Sunday, August 6th, 2006 at 11:44 pm  |  9 responses

SLAM #20

The Year Of The Bull. Again.

Originally published in SLAM 20

The 6th Man: Yeah, the Bulls won again. Ho-hum. Their fifth championship in seven years. Yawn. It just goes to show you that the team with two of the five best players in the game will beat a team with two of the top 15. (Especially if the league MVP on the latter is playing worse than his team’s backup center.) As usual, Michael Jordan displayed his superhuman powers, playing through some food poisoning type of thing and-as usual-carrying his team in the final minutes of every game. It’s not that I’m not happy for the Bulls, it’s just that…enough already. At least underrated Steve Kerr pulled a Paxson in the final game. Read Scoop’s story starting on page 44. He’ll tell you all about it.

Since I’m still being deluged with letters from angry Rodman fans, let me be one of the first to say, “So long,” to the cultural cipher. At a time when racial intolerance is making an unwelcome comeback in this country, the biggest moron in league history (and that’s saying a lot) has to add his two cents by disrespecting the Mormon religion. Repeatedly.

Look, I don’t know too much about the Mormon faith (although I apparently know more than that other moron, Phil Jackson, who referred to Mormonism as a “cult”). I just know that it’s no different than any other religion in that its followers have been persecuted throughout history. As a Black man in America-especially as a Black man in America-you would think Rodman would be particularly sensitive to such bigotry and would try to set an example for the millions of kids who worship him.

Apparently, I expect way too much from this coward.

The fact that he averaged 7.7 Barkleys and 2.3 points per game in the Finals and was outplayed by Jazz owner Larry Miller in three of the six games, was icing on the cake for me. Way to play yourself into a league somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Dennis.

That’s it. Hope you enjoy the issue. Have a good summer, folks.


Tony Gervino

P.S. I decided against ranting about the Knicks getting jobbed, ’cause no one wants to hear me whining anyway. At least that’s what Russ told me.

Issue 20 Pippen

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  • kb24

    if kareem was the main man in the lakers showtime, then magic would be the greatest complimentary player of all time. just my 2cents.

  • http://nba-blazers.blogspot.com Mark

    Dennis Rodman… nodbody did the dirty work (rebounding / defence / distracting the opposition) like The Worm, allowing others to gain the glory…

  • Rich

    Why that would be Shaq ofcourse. The greatest support of all times. When he’s done playing and weighs 420 pounds they should send him to the coal mines. They can always use support down there.

  • adm

    I can give you eleven reasons why Bill Russell is the greatest complimentary player of all time… =)

  • John Wilding

    This is the best cover so far! The colour scheme again. It’s all Bulls colours!

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  • zabba

    sick cover…except the tiny Jordan in the background. what was that all about? Pippen + demagnified Jordan = same amount of sales with Jordan on the cover alone?

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