greek dude, he will go away…y’all are taking his bait hook, line, and sinker…

  • you already know.

    Iverson shouldht stay in Philly. One of best pound 4 pound player.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Greek dude
    You gonna tell me what the dots really meant? ‘Cause I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume they weren’t a stand in for the n-word as Tavoris opined.
    I’m kinda curious.

  • tavoris

    of course he won’t. he gets more attention leaving it in the open.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Greek dude is messed up man. Racism sucks get out of here were talking about basketball. Maybe the only reason that racist greek guy hates on AI so much is because AI is the blackest player in NBA history.

  • http://sdjklf.com Jukai

    Yeah, I’m pointing this to Ryne, and I’ll let the SLAM administrators ask him what he meant

  • Royal

    Jukai: You Liar!!!!!!!!

  • http://sdjklf.com Jukai

    Royal: It’s “you lie”
    You fail at even the simplest memes.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    ok,you don’t get it (or you actually did until sickness&witch-hunting got involved….) so i will break it down as much as possible(on the other hand, ain’t this what we doin’ with kids…?). As you all know i had last week a memo from “mama” to ‘tone down’ my comments etc so i thought this was a good opportunity to take a break and not use my favorite “A.I. word”, use dots (i didn’t counted them, i missed one, oh my god , big crime!!!!) and everybody would figure out what i wanted to mean since it was an A.I. article and the guy actually looked like a cartoon in the photo. It was proved that i was right in my estimation (i was definitely right, even a genious as Allenp figured it out ) until a s….d (again the dots are counted, i also put the letters to help your limited brain power hursty ) kid had a really sick idea…..In the begging i thought he said that i was meaning “dog act”, i ‘googled’ it and i couldn’t figure out what was the meaning of it, thankfully another sick kid was able to explain hursty’s idea(i understood ‘mon..y’ this time,is it ok??)….the bottom line: W-A-K-E U-P !!!!!(i know the reasons you are unable and it is better/funnier that way for me, i am just saying…..)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    ok,you don’t get it (or you actually did until sickness&w*tch-hunting got involved….) so i will break it down as much as possible(on the other hand, ain’t this what we doin’ with kids…?). As you all know i had last week a memo from “m*ma” to ‘tone down’ my comments etc so i thought this was a good opportunity to take a break and not use my favorite “A.I. word”, use dots (i didn’t counted them, i missed one, oh my god , big cr*me!!!!) and everybody would figure out what i wanted to mean since it was an A.I. article and the guy actually looked like a cart*on in the photo. It was proved that i was right in my estimation (i was definitely right, even a genious as Allenp figured it out ) until a s….d (again the dots are counted, i also put the letters to help your limited brain power hursty ) kid had a really sick idea…..In the begging i thought he said that i was meaning “d*g act”, i ‘googled’ it and i couldn’t figure out what was the meaning of it, thankfully another sick kid was able to explain hursty’s idea(i understood ‘mon..y’ this time,is it ok??)….the bottom line: W-A-K-E U-P !!!!!(i know the reasons you are unable and it is better/funnier that way for me, i am just saying…..)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    for a reason i cannot figure out (i told already Ryne about it) my answer cannot be posted up….i got nothing to hide, your attack was anyway sick and disg8sting but i wasn’t expecting much more….

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    i appeared!!!! (finally…)

  • Royal

    Jukia:You Lie!!!!

  • Royal

    Greek Guy:You Liar

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Like I said, I figured it was “cartoon.”
    One thing you are is consistent with your idiocy.
    But, given some of your other comments, I can understand why Hursty and Tavoris thought what they did.

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

    “If he wants to explain what he meant, then he can.”
    - I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt here. You didn’t explain what it represented though.
    And calling me/us “sick” etc doesn’t mean we were incorrect in our judgement of your sentence.

  • tavoris

    the funny part is that your usage of the word “cartoon” and kids to describe certain players & posters-and the context in which you throw those words out-is far more derogatory. If you were half as intelligent as you think you are, you’d realize that you don’t have the benefit of “tone” in a written post. Additionally, the usage of such terminology (which is obviously intended to demean) is NOT funny when applied to someone for which you have no rapport with. You spam post on this website, and when someone calls you out on it, they become a “cartoon” or one of “your kids”. That is utterly ridiculous, and far more reprehensible than if you had used other-more historically offensive-terminology. This is the last time I will committ keystrokes to you, PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS.

  • Kimozabe

    Allen Iverson heads up on you man! you’re my Idol!!!

  • Devo

    AI is still sick and all the doubters will see tonight

  • liutao

    AI is my favourite star.But now he is still sick.What a pity.

  • http://635365630@qq.com liutao

    what a pity.

  • lalo

    hey A.I aun si te retiras esta temporada serás recordado como una gran legenda,siendo un rey sin corona no necesitaste de un titulo,para tener miles de seguidores here in Mexico. buba chuk

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    douchebag

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Really? On November 18?

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  • tavoris

    What Is A Troll?

    The term derives from “trolling”, a style of fishing which involves trailing bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group.

    Usually, it will fail, as the troll rarely bothers to match the tone or style of the group, and usually its ignorance shows.

    Why do trolls do it?

    I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful.

    Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too.

    For trolls, any response is ‘recognition’; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.

    Trolls, rather surprisingly, dispute this, claiming that it’s a game or joke; this merely confirms the diagnosis; how sad do you have to be to find such mind-numbingly trivial timewasting to be funny?

    Remember that trolls are cowards; they’ll usually post just enough to get an argument going, then sit back and count the responses (Yes, that’s what they do!).

    Troll – Angler or Underbridge Dweller?

    How can troll posts be recognised?

    No Imagination – Most are frighteningly obvious; sexist comments on nurses’ groups, blasphemy on religious groups .. I kid you not.
    Pedantic in the Extreme – Many trolls’ preparation is so thorough, that while they waste time, they appear so ludicrous from the start that they elicit sympathetic mail – the danger is that once the group takes sides, the damage is done.
    False Identity – Because they are cowards, trolls virtually never write over their own name, and often reveal their trolliness (and lack of imagination) in the chosen ID. As so many folk these days use false ID, this is not a strong indicator on its own!
    Crossposting – Any post that is crossposted to several groups should be viewed as suspicious, particularly if unrelated or of opposing perspective. Why would someone do that?
    Off-topic posting – Often genuine errors, but, if from an ‘outsider’ they deserve matter-of-fact response; if genuine, a brief apposite response is simply netiquette; if it’s a troll post, you have denied it its reward.
    Repetition of a question or statement is either a troll – or a pedant; either way, treatment as a troll is effective.
    Missing The Point – Trolls rarely answer a direct question – they cannot, if asked to justify their twaddle – so they develop a fine line in missing the point.
    Thick or Sad – Trolls are usually sad, lonely folk, with few social skills; they rarely make what most people would consider intelligent conversation. However, they frequently have an obsession with their IQ and feel the need to tell everyone. This is so frequent, that it is diagnostic! Somewhere on the web there must be an Intelligence Test for Trolls – rigged to always say “above 150″
    Who is at risk?

    Any newsgroup, bulletin board, forum or chatroom can attract trolls, but they don’t have the brains to attack nuclear physicists, and they are drawn to the quick response where sex, religion and race are found; so politics is easy prey.

    One troll famously tried to infiltrate a mensa group; the results read like 100 trolls and one regular, it didn’t have a chance – but it was stupid enough to persist until removed.

    When Should You Be Concerned?

    Usually, no, though fractured funny bones and occasional waves of nausea have been reported.

    When a troll become persistent and personal, you may need to consider the possibility that it has fermented into an Internet Stalker – equally pathetic, if not more so – but sometimes requiring weedkiller. Find Out More

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Tavoris: Your entire post was the exact definition of trolling. Send an e-mail to the administrators if you don’t like a post to report it, if not, stfu.

  • tavoris

    Jukai, suck balls. Wasnt’ directed at you, anyway

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  • chris soul

    indeed the legendary! all the best to AI in Memphis.

  • David Robinson

    AI is the man…to me better on raw talent than all the stars of the Post Jordan Era…while all of them were trying to straight up copy or jack MJ’s spirit; this guy didn’t sign up with NIke and get the ‘package star’ deal, he went rogue and did it his way….God Bless A.I. whether he had game or not….

    We should NEVER EVER QUESTION THE ANSWER!!!

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