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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 11:26 am  |  284 responses

SLAM 126: On Sale Now!*

The best Kobe cover you’ll find. *61 just a pleasant coincidence.

As much as we talk about SLAM jinxes and the curses of long production schedules, sometimes our timing is pretty nice. Take this gorgeous Kobe cover and the long road it took to today, the first day we’ll be seeing hard copies of it:

I first talked about putting him on this, our “All-Star cover,” with some of his people before the season started. We started going back and forth about concepts (note: Kobe is not a big fan of just standing in front of the camera. He wants a concept before he agrees. Think about it: the snake, the American flag, etc.) in early December. Thankfully, we like things that way too, which is why we have a nice history with KB. We sent Senior Writer DeMarco Williams to L.A. for the Nike webcast about Kobe’s new kicks on December 11, and then to Memphis on December 21, where he was on set while the great Atiba Jefferson shot this cover (De’s impressions of his time with Kobe is below).

One thing we didn’t think about (honestly) was that the release date for this issue was the day after Kobe and the Lakers would be in the Garden, which was almost guaranteed to be special (not neccesarily this special, but the dude obviously knows when to turn it on.)

Kobe SLAM 126

But it was, and we’re grateful. Big Apple residents, start checking for your cover today. National newsstand buyers and subscribers should be getting it next week. As for folks who will be in Phoenix for ASW, just look for members of the SLAM team—we should have lots of copies on us.

Part of the joy I get from being a writer comes when my pre-conceived notions about a celebrity are either confirmed or refuted after meeting them for the first time. Flying across the country, from The A to L.A., to talk with Kobe Bryant about the launch of his latest shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe IV, I have plenty of time to marinate on the things I’m pretty sure I know about the guy: tall, African-American, kinda quiet, pretty good with a Spalding.

When I’m face-to-face with dude at the Nike press conference at Westchester High School, teammate Trevor Ariza’s old stompin’ grounds, he lives up to the stuff I had gathered over time from TNT memories and magazine articles. Though he appears comfortable up on stage, fielding questions from moderator Kevin Frazier and folks in the audience, you can’t help but sense that Bryant would rather be elsewhere, minding his own…that is, until the conversation moves onto the specifics behind the Kobe IV’s technology. Straight up, Bryant turns downright Steve Urkelish when discussing it.

“It’s flybar technology,” Kobe says with fervor about the low-top sneaker. “That was present in the Hyperdunk. The flybar technology is still present ‘cuz it increases the strength in the shoe and holds it together. But still, the technology is so light it doesn’t increase the weight of the shoe. It holds the heal in. It locks it in. It gives you the ankle stability that you’re looking for. The heal lock prohibits your ankle from sliding around. It locks you in. If somebody crosses you up, that’s on you.”

Mental note: He does comedy, too.

Fast forward about a week and I’m in Memphis, at the photo shoot for this cover y’all see above. (Some would call this second interview stalking; we call it fulfilling our journalistic duties.) Kobe’s cool with seeing me again. He appears even cooler with the Kobe vs. Kobe concept we have for the cover. The whole Nutty Professor, two-Mambas-in-one-shot thing works for him. Guess it all plays wonderfully into his techie vibe.

As a show of his good mood, Bryant poses for every shot photographer Atiba Jefferson asks of him, sometimes twice. He doesn’t complain once. I guess I thought he’d be a tinge moody and standoffish. But just as long as The Game’s “My Life” is blasting and the snaps aren’t looking corny, he’s cool. During one set of shots, he even asks Atiba about the camera’s specifics.

Another mental note: Dude’s really into gadgets.

After the Lakers/Grizzlies game the following night, I get at Kobe again in the locker room for some closing thoughts. (Okay, now it’s becoming a tad obsessive…) He’s still congenial. Though he’s just given his all in the form of 36 points over 38 minutes in a 105-96 L.A. victory, he addresses media questions with full attentiveness:

Random Reporter: So, were you surprised that Memphis played with so much energy tonight?

Kobe: One of the things we have to remember is that when we play young teams, they’re gonna be so psyched. The building’s gonna be sold out and they’re gonna be rockin’ and rollin’ and we’re gonna get their best.

I give a quiet nod. Knew he was gonna say something like that.

But as I’ve come to find out recently, the same basically applies to Kobe Bryant. The dude’s not only tall and talented, but he’s got tact and an even temperament. Of course, that isn’t the kind of thing you gather from interviews with Craig Sager at the end of the first half. Nah, you can only get that from stalking the man for a week.—DeMarco Williams

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  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    kewl, and Shaq is in it too, good job I just re-subscribed for 20 issues!

  • http://wherethenbareallyhappens.blobspot.com Collin

    nice cover

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

    You’ve got to be f*cking kidding right…..again? Again? Jesus……although I like Kobe’s hand positioning….he just can’t keep those hands to himself, huh? Can’t wait to give this one to my kid so he can rip the cover off.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Mag buyers and subscribers: this issue also features the first redesign since the LeBron logo cover (SLAM 106) and it is DOPE.

  • Uzi

    THIS IS A HOT ISSUE !! one of those that make me wonder if my subscription is out or not !!

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

    The title should have read “Could Kobe Even Stop Anyone Else On The Perimiter From Blowing Past Him Consistentley” or something cool like that.

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

    I reupped for 3 more years in November….I feel I need some form of a pro rated discount for this issue.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    great cover concept, not my guy on it though. Oh and way to push the home/away colourways of the zoom kb iv here Nike. Great pp.

  • Bleek

    Wow amazing cover. One of the coolest concepts you guys have come up with. gotta say this though: give D-WADE a mother******* cover! couldn’t believe he was left off the olympic issue cover as he was arguably the best player on that team and now hes killing the league! heat are in 4th place?!?! give the man his due.

  • namik

    This is awesome! Good timing too…

  • DeMarco

    Oooooh, man. The Timing Gods smiled down on us this time, SLAM Fam!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    DWade? Great idea!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    That’s right, De.

  • arthur

    Great cover, nice contrast with the LeBron one from a while back as well

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    If Micheal Jordan was God in Disguise as Micheal Jordan, does that make Kobe ‘Chuck Norris in disguise as Kobe Bryant?’

  • Jackie Moon

    Don’t know if I would have had both Kobe’s looking at the camera, it’s a little creepy. But the shoes are hot! Kobe is selling a ton of shoes with his play. I would like to suggest a name for his most recent 61 point game at MSG: The “Roger Maris” game.

  • Yann Blavec

    The issue comes out today in the States, which means I’ll get it in about one or 2 months here in France !

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    AMAZING!!!!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    *50 Cent Voice* Ya gotta love it!!!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Keep Flash off your cover for now Mr. Osbourne. No need for a jinx on my man, thanks (pretty please, leave Dirkovic off as well)

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    SLAM willed Kobe to drop 61. Please use your powers on Gilbert Arenas. Thank you.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    :)

  • Michael

    i like the cover but the line doesnt make a whole lot of sense, could even kobe stop kobe? the word even looks out of place, just could kobe stop kobe makes way more sense.

  • Ken

    While I will admit up front that I don’t like Kobe, I still am not feeling this cover. I don’t know if its the position of the hand, or the fact that both Kobes are looking at the camera…it’s a nice concept, I just don’t think it quite works. Props on trying something new though.

  • Diogo

    Nice cover, but people are right: he’s again on the freaking cover. I understand he sells mags, but c’mon.

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

    Outstanding on all fronts.
    Unrelated: Please stop f*cking complaining about players who are on the cover too much. I don’t mean to pick on Diogo, because you’re hardly the only guilty party here, but saying “I understand he sells mags, but c’mon,” is sort of like complaining to Apple about making too many iPhones. “I know people buy them, but c’mon. Can’t you make a more obscure electronic gizmo that far fewer people would have an interest in buying?” No, folks. The answer is a resounding no.

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

    Oh, and I look forwarding to hearing more backstory about how (and from whom) this concept originated and evolved. Again, dope work.

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

    Ryan……go back to your Snowovol or update your Facebook status and leave us paying folk alone

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

    RYAN is jamming his new SnoWovel sideways into Eboy’s…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks Ryan. For those with beefs on the English, it’s meant as the shortened version of: “Look, obviously no one other than Kobe can stop him (further proven last night). But could even he—with his all-defense honors and shutdown ability on the perimeter—stop himself?” I’m guessing no.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also, I believe Lang first originated the idea more than a year ago.

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

    I tend to think Ben has forgotten the Boston Celtics in the Finals.

  • riggs

    OH GOD NOT ANOTHER KOBE COVER…that was for ryan.

  • riggs

    kobe would let kobe blow him by on the perimeter.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    This is one of my favorite covers- period. What an issue :)

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

    Here’s a cover idea for the future…..3 Lebrons….The Past (in his St Vincent St Mary uni)….The Present (you know) & The Future(with a digitally aged Bron 8-10 years from now…sitting on a throne with a crown, like Arnold at the end of Conan, and several Larry O’Brien trophies around him). Ben has my address for a residual check.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Ugh Kobe again!!!!! Just kidding Ryan.

  • DeMarco

    And another thing to all the “Okay, enuff with Kobe on the cover” commenters: If [enter 20-point-averaging combo guard name here] scored 40+ every other month, we wouldn’t hesitate showing him some love too.

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

    Actually….Co Co gave me a novel idea……perhaps the Hawks deserved a team cover for their performance thusfar this season…..you know….for something completley different.

  • adams

    I’d totally wipe my ass with that, but I guess with the glossy paper it would make the act a purely symbolic gesture without any practical use. I don’t roll like that.

  • underdog

    Kobe should double team himself to stop…um, Kobe.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Why is Kobe grabbing his own ass?

  • whooo!

    damn, i didn’t realize you guys at slam had so much pull. awesome advertising plan, i’m glad kobe was willing to help you guys out.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Looks good. I’m excited to see what Kobe had to say, and what Devin Harris’s feature will tell me about the Wisconsin Wizard.

  • whooo!

    and eboy, the cover sounds aiight, but the notion of the championships is so lame. the kobe cover w/ his 3 chips was great becaue they were actually real! a shot of mj’s 6 rings, etc, those are real. it looks kinda goofy for a guy to show off things he doesn’t have.

  • whooo!

    that, plus they’d have to be replicas anyways. where would slam get those things if the team can’t provide it?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Just playing. Are the difference in sales that great when LBJ/Kob/AI are on the cover as opposed to other cats? If so, I’d totally understand Ryan’s point.

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

    whooo…it’s a fantasy…get it? Just like the The New Jersey Nets: Champs By blah, blah, blah title or Grant Hill: Like Mike, But Better covers.

  • Big Marv

    very nice, first AI now Kobe, all I need is a Sheed cover LOL!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    A Hawks cover would’ve been AWESOME! Or maybe even a “Fresh Faces” with Granger and Devin Harris, now that they both got ASG representation. Kobe does sell issues but at some poiunt you’ve got to look ahead… But this is, sadly, a league of stars. I’m firmly on the LeBron side of the Kobe-Lebron debate, but LeBron for all his greatness can’t just go for 60 on a whim. Also, the concept for the cover is great. I’m just not a fan of the subject.

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

    The Harris/Granger idea is a good one.

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

    Christmas came crazy early this year! Great work guys.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Thanks, E: But, like Ryan said they’d never do it because people only want to see Kobe/Bron/AI, personally I don’t think thats the case at all. But I don’t sell magazines for a living, so what do I know. I guess this one was especially timely since Kobe went for delph last night, but I’d really like to see something less predictable next month. No hate, just honest input from someone who buys the mag.

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

    Z: Pretty much, yeah. Think of it this way: Is there a bigger Hawks fan alive than Lang? If doing, say, a Joe and Josh cover was at all feasible financially don’t you imagine a magazine at which Lang is executive editor would have done it by now? This is financial reality, nothing more.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Does anyone else think last night’s Kobe-plosion had anything to do with the fact that it was actually he who fell onto Bynum’s leg and significantly lowered the Lakers’ chances of getting a ring? I felt like it was tinged with guilt.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m just quietly nodding at everything Ryan says. Don’t mind me.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    But Ryan, when’s the last time you guys “took a chance” on the cover? I honestly can’t think of a recent one right now. OK, for example, did the Rose-Mayo-Beasley issue not do as well?

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

    It’s just numbers, ciolkstar. Just straight, uncomplicated math. Same reason People and US put Brangelina on the cover every other week – that’s what gets housewives to pick it up on the way out of the grocery check-out. This sh*t is not complex.

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

    I don’t know the numbers, dude, I’m not in the office. But again, why would Slam NOT mix it up if it made financial sense? I can’t think of a reason…

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

    Well then…..perhaps your readers are….moreso than the bulk of our comments make us out to seem here on the site, Ryan. Complex, I mean…when it comes to the content of the mag as well as the covers wrapping them.

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

    Here’s a question for Ben…..what populates the reading world more? Subscriber issues or newstand sales?

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

    Not for the first time, I’m not exactly sure what the f*ck Eboy is talking about, but you bring up a good point about the content of the mag. I would HOPE that most of the regulars on here are smart enough (and I don’t mean this in a condescending or sarcastic way, for once) to understand that the mag’s CONTENT should be more important than the cover. The cover “matters” — trust me, I get that — both in sales and what the magazine represents. But I guess I expect intelligent readers to be able to separate cover choices made out of economic necessity with the substantive content of the mag itself.

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

    I’m just going to keep cutting off Ben: For Slam, it’s newsstand, and it’s not close.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I can, Ryan. Most business are usually stubborn and risk averse. I’m just asking if there’s a precedent (an issue that didn’t sell well) for why there are only 5 players in the L that can get a SLAM cover.

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

    This is why espnmag can put the most random sh*t on its cover — because it pretty much gives that mag away via free subscriptions tied into the website or whatever, and doesn’t have to worry about news stand sales. I mean, do you know ANYONE who buys that rag off the rack? No, but their subscription base is HUGE, which, even if most of those subs are freebies, means they can charge huge ad rates.
    Look at me, f*cking teaching a class all over again. Mag Sales 101.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I saw Granger had a little half page blurb a couple issues back and his name was on the cover. But, the Cover is always the feature story which gets the most type. Sorry, but I mean, what can one more Kobe interview really give us.

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

    Ryan, for someone who is usually hugely intelligent…you can be a complete f*cking membrane at times. Seriously.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I don’t really want to bad-mouth any players who we may try again on covers, but yes, there is a pretty clear delineation between the “big” names and some other guys we have tried. I would get more worked up about some of this but I’m busy and Ryan is doing such a beautiful job of speaking for me. I will also try and do what I usually do: know that we made a great cover and be thankful for the positive responses.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Ryan’s right. Don’t you guys think I’d want to do a Hawks cover? And Ryan, I came up with that Kobe idea at your going away lunch. Seriously.

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

    C’star: I know Scoop loves to tell the story about Iverson’s first cover, while he was at G’town, nearly bankruptcy the magazine while it was still in its infancy. Didn’t sell sh*t. The Chamique Holdsclaw cover sticks out — a risk taken largely because the NBA was in lockout at the time. I’m guessing Zo in ’01 did poorly… any cover Dirk’s ever been on… Payton in ’03… Francis & Yao… Duncan… that split Dwight/Bassy cover in ’06… funny thing is, I’m listing some pretty prominent guys, some of them potential HOF’ers, and THEY tanked on the news stand. Hopefully you see my point.

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

    Oh SH*T I think I do remember that. Dos Camino. I was pretty much drunk on guacamole.

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

    Not to change the subject, but anyone here who hasn’t read Russ’ game notes, should.

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

    Ben, You do realize the only people b!tching about this cover are the president and vice-president of the Fu(k Kobe Club, right? This is perfect timing for an awesome cover idea.

  • http://itsadcthing.blogspot.com Squad

    a) the pic is kinda scary…b) where do i sign up for Mag sales 101?

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Can we get Brangelina, Lebron, Tom Cruise’s baby, and Kanye on the same cover? You could retire off them sales.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Guess Ryan didn’t mind bad-mouthing them. But it’s not about the players that didn’t sell anyway. It’s about the buying public which is usually predictably mainstream. If there were enough HARDCORE SLAM buyers out there to stay in business just thanks to you, then we could be more risky, but the truth is we need new or occasional buyers and they’re going to go for the names they know. This is true at any newsstand-based publication.

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

    See, Doc gets it. I’d sub Obama for Kanye, but otherwise…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I feel you, B. Long. I’m going back to work.

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

    I called them “prominent” and “potential HOFers,” Ben. I am nothing if not complimentary.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ryan, on the Dirk cover, if I remember the main cover he had was one of those (1 of 2) covers and the alternate was shaq so IDK. Maybe if you guys wanted to take a chance you could just make an alternate more newsstand salivating? I dont know really, I’m just throwing stuff out there

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    and also that dirk/shaq 1 of 2 cover was SIN CITY themed… random thought addition

  • Paul Johnson

    That is the tighest cover on a sports mag ever!!!! I love Slam Magazine!!!!!

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

    So years of constant, glowing praise can’t be tempered with a bit of criticism, regardless of the common sense of the explanation? Whatever….

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

    Justin, I promise you, all these things have been considered many times by many people. Bottom line is bottom line, fellas. I don’t know what else to say.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I do, and thanks Ben and Ryan for entertaining my questions. Honestly, SLAM was my absolute favorite mag growing up and is still my favorite sports mag. I’m sure newsstands are the only buyers yall really cater to anyway, subscribers are already locked in(and they pay less per issue) I just miss seeing talented up and coming players getting covers, but I understand that its definitely a business, and subjuect to those priorities first and foremost. And I liked the idea for the cover from the jump, its just… Kobe…again.

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

    “I just miss seeing talented up and coming players getting covers, but I understand that its definitely a business” I should have typed that sh*t a half hour ago to keep Ryan from stepping to the ledge. Good choice, ciolk.

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

    Eboy, quick sounding like a f*cking baby or (worse) that d*uchebag commenter whose name I won’t even type. I have NO problem with anyone not liking a cover, or being critical about a cover choice (a choice I had ZERO to do with). But the implication here is that people want to know WHY these decisions are made, and on a very fundamental level, there is one reason that trumps all other. I’m trying to explain that to readers who seem to want an explanation. I think I’m being pretty reasonable.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ryan, I’m sure that just like you said my idea has already been tried. But if I didn’t bring it up that side of the debate might not be covered. I REFUSE TO HAVE PLOT HOLES IN COMMENTS! A few other possible thoughts- Possibly on some times that you take risks on a lesser known to the casual fan cover player, you just go bananas b-a-n-a-n-a-s on the design of it. I’m sure this as already been thought up, but again I’m just thinking out loud here.

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

    Pen*sface.

  • Diesel

    An AI cover followed by a Kobe cover. Tune in next month for you D-Wade cover and the following month for your Lebron cover.

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

    Not you, Justin.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I know I’m no pen15face, I’m an attractive young man. And in the good way, not the Tyronne Lue “prettiest girl in the NBA” way. In the “OMG, It’s as if Drazen Petrovic was a model” way. Yes, that sounded gayer than Brokeback drinking MILK. Oh well. :)

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

    If I didn’t give a f*ck about the mag….it’s writers….the staff or this site….I wouldn’t really give a fu*k if you put Danny Ferry in a hottub on the cover . Fu*k it.

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

    You really do suck, Eboy — giving away our next cover like that. I’m still amazed that we got LeBron to pose in a snorkel…

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Eboy is bringing the heat today. no pun intended.

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

    Sorry Justin….I’m out….your my cyberfam though.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Dope idea, nice cover, I’m sure the inside is diverse, maybe people shouldn’t buy the mag if they don’t like the cover. Once you get inside the mag you should be digging the content and forgetting about the cover. I’ll mos def hit the newsstand up when this drops in the Bay Area.

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

    *you’re…before Jones say some stupid sh*t and I have to catch up with that motherfu*ker somewhere.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    something happen to make Eboy hate the world today? I feel a disturbance in the force. It’s like the Death Star just f*cked up Alderaan. Alright folks, let’s get the SLAM rebel base ready. We have ATTACK OF THE CLONES (this month’s cover), Phantom Menace is Kevin Garnett’s scowl…and REVENGE OF THE SITH is LA going bonkers in the Finals this year and getting the trophy over the Celtics. Yes the NBA this year is just like the new SW saga- not the original, a lot has changed, but I still love it.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    And for someone who throws a lot of cyber hate, you don’t take being aired out too well Eboy. Ryan just went in on you.

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

    You’re afraid to come to Central Pa and you know it. Deliverance, baby.

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

    Zee…I’m not mad….seriously.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Hey, MAG SALES 101, quick question. In reference to your ONLINE Magazine subscription option, how long does it take for new issues to be uploaded? is it like ON THE FIRST day, or what?

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

    So I guess my dream of a Brian Scalabrine cover will never be.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    and yes. I do subscribe to the digital version, as well as the regular sub (2 years, ballin), and I get one from the newstand usually. (I am obsessed with basketball and don’t mind supporting the mag :) And yes, I know that doing that is ridiculous overkill

  • riggs

    @Ryan: i can understand the logic and the math but to be honest isnt slam the Anti-ESPN? that just makes it seem like youre taking a cue from them in my opinion…

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

    Justin: I have no idea. Gotta ask someone in the Dome.
    Riggs: I think you didn’t read that closely. I was making the point that their business model is 180º different than Slam’s, because they have resources that Slam doesn’t.

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

    I gonna actually go back to my day job now, but thanks for tagging along. Except for Eboy. Pen*sface.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    riggs, how would SLAM putting the most marketable people on the covers be an ESPN cue? ESPN puts random sh*t on their covers. The cover of Matt Leinert ripping an ESPN cover of Matt Leinert, any NASCAR cover, 90% of the covers ESPN has are total crap. They just have a filthy subscription base and charge out the ass for ads. (source: Ryan Jones, king of information in Mag Sales 101)

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Maybe we should do a “Who’s Next?” cover and put Dwight Howard on the cover the year after he played in an All-Star Game. Oh wait, ESPN already did that.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Lang with the schoolyard zinger. I’ll take it further. ESPN saying Kobe is the closest thing to MJ we will ever have, then criticizing him without mercy for the next five minutes. Or, ESPN hating on Brandon Jennings’ decision to bypass the american basketball monopoly that the NBA/NCAA has set up to go overseas…then putting him in the lottery mock by chad ford and saying that the decision hasn’t hurt his stock. It’s like they make casual readers think total crap and only true sports fans go far enough to look into the full coverage to see ESPN lob up a half assed counterpoint

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    kobe would let kobe blow by, hes a punk like that for setting dwight up for failure

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

    *pops head ever so quickly back into the room to say, “Hey, funny coinkidink, guess who’s on the new espn mag cover?” before ducking back out to resume procrastinating his day job*

  • Jackie Moon

    ESPN is good for Sports Guy chat, box scores, and play-by-play transcripts of the game.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    *Is silently enjoying this*

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Kobe in a soccer uni. Man, if SLAM was owned by Disney and had ESPN resources–don’t even think about that. Aint never gonna happen.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I can absolutely promise that up and comers will be on our cover very soon. The irony of Eboy’s anger here is that he’s actually IN this issue.

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

    *pops head up from his meaningless, horribly boring job and wonders aloud what Ben is talking about. I believe it must have been ebay he meant to reference as a new sponsor in the mag. returns to the dungeon-like enviornment that pays him*.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    eboy has ish in the mag? details

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Ben: would it happen to be an article on one of Shawn Kemp’s offspring?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Rethorical question : how many mags does one need to sell in order to be able to take chances on covers. I see SLAM’s point, they like to sell mags and Kob/LBJ/AI sell a lot of mags. It just makes good business sense. HOWEVA (L. Whitaker, 2008) there’s a risk of losing its base when you try too hard to appeal to the masses. (e.g. Common’s latest CDs) I, personally, am not mad at the cover. Nice concept. Not a fan of Kobe but whatevs.

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

    News to me, Justin, Tzvi. I think my boy B. Longo may have something to do with it.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I’m not speaking for SLAM or anything but I’m willing to bet that in this shi*ty economy, most companies, magazines and corporations don’t have the money to take risks very often, if at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I’m chomping at the bit to read this issue.

  • DeMarco

    Wait a minute. Common’s last album was an attempt at mass appeal? Yikes!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Tzvi, co sign. :) I am really excited for this issue. There’s already suspense building, haha. And I demand to get the inside scoop on Eboy in the mag.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Common hosting the NBA STREET SERIES VOLUME TWO was an attempt at mass appeal. the only thing attempting mass appeal in his last album was the cover. Otherwise, it was just like classic Common.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The lady doth protest too much…
    I feel like some of the little flame war might be attributed to the fact that not even the SLAM staffers wanted to see another Kobe cover right now. But I definitely understand why that decision was made.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Justin, Magazines and newspapers are closing up shop left and right. If this is what SLAM needs to do to stay in the game, God Bless.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Exactly. I aint mad.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    But on the real, what is “blue Kobe” doing with his right hand?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Tzvi, I agree, that’s why I said it. Only I didn’t want to turn my statement into a flame- the economy isn’t something to be blasted about haha. LA Papers are going to hell, there’s a paper in the riverside area that outsourced THEIR ENTIRE SPORTS WRITING SECTION TO INDIA. How do you successfully outsource local sports to a different country? How do you do that? I realize it’s business but damn.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    journalistic integrity is totally gone. courtesy of journalist embeds in iraq, bias due to marketing (ESPN), total lack of ethics (FOX) and the loss of true freedom of the press.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    It’s like we are back in the days of yellow journalism. Gossip is considered news, news is considered boring and marketing is more important than being ethical. I am so ranting, it’s kind of pathetic.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Haha…yeh. The industry is changing, thats for sure.

  • BostonBaller

    The cover is sick!!! Yes people go subscribe or resubscribe if you must, do whatever you have to not to miss an ish….lol. Is there anyone out there besides myself who has been down with SLAM from ish #1? (I can prove it, can you?) I wish the cover had The defensive Black Mamba snarling at the smiling offensive Kobe. You would have given the spit public the SLAM snarl and shut up the happy fans with a smile. lol/growl.

    Anyway, this is one of those issues I’ll have 2 of b/c I can’t wait to get mine in the mail..

    This cover makes me almost sorry we (The Celtics) will beat the Lakers again in the Finals…if they make it. LOL.

    T. Crook

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    I thought that was eboy in the male enhancement ad, extolling the virtues of the yohimbe root that “Extended my length from 1″ to 2″. My wife has never been happier”. Enjoy those residuals, homey!

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

    I was already in Maxim for the same ad, Bodie.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    BTW, Canadians, I wrote a Vince Carter feature in this issue. Just saying…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    since we’re talking about covers and content, why did SLAM stop including screenshots on slamadamonth?? It’s just not the same…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Because the NBA was horrendous about getting us the right video at the right time, and we can’t just steal it for online content.

  • BostonBaller

    If I owned a restaurant I wouldn’t target my advertisement towards my regular customers who know my food is great, I’d target the ones who dine by sight (as they walk by) Therefore SLAM is doing the right thing for financial reasons and for us hardcore subscribers..b/c if the newstand (non subscribers didn’t buy it the mag would die after poor circulation regardless of how great the mag is.

    @ Yann Blavec, if at all possible you should subscribe and hopefully wouldn’t have to wait that long. If they put Scal on the cover (shameless plug for Boston.lol) it would’nt matter to me b/c I KNOW that the articles are more than likely going to be dope.

    My only complaint is that the Boston article in the AI ish didn’t mention me. NO lol. lol

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Hi Ben,
    I subscribed in late December and haven’t gotten 125(which I expected). If I don’t get 126 within the next few weeks, should I contact you guys?

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    1. I live in Britain, i haven’t got the last issue yet
    2.Great timing with this cover
    3. Dwayne Wade 4 da next cover

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Anton (and anyone else with subscription questions): call 800-333-6411. Subs are not run out of this office.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    I long for the days when Slam would stick some different faces on the cover…. the way its worded makes it sound like kobe is the best defender in the league rather than the most over rated defender in the league. (Im not saying hes bad before the fanboys get angry) but first team defense?

  • riggs

    @ryan: i didnt read that post at all (damn refresh takes too long to load)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    cool, thanks. can’t wait for the issue.

  • niQ

    am i the only one that thinks thats a lame headline? lol

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Just to tune in: I hate the idea that cover is on the cover. I love the covers without Lebron/Ai/Wade/Kobe/Sometimes Carmello.
    But I love the fact that Ryan, Ben and Russ took the time out to explain the reasons they do things the way they do. It’s an unusual occurrence, but they did type out their thoughts, along with the understandings and apologies that come along with them, and it’s a rarity that I had to acknowledge and show my appreciation for.
    I did notice Myles was nowhere near a discussion where questions were answered in a non-aggrivating manner. Cool beans.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    *Kobe is on the cover.
    Alternatively, you can take it that I said I hate covers period and wish to just get a chunk of pages.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    As far as the mainstream vs. up-and-coming debate, I like the “proven” covers not because they’re mainstream but because they’re players who are playing exceptionally well right now. I find with a lot of the “up and coming” issues, the articles are based on potential – what the athlete is capable of doing, not what they’re actually doing. The way I look at it, if the up-and-comers prove themselves, they’ll get plenty of covers once they make an impact on the game.

  • Sean Gaudet

    awesome cover

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Don’t see the hate, during the past year Kobe was on the Feb.2007 cover after a lengthy absence, LeBron was on the next one because of realistic playoff hopes and all. Celtics’ Big Three were certainly legit, as was the Olympic mag. The “preview” issue was fantastic, CP3 warrants no disputes for a cover, and the most recent AI is not so much about him in Detroit but the future of AI. Now we get a story about Kobe. I’d totally join the hate if it wasn’t interesting – he’s still playing out of his mind and wanting a 4th ring so badly, and has a chance at getting it. That makes a great story, especially around this time.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Good God I’m defending a Kobe cover…could even Anton stop Kobe?

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    so….this cover is increasing Kobe’s total of appearence on SLAM covers by two…??

  • http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/hollie30 Dang I’m Nice!!!

    That’s a pretty hot cover.

  • Ed

    The bottom part of your foot is spelled “heel” and not “heal.”

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    KOBE because of the 61 last night, KOBE on the SLAM cover twice in the same issue(!!!), KOBE leading U.S back to the top of the world,KOBE,KOBE,KOBE….well, KOBE here, KOBE there, KOBE everywhere!!!!(just like the Beatles…)
    THE WORLD’S GREATEST!!!!

  • http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/hollie30 Dang I’m Nice!!!

    That’s a pretty hot cover. No hating from me.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    how many covers does MANU have Jukai…?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh this is pretty sweet indeed. Reminds me a bit of the classic “Bulls MJ vs Wiz MJ” ad a few years back that was equally sick. (gasp another MJ comparison)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I wanna see Candace Parker’s baby as the top prospect in 2027 on the cover next.

  • j4zz m4n

    how can i get back issues here in the uk and subscribe as well?i hate having to wait for months to read such excellence.

  • slamfan4life

    i had a dream that kobe was gonna be on the cover last night………wow
    But for real D-rose needs a COVER, can ya give it to him when he wins ROY?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    DRose already had a cover, and he’s being outplayed by about half of this season’s lottery picks right now. Also, I know we all love SLAM, but you dream about who’s on the next cover?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Again????????????????

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I don’t care it’s all good SLAM.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    if i didn’t know anything about SLAM, i’d get this issue because of the sick cover/tag line. big ups!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    that’s my mouse….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Nikos, you saying “Moose”? If so, thanks, dude!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    Moose in da house!!!!! you are welcome my friend!!!

  • DeMarco

    …With all this cover talk, I’d love to take a super, super informal poll and hear the names of guys (NBA or NCAA) readers think are worthy of front page love…

  • Diesel

    I’m trying to figure out how SLAM ever made any money back in the day when you guys mixed up your covers. Seriously, were your sales so much worse back when the clippers, nets, and marbury were getting covers? Are you guys making so much more money constantly putting the same 4 dudes on your covers that you just don’t have any other options? I’d just like to know what kind of monetary difference we’re talking about, sales wise, between say a Granger and Kobe cover.

  • DeMarco

    …but keep it realistic. I mean, Jodie Meeks is nice and all over at Kentucky, but you know he ain’t cover material yet.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    @DeMarco….:Nick Kalathes, Kostas Koufos and then…

  • Diesel

    Demarco – The following people need covers, not just stories:

    Brandon Roy
    Danny Granger
    D Rose
    Rodney Stuckey
    Atlanta Starting 5
    Kevin Durant
    Orlando Starting 5

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    @Diesel….:at least twice i guess…and thanks for the “STARBURY!!” mention, it is always welcomed!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    if Stuckey makes it to the cover then i also have a chance….at least i am good looking!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    Durant is coming soon though….

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    rose has a cover already diesel.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Diesel: What four dudes again? I know it’s hard to choose from our covers the last six months: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Greg Oden, Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard and Allen Iverson.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Rose has two covers.

  • Diesel

    Yeah but it was a rookie cover with other dudes. If we can mention Mayo three times a day on the site we can give Rose solo cover love.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Ben i would like a Gerald Wallace story…please!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Or Terrance Williams.

  • Diesel

    Wade, AI, Lebron, and Kobe. KG, Pierce, and Allen got a cover cuz rthey won the chip, you guys didn’t have a choice there. mayo, beasley, rose was a rookie edition. Take those 2 issues out and you’re almost down to you’re regular four.

  • jay

    As long as SLAM dont give me a chance to complain about the content in the mag, im cool with who ever the heck they put on the cover. Although i am a subscriber, but i do cop great covers from the newsstand for appreciation and collection. Catering to the mainstream audience(newsstand buyers) plays a huge role who goes on the cover, & im glad SLAM is able to achieve that and still stay creative. Any ways, much props to Lang for the idea.

  • Diesel

    Also – you say certain players sell more issues. Who’s still buying the mag on news stands for $5 when a full year’s sub is $9. That don’t make a lick of sense.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Diesel, you can say it’s irrational, and you know what i understand why you say that. but lets face facts, magazines make their money off of newsstands (outside of ESPN the mag) and ad money

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i am one who utilizes the newstand to the fullest until we get a PO Box. Cats be stealing your mail here…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    first: ryan, who’s the douchebag commenter your referred to? 2nd: lang basically calling for the outrage of canadians was fun..ny. Trois: EBOY is IN the mag? Wtf?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    diesel. the only people at SLAM who truly bring up Mayo daily are Holly, me and one or two others I can’t think of in the moment. Derrick Rose receives more love and hype than any other rookie at SLAM. PERIOD.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I agree with Justin. And I give Orange Juice Mayonnaise love as well, just the fact that you can’t co-exist with him well as a teammate is iffy. A Gilbert type that way. But I still think that he garners ROY consideration; I’m a Mayo bringer-upper in the conversation. Speaking of Mr. Walsh, guess who’s name gets in the masthead this issue? You guessed it! Congrats, Justin.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    haha, thank you Moose. Atta boy, and I’ll be on the look out next issue for something similar. :D Also, I see your Gilbert Arenas comparison, but I also think he has more potential. Also, it isn’t Mayo’s fault that his team doesn’t have all that much talent- how do you blame OJ for making it hard to co-exist with him when they can’t exist without him (excluding Gay, Gasol, Lowry and Warrick. Otherwise it’s a circus.).

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    the douchebag commentator is Reggie Miller

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Panagiotis: He has one too few. Being serious about that one.

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

    I figured it out…..finally. Ben meant that there is a Jason Williams feature in the latest issue.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Also, what’s up with the “we want up and comers!” complaints? Slam is STILL getting crap for putting Bassy on the cover. Why do they want to take chances on guys who never make it/have one good season and then collapse?
    My complaint with the Iverson cover was that he WASN’T having a good season but still got a cover. If Iverson was to get a cover for changing teams, his Piston teammates should have been there as well (although I do know how hard it is to get a group of guys together). Kobe is having another AMAZING season. He deserves it.

  • http://slamonline.com DeMarco

    How about a SLAM cover with Georgia high school phenom Derrick Favors, Yellow Jacket stud Gani Lawal and Hawk Al Horford? Who’s with me?! Ahh, Lang’s with me…

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    hhahahaa. DeMarco, that was classic, but why can’t it be Derrick Favors, current yellow jacket Gani Lawal and ex yellow jacket PF Chris Bosh. 3 GT PF’s who will be or are in the league already.

  • WhaHuh

    What you did there, I see it

  • http://slamonline.com DeMarco

    Walsh, I like your idea even more than mine.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    appreciate it. It just seems like a fitting cover. past present and future. Let’s let Ben know, we can bribe A. Jefferson, have Lang write up the cover feature, dress bosh up as in the old NBA attire, short shorts and all…dress Gani Lawal in the mid-late 90′s NBA jersey, with shorts just above the knee, and then Derrick Favors gets current stuff. All Georgia Tech uni’s of course. Oh, also, bosh gets pro ked style shoes, Gani gets the fab five black kicks/black socks combo, and Derrick gets some colorful ish :) That’s my full idea. but its up for debate!

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

    This is going to be an awesome issue – when it gets to Australia around June I cant wait to buy it for 13 dollars…. ONE thing… They should be looking at each other, not the camera (the two Kobes….).

    Question. Which one is the real black mamba?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Don’t know really, but the one getting felt up must be the Mambiatch! zingggg!

  • lakers4life

    kobe cant stop kobe because his defense is not as good as advertised.his defense is a lil bit overrated.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Walsh, I like the concept, but you know Bosh probably wasn’t wearing short shorts past kindergarten…

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ryne, if he will dress like a cowboy and have a weird hick accent, then he will wear short shorts gladly. :)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Ha! I can’t argue with that. Would have won him some All-Star votes without doubt, too!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    agreed. Ryne, together we can make the best viral SLAM cover ever.

  • Allday

    More on Kobe again…smh

  • stokesey

    Yooooooooo this cover just made my day!!! Love all the creative covers you guys do with kobe, nice work!!

  • j-smoov 5

    Kobe…THE BEST!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXuolMTzuz0 Nbk

    My assumption was Ryan was referring to Me or Allenp…haha either way its funny. If i’m wrong then I want to know also?

  • Tommy Vercetti

    Sick cover. Give us a wallpaper from this photo shoot please.

  • cozza

    best cover ever

  • simoun

    slam did it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yann Blavec

    What’s the name of Kobe’s twin brother ?

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    Eboy will be in brackets in noize

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Yann Blavec, by the way his parents name him, his brother’s name is most likely Sirloin. Sirlion Refried Bryant.

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

    I f*ckin love you guys.

  • http://www.slamonline.com DeMarco

    I love’em, too. 221 comments and going strong. Do I hear 250? 300?!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    we heart you too jonesy.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    DeMarco’s hoping to supplant “post up” as slamonline’s most commented.(at least for 1 day) Well write about beer fed beef every time and you can expect 200+.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Love all of this, especially the commenters who know their facts.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    could Joe Dumars guard Joe Dumars? well yes, as he was better on defence, could KB guard KB? well no as he is better on offence. could MJ guard MJ? this is why we have video games no? teedles to the heedles.

  • Michael

    wow, its not that complicated surely. Slam needs to make money so they put the most likely candidate to shift the most mags. If they put someone like Danny Granger on the cover, sure the diehards who post here every day would still buy it, but the casual or very casual nba fan looking for a mag in the airport newsstand would just bypass it, and I assume they are the buyers slam needs to survive. The magazine industry is completely in peril at the moment, AI/Lebron/Kobe covers make complete sense.

  • Candyman

    YES!! SHAQ DADDY IS BACK BABY!

    Now can you please do a article on Mike Miller? Last time i saw his name in your Great Magazine was when he had a buzz cut and played for the Magic….

  • Ryan.T.

    Funny.. Because I remember the Celtics stopping him in the Finals last year….

  • Kb24

    where can you get this issue?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    Anywhere they sell magazines. Barnes N Noble , Walmart, Grocery Stores, just try and you’ll find it

  • Igor

    Good cover!!!

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  • http://slamonline.com Susan Price

    hey people….if you’re having issues with your subscription, send an email to Slam@emailcustomerservice.com and they should be able to help you out.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Susan, thanks for pointing us in the right direction!

  • Curtis Chumpert

    Check out what those clowns over at Dime are saying with their new Lebron cover.

  • karen

    One of the best Slam mags. And also nice timing.

  • karen

    One of the best Slam mags cover. And also nice timing.

  • http://bielasiakville.blogspot.com/ Jesse Bielasiak

    It’s pretty hot… Now get one with Danny Granger. This is his year man. get to it.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    All I know is that LeBron and his people think this Kobe cover is dope.

  • jay

    great cover..perfect timing after monday! you guys know how to drop a mag!!! cant wait to cop this issue..one question though…road kobe…why is he not rockin black socks with black kix…kinda a fashion fo-pa!! just kidding….great cover!

  • Pistons_Go

    GUCCI *YEEEAAAH*

  • BZIG

    Hi Slam-Team!

    Today is very special day for me, because my favorite player of all-time will get his number retired by the Sacramento Kings tonight. As you are the number 1 basketball magazine out there you definitely know how I’m talking about: CHRIS WEBBER! You guys have always supported CWEBB during his career and I want to say thank you for 4 great covers and a bunch of great stories. Unfortunately I have noticed that I do not owe a Chris Webber SLAMUPS. Therefore I would like to ask you if it is possible that you publish one within the next issues? You would definitley put a smile upon the face of every CWEBB fan.

    I’m out like the Kings since they traded #4…

    Siegfried Hohenegger

  • Curtis Chumpert

    Ben this is a direct quote and I think they’re referencing your earlier Lebron cover when you put 4 different versions of him:

    “We didn’t want to go with a silly gimmick cover — two LeBrons, three LeBrons, a Black ‘Bron and a White ‘Bron, etc. Multiplicity was a cute movie, but that was like 15 years ago. And when it comes to LeBron, it seems “gimmick” is all anyone ever wants to do. Dress him up in a costume, turn him into a logo, make a classic movie poster out of him … you’ve seen it all before. No, we figured the best way to go was to go simple. With so much other “stuff” going on around LeBron, we wanted to bring the focus back where it should be: on the game. While everyone has become so wrapped up in talking about LeBron the Free Agent and LeBron the Businessman, whatever happened to LeBron the Basketball Player? And when we hooked up with LBJ in Cleveland to interview for his cover story, he felt the exact same way.”

    Anyway keep up the great work. Much respect to the SLAM fam. Any big plans for the 15th anniversay issue?

  • connor m

    does anybody else think this cover looks like the AI “cold as ice” cover when he got traded to denver?

  • Stubbs

    nice looking cover, but I would prefer something different than Kobe again

  • jacob smith

    this is the best issue dawg. im out

  • eugene

    another kobe cover…really?

  • jacob smith

    im gonna get it tommorow at wally world.peace every one.and a shout out to my boy khaled salam

  • truthteller

    Stubbs, Kobe hasn’t been on the cover of slam since summer last year!

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    so what do you guys mean by “redesigned”? i know the answer is “buy the issue”, and i will once it hits shelves in a month but still. anyone that’s bought it – what’s new/redesigned in it?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ Curtis – Dime sucks and they’re making fun of SLAM covers? They have the most boring crap magazine ever. Pretty sure they’ve been asking Bron the same questions since 2003 and their pictures apparently have been taken by 14 year old fangirls.
    @ connor m – yeah it totally does…except not at all.

  • Daniel Demarczz

    i love u slam. just wen i think u cant get any better, you do!!!
    KOBE IS THE BEST EVER. haters face it.out

  • cozza

    Way better than last years dog shi* kobe cover

  • http://www.basketball247.co.uk Tanman

    Good idea (although not exactly original…remember the old MJ v young ad?)

    But the picture looks way too staged. Both Kobes look really uncomfortable. And they shouldn’t both be looking to camera. Good idea, but badly executed (in this picture, at least).

    Kobe is the man though. And SLAM rules.

    GT

  • chris van kampen

    the manjer is wearing tennis shoes!!
    He’ll break his ankles..

  • fernandooo

    when is it coming to miami im a subscriber and it still hasent come in

  • truthteller

    Guys. Eboy is just mad because Kobe is on the cover. that’s all If it were somebody else, he wouldn’t care. He’s just pretending that that’s not the case. He doesn’t know that people can see right through him and his lies! Poor guy!

  • http://www.gmail.com serevei

    Bloody hell just received another copy of issue 125 for my subscription instead of 126. Will i get a copy of 126. (in australia)

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  • Roger S

    Maybe he can score 82 now.

  • Orlando Green

    Kobe is so grabing is own A$$.

  • john

    have to get it!

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  • luke

    STILL haven’t got this issue out here in Orlando,arghhhhh!!This after only receiving TWO of my TWENTY issues for subscription,hmmm??

  • chris

    does anyone know what SLAM means by whats written on the spine about ish 24?? this one has stumped me

  • KozmicKid

    luke Posted: Feb.26 at 4:41 am
    STILL haven’t got this issue out here in Orlando,arghhhhh!!This after only receiving TWO of my TWENTY issues for subscription,hmmm??
    ———————————————
    I’m in H-town n I just got my ish yesterday! Some subscription they have.. I don’t need a damn discount if I’m gonna get it 2-3 weeks after the news stand…

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  • Sara

    can u buy this magazine in stores??

    if so which ones??

  • mojo

    yee yee

  • http://degarrett.com Degarrett(The Frachize Barber)

    Hey Slam those are some nice SHOTS you got there. My name is Degarrett, and im the barber in Memphis that gave Kobe that haircut for the shoot..

    contact if u like or need a Franchize Cut!!!!!!!
    4045615292

  • YusufCelticfan

    Man, what a great notion – Kobe vs Kobe (and probably an even better video game option)- Kobe obviously would win (lol).

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

    i dont know what to do about it????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? :) :):):):):):)::):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)):):):):)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

    (:kobe is great player and could be almost the world most best player but lebron james a legand against kobe you rock king james :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

    The black mamba is a great player but king james is the best player in the world right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

    am i writing stuff?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

    sorry :(

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/06/the-shaq-effect-in-cleveland/ lebron james

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  • http://Slam Jasmine

    lebron james your right kobe is good but The King Lebron James is amazing. Kobe seems like a great guy thats why hes so popular also because hes good a basketball like lebron. Hook me up with magazines slam please. Im gonna starts subscribing this month.

  • Gino Lorico

    Slam 126 is by far the best issue! The image is very powerful, Kobe vs. Kobe! This is equivalent to the super fight we are all waiting for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Baby! Slam 126 questions that will have us all thinking, Kobe stopping himself? Never that! Kobe is such a force he can’t even stop himself!Kobes determination are shown in his eyes!(Eye of the Mamba) I love the fact that he guarding/playing himself in the home and away jerseys! The cover illustrates “Kobe Doin’ Work”

  • Edgar

    I don’t like Kobe but the title still makes it look boss

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