Tuesday, July 25th, 2006 at 8:42 am  |  13 responses

SLAM #11

Stack’s In The House

Originally published in SLAM 11

The 6th Man: On the calendar, the game had all the significance of preseason hockey. Two teams with dyslexically identical records playing for the bragging rights of, what-California? Indeed, when the Lakers (24-19) were preparing to meet the Warriors (19-24) in late January, no one much cared. The game wasn’t even going to be on national TV.

Then I heard the news. I called Scoop Jackson. I knew he’d already heard.

“This is Scoop.”

“What’s up, cool.”

“What up, dog.”

“Hangin’. Yo, you hear about Magic?”

“You know I did.”

“Well, I got some good news and I got some bad news.”

“Good news.”

“You gotta put your foot in a Magic story.”

“Done. Bad news.”

“Well…you got about two days.”

“Damn! I got…I can’t…A’ight, it’s Magic, after all.”

In life, you make exceptions. When a player, hell, when a human like Earvin Johnson makes as monumental a decision as his, and even though you have no room for him in a magazine that’s ready to ship, and your boss is breathing down your neck because the printer is breathing down his neck, you make room. You just do.

We made room. I won’t get into what Magic means to me personally, or the game, or whatever. There’s not enough space here to give him the respect he deserves. Read Scoop’s essay on page 28. Ditto for me.

Anyway, there are some cool things happening at SLAM. Anna Gebbie (you remember, the tall one from two issues ago) has become the new managing editor, and Russ Bengtson joins Scoop as senior editor. Together, we’re gonna be workin’ overtime to turn this mag up a notch or two.

Starting right now.


Tony Gervino

P.S. Congratulations Iceman and DT. You guys earned it.

Issue 11 MagicIssue 11 StackhouseIssue 11 Stoudamire

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  • http://benchrenaldo.blogspot.com mmutoni

    “men that mail”.

    well played, well played.

  • Garreth

    Was there an alternate cover to SLAM 11? I don’t remember Magic being on any cover…

  • Danny T

    Damon Stoudamire and Jerry Stackhouse were the other covers

  • http://slam will

    magic was a great passier n scorer but what got him over was his height

  • dabulls#1fan

    yeah his height got him over but also his real love for da game which is missing in most players today(ahem….Daruis Miles)

  • http://google tony

    magic was the greatest player after mj23 and all you know diz im from mexico and i wanna friends in common with my pasion the basket ball paz for everyone

  • brad

    Forget Jordan Magic Was The GREATEST player no doubt please put him on a poster or a cover!

    ure mag is tha SHIT!

  • http://Bongarpeoplepc.com SASfan01

    WHY DID MAGIC COME BACK was he trying to beat Mike, or something at least he didn’t play for very long. I sound like I hate Magic or something don’t get me wrong but he should have stayed in retirement.

  • Lakerfan

    I definiently agree that Magic was a much better player then jordan! u definently need him on a poster with Kareem, kobe, and lamar odom and u could call it “Lakers of the Past and Present!” then u can talk about the lakers’ season with a nice article! Just consider it!!!! i kno i would buy like 4 copies!

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  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Magic Johnson, a better basketball player than Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game?

    On what exactly are you basing your conclusion?

  • yeaaaaaa

    yea acquiring HIV in the prime of your career is a bummer. 25/13/7…for 10 years…seriously? dude was a f**king beast.

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