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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 11:21 am  |  32 responses

I Like The View

A bunch of NBA players reflect on their SLAM cover experiences.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    :)

  • http://tddaily.com/ Abe Schwadron

    YES

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    AWESOME

  • Max

    The one DRose, Steph and KG, and the Kentucky guys are the 3 best one out of these!

  • Eldon Khorshidi

    amazing

  • LLC#12

    Great read, found Ray Allens rant funny too. And when Pau said “Rubio and another high prospect”, Brandons not memorable enough for Pau! One of my favourite covers not mentioned was the Kobe vs Kobe one. Also, who has been on the most covers, MJ?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    It sort of depends if you can’t split covers, special issues, etc, but all in all…Kobe and LeBron are first/second, MJ third, Iverson fourth.

  • Name

    Of course Dwight forgot his jersey for his All American shoot.

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is so sope

  • Rockwell

    Wow Iverson is only fourth? AI’s rise coincided with SLAM’s rise, so to me, the Iverson era defined the SLAM era. When I think of SLAM, I think of AI. Apparently, alot of NBA players think so too, because alot of them mentioned the AI blowout/throwback jersey cover as their most memorable cover. I thought AI would be number 1 with how influential he was! Anyways, thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • Rockwell

    That KG and Starbury cover was SO dope. Definitely one of my all-time favorites, just because of how young I was then. I still remember when the sideways visor look was hot! I was just getting into hip hop and basketball and SLAM was the first mag that I remember that blended those two worlds seamlessly. It was the first mag that I remember that portrayed the athletes in a way where they can be themselves. SLAM definitely spoke the same language that I did because I knew the writers loved hip hop and basketball as much as I did. I think Lamar Odom pretty much summed up SLAM’s appeal with his piece. It’s too bad you guys couldn’t get Darius Miles’ reaction (where is that dude anyways? With his talent, you would think that he would be balling SOMEWHERE, but it seems like he just fell off the face of the planet). Anyways, happy anniversary and thanks for the memories SLAM!

  • Enigmatic

    This is amazing. SMH @ Drew Gooden, “It was hot and everyone was ready to get out of there.” I love that Harrison Barnes shouted out Ryan Jones.

    Speaking of Ryan, I remember on Twitter a few weeks back he reflected back on the SLAM 80 shoot and how they told those kids over and over to wear their high school team jerseys. Everyone complied except for Dwight Howard, of course.

  • Dfrance

    This brought back some great memories. I had a subscription back in the day, best $20 I used to spend. Taking the train everyday, these were required reading.

    I used to put on the SlamUps on my wall like wallpaper. They’re all still at my moms crib, but I made sure I took my KG covers with me whenever I move.

  • Dfrance

    Drew Gooden’s face on the cover matches his description of that day. lol.

    Jeff Green is talking about that Warrick dunk on Royal Ivey. Probably the greatest SlamUp of all time!

  • spit hot fiyah

    this brings back so many memories. i love the odom, brand, miles cover. and nikos tzikischvili wow.

  • underdog

    So much gold in here! Rock L.A. Familia is probably my favorite cover from this set, because it catches so good the feeling in the early ’00s NBA and hip-hop oriented culture. Z-Bo’s comment is also hilarious how everybody was making push-ups before the shoot. SLAM Online needs more original content like this.

  • underdog

    Yeah, I’ve read that too. Livingston and Jefferson remember too, lol.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    I think AI is still maybe most influential in that we were the ONLY place to give him so much love. I’d like to think we have covered MJ, Kobe and LeBron (especially LeBron, since we knew him since 10th grade) uniquely, but EVERY outlet that covers sports/basketball has put those guys on their cover frequently. Iverson, on the other hand, was largely ignored or hated on by the “Mainstream Media,” which made our frequent coverage of him more noticeable.

  • Maurice Bobb™

    Ray Allen’s quote is the best!

  • Slick Ric

    KG and Steph cover funny as hell. lol

  • LLC#12

    Interesting, thanks a lot for the answer!

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  • Steven

    Any plans to put up an archive where we can read old articles and see old covers on demand??

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Every cover is accessible right here: http://www.slamonline.com/online/tag/Cover-Archives/
    Old print stories are not organized that well but we post most of our stories these days and you can always search for a players stories in our search section and scroll through all the pieces we’ve done on them.

  • OfftheWall87

    Really like Lamar Odom’s comments. Noticed The Matrix mentioned Amar’e but not Stephon.

    That AI cover with the ‘fro will always be my favorite. Iverson on the cover was always something different because if anyone in the league represented hip hop, it was him. Carried those issues around with me on each away game. You can almost track the success of guys looking at where they are now and how they got here by looking at old SLAM issues.

  • Lucentum

    That Gasol cover was what introduced me to slam for the first time. Shortly after I went to live in NY and got the magazine for as long as I lived there. Dope covers

  • Ugh

    Good, but needs more Larry Johnson. Anyone got his number? Anyone?

  • davidR

    siiiiick. some of these stories were great. it was also interesting to see who didn’t have much to say

  • Jub_Al

    I just wanna say..

    ~THANK YOU SLAM~

    I’m not sure if this is a feasible idea, or maybe it’s already being done, but it’d be cool if SLAM could work out a system where past issues could be available for sale. I know that there are a few issues that that I would DEFINITELY buy again and keep them as collectibles, especially with some of my favourite players’ careers ending / winding down (Grant Hill, AI, KG)

    ….Similar to basketball cards, only much more worth spending money on….

    Cheers.

  • BRIVN22

    Ray Allen representing seattle!

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