Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 8:00 am  |  222 responses

SLAM 123: On Sale Now!

Love Kobe? Sweet. Hate Kobe? There’s four more covers for you to choose from. Click and learn how SLAM Magazine is previewing the NBA season.

The new season is here, and that means it’s SLAM’s NBA Preview issue time. We had a tall order in trying to be more relevant than last year, when we got a solo shoot with the biggest star on the eventual NBA Champions, but you know we had to try. As you can see in this post, we actually went with a SLAM-record five covers, a massive undertaking that required more than my usual little Editor’s Letter. I asked for extra space in the magazine and I think what I wrote there is just as relevant here on the site, not only to explain why we did these covers, but how you can get them, and I’ll get to it in a minute.

As for the actual Preview, that was Lang‘s domain. Obviously we’ve been running season previews on the site for a while now, but Lang will also hit you with his personal preview from the magazine soon. This new issue also has great features on Elton Brand, Josh Smith, Russell Westbrook and Gary Payton, but ultimately it’s going to be these covers that people remember.

Check them out here, and then read my “6th Man” Editor’s Letter below. And then sing our praises. Or hate on us. You know we can take the good with the bad.

There are some commenters on Slamonline.com who complain that they don’t want to see political discussion on our site because they want to “get away from all that.” I respect that view, but in the case of our website, our writers are free to write whatever they like, and readers are free to read—or not read—whatever they like as well. Besides, it’s largely a moot point because I think if I said four percent of the posts on our site have a political angle, I’d probably be erring on the high side.

Here in the precious pages of our magazine, the numbers are probably even lower. Sure, we’re proud to bring you Dave Zirin’s politically charged columns every month, and occasionally we profile a former player whose story has a deeper slant (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Tim Hardaway, Craig Hodges, to name three), but this is largely a politics-free zone. Which, by the way, is generally how we like it: SLAM is about basketball.

To quote Executive Editor Lang Whitaker quoting Stephen A. Smith, HOWEVA, these are unique times. We’ve got about a month to go until the Presidential election as I write this (two weeks or less as you read it), and there’s a candidate who is on the verge of winning with more of a direct appeal to both young people and basketball fans than any candidate in my lifetime (ever, for the basketball part).

It was with this historic backdrop, in which a young, charismatic leader who plays pick-up ball every chance he gets (sounds a lot like the demographics of our readership, no?) is campaigning for the Presidency, that your friends at SLAM sat down to plan our NBA preview cover(s). The regional idea was the first to be brought up (we’d done three regions in the past—why not get our SI on and go for five or six?). Then Lang proposed using Obama’s campaign slogan of hope—and the corresponding poster—as our inspiration. Not so much to promote Obama (we were going to play off of McCain’s “Country First” slogan as well, but Bryant Reeves has been retired for a few years now) but as a nod to the pop-culture relevance of said campaign images and the connection between the NBA preseason and a Presidential campaign.

An idea had been hatched, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. After all, this time before a season is like a campaign. Much like the candidates keep talking about all they’re going to do that’s going to be better than before, everyone in the League is promising to be in better shape, be a better teammate, call better plays, sign better players and on and on. In other words, everyone is giving reason to hope.

So, after removing the otherwise compelling Gilbert Arenas from consideration due to injury and working with the five regions provided by our Publisher (West, Northwest, Midwest, South and East), we as a staff settled on the five players with the most riding on this “campaign.”

Kobe, now owning an MVP and playing with some great teammates—but still lacking a title without Shaq on his team—is unquestionably the man in the West.

Greg Oden, a mystery of sorts—who could turn out to be as productive as almost anyone from Joel Przybilla to David Robinson for all we know at this point—gets the nod in the Northwest because of what that range of outcomes means to his promising team.

In the Midwest, LeBron, a King by our standards for several years, has nonetheless reached the point where an MVP trophy and another trip to the Finals can almost be expected. His roster probably won’t provide as much help as he deserves, but we think he may be able to do it alone.

Down South we’re riding with Dwyane Wade, who had an amazing Olympics and looks to be back in ’06 form. Like LeBron, he might not have the best roster to work with, but a healthy DWade can overcome a lot.

Lastly, we’ve got KG in the East. He did wonders for his rep by winning a ring last year, but you know how we do in this business: everyone wants to know if he and the Cs can do it again.

The coverlines for these guys basically wrote themselves (not that we didn’t agonize over them like always). Pulling off the images were tougher.

Using the Obama poster as inspiration, Art Director Stephen Goggi crafted these incredible illustrations over two arduous weeks and then turned them over to Creative Director Melissa Brennan for the finishing touches. I hope you all agree that they made some outstanding covers.

So outstanding, in fact, that some folks are probably going to want all five. Let me try and shortcircuit the letter writing and emailing sure to follow on this topic. Here’s how things are going down: subscribers and foreign newsstands are getting Kobe (call us commercial, we don’t mind), while newsstands in the various regions should be getting their regional cover (for example, DWade in the South, Kobe in the West). There may be some odd overlaps, but for the most part, you may only have direct access to one cover. In that case, if you want a different one(s), go to simbackissues.com, click on SLAM, and find the December cover you’re looking for.

Rock the Vote.


Ben Osborne

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  • Marcel Mutoni

    dope covers. oh, and premier!

  • andrew

    Those covers look fantastic. Canadian pig vomit!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Money Bill Williams


  • andrew

    Snap, marcel.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Money Bill Williams

    andrew, now we can wait the 5 months till they drop in Aus

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    who do us foriegn subscribers get please? dont mind either way but the Oden one looks kewl

  • j4zzm4n

    sweet covers.too bad i live in the uk and it’s hard to get a copy of slam which is just a wicked mag.go lakeshow!

  • fluxland

    mat smith.. why don’t you read what the man wrote?!! Jeez!! And it’s foreign btw.

  • Shaun Ow Yang

    Nice work Ben – although as a subscriber I’d have liked to receive the Oden cover. j4zzm4n -my subscription works in London suggest you order via it although they’ve missed sending about 10 issues by now. Everytime they do, I complain, and they add on to it. That’s abt one year extended. But would have liked to get the Olympics issue

  • maio

    International subscribers get a special edition: either “DIRK NOW or never” or “BENO Beno?”

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    oh man, those covers are brilliant. Wow. I don’t even care which one I’ll get. Nice work SLAM!!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If I get a Kobe cover in the mail, I’m cancelling my subscription.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I would love a copy of the Wade cover without the text. That, and the rest, are crazy good. Framable for real. Can that somehow be done? Ben, Stephen? Selling them online or whatnot?

  • riggs

    nice vector illustrations :D

  • Boing Dynasty

    why bother with a miami heat cover? why not philly or ATL or the clippers even?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/prcasey Pete Casey

    These covers are insane… Love it!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Nice work Ben.
    Nice work Lang.
    Nice work Melissa.
    Nice work Stephen.

  • Sean

    SLAM I’m getting all 5!
    Going to put a nice frame around them and everything. IS NICE!! I LIKE!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Boing, let me step in for Ben real quick and help you with the reading comprehension:
    As Ed. mentioned, each of these covers represents a distinct geographic region, and for pragmatic purposes there could only be one player from one team from each region. So…
    …Sure, you could’ve chosen Elton Brand in the East, but that would’ve meant NOT choosing KG, arguably the best player on the defending champs (who are at worst co-favorites to repeat).
    …You could’ve chosen Josh Smith down South, but that would’ve meant NOT choosing Dwyane Wade, who is much more proven than Josh and is, as Ben noted, coming off a pretty great summer, and who has a lot to do as a leader of a team that pretty much imploded over the last year or two.
    …Or you could’ve chosen Baron Davis out West, but that would’ve meant NOT choosing Kobe Bryant, who a lot of people seem to think is good or something.
    All of the teams/guys you reference would have been justifiable picks. But not better or more relevant than the guys who actually made the covers.
    Ben, I’m totally charging you for the 90 seconds that took.

  • nicol dizon

    how about the deadly southwest? this is t-mac’s make or break year

  • WhaHuh

    Is it sad that i can recognise some of the photos these were taken from?

  • arthur

    Stunning. Instant classics, like the Iverson and Lebron covers

  • arthur

    Also, who’s gonna be on the cover next? I’ve no idea how you’d top this.

  • Sparker

    love ‘em

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Is this in place of the Top 50 list player of the day?

  • Crook

    Here we go again! Now I have to buy 4 SLAMS!!! I’ll get the Kobe in the mail and I’ll pick up KG locally then I have to order the rest…Can a brotha get a discount? I have to have them all b/c I have EVERY issue from Ish #1 through Streetballs and Kicks (Bounce too). We’re in a recession (Great Depression actually) and I’m a SLAM junkie. HELP!!! Each cover is sick.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    I am counting up my money to see if I can collect them all. Totally sweet.
    I got four quarters and a nickle. That’s what, two and a half? I’ll take ‘em!

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  • fluxland

    The Kobe and Wade ones are the best. F KG – I hate the colour green. Huh! Maybe that’s why I can’t stand him since he’s been with Boston.

  • Froggiestyle

    Purely for esthetic reasons the kobe one is the best – the shot (photo and angle), color and color balance when transitioned to the Obama hope look – but all look nice. Good job fellas.

  • Crook

    Have another jug of Celtics Green Haterade

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Glad everyone likes these…I think we’re still planning on making cleaner versions of each cover available for download as desktop patterns.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    KKKKOOOOOBBBEEEE … but BRON should not be on another cover!!!! Butttt … KOOOBBBEEEE!!! Ive been dieing for another Kobe cover!!

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    any idea what us Europeans will get Lang? As I said before, it doesn’t really matter to me, but I’d like to know it.

  • slamfan4life

    Rose shoulda gotten a cover GO

  • fluxland

    Crook – I have no issues with pre KG Celtics. I can look past the colour. Now, for reasons I am still trying to figure out..everything about that team irritates me to no end. It’s like those bands that are great while independent but get the sellout tag when they sign with a major label. Again, these freaking covers are great. Lang, it would be much appreciated if you could make desktop versions available. Can’t stop staring at the Kobe one, really well done. His eyes were done the best of all.

  • fluxland

    What is with the Europeans not being able to read today? Read the last paragraph Gerard. Holy, no wonder North Americans are bashing the Euros on here non-stop.

  • airs

    hah, they all kind of have the same, somber face as obama in the pictures
    …cept KG hahah.

  • http://ngunioamosotho.com Nguni

    Great Covers. Can’t wait to cop one. Good looking out SLAM.

  • Jess

    my luck, Ill get Kobe in the mail……


    That is some RAW diggiddy right there

  • matt the jazz fan

    wunderbar. you guys should have an international cover (with manu, or dirk, or someone), too, though…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That would be an awesome desktop….if I liked any of these teams.

  • Marijn

    These need to be made into posters.

  • a_whiteman

    how do i know when i need to renew my subscription

  • drxslam

    Very nice, I’d love to have a poster version of the Lakers’ cover. A desktop pattern will do, though.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    TADOne, I’m sure you’d get a Pistons poster soon…

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    … if anyone actually cared for the Pistons

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    flux: don’t be an arrogant dick please. Relax a little.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Hell yeah!

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    this is pretty sick, except for getting dwade in dallas.

  • Jer Boi

    wish chris paul got a cover

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    But who would you leave out then, Jer?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for all the feedback, and Ryan, thanks for speaking for me. I couldn’t have done it better myself. Wallpapers are definitely in the works; we should have one of all the covers together this week, and then separate wallpapers of each cover should go up when our site re-design goes up, which is coming soon. Also, yes, Top 50 is on vacation today, and eboy, I’m about to email you…

  • Roxanne

    ooo them are some pertay pictures!

  • Nadia Christos

    The Kobe cover is the best but i am a little bit confused…Since it is quite possible for Kobe to accept the offer of my team(Olympiakos) next summer (180$ for 3 years, a yacht, a jet, etc.)will he be able to be productive and succesful in a very stressful environment and a very demanding coach…? Greek league ain’t hollywood-NBA.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    the Oden one is the best. Easily. The shading, the color-scheme, the expression. Honestly, I love it. I want it.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I’d rather have a Chris Paul than Greg Oden, but I’m not complaining. These are possibly the best covers ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    And maybe one day we’ll release the secret sixth cover which didn’t end up happening.

  • http://www.melissabrennan.net Melissa Brennan

    Thanks for all the positive feedback… These are some of my favorite covers I have ever designed but I can hardly take any credit. Stephen Goggi killed it. Thanks for all your hard work Stephen, I know it wasn’t easy (That one looks like Fred Flinstone…Phantom of the opera…he looks fat, etc.)

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Lang: Sebastian Telfair or Stephon Marbury?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Sixth cover? Ricky Rubio??????

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ben Handlogten?

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    More like Agent Zero or CP3. If Deron plays like he I think he’s gonna this year, Slam is gonna have to give a Jazz player their first cover pretty soon. Sorry Ben.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ping Ping?

  • Bo Diddly

    You can’t mention a secret sixth cover and not tell us. Come on now…give it up! I guess it was Yao for rest of world?

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long


  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    The secret sixth cover was actually Ben Handlogten — can’t believe Eboy guessed it!

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Will the stores get a Wade cover in Louisiana? I’ll get my Kobe for the subscription so only 3 more to go!

  • Bo Diddly

    Was it Chris Carr scratching his knees?

  • Nadia Christos

    The Kobe cover is the best but i am a little bit confused…Since it is quite possible for Kobe to accept the offer of my team(Olympiakos) next summer (180$ for 3 years, a yacht, a jet, etc.)will he be able to be productive and succesful in a very stressful environment and a very demanding coach…? Greek league ain’t hollywood-NBA….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Is that true, Lang, ’cause I’d have bought that one for sure?!

  • O.C. Bot

    I heard the secret cover has gumball eyes.

  • k.o.

    Yes Marcel, loving the first en francais!

    DOPE covers. Superstars Vectorized, kudos to the creative team at SLAM for a job well done. I want em all. And do more in the future with this artistic approach please!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Oh crap, i get Kobe….great covers, but “can anyone beat LA” is kind of weird considering they didn’t win the ‘ship.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    i want them all

  • namik

    Do these covers represent individual stories on each star or just represent the preview aspect of the issue? Cos if its the former this would be the illest set of stories to ever come in one issue besides the anniversary issues. But Greg Oden? With the rest of these guys? Lots of pressure on the big man.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    KG one is the coolest though.

  • Crook

    There isn’t a 6th cover…just the idea of one so that when needed it will surface and sales will skyrocket. lol. Can SLAM bring back some of those goofy ads from your infancy issues? too funny.

  • ChrisDb

    Hey nice covers man, I live in england so we get the magazines much later, Ive only just got 122, but sweet covers anyway!

  • http://www.melissabrennan.net Melissa Brennan

    If you read what Ben wrote in this post he pretty much tells you who the 6th cover was going to be….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d have traded Gil for Handlogten just for posteriety’s sake.

  • kid Juicey

    When is out in stores ?

  • Marijn

    I want my li’l Dun face cover!

  • Bruno

    Did they cancelled top 50???
    it was about time, yes… after carmelo and dirk, they should come today and post a note apologizing…
    but better stop now than maybe seeing PP top 5! oh, thats scary.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    I hope they cancelled top 50. PP is NOT top 5 or 10!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sorry, fellas, just lining up the Top 50 so that 1 and 2 drop on the eve of the regular season. Regularly scheduled programming resumes tomorrow. We just got copies in office which means NYC newsstands should have these by tomorrow and nationally this should be on sale by middle of next week.

  • razorblade

    i dont like these regional covers..my suscription is for NY area and im probably gettin lebron or KG theyre cool but theyre on like twice year each.. KB24 is my boy…1 cover more than enough

  • tealish

    These covers are doper than dope! Only the KG one doesn’t look quite like him.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    this post is like some sort of a reading comprehension quiz and the failure rate is remarkable

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    .,.(capital letter) (capital letter);!?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I just dropped those off for Russ.

  • Dallas J


  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    Is there some sort of Slam contributor grammer war going on?

  • Joey E.

    what program was used to make these covers?
    was it photoshop? because i have photoshop. thanks for the help guys. sick covers

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    nO dY tHERE iS nOT. hA hA.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Who is this Obama you mentioned? Does he get booed in hockey arenas perchance?

    And kudos: these covers will be remembered as all-time greats in SLAM lore.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Kelsey Grammer? ;)

    I hate people who use stupid faces.

  • http://nsbacasakchbkl.com t.dot dude

    wich cover am i getting in israel?

  • Carrie

    damn. those are freaking sick…

  • MeloMan13

    why is Dwade there?
    players get rewarded for leadinj their teams to 50 wins now?
    i’d rather Beasley again

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Naw, Melo, they get rewarded for 15 WINS!!!!!!

  • fernandooo

    which one goes to subscribers

  • fernandooo

    hey meloman13 the reason dwade is there is becuz hes back. did u see the olympics if they didnt have dwade it would have been hard to win some games. And it doesnt make sens what you said(players get awarded for winning 50 games now 50 games is 50 games is a good record f winning and by the way the heat went 16-67 and wade has been hurt for half of those games

  • http://mykal1.blogspot.com/ ♦MyKal♠

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I need me all four of those covers! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! That is perhaps the best cover (for anything) I’ve ever seen!

  • Susan Price

    joey e…the program is called stephen goggi. it’s not available anywhere. we are just lucky enough to have the only copy of the program in our office. sorry.

  • http://mykal1.blogspot.com/ ♦MyKal♠

    Sorry five. I’m sick so I cant count, which is a problem because I have a maths exam today.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Best covers I’ve ever seen. Melissa/Stephen need a raise. Amazing stuff! Weird: I believe we get SLAM here in NZ earlier than in OZ… it’l be here in about a week. Imported of course.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Susan is not proud of her affiliation with SLAM. Still loving the feedback, but as far as who gets what cover, PLEASE re-read my letter above. I really think I answered all of those questions.

  • http://slamonline.com Susan Price

    happy now?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne


  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    SLAM’s art department > other art departments.

  • http://professorporkbone.bebo.com Razilla tha beast

    i want ‘em all…NOW!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    YEAH, KG cover comin’ to Boston! Great stuff, Ben.

  • http://www.nba.com/bucks/ Keith

    Melissa Brennan did a great job. Those covers are the best yet – on the same kind of creative and engaing level as the Lebron one on the NBA logo. Great job guys and girls!

  • D’Starr

    Excellent work Steve!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Oh yeah, for those of you who didn’t hear–Leon Powe had 17 points last night against Cleveland.

  • Toni Kukoc

    OK, this will sound hypocritical but I live in Pittsburgh and would much rather get the Lebron cover than the KG. I’ve seen too many Celtics covers from every media (Prob been just as many Brons- KICKS). At least give me some Rajon Rondo…

  • http://www.hooplove.net HOOPLOVE

    Gotta get the Kobe cover. y’all stop hatin!

  • Anton

    Amazing covers, very artistic.

  • PeanutButterSpread

    Sweetcakes. Love the Kobe cover. Totally mine.

  • tealish

    And also, nicely played, SLAM. Nothing like an unexpected hiatus to make us haters appreciate the list. I’ll keep the haterade chilled for tomorrow unless DHoward rightfully pops up.

  • chase

    I want Lebron

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Those are some of the best covers I’ve ever seen for a magazine. Great job SLAM staff.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jake Appleman

    As someone who was hoping to see an actual Obama “baller” cover, I’ve gotta commend everybody involved for creating the next best thing. Creative, unique, well-timed and great to look at as well. Just picked up the LeBron cover–luck of the draw, I guess–at a newsstand in NYC. I guess outside of the office that makes me…FIRST! Maybe…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    …ahem….wheres the Nash cover?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    (coming from Australia) I hope ‘Borders’ in Westfield get every cover in, I’m going to get atleast 2 of them… Dwade and LeBron.
    “Ol Greg”??? What a failing notion…

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    5 covers! Think about those monthly numbers… cha-ching! Buy all five! Everyone wins! Yay!

  • LA Huey

    I agree with Marijn. Poster of each cover or one big poster with all the covers. I’d cop.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Dacre, first of all, Greg Oden is all hyped up and we think he’s gonna be good and all that. Second of all, STEVE NASH? Dude, Nash has seen his last days on magazine covers.

  • MeloMan13

    lol. i meant 15

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    love all the covers.. except the Kobe one.. pretty boring picture you guys ran with.

  • Orlando

    If I find a Kobe…I might buy it…if not…I think I will just take a quick glance…look what you guys wrote about my Rockets…and be on my way…

  • Sheed

    anyone think they should have had someone from the rockets on the cover since they are supposed to be so good with artest

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    not all covers will be dropping here in the Philippines but I’m hoping either the LeBron or Garnett cover will drop in magazine stands here…. can’t wait…. ^_^

  • Lakersfan24

    i want the KOBE ISSUE plz!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lakersfan24

    since i live so close to LA
    i should get the Kobe cover

  • jay

    like the covers but i think oden has to prove himself before he gets a cover!! just my opinion though..very dope!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/bangonthetableproductions Alpha-bet

    Inspiration from Obama Hope is Dope…

  • Jose

    those covers are freakin GANGSTER

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    MOOSE. For the record Nash will have the best season of any pg over the age of 30 and by comparison OL’Greg will have the best season of any rookie over 30 also.

  • Lakersfan24

    Kobe’s cover is da best

  • http://www.myspace.com/airdyson Tay Dyson

    oh those covers look fresh outta the box bro! i hope i get lebron or kobe. i dont mind they are all sick. but i dont want another celtics cover on mine. this mag will be thick as i reckon.

  • Sarah

    Credit for a tasteful job of managing to keep overt political messages out while managing to stay more than relevant to the time: ’09 season, election and all. Goggi and Brennan definitely pulled it off, I knew what ya’ll were going for as soon as I saw it.

  • http://www.gmail.com serevei

    thats deadly

  • niQ

    oman. i’m from toronto. i hope i get this in th email soon.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Nice job fellas!I’m gonna cop em’ all(exept G.O.!)and frame em’!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Is this sort of like the 3 Rookie no. 1 covers? Each area gets a cover? Because in AUS. we got all 3. All places will get Kobe is the are outside the USA.
    Wonder what the TMAC piece is…. poster?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    *All places outside the US get Kobe. Sorry.

  • Yann Blavec

    Next time, try the Andy Warhol / Marilyn monroe thing.

  • Gaz

    Sweet covers, but I would have loved a cover dedicated to each of the top title contenders… or atleast a CP3 cover :P

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    @Gaz:Cris Rocks…Ring any bells???

  • davidR

    slam cover shirts please? these designs are too dope to keep only as covers.

  • Gaz

    uh that’s kinda the joke Bigi…

  • laine

    love the covers! well done mr. osbourne and crew. i hope i could get 3 of em. dwade’s, lebron’s, and kobe’s.

  • Daniel

    damit! im from aus and i reely wanted the oden cover, geez atleast i didnt get the kg

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  • Staff

    Best Covers since Lebron as nba logo, great stuff

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Now you’ve officially been chopped and screwed! my goodness these covers are f*cking great. play wit it.

  • collin

    Those are some tight covers, especially the Oden one

  • Billions

    Why didn’t you guys put Elton Brand instead of KG. It could have read “Are The Sixers Back”.

  • Elton Brand

    I’ll take “Billions” over loyalty anytime!!!!

  • El Capitan

    Gilbert Arenas once he comes back has to get a cover.

  • http://www.hw-event-hosting.de h-dub

    I wonder which one i will get as a subscriber in Germany ? :) Pls. NO Kobe for me :) )))

  • casey

    I’m totally behind the times on this post…but flippin sweet!!!!!!!!! I’m way stoked about the new issue – don’t care which one I get. I’m almost inclined to get them all. I’ve been jonesin’ for some good ball talk these days. Can’t wait to get the new mag so I can get a little reprieve. Thanks Slam!

  • collin

    You should give Brandon Roy a cover, he deserves it

  • stubbs

    i like them, something different, i just hope they sell them all at my newsagency, i dunno what one too choose, but its sure as hell not gonna be Kobe

  • simoun

    DOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love these covers!!! but how about hong kong? which one are we gonna get? you are right, i do want all of them!!!! time to save up!

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  • Blazerssssss

    the Oden one is by far the best looking. please no Quobie.

  • Basketballfan01

    You should make each cover into t-shirts with just SLAM, the picture of the player, and his name. That would be awesome. Oh yeah, please get us posters!!!!


  • jalee

    these are fantastic!

  • Odensocks

    If I get the Kobe one I want a newstand value refund on the it. You don’t go purposely send someone in Sacramento something with Kobe on it. It just ain’t right.

    The regional thing preventing me from even buying an Oden from stores if I wanted to?

    That’s wrong.

  • uzair

    i want the kobe one

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  • Anton

    Why does Oden get a cover? I’d put Chris Paul in a cover instead of him.
    I mean, I get he’s the former #1 pick, but hasn’t shown the long-term potential in the regular season yet.

  • chase

    im still friggen waiting for mine

  • Sam vc/cp/as

    hey why argue about covers??
    i dont see why slam doesnt have a poll with maybe 10 options to see who has the next cover?

    then everyone can stop complaining.

    i mean seriously, bron and kobe are getting flogged
    and if i get another boston cover in the mail il puke

    its not rlly up to me lets get some sort of voting system slam!

    lets see deron williams, the new look clippers or stat get a cover eh?

  • ArmoPimp

    wheres my SLAM?
    im a subscriber and i still havent gotten it

  • lbj130vv

    i think 123 is freckin sick
    cant wait to getdit
    which is like a month+
    for it to get to thai
    SLAM rules u guys rock

  • A. Morrison

    ArmoPimp same here i havent gotten mine yet either.

  • T-pott

    Where is mine?!?!?!? its been too long. Slam u need to get these shipping faster.

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  • ArmoPimp

    still waiting….

  • ArmoPimp

    A. Morrison
    im hoping its gonna come 2marrow man
    i mean October is almost over and i still havent gotten mine
    i usually get mine at the 25 or 27

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  • ArmoPimp

    alright thanks man

  • Robert

    The covers are tight. We will always look back on this but kinda sad though with Greg Oden. The guy can’t just catch a break.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Yeah, Oden’s injury is a serious downer…

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  • N.Pawelczyk

    Aye the covers are SICK,
    KG haters….member who turned a team around and won the chip’?
    DWADE haters- who led team USA in scoring?
    LBJ haters- ……..Who FINALLY has a team?
    ODEN haters-…..Wait…why the fu*k does he get a cover?
    and last KOBE haters-….does anybody hate KOBE?

    Well anyways..where can I collect em’ Nobody carrys them around here in Clinton Twp. Michigan


  • K-Dub

    Hey! I live in Portland, and I haven’t even gotten my issue yet in the mail.

  • ArmoPimp

    i havent gotten mine yet either

  • kevin

    where is my mag????
    i need that KOBE cover!!!!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com andrew

    i live in greece.i have not received an issue yet and i do not think i will receive one.so i have to buy this great magwhich cost 12 dollars in greece

  • ArmoPimp

    i still havent gotten mine yet

  • http://myspace.com/tyler_tpott T-pott

    Any day now? its been too long since the magazine actually came out to get mine.

  • ArmoPimp

    i finally got it
    this one looks tight
    i got happy that i got the Kobe one

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I’m a subscriber and I got mine over a week ago. Maybe they’re playing favorites but you guys should have them by now.

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  • Mike G From tha glass City

    Man tha covers are dope. But im really salty that certain covers are in certain areas im a die hard lakers fan all tha way in tha mid west TOLEDO OHIO and theres no way im gonna be able to head out west hook me up and send me one been readin slam since kobe was on tha cover in tha black and gold nike rewind jersey with tha three championship trophies im out like my boys in tha finals last year

  • http://www.myspace.com/airdyson Tay Dyson

    i still havent gotten mine. seriously, its pissing me off.

  • Helmut Hohenegger

    I also have not gotten mine :-( It is a long way to Europe but normaly I receive it within three weeks…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    People who don’t have it yet should call our subscription service at 800-333-6411 to see what’s up. I’m not sure about overseas subscribers, but people in the US should definitely have gotten it by now.

  • Bobak

    Hiring Shepard Fairey must’ve been too expensive, huh? Easier to copycat.

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  • Dan St Pierre

    anyone know a site i can buy these?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Dan: Just like it says in my piece above, simbackissues.com

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  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Man how much I want does magazines especially the one of The King Lebron James one of the greatest ever ,but not only is there Lebron James theres more Dwayne Wade,Kevin Garnett,Kobe Bryant and Oden. If i can choose one its of course the best Lebron James. Please i want that issue of Lebron sooooo badly.

  • http://751SapphireDr.BolingbrookI.L. Hamzah Bennett

    I really loved this cover because for some reason it makes me feel like kobe and his legacy can maybe stand another year.I am a total Laker fan. I really appreciate the author who wrote this. Since feeling bad in 2008 when the Lake Show lost by a terrible 30 points!!!! These are just some opinions about this cover.

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