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Friday, July 7th, 2006 at 2:02 pm  |  17 responses

SLAM #1

Originally published in SLAM 1

The 6th Man: DO YOU REALLY “Love This Game?” Have you ever heard the sound of bouncing basketballs in your sleep? Have you imagined yourself with that dazzling crossover move that leaves your opponent in the dust? Have you ever dreamt-just once-of a soaring, slow-motion, monster slam dunk?

Then welcome home, this is the magazine you’ve been waiting for.

Last summer, we were looking at the papers, magazines, and the TV news, and we realized that they all looked alike-the basketball stories, the baseball stories, the figure skating stories. The sneaker commercials exhibit more of basketball’s soul than most media coverage of The Game. Can you picture that talking head in the lousy toupee: “Ahh, James, will you look at the beauty, the grace, the sheer athleticism of that: a.) no-look pass, b.) double-play, c.) triple-reverse-axel on the half-shell”… whatever.

Hopefully, you won’t find that kind of weak youknowhat in the pages of Slam. What you will find is basketball, basketball, basketball and, oh yeah, hoops. We aim to present a magazine about and for basketball fans and players. This is not a magazine for those arm-chair heroes who rediscover The Game on their TV’s every March and forget about it after that bald guy brings home the championship (and the bacon) to Chicago two months later.

This is a magazine for people who Love This Game. Period. Whether you play on an intramural team or you get kicked out of Big Ten games (after your pops kicks you in the shins two Knights, err, nights before) or you’re the weekend hero who straps on that Six-Million Dollar Man knee brace every Saturday afternoon-this magazine is for you.

The good part is just about to begin; Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, Larry Johnson (no relation), Felipe Lopez (remember that name), John Starks and more. It’s our sincere hope that through the pages of Slam you’ll find a way to love The Game even more.

And send us some letters. Let us know what you’d like to see, “cause this is your magazine. What you want is what you’ll get… ‘cept ball. ‘Cause we got ball.

See you on the playgrounds.

Cory Johnson
Editor-in-Chief

Issue 1 Larry Johnson

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  • Danny T

    awesome cover. what a way to start off a new magazine

  • Hon

    Gramdmama was a great choice for the premier issue; the old school converse flagship. Plus, when I heard Charlotte signed LJ for 12 YEARS for over 100 MIL, I nearly had a heart attack at 15! Talk about issuing in a new era.

  • VanillaGorilla

    A “heavyweight boxer” doing it 360? Awesome dunk! Hangtime – beauty in motion – raw power!
    1. Where is he now?
    2. Would you send me a copy of issue no. 1 to Germany because…I´m a primary school teacher and I need a topic for my next history lesson!

  • Garreth

    That was the biggest crock of a dunk contest… LJ won that hands down. I remember picking up this ish in grade 10. SLAM and I are old…

  • Mat

    For the first ever issue of SLAM, Larry Johnson was a strange pick, which I’m sure some people thought. I’m sure that a lot of people saw it at first and thought this magazine is a piece of junk since there was no Jordan on the cover…

    Well 100 magazines later, Wade now on the cover…I think you’re doing a good job at keeping the readers.

  • Garreth

    LJ was the perfect pick. Before his back injuries he was set to be the future Barkley of the league. RESPECT!

  • http://Bongarpeoplepc.com SASfan01

    Why is the words premier issue under the SLAM m?
    LJ is sweet though and I’ve only seen the cover or I’d say something about the Jason Kidd Krazy Mad Moves line.

  • ALEXIS

    WERE CAN I GET ISSUEZ 1,3,17,& 50 I STARTED TO COLLECT LAZT YEAR BEFORE WERE I USE 2 LIVE TERE WASNT NO SLAM MAGAZINEZ THATS THE ONLY REASON I NEVER HAD ALL OF THESE IIGHT HOLLA @ ME

  • Gilbert0

    MJ shoulda been on the cover of this LJ was okay but MJ was the best!

  • dashaun

    looking for this issue

  • jrb

    I heart SLAM

  • Pajo23

    Hey,
    I’ve got a copy of this issue as well as issues #2 and #4. Do you think it’s worth some $?

    P

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  • KC

    I still have issue 1 from when I was a kid. I bought one to read and one to hold onto. I have no idea if it is worth anything, but I still have it.

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