Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 at 8:56 am  |  25 responses

SLAM #12

Got Mike?

Originally published in SLAM 12

The 6th Man: Sometimes this thing just writes itself. Other times, I feel like using my AmEx on one of those “term Paper Blues” ads in Rolling Stone. My dilemma is that there are always a million things to cover, most of which you couldn’t care less about. The Knicks are a trainwreck. BFD. Rick Pitino should do the Pat Riley-thing in Orlando next season. Yawn. How could the league allow this jumpin’-out-of-bounds-while-simultaneously-callin’-time-out? Ho-hum.

I’ve exhausted my Reggie Miller rants and, as one reader reminded me recently, no one cares about me being slow and white anyway.

So I watched the Bulls-Magic game the other day and tried to think of a Sixth Man topic with some real substance. The issue we just finished has plenty, from Brent Barry to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf to a David Robinson story that’s gonna piss some people off to a Mike interview that won’t. Then inspiration appeared before me. Out of the blue. During a TV timeout no less. I called my boy the Milster.

“Did you see that?”

“See what?”

“That Nike commercial with Penny and Li’l Penny-Nick Anderson is sitting there, reading SLAM!”

“Yeah, I saw it. I like it when Nick throws it down on the table.”

“Thanks. What if I write the Sixth Man about seeing my magazine used as a prop in a Penny commercial? Does that have any substance?”


“Hey man, think about it for a second. It’s important.”

“Okay…No, that has no substance.”


“Well, let me ask you this: don’t you think that kind of shameless self-promotion is, like, beneath you?”



Tony Gervino

Issue 12 Michael Jordan

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  • Derms

    I think that is one of the sickest covers, mostly cause it has the man on it.

  • Justin

    I just like how it says: Mike the interview. It makes the interview sound so intense.

  • SteveSmith#8 fan

    This is probably my favorite SLAM cover. Mike always looks so cool.

  • http://benchrenaldo.blogspot.com mutoni

    too bad he looks nothing like this on his latest SLAM cover.

    aging : it sucks!

  • Mighty

    72-10 is amazing but what really amazes me is that they were 1 game from 73-9….

  • German Reignman

    Finally it`s up for me to say: My first SLAM magazine …. I was on vacation in Rennes, France, laughin my a$% off while reading the segment about Trash Talk …..

    “Got Mike?”

  • http://google.com tony

    hello again im from monterrey mexico and i like this magazine cuzz is meade with soul and heart u guys keep on top and here in mexico is so popular ur magazine seeya pd. sorry for my english bye loredotony@gmail.com if u want tellme some but some good ok bye

  • http://Bongarpeoplepc.com SASfan01

    Mike is the 2nd best ever behind The Big Dipper, but still I have to respect the dude. This mag is amazing!


    Jordan is the greatest ever. no ifand or but about it. not even arguably. it is a fact. this should be taught in schools.

  • Gilbert0

    MJ looks great on every cover

  • antonio loredo

    in mexico dont sell that magazine the SLAM 12 I got almost every Numbers but that doesnt sell in mexico what happend I want that magazine What can I do???????

  • k9

    jordan is too over rated, what i want to see is keerem on a slam cover.

  • GOAT

    This issue is the only thing that I have ever bought off EBay. Now the only one’s that I am missing are #1-4 (which I’m content not owning…..I started collected when Spree and T-Bug graced the cover of ish #5 and am damned proud of it)…..but I am scared to say that I was afraid of Allen Iverson and his cover on issue 18. When I finally find that one on EBay, my life will be complete.





  • John Wilding

    This might have been the first issue I bought.

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  • http://nba.com Daniel

    I saw Kobe Bayants best.

  • http://nba.com Daniel

    happy fathers day.

  • http://nba.com Daniel

    I saw Kobes NBA finals top 5 plays.

  • http://nba.com Daniel

    what was that.

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    I have that issue on sale, hit me if interested highstonedbaby@yahoo.com

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