Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 at 8:06 am  |  26 responses

SLAM #32

The Funk Doctor

Originally published in SLAM 32

The 6th Man: It all started with the photo that you see before you.

We were lounging around, doing the usual Friday SLAM Dome activities—crank-calling Zo, deciding which question would end a Larry Bird interview the fastest, playing Pin the Tail on Hubie Brown’s moles. You know, napping.

We had been looking for a way to make sense of the NBA lockout beyond our troublingly ineffective Shawn Bradley protest, as well as a way to keep the magazine fresh—and all the while, the reality that no one really gives a rat’s ass what NBA players do in their free time was looming over us like a 2Ball hangover. We’d thought long, we’d thought hard. We were, frankly, at the end of our badly-fraying ropes, and so we barely noticed when the lightbulb popped on. With a ’fro, no less.

The Julius Erving photo, originally a potential poster, begat the idea for an old-school issue. We figured this was a great time to give some props to the older guys who helped create the billion-dollar business that’s currently being carved up like a Christmas ham. Of course, we couldn’t limit ourselves to merely old school; there was way too much currently happening in hoops to limit ourselves that way. Instead, we threw a few extra helpings of the historical stuff into the stew.

Peter Vecsey was of immeasurable help with his heartfelt Roger Brown piece, as well as lending us guidance—and a dope photo—for the Rucker Park story. (Peter: If you’re ever looking for a gig where you can be mean and use copius amounts of profanity in an insulting manner, give us a call.) And Connie Hawkins also helped us remember Roger and give him some of the credit he was so criminally deprived of when he was alive. On the complete other end of the spectrum, props to Iverson for going along with our idea to dismantle his braids, albeit temporarily. AI was actually pretty amped to re-create the mood of the Doc photo, and I think it shows.

Almost forgot: we’re finally running a photo of Christie Rice a.k.a. Glen Rice’s wife. We had no intention of doing so, but your cards, letters and bribes convinced us that you wouldn’t stop until you saw her. Now could you please stop buggin’ us and leave the nice lady alone.*


Tony Gervino

*Just in case my wife Gina is reading this.

Issue 32 AI

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Marcel Mutoni

    the grimy wife-beater underneath the jersey is what makes this a classic.

  • matthew

    I think it’s the fact that you guys got him to wear that “wig”. Ha ha!!

  • http://slamonline.com Rob Stewart

    This was when Iverson was the most influential baller in the game. He had the streets on lock. He gave the little guys hope. He was holding it down even before the suprise Finals appearance.

  • http://slamonline.com Rob Stewart

    This was when Iverson was the most influential baller in the game. He had the streets on lock. He gave the little guys hope. He was holding it down even before the suprise Finals appearance.
    Anybody got a G town AI jersey 4 sale?

  • Zee

    Three words: Glen Rice’s Wife!

  • Marvin

    Allen the motherf#$%^&* answer Iverson. Classic cover, classic cover, started the Throwback era with Jay-Z, straight up classic. To all the haters: Iverson got game, more than you do!!

  • Dutch Rich

    Might be best cover in all publication of all time, not just Slam.
    Who’s the photog?


  • http://nba.com jologs

    i don’t think that’s a wig.

  • Matthew

    it’s not a wig jologs. haven’t you heard the story behind the cover??? are you a slam reader?? don’t know about the guys from si??? didn’t think so.

  • Kristin E

    yall needs to stop hatin on a.i….he is so fine..:)….

  • Man Owens

    That’s one for books.All the ohter one they need to take off the press.Haters stop, hateing caues yall know you he can do with the (ROCK).holla bokey boy#14

  • Man Owens

    He’s been the best since forever. You people out hateing stop caues you can’t stop him, no matter what you do.He’s just unstoppable. Bokey Boy#14

  • http://www.bolt.com/rhys-unit rhys-unit

    iversons the best hands down!!!!fuck steve nash!!!

  • http://Bongarpeoplepc.com SASfan01

    This cover is the best ever, Allen was late what 12 hours, and you still go through with Photo Shoot I could never do that you guys are amazing.

  • Deji Sofoluke

    What does the 1st commentator,Mutoni,never heard of A.I doing that!
    Boning that,A.I is the best,just wish the guy can add a ring to the accolades!
    I might even fast and pray for that.

  • Bobby

    Just buy slam!

  • CB4

    ai is a hog like kobe

  • Jay

    This is def the best cover. It was old meets new and symbolized the changing of the guard(pun intended). The old school of Dr. J and Sixers and the new school of the hip hop NBA. AI had everyone wearing rows. AI made it possible for Bron, Kobe, and Melo to get tats without the scrutiny because he went through it before them. Def a legend and pound for pound, the greatest.

  • marcus

    that niggas tha best!!!

  • http://slamonline Desmond

    Cut yo hair fooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • k9

    i like AI’s style in this picture it says “i’m formal but i am also here to party.” in translation its old school and pimpin’.

  • John Wilding

    Yeah, Old school. It is good!

  • MD

    can someone plz tell me, where i can buy this issue?

  • Jack

    i love this cover
    best slam ever!!!!!!!!!!!
    iverson looks rubish without his braided hair now.
    why did he cut it???

  • Stevie Mac

    simply amazing

  • jimmyb

    best cover ever