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Sunday, January 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  140 responses

SLAM 125: On Sale Now!

The Allen Iverson Experience

by Ben Osborne

Happy New Year everyone! Before we go any further, I’d like to ask all SLAMonline readers to make it their resolution to read former online editor Sam Rubenstein’s Christmas Eve column. It’s possible we all have different tastes, but my main guess was that the relatively low number of comments was because of a low number of eyeballs on it due to the date it went up. I thought that joint was so good, and I hope you do too.

While your beloved site continues to be tweaked to perfection (trust: Ryne is obviously doing his thing already, but this is still far from what it will be), the folks on the print side of things keep grinding away. The first SLAM of 2009 will be on newsstands everywhere (at least in the US) this coming week, and we’re feeling pretty good about it. As far as I know, no one on the site (contributor or commenter) truly confirmed that AI was the man for it, despite there being several hints in the comment section on our last cover post, not to mention this solid story in the Detroit Free-Press. We didn’t link to the former because we were trying to maintain some element of surprise for this cover, and I guess no readers linked to it because they don’t care about the FreeP? That’s a whole other story.

Iverson 125 CoverSo, some AI context. As the Free-Press story says, and as any longtime SLAM fan knows, dude has basically been an annual cover for us since he came in the League. And honestly, we never felt the slightest inclination to apologize for it. Besides the joy he has provided us with for 13 years, sales numbers show that he’s been either the most or second-most (MJ) popular cover subject in SLAM history. Simple truth of magazine publishing: when someone sells, you put them on the cover again. And again.

This season, though, AI was no lock. Considering he was hurt for much of training camp and the Denver situation had grown stale, even we would have had trouble figuring out what to say about Iverson this year. But then Joe Dumars dropped this little present in our laps. The day the trade happened, I deemed it a win-win. Pistons shake things up, make themselves better contenders this season, clear minutes for Stuckey and have AI’s cap space next summer if they don’t keep him. The Nuggets get a hometown hero who plays a better pure point to stabilize things. I felt the trade solidified the Pistons as the third-best team in the EC. There were some other names bandied about in our story meeting for this issue, but it took our publisher about 12 seconds to confirm: “AI is the cover.”

That settled that. And I was cool with it. The player most identified with our mag over the years, now on a new team with legitimate title hopes? Let’s do it. Our people at Reebok were excited about the trade and possible cover as well, so they worked with us and the Pistons to set everything up. Bet.

Then, right as we were all working on the issue, we had to watch in horror as AI skipped practice, there were all sorts of stories about the players and Michael Curry not being on the same page, and some flat-out embarrassing performances, including this fiasco I attended with Appleson.

There was never a doubt that we could argue AI deserved this cover on some lifetime achievement ish, but was calling him relevant this season a stretch? Well, with the issue’s national on-sale date just about here and subscribers mailboxes ready to be blessed in a week or two, I can thankfully say, hell no! Ready or not, the Pistons are finding a rhythm, and in my opinion are back to firmly being the team just below the Cavs and Celtics. Obviously a fourth- or fifth-place conference finish is extremely problematic because a trip to the Finals will most likely require a tough first-round matchup followed by having to beat Cleveland and Boston in back-to-back series. Beating one of them will be hard. Both? Hard to see it.

But shoot, injuries happen, and motivation is a funny thing. There aren’t many—if any—teams in the League that fit what any knowledgeable fan can say about this Pistons roster: If they stay healthy, come to play, and play together, they can literally beat any team in the League in a given game or series. And as I say in the cover story, it will be hella fun just to see AI playing in a playoff series or three when he has a chance to win them. You know he hasn’t been past the first round since ’03, and he’s only even played in 14 Playoff games (that’s two 5-game series and last year’s pitiful sweep) since then. Those numbers are not exactly how our man Allen thought his career would go. “I thought I’d have three, four championships by this point,” he told me. “I definitely thought I’d be back there a lot more after 2001.”

What else did Allen have to say in the 40-minute sitdown interview he gave us? How fresh are the pictures we got of him in his new uni? Buy the issue and find out!

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  • Jase

    possibly not in Detroit, especially with the way they’re playing… plain mediocre.

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

    Hell yeah.

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

    I gotta admit, I was hoping for a blown-out fro Detroit remix. But awesome none the less.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Classic cover #……..
    AI with those colors on the background brings back beautiful memories. Nice work SLAM!

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    But a ring?! Now? With a healthy Detroit, playing like they belong, with a lot of chemistry, perhaps. Right now a ring is not an option.

  • Eric Woodyard

    ANOTHER CLASSIC COVER!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    A few more wrinkles, longer bags under the eyes, but still the same Ol’ Iverson. Gotta Love It!

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

    I’m gonna go ahead and piss everyone off and say that if Starbury ends up teaming up with KG again, I want a throw back Showbiz and the kid cover.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    We tried the blow-out and his hair can’t do it anymore…read the issue for details.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Yup, will do. I would have liked to see the top-hat and blazer that he wore in — what I think– was his last Philly cover.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    B., a lot of variables would have to fall exactly in place for that cover to make a comeback. A lot.

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

    Can’t wait, Ben.

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

    That Timberwolves team with Steph, KG, and Malik Sealy almost changed my fanhood. Then Steph bolted. That was always one of my favorite covers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    That little “Soul On Ice 2009″ in the left corner makes my life. So happy to see Ivy gracing the cover once again.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Nah Orlando are underated, definitely just below Cavs nd Celtics.
    Also, if Marbury makes it to Boston, i cannot wait for the Slam cover of him and KG in Green

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    aite I guess. the way stuckey has been playing lately though, you guys need to shoot the cover his way.

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

    See, I started something^. I know the odds of this falling into place are similar to T.J. Ford getting a starting point guard position with some job security but if the Steph to the Celts thing happens, you gotta put him and KG on the cover with the title. HATE US NOW. That would be a message for KG, who’s been critized for his craziness, Steph for…well being Steph, and even Slam for getting hated on for having Steph on the cover so much.

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

    It would sell like a Kim Kardashian home movie too!

  • Heals

    Germs and B are right, great job SLAM!!! At first look the cover (due to the colors) instantly reminds me of the Fro’ Issue

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

    Did I mention this cover is fire? And Detroit is on a 6 game winning streak? Tad’s having a pretty great 09 basketball wise so far.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    Is it true, that every issue, since the first Kobe Bryant cover … he has been mentioned in every single SLAM since?

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    Sorry to get off topic of the Iverson cover (good cover but alot more people are derserving of it … even someone on his own team i.e. Rodney) … but anyways. I heard about Kobe being mentioned in every SLAM since his first cover a while ago. So I decided to start checking every issue. And so far he actually is … even if it is just in small writing somewhere!! Can someone confirm this for me?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    ^^ Wouldn’t AI NOT being mentioned in an issue of SLAM be weird? Are you afraid of Allen Iverson?

  • MalevolentKing7242

    A.I. is one of my favorite players but not in detroit will he win a ring. I just hopes he picks the right team to sign with next year.. much love A.I. We talking bout PRACTICE!?!?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Oh, you meant Kobe. Well, the same applies to him. You’re talking 100 pages an issue with ads and Kicks and SLAMadamonth and Noyz and so on. I’ll bet LeBron’s been at least mentioned in every issue for the past couple years, ditto Shaq and AI and KG and TD and maybe even Steph. I mean, if Kevin Ollie were mentioned in every issue for the past seven or eight years, now THAT would be weird.

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

    Let me explain something to the youngsters. That 96 draft class IS Slam.

  • Yassi

    Who´s afraid of Allen Iverson ? ;-)

    (without looking – was it #18???)
    :-)

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    Sorry Russ for hitting your weak spot. Just asking … and Lebron is probly mentioned because to many people at SLAM are getting high off sniffing his panties!! But anyways .. Just wondering.

    Dope cover though. Would rather have seen Stuckey … Granger … or a group of some bench players. Lamar, Powe, JRS One, Posey, Courtney Lee. Contributers to some really good teams.

    Look forward to next month’s Lebron cover!!

  • Boing Dynasty

    Even Marcus Camby?

  • Boing Dynasty

    LOL, Courtney Lee.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    lol that’s right. Courtney Lee!!!

  • Boing Dynasty

    why not george hill, and jake voskhul while were at it.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    I am just saying … Instead of throwing the same people on every cover with a different make up everytime (Lebron and Chris Paul). Let’s get some other playes on the cover. And stick with a Kobe one here and there!! Let’s get some mor eteam covers liek the old Nets cover. Kittles and Kidd and Martin, and Todd!! Mix it up … lets get Granger on there!!

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

    @James: Dude, if Lebron is on the next cover it’s because he’s having the best year individually of his career, his team is undefeated at home, and the Cavs look like probably the most likely team to unseat the champs in the Eastern Conf. playoffs. Does Danny Granger deserve a cover? Sure. Rodney Stuckey just got his own 5 page article in the last issue, do you actually read the mag? Anyways, Slam makes it’s magazine to make money and as great of a season as Danny’s having, the casual nba fan doesn’t even know who he is. Need proof? Shawn Marion has more all-star votes than Danny Granger. Sad, I know. Small markets are a b!tch.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    lol good idea …

  • slamfan4life

    A.I. is the only most deserving player right now, KG Ray and PP all got theres last year i hope AI get get his ring reall soon

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    This was a weird choice, next cover should be D-Wade, or if not,LeBron.

  • awesomepossum

    I was wondering who’s gonna be on the next cover. Great choice, as for the other names, i think they’re sufficinctly covered by other media outlet. Let AI be SLAM.

  • Henry Chow

    what the &*$#
    i still haven’t received my chris paul/deron williams ish yet in the mail and u release another issue
    this pi$$e$ me off

  • http://www.myspace.com/everybodylovesmush Mush

    Someone tell me Devin Harris is getting some ink?

  • a_whiteman

    Should have been a wade or b roy cover!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric B

    AI needs a ring? He had better go buy a box of Cracker Jacks, cause that will probably be the only ring he will get.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    James shut the hell up. You are stupid as hell.

  • http://www.layupdrill.com LayupDrill

    Great Cover SLAM! Looking forward to checking out the article.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    f*cking awesome

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    p.s. I’m a new subscriber so I’m guessing this issue won’t get to me for a while but do Canadian fans get a free headband too?
    Cold As Ice.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Sweet cover. Can’t wait for this . . . but I gotta wait another . . . coupla weeks for my subscription to catch up here. Nice stuff. Just out of curiosity, can you drop the bomb as to what the Barack Obama piece is?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    WHEN WILL YALL GIVE BORIS DIAW/DJ AUGISTIN/GERALD WALLACE SOME INK!!!!!

  • Jess

    THANK-YOU..Ive been patiently waiting.

  • I am the walrus

    Why? Another AI cover! Why not do a cover on some one is having a GOOD season like the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron or D-Wade? The Pistons shouldn’t have done that trade…

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    P.P.S. his hair doesn’t work?!
    P.P.P.S. his braids are giving the haters the finger in that pic

  • Tommy Vercetti

    You guys definitely need to drop a wallpaper from that photo shoot.

  • Tommy Vercetti

    Classic cover too.

  • http://nbl antho

    this seems as the best issue so far !

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    Thanks Ben! Say, have you seen the NFL picks spreadsheet after weekend 1? Ca-ching!
    Another Eagles game… oh God.
    Nice cover. No mad scramble to find a white fur coat this time?

  • Dwyane

    YES! Slam does it again you guys are the best. I commented in last magazines comment section that this should happen THANK YOU im just gonna buy 5 copies. There on a 7 game win streak as im writing this and A.I. is playing the way the Celtics played last year to get theirs. I know god has a championship written for Iverson.

  • MemphisTIGER

    Dope cover! Man people need chill out acting like this man wasn’t the reason they were trying to crossover people! This man is a trendsetter!He was the NBA’s most prolific scorer when Air Jordan left!If you ask me he kept the NBA lights on from 98-2002(Before Lebron)with no disrepect to Kobe! The 1996 draft class KING! His rookie season was Crazy! Sorry Kobe you wasn’t the man like A.I was in 96′

  • rjcortesjumpman

    Nice cover…love AI… but don’t think the Ring is happening this year… yes, he needs it but he may never get one… possibly one of the ring-less legends who’s a definite hall-of-famer…

  • Ozier

    Classic Cover!! Slam you should put together a “where are they now” for that 96 draft class.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Dope cover!!! Can’t wait for this to drop in the Philippines… :D

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Ok, so this is sweet. No doubt about that, great job to all involved.
    BUT:
    I haven’t even seen a copy of the CP/DWill cover in Australia-not even by European Air Mail (which normally comes about a week later after it is released in the States). This is a continuing problem. So I have to ask- what is being done to solve it?
    It obviously wouldn’t matter whether I subscribe or not because the issue is still 3+weeks old and statistically obsolete when I get it. I read the articles none-the-less and still love the work, but when you’re releasing issues like 125, and I haven’t even SEEN 124, then there is a problem.
    Thankyou for reading Ben/everyone else involved in sales/post-production.
    Faithfully, Hursty.

  • ArmoPimp

    tight ass cover!!!

  • Candice

    I am the Walrus, you do realize that the Pistons are on a 7 game winning streak? They are 21-11 now and with the Cavs, Orlando, and Hawks losing they have made some ground to those other teams?

  • The Question

    Incredible cover! What is this? His 15th Slam cover? Anyways, can’t wait to cop it!

  • juscheckin

    I swear Iverson has to be the most hated/loved player in the league. People up in here talking crazy about this Detroit team…but dont realize they are the hottest team in the L right now on a 7 game win streak. Will they win a chip? I dont know…but with their chemistry coming together and filling in some of their big man spots, do they have a shot? Yes. As KG says “anything is posibleeeeee”. So far this season they have beaten all the teams ahead of them quit handidly, except for Boston. And this was all while trying to implement Iverson and the team into a new system, without McDeyss, a Rookie Coach, and also an injured team (the majority of their win streak has been won without Sheed, Dyess or Hamilton). I dont know, I just feel like some people are so desperate to see this dude fail that they will deam any team he is on as automatic failures, just because.
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    Some people on here are saying Stucky should have gotten the cover? Who? Dont get me wrong, I like Stucky..but the dude is probably wearing the #3 because of Iverson and if it wasn’t for the NBA rules..was ready to give up the number to Iverson upon arrival. Stucky has a string of decent games and that automatically makes him a a better choice for a SLAM cover then AI? GTFOH!! Its Iversons presence on that team that has even allowed Stucky to go off the way he has because Iverson has attracted so much attention on defense that it has freed up Stucky to do his thing. They actually make a really good backcourt. There is always someone that someone else will feel like is more deserving, if SLAM would have given the cover to D-Wade…some of you same people would have said Lebron or Kobe was more deserving. I think it would have been bananas if Dime would have had a picture of Sheed and AI on the cover and titled it the “the return of the Detroit BAD BOYS”, or something like that…Anyway, this is a hot cover DIME and I was excited to see Iverson on it as im sure millions of other fans were…keep up the good work and continue to do what Iverson does best…dust them haters off! :)

  • juscheckin

    Oh yeah, and AI should at least get some props for sacrificing so much of his game to fit into this team…if we can give props to KG, PP and Ray Allen for sacrificing their games for the benefit of their team…then Iverson shouldn’t be hated on and punished for trying to do something so many say that he can’t or won’t do. Im out.

  • http://dfjlf.com Jukai

    ANOTHER AI cover? Wow.
    I mean, the cover looks good, but wow. Just wow.

  • http://dfjlf.com Jukai

    Candice, do I have to inform you on who the Pistons have LOST to? (Timberwolves, Knicks, Bobcats). They beat the Clippers by one POINT yesterday (although the Cavs and Celts did lose, but I digress). I’m with James here. Maybe the people don’t know who Danny Granger is because he ain’t on no SLAM covers.
    Money, money, money. Amiright?

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

    Actually Ben, I being the Detroit trumpeteer on this site saw and acknowledged the fact of AI being on the next cover (I actually emailed Marcel about a month back with a link to the Freep.com story) but didn’t want to drop the surprise, if in fact it was supposed to be one. Marcel replied that if the Free Press quoted you directly, then it wasn’t probably supposed to be kept under wraps. However, I think i’m the only commenter on here who frequents the Detroit paper sites daily. Either way, dope cover. Can’t wait.

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

    I like it. Not as much as the orgasmic TADOne of course. Co-sign Holly on the Soul On Ice 2009 line. I especially like the fact my boy Kenny Boynton’s name is on the cover. SLAM is on a fantastic cover run at the moment.

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

    Going back thru and reading all of the quotes on here, justcheckin was dropping some real good knowledge. I digress, however.

  • riggs

    oh god not another AI, can you use somebody new next time please?

  • Dnice

    Maybe Joe Johnson for a change.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for the feedback (positive and negative) as always. TAD: I should have known you’d seen that. Ozier: We did a complete look at the 96 Draft class in issue 96, which came out in April 06, which also had Iverson on the cover. You should be able to find a copy at simbackissues.com or on ebay. Everyone: this is the 10th Anniversary (to the month!) of the famous Soul on Ice cover.

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

    ^Damn, I’m getting old.

  • Diesel

    Just need to point out that I said this would be Slam’s next cover 2 months ago. For everyone saying this is a classic cover…dude’s just standing there in his jersey. I don’t understad what makes it classic. It’s not like they pushed the limit with the cover. I do like to see that Danny Granger got some love. Very nice job there.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Moose already asked it, but can you tell us something about the Obama piece in it? Great cover SLAM!

  • Candice

    Jukai you mean the same Knicks that beat Boston? The same Wolves who beat the Spurs and when did they lost to the Bobcat’s? The Cavs just lost to the Wiz too. The Lakers got beat by Sacremento without Martin. Why do you dislike him so much? So what if they just beat the Clips by one? They were on the road and were shorthanded as well. Like Sam Mitchell said yesterday , throw out the records and the hardest thing to do is win on the road in the NBA.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I know the point is to sell issues, and everyone had to know Ivy would get a cover with the Pistons uni on, regardless of how well he’s played. But I really would like to see a Danny Granger/Devin Harris “New School” cover. Those dudes are the future of the league and they deserve more shine. Plus the whole, Ivy, Bron, Kobe, Celtics rotation is starting to play itself out.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    A Hawks cover would’ve been SO legit! Honestly, if they keep it up, SLAM has to get Smoove, Joe Johnson and AL Horford on a cover. No doubt.

  • dubya816

    I think a Pacers cover would be out of this world awesome. Granger is an ideal player. Marquis Daniels is magnificent this year. Gotta love them. GET IT OUT THERE!!!!!

  • Dwyane

    jus checkin said it best. I wanted to say that but i had to go to school. not enuf time.

  • Dwyane

    Yes Iverson did run the NBA up untill 2005 as an indvidual player. It was him and Kobe the two best in the league and T mac was in there too.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Yes, Candace, the same Knicks who beat Boston (but Boston never lost to the Wolves or Bobcats) and YES Candace, the same Wolves who beat the Spurs (but the Spurs never lost to the Knicks or Bobcats) (thought they lost to the Bobcats too, if I’m wrong, I can pull out another sub .500 team they lost pretty single handledly too).
    I ‘dislike’ Iverson a lot because he gets too much undeserved love. The Pistons are not playing very well– they had one impressive, hard fought win in Orlando and the rest of their wins comes from the Clippers, Sacremento, New Jersey (w/o Carter), Milwaukee, Oklahoma and Chicago. Good job! Iverson’s career stats are down across the charts, and Stuckey has been outplaying him in every game Stuckey has started… every other player in the league would get the label “declining” but Iverson gets labelled as “shifting his game to fit the other players on the team.”
    Iverson is one of the top five shooting guards of all-time, and because of that, he has gotten plenty of covers. That being said, he isn’t anywhere near the discussion for MVP or best player or hell, even a title contende, yet the dude gets a cover on (in my opinion), the most prestigious basketball magazine out today. I’m simply shocked they didn’t try to squeeze Kobe, Lebron and Garnett in there as well.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Shouldve been Gilbert Arenas.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Oh sorry Myles, I forgot this is a no criticism zone, I love Slam, and kittens ^_^

  • Big Marv

    THis cover made my day!!!! Another AI cover. Slam just keeping it real. We’ve had this relationship since issue #1!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Jukai is mad sensitive.
    You need a big hug, homie.

  • http://fklsd.com Jukai

    *snort*

  • BUCK

    Slam you never fail, nice cover AGAIN!

  • a_iverson

    wOw niCe woRk SLAM… ThaTs why i Love yOuR MaG…
    goOd LuCk A.I. HoPe yOu GeT oNe ThiS yEaR…

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  • Young C

    I just hope my magazine isnt cut off and/or chopped up this time when I get it in the mail. Thats happened the last two months straight(but getting better each time). You guys should sue the printer

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Is it just me, or does this Iverson cover seem different from the rest of the many Slam covers before? Look at AI’s expression. There’s a tinge of poignancy, of… of some untold story only he knows of. The old “me against the world” look is still there somewhere, but there’s something else in his expression that says a lot more. Whatever it is, I really can’t wait to read the story behind it.

  • http://www.thedailydott.com michael dott

    I am from Scotland and I am very proud to own a copy of the original soul on ice. My SLAM collection dates back to the Chris Webber cover, “Only The Strong Survive.” I have about 60 issues and 52 of them hang on my wall. I hope to send a letter to trash talk one day with the picture of my wall and pray that it gets printed. The journalism, photograpghy and the design have inspired me throghout the years and still do. I like this cover, however, I would say it reminds me more of the Whos Afraid Of Allen Iverson one. And a slept on cover has to be the Latrell Spreewell facial one. Guys, why not get a forum for us to discuss our own topics and not just the verbals you guys produce? Keep it up SLAM. :D

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

    Joel: Growth, maturity, a sense of knowing? God, I hope so.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Joel and TAD
    He just looks tired to me. Probably like “Damn, these stans from SLAM won’t leave me alone! And they had the nerve to rank me behind Baron Davis and Gilbert Arenas.”
    Or something like that.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Michael, we love running pictures like that. Don’t “hope” to send it…do send it, and we’ll see what we can do.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    So Ben, You’re just going to ignore my comment?

  • Candice

    If that’s how you feel then that’s how you feel. Don’t knock people just because they don’t have the same beliefs as you. So what if his number’s are down? Why can’t he change his game to play within the team? Yes, Stuckey is playing good but you don’t think AI has something to do with it? After the Bull’s disbanded in ’98, I stopped following the NBA some what. I tuned in to the 2001 playoff’s and I’ve been hooked ever since. What good teams have the Cavs played that made ? Their schedule has ben soft. They played Boston and Detroit and lost to them. If it helps the Pistons lost to the Wizards, Philly, Knicks,and Wolves which are sub .500 teams. They lost to Portland, Hawks, and Celtics which are teams over .500. They lost to NJ which I think was just under .500 at that time. I think I will listen to Phil Jackson who said, the Pistons will be fine. Not someone who wants him to fail so bad. The Nuggets and Pistons records aren’t that far off from each other. Plus with all their inconsistiency, the Pistons aren’t that far off from the teams in front of them.

  • Josh B

    i love SLAM….but Iverson/LeBron/Celtics covers are gettin old…ill keep being subscribed to it no matter what….but, at the very LEAST….can a Rockets player get a cover????????????????
    When was the last time a Rockets player had a cover??? when T-mac was traded to Houston????….come on.

  • vegas

    How do you know when you subscription is up

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @TAD, Allenp:
    I hope it’s the former (TAD) and not the latter. I hope AI doesn’t ever lose the fire; I don’t think he has but I think the frustration is mounting, especially with all the high expectations after the trade.
    The funny thing is, the post-trade Pistons present just as compelling / frustrating a case as they were before: arguably the most talented and deepest team in the league, with all the pieces to potentially win it all. That didn’t change. They’re wonderful in stretches, and obviously fitting AI into any system is going to be hard, but I honestly think they’ll get it all together sooner than later – long way to go in the season – and when they do, watch out world.

  • juscheckin

    Shot outs to everyone who liked my first comments :) (TAD and Dwayne)

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    Candice: You know as well as I do that you are wasting your time with “Jukai” when it comes to Iverson..if you were to look up the word “HYPOCRISY” in the dictionary you would see “Jukai” name there. This is the same person who spent the majority of their time on this site knocking on Iverson for “being a ball hogg” and “never wanting to adapt to a TEAM game”..now he is on here talking about Iversons stat lines being down…well wouldn’t that happen to any player on a team like Detroit who focuses on everyone contributing? Isn’t that just commen sense? AI is seemingly trying to fit in on that team without disrupting it and people are still talking sh*t. This is why I said he needs to continue to do whatever he feels like doing because people will have something to say regardless. If Iverson scores too many points he’s a “ball hogg”…if he doesn’t score enough “he’s slowed down and lost a step”. Regardless of AI’s stat line, the ball still comes to his hands towards the end of the game (which is what Dumars brought him there for, he didn’t bring Iverson there to dominate the ball and avg 30 ppg) for him to do what he do. If Detroit had lost four or five strait games to those sub-par teams…”Jakai” would be up in here talking about them losing. I mean it is getting ridiculous now. Detroit is doing what they are supposed to do now, win against lesser opponents and competing against fellow elite teams. Am I missing something here? I swear, the hypocrisy when it comes to Iverson by some is hilarious. Its like get a life, someone you dont know shouldn’t effect you that much to the point you feel the need to throw salt on their names everytime they appear on the SLAM website.
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    And give us all a break about Stuckey (AKA, lil’ 25 cent)…dude has one good week and all of a sudden he can be compared with Iverson? Stucky is out playing EVERYONE on the Pistons right now, and im sure no one minds as long as they win, let the little dude get his shine. He needs to step up considering that Dumars had enough faith in him to trade off Billups..If “Jukai” was even watching the games he would have known that AI was the one responsible for quiet a few of the clutch winning shots at the end of some of the games that even allowed Detroit to be on this winning streak as well. Everyone on that team is doing a decent job of trying to contribute to the teams success…isn’t that how it is supposed to be? Or how Iverson was supposed to play Jukai..playing a TEAM game? :) Exactly…next.

  • http://eastbay.com sauce

    the trade was good.that was a trade 4 da future.jus give it time.a ring is possible 4 A.I.

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

    juscheckin needs to post more often. My man.

  • Weapon X

    The mutha f’n Answer!
    Get your Gollum on!!

  • http://addiemarie05@yahoo.com Ryan.T.

    I’m actually trying to High Quality pictures of Slam 35 & Slam 40, Jason Williams Covers of course… Could anybody help out with that? Please send to my e-mail or put up a link to the pics.

  • http://addiemarie05@yahoo.com Ryan.T.

    I meant trying to FIND…..

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Seriously, is A.I. going to get a cover every single time he changes teams? Might as well book him for the 2008-09 season opener issue when he’s in yet another jersey. If you wanted to celebrate the Pistons, you should’ve either given the cover to Rodney Stuckey or shot Joe Dumars holding A.I.’s contract with “EXPIRING” stamped on it.

  • Helmut Hohenegger

    Great Cover (go Pistons)!

    Unfortunately I have not received the last two issues of my subscription but as a die-hard Pistons fan I am looking forward to receive this as soon as possible.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    erm, AI on the cover, wow, now that is a throwback, does he have a annual contract for a cover with you guys or something? should have been DWade or Shaq, Shaq needs some SLAM love, or JRich “driving the lane” oh wait….

  • stokesey

    hursty i got my dwill/cp3 cover at least 2 weeks ago posibly longer…and i thought perth was always behind ;)

  • stokesey

    Any chance for some Ronny T ink??? Wish dude was still at the lakers :(

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Hursty, the comment about the shipping? I don’t know what to say. I have no access to our international shippers. I certainly hope you’ve called the 800.333.6411 number and given them a hard time. Also, you and I have emailed in the past. If there’s an issue you never got or are sick of waiting for, email me personally and I’ll look into sending you one myself. Thanks.

  • http://n/a 007

    what is with slam and iverson..?
    small player making it big..?

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  • http://www.dunkadelictv.com Dunkadelic TV

    The basketball and hip-hop culture fusion born in 1984 is known now as The “Dunkadelic-Era” In America, 1984-Present. The “Dunkadelic-Era” will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary during the year 2009 (1984-2009). The “Dunkadelic-Era” is the first and only sport-and-music defined time period in American history. Allen Iverson of the Dteroit Pistons is the #1 Most Influential player to The “Dunkadelic-Era”. The 5 following events in 1984 led to the birth of The “Dunkadelic-Era”.

    1. The NBA first introduced the Slam Dunk Contest to All-Star Weekend on January 28, 1984. Larry Nance defeated Dr. J to win the Slam Dunk Championship.

    2. David Stern was announced as the 4th NBA Commisioner on February 1, 1984.

    3. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons formed Def Jam Records in March 1984. Def Jam remains the #1 hip-hop label in the industry. Kurtis Blow the hip-hop pioneer releases the hit rap song ‘Basketball’ from the Ego Trip album.

    4. The Fresh Fest was the first major hip-hop concert tour featuring Kurtis Blow, RUN-DMC, Whodini, Newcleus, and the Fat Boys. The tour had 27 stops earning more than 3.5 million dollars.

    5. Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with 3rd pick of the 1984 NBA Draft on June 19, 1984. Jordan would sign with Nike and produce the “Air Jordan” sneakers that would later become symbols of fashin within the hip-hop culture.

    Bonus Events:

    John Thompson the Hall-of-Fame coach would become the first African-American Division 1 college basketball coach to win an NCAA Championship. He led the Georgetown Hoyas with star center Patrick Ewing over the Houston Cougars 84-75 on April 2, 1984.

    NBA current stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Nate Robinson, and Deron Williams were all born in 1984. Carmelo is the new-face of the Jordan Brand, and LeBron wears the #23 just as Jordan. Andre Iguodala the hi-flyin’ forward of the Philadelphia 76ers was born the same day of the first NBA Slam Dunk Contest January 28, 1984.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Thankyou Ben.

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  • http://- Stubbs

    I really like this new cover, the colours work, nice job Slam, I wonder if AI will help Detroit to the EC Finals, it will be tough though with Boston, the Cavs and even Magic playing great bball atm

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  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    125 for 125

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  • Grant Bibby

    Mike Bibby is awsome

  • Grant Bibby

    Mike Bibby is awsome

  • http://slamonline.com Dominic

    A.I’s tha truth numbers dnt lie who’s been tha best in tha L in scorin wise and steals 4 tha last 13 years? Lemme tell u Allen IVERSON with tha (exception of this season) over tha past 7 or 8 years his numbers haven’t dipped below 26 ppg 6 apg and 2 spg.. Wat otha player can try and fit in with anotha team nd can still b a threat 2 drop 50 off rip? No ur history ppl btw great cover SLAM

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  • Philip Ebenezer

    Hey Slam,im a Canadian boy writing to you from Edmonton,Alberta and i just gotta say ,loved the I loved the Allen Iverson article.But the reason i am writing is because i want you guys to write an article about my boy Mangesto Arop, He was just recently signed for gonzaga next year and he has some MADD talent i really hope you all will consider following up on him because i beleave his game will be noticed in the years to come.Thanks for all the great work youve been doin.
    Ps: i would be really pumped if this letter got published in slam

  • boogster

    ish 125 is sweet, many articles on players, less ads, loving it

  • TheAirWillLiveOn

    First I’d like to say, thanks for the Big Dipper ink, it makes up for the fact that you guys printed NOTHING about the KU March Madness win over Memphis. (Seriously, what happend there?) The only Jayhawk you wrote about was Paul Pierce. And thanks for your “recent” ink on Pete Rock and the Cool Kids. It lets me know you guys have your music stright. (I would ask for a Daft Punk feature, but I realize that there is a better chance that Tokyo would get an NBA team. Also thanks for inspiring me to draw. In fact it was another AI cover (The Nuggets/Mink coat cover) that was my first real good drawing. You not only supply good reading but good pics as well. Perfect for putting pencil to paper. I was thinking of sending you a link to my AI drawing or maybe KG, or Chris Webber, or Dr. J, but I’m a Heat fan so I decided on Shawn Marion. And lastly I’d like to say, Reat In Peace to my girl, Alejandra Jimeno. She was a good friend of mine. She loved the game of basketball, and was a teammate of mine on our Summer League team. She was automatic from behind the ark. I well, wasn’t that good. I loved playing on that court, because the games were so exiting back then. Nobody thought we would win as much as we did. People would always make fun of our Home-made jerseys and our rough style of play. We never meant our team to go far, we were just a bunch of bored teenagers looking for something to do when my friend J.J. came up with the idea. So, we got a sponsor, (the local airport), a name (the Wichita “Air”), and some jerseys (courtesy of Hobby Lobby) All-together our team played for six years and won 5 tournaments (one in 2003, two in 2005, and two in 2008) Alex loved reading SLAM. Although she never subscired she would always read over my shoulder or take it from me to read herself. She was a great ball-player and an even better person. The reason I’m writing you this is becuase she would have been 18 this February. This also goes out to the rest of the team that might be reading this.
    Alejandra J. Jimeno
    02/17/1991-09/29/2008
    Peace,
    TylerDish
    Dodge City, KS

  • Joe C.

    Hey Slam, would you agree that what the pistons need is a good point gaurd who passes a lot and is a playmaker (Stuckey is more of a scoring point gaurd) bcuz the Pistons have like a billion scorers (Rip, Sheed, Prince, Stuckey and now AI etc.), if they added a good point gaurd, the team would dominate in the L. don’t you think so?

  • Tammy

    Do any of you faithful SLAM OGs remember the Iverson article with the Roots in the earlier issues? Classic. (Along with the 96 Draft cover that B. Long mentioned.) My 13+ year subscription to SLAM ended Dec. ’08 and I didn’t renew because I thought the magazine was not like it used to be when it first came out with Larry “Grandmama” (!!!) Johnson on the cover. But just seeing this cover (one month later!) is enough to bring all those Iverson memories back. (I still have my Iverson Georgetown trading cards!) Thanks you guys at the SLAM Dome for re-sparking my love for the game.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Tammy, I definitely remember the AI/Roots story and I hope you decided to re-up the subscription after all. We need the long-time readers like you!

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  • Tammy

    I’m definitely renewing it, Ben. Right after I posted my comment, I got a subscription renewal notice from SLAM – totally unrelated to the post. I’m taking it as a sign! Haha.

  • Joe Gonzalez

    for real iverson needs to take a leaf out of randy moss’ book and just chill. i mean im not hating on his game or anything cuz the dude’s game is sick and he is my favorite player. but if he really wants a ring he needs to first find a team that has a pretty good point guard cuz yea he can run the point like anyone else, but he aint a point guard he is a score period. so once he gets with a team that has that he just needs to do what he does best and score. i know he isnt the type of player to conform to peoples rules and all but if he can take care of business doing that he will have that ring in no time. A.I. aka the Answer

  • Chase Lochamire

    he needs to get on a contending team that needs a good 2 guard. the only problem is that there isn’t many teams out there who really need AI. that Knicks could use him. but i guess he could go all the way back to the sixers and play with elton brand and maybe he could turn them into a good team…itll be hard for him to win a chip though…

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