Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am  |  65 responses

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are Coming Soon

Our tradition of not unveiling our new covers until they are actually on newsstands is not likely to change much in the future, but the SLAM 161 cover just doesn’t make sense to keep under wraps any longer.

No debate was needed whatsoever—when the Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA Championship, they earned themselves a spot on the cover of SLAM 161. And of all the great stories the team produced, there was none better than LeBron James finally winning that first ring; when it was time to pick an image for the mag’s front page, our focus moved right in the direction of the most compelling athlete on the planet. We’ll have a more comprehensive preview up next week, but until then, check out the cover of our next ish below.

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  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    SICK! Lovin the cover line.

  • ripslam

    “Hater” is such a tired word.
    Also, didn’t you do the exact same thing showing us the Anthony Davis cover before it came out?

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    LeBron’s eyes really make this photo.
    I know people are just think ‘ha, g@y!’ when they read that. But for real, there’s so many emotions there. Joy, vindication, pride, accomplishment. Can you imagine what he’s thinking as he’s standing there?
    Tremendous photo.

  • R32

    Nobody has been hated on and criticized more in all of sports history than LeBron James and this would’ve been an appropriate title in 2011. But now, I don’t think he cares about proving haters wrong, its about playing the the right way and letting his game speak for itself.

  • bdogg

    looks dope!!! cant wait!!!

  • logues

    that actually is a pretty sweet photo. looking forward to the derrick coleman feature

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    The way his face looks and his pose makes it look like The King is starring out at all the loyal servants.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    the dynasty? lol……..the thunder are more likely to be a dynasty.

  • Patrick

    You can’t be a dynasty until you win though

  • http://www.slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Bad. Ass.

  • Big Marv’

    wonde what Rasheed Wallace is up too…..

  • trueballer4life

    SLAM MAG shoud’ve used- ‘it’s about dame time’, on the front cover LBJ Quote..lol

  • Lisa

    they should of put the refs on the over too

  • http://www.slamonline.com JTaylor21

    @ Hursty- Ha!g@y

  • LP

    Is this his 3rd slam cover this season???? “Stay scheming” + “teenage lebron” + “This”???

  • m3lo

    man what about the heat starting five for the cover daymn

  • m3lo

    so what LP?he deserves it, just shut up and read the mag

  • LA Huey


  • http://topics.mlive.com/tag/Eric%20Woodyard/index.html Eric Woodyard

    This is a instant classic!

  • T-Money

    haha big marv, i see you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I agree with trueballer4life. I expected that to be the cover tagline as well “It’s about damn time”. But Slam does have an interesting view of the “hatin” and that also makes sense as a tagline.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    The Slam Curse strikes again. JJ on the cover and now he’s traded. When Kupchak sees Bynum’s on there too, we all KNOW he’s gone. Never fails.

  • bike

    Dan Gilbert just cancelled his subscription to SLAM.

  • Heals

    Love the cover, but kinda weird for those of us who never “hated” on the man…

  • Dirtybird

    I think you forgot the flame serif on the H’s, lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd


  • Jerome

    I would be pissed if I was a player on he Heat (re: Mike Miller) right now. Perhaps the cover is directed at them, as well.

  • fruizm

    I hope this will not jinx the HEAT.

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Ripslam is a hater…

  • Heals

    Nice look, but what about those of us who never “hated” the man…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Should’ve wrote “Hi Haters” in comic sans…

  • robb

    Personally I think Slam should’ve used a photograph of Lebron with the Larry O’brien trophy.

  • LP

    @m3lo ….see how stating a fact can be perceived as HATING??? i just pointed out that this is his 3rd cover…cant even breathe nowadays…..

  • deafballer


    Slam isnt trying to appeal to the hardcore fans on the site with the Lebron cover, they know you’re going to read it. if it was some nobody on the cover you would still read it! they’re trying to appeal to the casual fans plain and simple. its a business world.

  • Z-Boink

    LeBron more compelling than Tiger Woods? Uh, no.

  • LP

    @deafballer DiD i say it was bad thing that he was on the cover?????? please copy/paste where you saw me say something negative…I’m simply pointing out that this is his 3rd cover this season……wasn’t negative, wasn’t d-riding………stop trolling for haters, guys…….

  • RunNGun

    I like how they use the word dynasty when the LBJ and the current Heat team have only won one championship. Sad and pathetic at the same time…

  • bravo

    nice cover but id like to see the big 3 on this one instead of bron bron

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Munky

    Some idiot just mentioned the Thunder as a dynasty?

  • Dingo Rob

    Needs to be all 3 on the cover…on his own holding the MVP trophy doesn’t show the Lebron of 2012

  • http://9gag.com/gag/4568611 Max

    EZ Pay is and abbreviation for Easy Pay.
    Take that!

  • Bernie

    Even at this point I’d say thunder have a better chance of being a dynasty then the heat. But I’ll let lebrons fans have their moment

  • Bernie

    They should have put wade and bosh on there too at least then they could have done a separate magazine on how Lebron finally manned up to beat himself and get a ring

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    So the Harrison twins are gonna be the new diary keepers? Interesting concept. They’re a package deal so I can see it.

  • Ldub

    The cover is perfect. And hater is not a tired word. Its very relevent to the situation with Lebron and the Heat. Everyone is so quick to knock lebron for leaving cleveland (whether it was THAT he left or HOW he left…doesnt matter). Fact is..he left, he joined with Wade and Bosh and it only took 2 years to win. The only other teams that can really dethrone them at this point are Chicago (as long as Rose is healthy and IDK if he is enough) Boston, (for only another year or 2) and OKC. But not unless Westbrook matures and passes up on shots he shouldnt take.



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  • Y.C.Chen

    Let’s see if the big 3 can repeat. I am a big fan since Zo and timmy era. only if they repeat, then that will be something…. please don’t be like the dallas mavericks.

  • Stillballin

    Hi haters!! Love it

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    SLAM, you have time to change the cover colors to make it more powerful. How bout change the gray to red, then make the SLAM color black with white linings?? Then the “Hi Haters” in comic sans using the cavs blue colors.

  • Marcella Rivano

    Could not agree more with the article, yess Nobody was a btter candidate for this cover.I had follow him since i saw first,His talent captured me..maybe the promise:)..WELL DONE:)

  • http://slam.com p

    Adidas is loving the front cover right now

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cool looking cover, but seriously- “Hi Haters?!?! What, did you have a 13 year old girl come up with this caption?? Anyways, congrats to Bron and the Heat…


    LOL at Bernie who just had his moment. In fact Bernie WAS the moment for a sec. The only thing you let anybody have anything was when you got turned out in the pen. :-) Kinda like the Thunder , you took it well up until a point, when the guards were invited to what could have been called a circuss act exept you were not swallowing fire. A.T.M.A. son ! Was tha worth the lolipop you got caught stealing ?

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    lebron travelled…

  • TP

    If SLAM wasn’t so madly in love with “Bron” and his ability to sell magazines they would realize A) he is one of the most amazing basketball players to have ever played the game AND at the same time B) he picked the pathetic easy road to winning championships by joining a team so stacked that even when Chris Bosh is completely out for the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the playoffs, Miami still wins the title.


    T.P. you are fit for the Bung Hole no doubt.

  • norman weirdon

    sickkk!!!! adidas!!!!!!

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    I had a feeling Miami Heat would rise to the top of the food chain after those allblackeverything uniforms were unveiled before the start of the season.

    I don’t believe LeBron should give any attention to his so-called haters though.

  • dtdot

    I think Lebron should have his ring sized for his middle finger…Let that be the cover, no words required!

  • LawDog

    Wait….where are the refs that helped him win??????

  • http://www.twitter.com/bigjazz33rd Jazz Jasper

    Great cover!! Needed to be said!

  • 23

    espn first take did a debate about this cover! espn hates slam! slam vs first take!

  • steveakabeazy

    best lebron cover to date… encore slam

  • truthteller

    ESPN hates slam? ESPN kisses Lebron’s ass more than anybody else in the world!!!!!!