Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm  |  3 responses

SLAM #73

Mile High…and rising.

Originally published in SLAM 73

The 6th Man: It’s been quite a summer. Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Horace Grant are Lakers; Robert Horry and Mark Madsen aren’t. That’s the easy part. Now try and stay with me: Brad Miller is a King, Hedo Turkoglu is a Spur, Speedy Claxton is a Nugget, Antawn Jamison is a Mav, Nick Van Exel is a Warrior, Keon Clark is a Jazzman, Scot Pollard is a Pacer, Elden Campbell is a Piston, Darrell Armstrong is a Hornet, Juwan Howard is (a) Magic, Kendall Gill is a Bull, Keith Van Horn is a Knick, Jumaine Jones is a Celtic, Glenn Robinson is a Sixer, Gilbert Arenas is a Wizard, Alonzo Mourning is a Net, Latrell Sprewell is a Timberwolf, and Terrell Brandon’s contract is a Hawk. Oh yeah, and Lamar Odom is…a Heat? Hot? Well, something. And we won’t even mention the Draft. You got all that? Good. There has been a ridiculous amount of NBA action this summer, and that’s not even including Kobe. Face it, every jersey you own is now a throwback.

Not everyone moved, of course—TD, JKidd, JO and Reggie re-upped. And, rather shockingly, Donald Sterling broke open his piggybank to re-sign Elton Brand and Corey Maggette. The entire All-NBA First Team are still on their respective teams, although TMac will be wearing a new jersey. But you still might want to refer to a roster when watching the first few games next month—not to mention while looking for an All-Star center to vote for in the East. (Two words: Zydrunas Ilgauskas.)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Karl Malone and Gary Payton holding Lakers surfboards won’t be the weirdest image you see all year. Not by a long shot. Scottie Pippen back in a Bulls uniform—now that will be something.

I can’t wait.


Russ Bengtson

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  • ab_40

    I got that issue somewhere over here.

    pippen in chi again never panned out. he tried to teach tyrus thomas how to play basketball but he probably gave him the bynum treatment.

    KG won mvp that year right? I wonder who was more anoying to play against KG in his prime or LeBron in his prime?

  • amir

    i bet lebron, since KG never had the team to make it very far come postseason. glad he got out of minny…

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan!5

    WHOOOOO HOOOO. This cover is a classic