Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm  |  58 responses

Remember Them Days

Steph and KG are together again.

by Ben Osborne

I don’t think Beanie Sigel gave a shit about Steph and KG, but I sure did. I had been a fan of Steph’s  since I met him when he was a sixth grader, and I rooted for KG since he declared for the Draft. And then they were together! A promising first season. A very exciting second season. And in the middle of it all, SLAM hired yours truly as an editorial intern…steph-kg-cover1

This cover, which remains one of my all-time favorites in SLAM history, is the one that was being completed on my first days in the office (those of you with serious SLAM collections will notice I’m nowhere to be found on this masthead but show up as “Editorial Assistant” in SLAM 22/Rafer Alston).

It was meant to be. SLAM had a bright future. These two great teammates had a bright future. And if I was looking for signs, maybe I figured I had a bright future if I could be lucky enough to be starting work at a publication cool enough to do this cover. Well, SLAM is still going strong…with a dope website that was only a dream back then, to boot. And if you’re on this site you probably think being Ed. of SLAM is a cool gig, so I guess I did okay. But Steph and KG? Steph got paid but has had more than his share of issues. KG has become a media darling and an NBA champion. But together? Not so much.

The rest of the history has been told and retold a million times, so I’m going to skip all that. But I did just want to share that last Friday night, when most bball fans were probably watching college hoops, I was watching Steph and KG together again in Celtics uniforms for the same game (and a hell of a game it was; road wins at San Anton don’t come easy) and tripping off what a long trip it’s been.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this hasn’t really been talked about too much—SLAM’s editorial tastes tend to be different than most other media outlets. And I’ll be the first to admit that Steph is hardly setting the world on fire. His gamelog, not to mention just watching him play, shows a man whose jumpshot has been way off. But he can still handle, he can still pass, and he’s still got a body that gives many opposing guards fits. As for KG, he’s just rounding back into form for the homestretch.

We’ll probably have a photographer at the last game of the NBA Finals, looking for potential cover images, and if it’s the C’s we will definitely be looking to get these guys back in this pose. Truth is, they didn’t rule the world back then…but win a title together and maybe they will.

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  • http://clarkeblog.com Chris Clarke

    This was my first ever SLAM, I remember it fondly!

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    AND1 Days

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

    Oh….the glory days.

    The Bulls? Again? Pretty prophetic or pretty obvious?

    Mario Elie getting some love.

    Oh….and the NBA’s All-Time Big Stiffs was great too.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Still have this issue in my room. an all time favorite.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Am i missing somthing? Beanie Sigel ?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Looking forward. And it’s not if, but when for the celtics.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    great reminder Ben. I feel nostalgic, it’s time to look at old SLAM covers. And wouldn’t it be just great to get a redo of this cover at the end of the finals? it’d be like return of the jedi or somethin’.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Boing: look at the title of this post.

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

    Ahhhhhh…..yes. The Alex English article was especially dope too.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    where’s the commenter who just made bomb ticking noises on all posts involving steph lately?? Luved that!

  • Funkdoc

    That’s what I loved about Slam back in the days, it was gangsta! Showbizz and KG? I’m sorry to say this today – your magazine is pro as ever – but I miss the hip-hop vibe to it. Ok, there’s lyrics of the month etc., but the slam shown above just brings back memories from And1 volume 1, ballin’ in the park, etc. Just like And 1, Slam has grown journalism wise, but dopeness wise? Naaaah

  • Funkdoc

    * and commercial wise

  • K

    Damn this cover is nice! While Steph has his share of haters (and I have some understanding of where they’re coming from), I still would love to see him win a ring playing the right way alongside KG.

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

    That was myself, Dark. However, seeing this cover had me nostalgic for a moment.

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

    I had a pair of Steph’s And1 joints with that S symbol on his chain back in the day.

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

    I have that T-wolves warmup that KG was wearing somewhere. And I don’t think any amount of money in the world would get him to wear a bass-ackwards visor in 2009.

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

    @Russ: We called that the Mickey D look around here.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Funkdoc: hasn’t the whole bball and hip-hop culture changed?

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

    Some people are still listening to Master P and wondering why Main Event isn’t in the NBA, Ben.

  • Scott

    I agree with Funkdoc, I miss hip-hop being a bigger part of Slam… what happened to the clever hip-hop references on the mag’s spine?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Steph back in the day was that dude. I always loved his game but his attitude made him look like the worst player on the planet. But everyone deserves second chances and this is like steph’s 22nd but I think he knows better now and he just wants the glory and the ring.

  • Matt M

    This was also the first SLAM I ever bought. The first one I read was shoplifted by an acquaintance. It was “Just Like Mike… Only Better”

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Scott, do you even read the spines anymore?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    If SLAM being more hip hop in 2009 involves skinny jeans and/or auto-tune and/or bright colored hi tops, I’ll pass.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I’ll just take G.O.O.D. ass music in 2009. hip hop and all.

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

    Ben, I always look forward to reading the spines. So I get really pissed off when my subscriptions start to expire and the spine line is gone b/c of that stupid resubscribe thing.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I should probably leave this comment to Russ (or Tony G if he ever visits these parts), but to follow-up with a point that has only partly been made so far, I don’t think SLAM “made” this cover what it was. I mean, SLAM just provided the platform for Steph and KG to pose the way THEY wanted to, which, admittedly, is more than any other mag would do at the time. It’s just like more recent covers with AI, Kobe and DWade reflect how they want to be portrayed. If a current cover player’s current style reflected “hip-hop”, whatever that means now (and Z makes a funny point regarding that), then the cover would reflect that. If the player wants to be all about what they do on-court, or has a different look, then that’s what the cover’s going to look like. SLAM never set out to be “hip-hop”; the goal was to be us (meaning: use language and references in the mag we’d use amongst ourselves) and to let the players be themselves.

  • Jake

    That picture gave me shivers the first time I saw it and it just gave me shivers again.Two of my all time faves.Seeing them together again is awesome.Good luck guys!(unless you play the Lakers)

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    LeBron’s on the next cover, isn’t he?

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    This is one of my old school favorites. Ironically a backwards visor has now become a fashion accessory you’d find on a Duke fan.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    @Scott: “Swagger like us”

  • http://www.hibahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    since SLAM is into ‘retro’ covers, why not a KG/Marbury cover in their Green/Gold Celtics St. patrick’s day jerseys while they are both wearing thick gold rope chains, gold earings, gold grils, and gold crowns. That would be sick, i mean disgusting.

  • ab_40

    IF the celtics win the championship this year will he be included on the pic even if he averages just 5 and 3 over the entirety off the play offs

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ BETCATS: Grills are gross. I mean LITERALLY gross. Like, not cool, but nasty. I mean LITERALLY nasty. Like, they suck.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hip hop, like And 1 was always at its best when it was in the streets; when it was raw. Hip hop belongs to the streets, not the commercialized, tight clothes, girl brand Orange Counties of the world.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    When can Yao Ming and Ron Artest get a cover, Ben Osborne? Maybe throw in Luis Scola, too. I mean, Yao and Artest are one of the best duos in the league hands down, and with Scola they’re easily one of the best “big 3′s” in the league.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-Sign Z, 4:03 pm.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Aw Yeah the bling, AND1 and A.I.’s cornrows! Gotta love the old days!

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    This mag is classic!! Steph and KG will never be the same…they were on another level back then man….but I would love to see a new cover with them on it…but I want the Lakers to win this year and that would mean that Kobe doesnt get his championship…lol

  • jath

    wasn’t this the first cover with ice?

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

    this is forever my memory of KG and Steph: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDrqNQwIdRc

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    Imagine Yao in a backwards visor. Just imagine that for a minute.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    The Kandi Raver referres to the old days…like before the All-Star Game?…When A.I. had cornrows…confused!

  • chintao

    The Incredible Mismanagement of Stephon Marbury. Article here: http://sportsonmymind.com/2009/03/02/the-incredible-mismanagement-of-stephon-marbury/

  • http://icyhott420@yahoo.com Scott Carter

    I like the part with the Top 10 Biggest Draft Day Busts. And the Alex English article was top shelf.

  • matt the jazz fan

    bribgs back memories indeed (i go back to issue #1 which, incredibly, was already available in a little university town in the netherlands!)
    as do a lot of readers/posters on here i’m sure…

    anyway, co-sign, the rockets deserve a cover, before we beat’em in the first round (ok ok that was a little too easy)!

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  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    I think this is the best SLAM cover ever, not the “soul on ice” one.

  • Dave

    _I_ miss the heavy metal references – the Zo article, “Far beyond driven” and the CRobinson “Cliff ‘em all” one… was that Tony G? I always imagined it was…

  • Hussman25

    The title comes from the song: Remember them days by B. Siegel f/ Eve on the Truth Album… (WHICH I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL CD AND LISTEN TO…) And these were indeed the days, to be honest I was PRAYING the Sixers took Steph in the 96 draft (really). I thought then steph was the better point that (at the time) the Sixers truly needed, they already had Jerry Whackhouse, sorry Stackhouse, and did not ned another scorer… OBVIOUSLY THIS IS WHY I DON’T WORK IN A GM ROLE! But, this was even better, to be paired w/ a big man I though those two would still be in sota w/ chips and rings galore *(WRONG AGAIN… DAMN!@)* If the C’s do win it all AGAIN… yes it would be a great story, but nothing like the one that could have been if they could have done it in Minn. when they were the “show.” Now steph will earn his ring as the “hired help.” That can be both good and both bad, but will his contributions really be remembered?? Steph, you are my fav Guard, but oh what could have been if you didn’t have that EGO!

  • Hussman25

    To add to the discussion on the best SLAM cover of all time; it’s one of these 3:
    1a: The Jesus Shuttlesworth Cover in He Got Game!
    1b. The Draft class of 1996 cover (even though AI was MIA)
    1c. (personal choice) The Mique Holdsclaw cover w/ her in a Knicks Uni wearing 23…

    Ill even throw the “Soul on Ice” cover in there for extra credit.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @ Dave, the heavy metal references were about 75% Russ, 25% Tony G. I must cop to contributing about 0%…I know my hip-hop, jazz, reggae, salsa and classic rock, but I have never been well-versed in metal. Sorry (?). Lang does a bunch of our headlines now, too, which is great for his pop-culture knowledge, but he’s no metalhead either.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also: you guys may remember that in SLAM 100 (itself a classic cover that sold INCREDIBLY well), we ran a poll asking for readers’ favorite SLAM covers. The results went:
    1-#32 (Iverson/Soul on Ice)
    2-#50 (Michael Jordan/3 black and white dunk images)
    3-#93 (LeBron James as a King)
    I think we’ve made some great ones from 101-128 (to be debuted late next week), but obviously these three are still classics.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    I didn’t vote in the Issue 100 poll, but off the top of my head: Pierce in the mid 70′s was amazing (headline was rehashing of an older headline); clippers with the backwards jerzs; Rodman cover; and lastly I appreciate the underappreciated Chris Paul rocks.

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  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I’m curious, how did the latest Iverson cover sell?

  • Dave

    Thanks Ben. Russ will be feeling the love.

    My favourite cover was the one of Rodman with the mojo bag ’round his neck.

    And I bet I’m the only one.

  • MzColumbo5529

    I LOVE YOU GUYS AT SLAM. I remember the cover with Steph and KG so well. That’s when I officially fell in love with Slam, LOL. Is Steph blessed or what? He could not have ended in a more better position then now. All is ask is that he make NYers proud. So now it’s KG, Ray Ray, Big Paulie, Raj the magnificent, and the Steph. It’s official Slam predicted the future of KG and Showbiz. Who’d thunk it!! SLAM IS NO JOKE Wait, who exactly DO you have working there! *Muah*, I love you back Slam. Keep ‘em coming.