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Friday, August 11th, 2006 at 7:58 am  |  23 responses

SLAM #24

The Human Highlight Film

Originally published in SLAM 24

The 6th Man: I’ve been trying to write Sixth Man for a week now, but none of the ideas I’ve had has really inspired me enough to bother you with ’em.

I initially wanted to deal with the whole baggy shorts debate, especially with those mega-fines being handed down to the T-Wolves and Blazers. But then I realized that the only thing more difficult than enforcing such a policy is actually coming up with something non-insulting to say about it.

Then I had this brainstorm the other night, after flipping through Alexander Wolff’s brilliant The In Your Face Basketball Book from the late ’70s. I was gonna start a collection to try and lure him away from Sports Illustrated, so he’d be able write about basketball full-time again. Sure, it got big laughs around the office, but the reality was that we were gonna fall a few hundred g’s short of that offer-he-just-can’t-refuse. (And besides, half the staff was kinda hoping for Rick Telander anyway.)

From there, I flipped to my Milwaukee Bucks situation. See, lately I’ve been roasting them for losing Vinny, Steph and Sherm, but then I spoke with one of their front-office guys, and he was real nice, so yeah, I started feeling a little guilty. Like maybe they’re trying anything they can just to win a few damn games, and it’s not like they’re dismantling the ’86 Celtics. But then I thought the subject would make me look bad, so I dropped it real quick-like.

Let’s see, what else? Rodman playing like crap isn’t inspiring me. I saw Rafer Alston play his first college game, which got me real juiced. And I really think Tony Battie is gonna turn out to be a player. Not exactly Sixth Man material, though.

So I guess I’m left where I began: with the long shorts debate. Namely, it’s stupid and should be a non-issue. League officials may think they’re protecting the game, but all they’re doing is clamping down on the players’ personal style and giving ’em one more reason to feel like pieces of meat. Leave the kids alone, I say.

Peace,

Tony Gervino

P.S. We’ve been pretty nasty in the Trash Talk section lately (at least that’s what some reader told me), and so we’re going to try something different this issue. Yes, welcome to the all-nice edition of Trash Talk, brought to you by some friggin’ aliens who have inhabited our bodies.

Issue 24 Kobe

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  • M.K. Petrik

    Although I have this issue I didn’t realize 3D had an article in Slam.

  • stinger

    Kobe…10 years and the best in the game…this cat was born to ball…whats scary is that he is just peaking…will probably dominate for 5 more years man

  • Jamison

    Slam 24… Kobe 24…

    The number change is starting to make sense.

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    I remember that 3D article. He was talking about how he went crazy at his camp. He had just been traded the Mavs. He also makes references to Horace Grant and Penny pretty much a lock to be injured every year. Great stuff.

  • M.K. Petrik

    I wonder if that’s the same facial expression Kobe used when picking up girls back in the day?

    And Lang, if you’re reading this, what’s the chances Slam would bring back “Last Shot” in an upcoming issue. With the amount of buzzard beaters that have been happening in the L as well as the college ranks, this is something that needs to be brought back.

  • Will

    This was the very first SLAM that I bought. Man, it’s been 76 great editions

  • http://myspace.com/l8kers_qtlol TyEsha

    Issue #24 with Kobe on the cover wearing his new #24 jersey would be so fLyy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CASANOVA

    I DONT CARE WHAT NO ONE SAY.. THAT’S THA MAN RIGHT THERE…. NOT THA NEXT JORDAN.. BUT THA FIRST KOBE… JORDAN WAS THA 90′S HERO.. NOW KOBE IS THA 2000 N BEYOND UNTIL HE WANTS TO STOP.. THAT’S HOW BAD THIS MAN IS..

    KOBE FOR M.V.P

  • gordon

    kobe is the best in the world right now. wade is not the best player yet because he has been hyped too much ever since he got finals mvp. wade did make his shots but y’all know david stern deliberately gave miami the chip. no excuses made, because kobe won his chip fair and square…unlike wade and the rest of those former all-starzzz

  • http://enut4evayahoo.com ENUT4EVA

    IN TIME ALL HATERZ WILL REALIZE THAT KOBE IS KING OF HOOPZ, HIS DEDICATION, FIRE, ALL-AROUND SKILLZ AND BASKETBALL IQ NOT ONLY ELEVATE THE PLAYERS OF THIS GENERATION BUT ALSO EXEMPLIFIES THE DESIRE THAT ONE MUST PUT FORTH TO BRING THEMSELVES TO THE TOP OF WHATEVER THEY DO. MISTAKES DONT REFLECT THE MAKEUP OF A PERSON, BUT HOW WE RECOVER FROM OUR MISTAKES SHOW THE CHARACTER FROM WITHIN THEM. KOBE IM YOUR NUMBER #1 FAN GOD BLESS U AND YOUR FAMILY, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY. (LAKERS CHAMPS IN 08)

  • Daniel Aguilar

    I`m agree what everybody said that 3D interview was more that anybody spect. Also It was the first cover of a running carrer of covers beside AI.
    It`s still great read that cover over and over again
    DAZ-13

  • kb24

    I’m gonna draft him #1 in my fantasy league this year for sure!

  • http://webanalsex.com/sitemap.htm NZ mayhem

    Kobe is the man!!

  • greg

    KOBE! is the best

  • J-roc

    Even that kobe was accused of raping some white bitch he is still the best in the game

  • http://www.aol.com tony

    KOBE! is the best, will be the best, thass it

  • Sven

    Kobe was the man in his rookie season. That time he could jump and was dunking on people left and right. Now we hardly see him do none of that, besides him dropping 81 points

  • Igor

    Kobe is the best scoring guard in the league now!!!

  • Johnny

    Kinda crazy that “Number 8″ happened to get the cover of “ISSUE NUMBER 24″…… one issue after saying that the 23rd shoulda been covered by Jordan but Cwebb got it too…. freaky.

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  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Wow Kobe Bryant really young!! Cool magazine havnt read it before please can i have it.

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