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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 11:59 am  |  19 responses

Gallery: Shaq x SLAM

On Shaq’s 39th birthday, we take a moment to celebrate a GOAT.

Shaquille O’Neal made his debut on the front of SLAM in January of 1995 (SLAM #3), and he’s continued to make appearances in that space for the past decade and a half. In celebration of the Big Shamrock’s (or whatever he’s calling himself these days) 39th birthday today, we’re running this gallery of Shaq covers, which we think provide a solid through-the-years chronicle of one of the League’s most talented and entertaining players ever. Happy b-day, Big Fella!

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  • Jer dawg

    Gosh! It’s been such a long time. This retrospect has made me feel my age! Respect to Shaq from hoops fan.

  • Yesse

    When Shaq leaves the league, the league will never be the same. I hope you guys are gonna make some tribute for that when the moment comes.

  • logues

    the ball looks like a mini-ball in his hands in picture 12

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    SLAM 43 was pretty special to me cause though I been reading SLAM since #12, 43 was the first one I bought with my own money, after getting my first paycheck from my first job at UPS. I was like a Junior in high school.
    Later on when I moved out I got smart and finally got a subscription.
    Oh and when Shaq retires, what teams will retire his jersey?
    I think at least Orlando LA and Miami should. But he may have burned those bridges.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Props for the birthday boy. I give him today only. Then I’ll go back to being mad at him. :)

  • 2KInsider

    No cover when he played for Phoenix?

  • hoodsnake

    Ahhh the good old days when SLAM was 3 times thicker than it is nowadays…

  • flipnoyce

    Dwight have a big shoe to fill when Shaq leaves! But, first and foremost he’s got to stop whining like a lil girl and man up.

  • epic win

    Been reading SLAM since the Jordan fadeaway cover. The mag has fallen off greatly over the years. The issues are filled with ads, the sheer thickness as ZKInsider mentioned is no longer, damn even the cover is all flimsy and doesn’t feel like it’s printed on quality paper.

  • Ben_the_One

    Shoot, 11 covers for Shaq. He deserved pretty much all of them, though.

    Note to epic: I’ve had issues with the direction SLAM has taken as well, but understand these are hard times in the publishing industry.

    Everyone is being asked to do more with less, and the game is not the same as it was back when Jordan was winning ‘chips.

    God bless, SLAM. You’re still the best basketball magazine out there.

  • Ben_the_One

    • By “the game,” I meant the publishing industry. But the NBA isn’t the same either. Players are coached to say nothing of interest. Writers aren’t given the access they used to.

    Of course, there are plenty of young journalists who never crack a book and don’t know how to write.

    But a big problem is the material they have to work with.

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

    ….plus there isn’t any great players in the league anymore…. other than Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bogut of course.

  • http://Boom Aaron Laucke

    Dacre 100% right

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    GOAT

  • Zabba

    Andrew Bogut deserves at least 12 covers. And one of them depicting his injury.

  • JTaylor21

    Happy G-Day Shaq. Also I had no idea that dude was friends with BIG, y’all need to go check out that track he did with BIG “can’t stop the reign”. Dare I say that Shaq held his own.

  • http://7h02.eu frednetick

    Got It !!!

  • ab40

    lebron and the cavs had no idea how to utilize shaq which was just sad. boston is gonna be a handfull for everyone in the playoffs when healthy

  • http://bulls.com airs

    wow 109 looked dope

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