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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  175 responses

SLAM 150: On Sale Now!

A special cover for a special issue.

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

cover shot by Clay Patrick McBride

Look at the cover. Now look back here. Now back at the cover. Now back here.

That’s right.

For our 150th issue, a milestone by any magazine measure, we discussed a slew of big names—current and retired—but ultimately elected to feature Allen Iverson on the cover.

Why, you may ask? Why feature a team-less 36-year-old (happy birthday, Allen!) front and center? Why feature a man who some say is broken, beaten and has no ball left in his future? Why feature a man whose reputation has been pulverized beyond recognition since he last played in the NBA in 2010.

The answer is textbook stuff—at least according to our school of thought. It’s not about his past. It’s not about his present. It’s not about his future. It’s about the sum of all three.

Past. Over the course of our first 17 years and 150 issues, Allen Iverson was inarguably one of the best and most entertaining players in the League. From his 24,368 points to his 5,624 assists, Iverson demanded double-teams—and fans’ attention. And while, sadly, the internet has boiled him down to simply a practice parody, we still remember the fully formed Allen Iverson. The bundle of emotion, energy and highlights. For all of that, respect due.

Present. Take a look around the 2011 NBA Playoffs. From the exposed tats, to the hairstyles, to the unfettered emotional outbursts, to the ways players carry themselves, it’s clear that Allen Iverson’s influence still permeates the League. Heck, it’d be fair to say that during SLAM’s lifetime, no player has had a greater influence on the game and its surrounding culture than Iverson. The youngest of fans may not know this, but AI birthed a generation of clones—many of whom now populate the NBA.  For all of that—for LeBron and Derrick and Dwyane—respect due.

Future. For all of his college and NBA life, we’ve provided Allen with a platform to tell his tale. Now, just because the ball’s temporarily stopped bouncing doesn’t mean we’ve confiscated the microphone, taken the podium and turned the lights off on him. We’re still riding with the Answer. Maybe now more than ever, we want to know what Iverson is up to. What rumors are bogus, and what the truth is. What he’s currently doing, and what he plans for the future. So we hit Iverson up for one more conversation…and he obliged, providing us with one of the realest Q+As he’s ever sat down for. For all of that, respect due.

As for the cover itself, fab. If you’ve got beef with it, stick to the burger business. At 150 issues deep, our covers are still the baddest and boldest on newsstands, and they’re only getting better. As always, all praise due to Dennis, Ben, Melissa and Susan for conceptualizing, debating, executing and fine-tuning.

Deciding on Allen and designing the cover were relatively easy when compared with actually getting up with the Answer. A chance meeting at a Playoff game in Boston, hella phone conversations and innumerable texts with Gary Moore finally brought it to fruition. Props to him and his whole team at Moore Management and Entertainment LLC for their full support. We see what you’re building over there.

Luckily for us, the rest of this special keepsake issue was a little easier to put together. Luckily for you, “easy” in this case equals dope. Between features on Jamal Crawford and the Memphis Grizzlies, the first 150 point game in history and the 1991 Chicago Bulls, we’ve got pages upon pages of goodness. Throw in a timely poster, 150 of SLAM’s best memories and a dash of the usual college and high school coverage, and No. 150 turned out even better than we could’ve expected.

Look for this issue on newsstands next week (we dropped it today, a few days early, in honor of AI’s 36th born day), and look for Iverson to begin the official, public portion of his NBA comeback July 16 in Greensboro, at Camp Crossover’s celebrity game.

Happy, happy 36th to him, and 150th to us.

Jokes on you, we still alive. Thanks for sticking with us, fam.

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  • http://twitter.com/lilromeo905 LilRomeo

    The cover is AWESOME! Now I’m gonna run to the mall and get a copy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I f*cking love it! This will not end well for the comment section, though. The hate is going to be Heat-level.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    HOLY SH!TTTTTTTTT. BEST COVER OF ALL TIME

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/ Adam Fleischer

    What is there really to say?

  • MJ55

    That is one awesome cover!

  • JackieM

    Can’t wait to get my copy!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Easy Bee

    SICK cover!

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    The cover is too ill for me. This is straight inferno.

  • http://hbsauce.tumblr.com Horrid Bear

    Simply amazing. Most entertaining player of all time, and definitely one of the greats. Fondly remembered. Haters bugger off.

  • Scott

    Absolutely awesome!!!

  • Clockwork

    Oh yeah

  • marc

    i need to get this

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    how could anyone hate on this?
    good sh*t slam!

  • Rob Mills

    I’m ready to leave work and hunt down the mail man right now!!! This is CLASSIC! Slam is gotta be the best thing next to the Bible and fine women!!!

  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Benn0

    THANK YOU SLAM!!!! I’M IN LOVE:)

  • QQQQ!

    @airs-YESSSSSS!!! mega powers indeed! I need to get this issue for sure!

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Meh.
    Unless most people on here, I was never an AI fan.
    Sorry.
    But 150 issues!!
    Congrats SLAM!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Fan-tas-tico!
    Is that a current AI pic or one we hadn’t seen yet from the epic hair combout cover from a while back?
    Congrats on #150, Slam. Still a huge fan.

  • str8 from samoa

    OH SHAT. GOTTA BE DA BEST COVER EVER! DEF GETTIN MINES!

  • http://slamonline.com David Cassilo

    Congrats to everyone at SLAM…this is an amazing cover and 150 issues is unreal. Special props to Tzvi who did a great job with this story. Can’t wait to see the whole thing, but this could be the perfect issue.

  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Benn0

    By the way – when is slam going to do a shaq cover, will it be after the dallas/heat cover (depending on who wins) ?

  • http://countdownnba.blogspot.com/ Clay

    At least it’s not a Marbury cover

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This will be copped. Oh yes it will.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Just talkin bout this cat yesterday. Ayo SLAM why am I gettin my subscribe after the local supermarket? Send me two of these an I’ll be willing to forgive this not so minor infraction.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Dope cover! And yea, is that a pic of him now? Or just something before?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Insanely proud of this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m so happy that the comments have been overtly positive. F*cking Rigo….HATER! :)

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    Amazing. I need this cover NOW. SLAM people take a bow

  • Jer dawg

    Getting misty eyed. Been long time coming. Iverson on the cover of SLAM ice grilling once again. Right on his bday! Happy bday A.I.! Undisputed underground king with or without a ring.

  • larrylegend

    i am disappointed with the cover for the 150th issue, sorry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Too f*cking sick. I absolutely LOVED AI growing up.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    ?!?!?!???!
    i thought i knew you, rigo. how could you not like AI?!
    was it the crossover on jordan? it was wasnt it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Eboy
    Everybody on SLAM likes AI!!

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  • hoodsnake

    150 issues? We talking about 150 issues?

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  • oinestep

    Hell to the yes……will be on the lookout for this

  • slamfan4life

    AI=legend, cant go wrong wit that

  • http://melissabrennan.net/ Melissa Brennan

    This might be one of my favorite covers I ever designed (and I’ve definitely designed a FEW). Much respect and thanks to Clay Patrick McBride for killing the shoot in 1999 and allowing us to run this outtake.

  • abe2344

    not a regular Slam reader but i’ll buy it just for that cover

  • ish

    been wit slame from ish number one. been watchin AI since high school. oh yeah rigo(stfu) its because of the insecure haters like u, why he’s not in the league now. say what u want but he has always stood on his own two an never backed down. happy bday playa and hopefully we can get u back on the court once the lockout issue is dealt with.

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  • http://twitter.com/soulonice6 Kenny

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll be getting AT LEAST 3-4 copies of this one when they hit the bookstands. Yessir! Long live Allen Iverson!

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Just got home from the beach, and I see THIS! Nice work again SLAM A.I. reppin’ the 150th Milestone-cover. Mj was at #50 and #100 but this just as nice, or even nicer. Peace.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lay off Rigo.
    If you don’t like it, you don’t like it, that ain’t hating.
    It’s called having an opinion.
    Sure it’s a ridiculously wrong opinion, lol, but it’s just an opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Perfect.

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  • http://slamonline.com everything

    Iverson got me into buying slam magazines back in high school.
    I never wore an arm sleeve during ball games but it was AI who made me think of wearing one.

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    still have my blue sixers jersey of AI. i cant forget this. it was what i was wearing one night in a beach where, for the first time in my life, i experienced fellatio LOL sorry too much info.

  • http://jungywungy.com JungyWungy

    great job SLAM!!!!!!! <3 this cover!

  • Greg

    No trying to hate, but I feel like 150 deserves more than an outtake of a cover true fans already have.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    omg hahahahaha WAY too much info, everything, hahahaha.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    LMAO @ everything!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I still have the original issue when this pic came out. Congrats Slam

  • http://slamonline.com adam figman

    So, so great. Respect to Ben, Melissa, Susan and Tzvi. Killed both the cover and the cover story. Incredible.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Yeah, damn homie, you got me.
    I’m so insecure, that’s why I’m not a fan of AI.
    Dumbass.
    Who the f*ck are you anyways?
    @Allenp, Eboy & airs – yeah, I know I’m in the minority here.
    For the record, I love his game, his game was sick, I mean, I’m a little dude myself, how am I not gonna love the way he made cats way taller than him look like fools on the court?
    It was the other BS I never liked about him.
    I could go on, but it ain’t about that right now.
    SLAM chose someone they’ve been down with and who has been down with them since waaaay back to grace their 150th cover, and I’m not hating on that one bit.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    nice cover period

  • Stillballin

    Ai will always be my hero…

  • jrok

    sick ass wicked cover, gon get extra copies of this one DAM RIGHTS!!! happy 150 slam and happy 36th AI yall killed it!!

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  • Anthony

    AI will always be better than Jordan

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    No!
    Anthony went there!
    LOL, I’ma fall back…but damn…shots fired!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nobody is going to entertain that nonsense.

  • DyingThrasher

    Why put a recycled picture of someone who nobody has thought about in the last year for such an important issue when there are so many great players/stories right now? He could have helped out the Grizz this year in the playoffs but instead acted like a childish baby when they were struggling and abandoned them. Hope he doesn’t make it back to the NBA, it would be as pathetic as the Antoine Walker’s comeback attempt, so sad

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Best cover ever…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I do like this cover more than the classic “Soul on Ice” cover.

  • JD

    whilst the cover does look pretty sweet, i think that slam needs to move on from AI, he’s way past his best and will probably never get back into the league again, a nice q+a somewhere in the mag, but a cover?no.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this dying thrasher person is funny. Iverson dipped out Memphis 2 years ago, and the only reason he fell outta the league is cuz he was unwilling to play a role player/off the bench type role. So if he’s willing to do it now, there is no reason to think he (a much much much much much much better player then antoine walker) could make some kind of successful comeback.

  • rob stewart

    And today is Allen Iverson’s birthday, no lie

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    This is so real and full of hip hop culture…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @rob stewart: a big reason why we pushed this today as opposed to thursday/friday when issue will really start showing up in stores…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone. It really is a dope issue from front to back.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    It’s also Prince’s birthday.
    Game.
    Blouse.

  • Sean

    We’ve seen this time and again, SLAM is far to self-aware these days. In fact, most of this has already been done in the 10th anniversary collectors issue, come on SLAM, the only magazine that has its own ‘era.’ Get over yourselves.

  • John Wall Jr

    Great Cover!
    someone Answer NicQ please
    thanks

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LMAO @Rigo – And prince and AI share a birthday? i’m not surprised.

  • BmaC

    Definitely not an AI fan, he shot took much and made too little. Played with a lot of Iversons and lost a lot because of these Iversons. If you hitting 20-30% of your shots, you need to pass the rock. I do give him credit though for that 2001 finals run, that 76er team was today’s cavaliers without lebron. Eric Snow, Aaron Mckie, George lynch, Tyrone Hill. what team could they start for today? That was the one and only team that he could do his thing on, once he moved around or played with new pieces he keep doing the same thing and the low shooting % caught up with him. He’d still be playing today if he really became a point guard. You can’t be a 6’0 shooting guard who can’t blow by people anymore or guard either guard on defense. The guy did maximize his part as a poster boy for the hip hop culture, good and bad, giving him his high level of popularity among that segment. He essentially was the 2001 bad boy version of Derek Rose before the 2011 version won the MVP.

  • andrew

    SO PROUD

  • MikeC.

    In the immortal words of the brother named Common Sense: if I don’t like it, I don’t like it. It don’t mean I’m hatin’”.
    I just don’t get the fuss over AI. He could have done much more than one Finals run in his career. People worship this cat like he actually did something. He has exactly as many NBA championships as I do.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Iverson never shot 20 or 30 percent.
    Actually pull up his stats. His rookie year he had a bad percentage, one of the worst of his career.
    Second year he put up 22 and 7 on like 44 or 45 percent from the field.
    However, in his third year he got moved to the two on a team devoid of offensive talent and was encouraged to hoist them up at an alarming rate. He was typically between 40 and 43 percent during that time span.
    Then he got moved back to the one, and put up 30 and 7 in consecutive seasons at the point and saw his shooting percentage rise.
    He moved to Denver, put up 26 and 7 on 45 percent shooting. For perspective, those are pretty much Derrick Rose’s numbers for his MVP season minus the wins.
    Iverson failed at winning championships. So did a lot of cats. If the only players worthy of “worship” or those who won championships, then there are a lot of unworthy bastards being worshiped.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Damn, Anthony.. REALLY?????? Maybe a better dribbler, but thats about it.. (Not taking anything away from AI)

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    SLAM. 150 issues deep. Another classic A.I. cover. Nothing else left to say but WINNING!

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    @sean….. you’re an idiot. go read DIME

  • ali

    goddamit

    canada post is on strike

    FML

  • Alfred

    Excuse me, but haven’t we ‘ve seen this one before. Aren’t this old pictures ?
    I understand you look back with this issue
    but why not one of the ‘new’dudes
    I wonder when this issue hits the stands in Europe.
    Thank you once again, for the best sportsmagazine in the world.

  • bigwavedaveg

    Only true NBA fans understand this cover. This cover represents the love for the game, just like Iverson always has. Anyone who can’t comprehend the beauty of this cover is simply blind. Allen created more excitement for Nba fans than almost every current NBA player, except maybe the current top ten, and that’s arguable. So what, he made a couple mistakes, his heart is trapped in the game. Ones passions sometime gets the best of them, but he always did what his job title way; play like an NBA All-Star. Happy B-day AI. Hope to see you back in the league next year, it needs your heart. Mad-props to SLAM for this one. This is not coming from an AI fan, just someone who appreciates witnessing maximum effort to win. Reppin from Hawaii!!!!

  • MikeC.

    @Allenp – I have to clarify. I had something like this posted on the Q+A thread before it disappeared into the abyss. Repsect due to past accomplishments, but people are acting like he’s going to come back and light it up again and play like it’s 2001. Dude is 36 with arthritic knees. He relies entirely on speed and athleticism to do what he does. In very short minutes, I think he has an outside shot of being a change of pace backup PG/SG. In the Q+A, he mentioned that he only wants to play if he can do what he does. Doesn’t sound like a guy willing to play the bench and sometimes not play at all when the matchups aren’t right. If I were a GM, I wouldn’t touch this guy with someone else’s 10 foot pole. What’s the point? 1 season? Maybe 2 (IF his body holds up and IF he accepts the role)? I’d rather have a young prospect develop. Too many chances given and too many opportunities blown. People say he doesn’t get a fair shake because of who he is. I think he’s received too many chances that others didn’t get because of who he is. He had his time and chose to squander his prime by not practicing and taking care of his body. Now that he says he “gets it”, he deserves another chance? No way. Welcome to the real world, where if you are disrespectful, immature and outright foolish, you simply run out of chances. I actually feel sorry for AI. He might actually “get it” now, but it’s too late. Kinda like the guy who realizes he should stop cheating on his wife, but only after she leaves him because he gave her herpes.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I nodded my head in agreement through most of MikeC’s post.
    Then laughed my a$$ off at that last sentence..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Dope Cover happy Birthday AI.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    What happened to the Q+A??

  • ai come back

    is this gonna go to subscribers too?? or is this one of those specials that you have to buy seperately? also SICK COVER AIS gonna come back just wait

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jay

    Love it! AI still got it hopefully he replaces Mike Bibby in Miami next season and gets that ring… that would be the best fit I hope Miami loses this year and AI signs has a big Finals in 2012 and gets his that would be epic. GET THAT Q+A working?

  • MikeC.

    @Jay – I think the earlier posting of the Q+A must have been made public in error. I think that was the actual article from the magazine that just hit stores.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Yeah I think that was a big . Oh well  happens.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    This Cover is AMAZING… NBA TV showed Game 1 of the 2001 finals last night and i forgot how amazing this guy really was. I miss him

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ KB8

    IT DOESN’T Get MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    AI on the Heat would be the best fit at this point.

  • http://www.thescore.com/tbj Holly MacKenzie

    My heart. 150 for SLAM. Without you so many of us wouldn’t be here, writing, talking, typing ball for a living. Without Allen I. we probably wouldn’t love certain players the same way, knowing how to appreciate those specific characteristics and skills and emotions that he gave us in a way that was so uniquely him. Genuine. True. For better or worse, through thick and thin, SLAM and Iverson will always be connected in my mind and heart. Thanks SLAM, thanks Allen and thank you Tzvi, for this. Beautiful, beautiful cover.

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

    Congrats SLAM!
    @ali – Canada Post is on strike, but this is a special issue so you have to cop it on the newsstands.

  • DRob

    MJ had the biggest Will, but A.I. had the biggest Heart…Great Job SLAM!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    The most INFLUENTIAL player of this generation, he brought hip hop culture to the nba and he just didnt give a f^ck. That’s why so many people love and idolize him.

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    I love it!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Marvelous cover, and here’s hoping for 150 more issues, slam. Now, I have a somewhat negative opinion towards AI, but I won’t voice it here cus it’s pretty irrelevant. What I like is the slamfam sticking with the dude like they always have and holding it down for him when everyone else was cussing him out. Respect due? Respect given.

  • Ryan

    Thank you, SLAM, for always giving AI some love. I hope the Philippine edition arrives soon!

  • http://www.slamonline.com big_ticket

    damn,slam almost killed this

  • Alllenp

    MikeC I agree. No way does he come back like he was in his prime. No argument there.

  • Zoom

    Damn hella excited to get this magazine ! Gonna look in my mailbox every morning till it comes !

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    This is the ONLY edition of 150. Will be at every newsstand, US and international, and will be sent to all subscribers.

  • Jackson Allen

    I subscribed to your mag today, I loved your article on Larry Brown, he is such a bullS**&^ with A.I., Larry played A.I., Larry never respected A.I. because A.I. dressed like himself, so Larry just put all Allen’s business in the news, never called him Allen but “the kid” put us on his back, all that crap, never consulted A.I., told when A.I. would miss a practice, what kind of coach is that, and lastly stop saying that Brown took the Pistons to the Playoff, check the RECORD, The pistons was winning, in place, half through when Brown got himself, (golddigger as you say) switched to the Pistons so that he (Brown) could get a NBA title to his RESUME, Brown is rotten. He did not have nothing to do with the pistons players, in fact had Brown made changes they might not have won, Brown knew someone that helped him into that position, that was the Piston’s year, and Brown jumped on the bandwagon, check it out, lastly,A reporter asked Brown after a game when A.I. had bout 12 Steals in one night and Brown snapped “I AN’T INTO STEALS” that was when he was angry with allen and in one of his sissy fits, Brown was never a friend, but a user, a golddigger,.thus that is where the rant “practice, we talking bout practice” what A.I. meant was if Phil Jackson knew Magic or Kobe missed practice DO YOU THINK PHIL TOLD THE MEDIA??? no, Brown never game allen the respect, and got all those broke down players, Jealous C.Webber, and other has been, with no help, this man ALLEN EZAIL ALLEN played his heart out, and all the sixers management did was treat him like “the little kid”, I hate the sixers yea, hate them, that whole franchise mistreated allen, all he wanted was the respect he deserved, but because he did not like suits, haircuts, and brown did not have the attention he craved, Allen suffered, today I watch his games (got most everyone over ten years, I miss that guy and am glad he is home, he never should have went to Turkey, them people don’t know nothing bout basketball.
    keep up the work, love SLAM
    jackson

  • MikeC.

    @Allenp 11:13 – Your name is usually blue’d and link’d up, so I’m not sure if I’m responding to a name-jacker or not. Anyway, I’m mostly disappointed in the fans that keep trumpeting AI’s cause. I mean, the guy is 36 and has been out of the L for a couple years now. When Stevie Franchise was talking about trying to make a comeback last summer, everyone trashed him and said he was a washed up bum who was holding on to past glory. But AI gets a free pass and everyone pumps up the cause as if he’s been blackballed from the NBA for no reason, while in his athletic prime. There’s a reason little guys don’t last as long as big guys, and AI is a little guy that took a huge amount of punishment. It’s not like he’s coming to my local Y and hopping into a rec league with the rest of us 30 and 40-somethings. He’s gonna have to check Rose, Westbrook, CP, etc. It’s not like he was a great defender in his prime. AI had a pretty high SPG average, but it’s not like he was bodying up his man and locking him down. He was gambling in the passing lanes and getting beat back door when he didn’t get the steal. That’s not going to get any better now that he’s not quick enough to even poach in the gap.
    Jeez I feel like the crotchedy old man yelling “stay off my lawn” to the young kids. I’ve seen too many stars hang on past their prime for the right reasons: Rock Richmond hanging on to get a ring with the Lakers, Ewing in a Magic uniform trying to get a ring, Shaq with the Celtics. No serious contender is going to sign AI. I wish it wasn’t true, but his past actions have proven that he’s just too much of a liability and the negatives outweigh the positives when you can’t write it in ink that he’s good for 25 ppg every night.

  • Jackson Allen

    THOSE PLAYERS IMITATE ALLEN IVERSON SO MUCH, WHEN I SEE BOSH AND LEBROWN JAMES, any player make a point and then OPEN THEIR MOUTH AND SCREAM UP AT THE CEILING, THAT IS ALLEN IVERSON, THEY ALL IMITATE ALLEN, HIS WAYS, HIS GESTURES, THEY CULP THEIR HAND TO THEIR HEAD, OPEN THE MOUTH AND YELL INTO THE ATMOSPHER, THAT IS ALL ALLEN IVERS, THE HEAD BANDS, AND EVEN BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE POST GAME AFTER A WIN, ALLEN IVERSON WITH HIS SON DUCE WAS THE FIRST, THEN Here come the Celtics with his son, and Jason with his little “big” head boy, they all just hate him because he believe in himself, he is good, and black people, are jealous of each other, there is not love, but He is the best, allen ezail just don’t like dressing up, so Larry Brown and them did not like that, and Larry Wants to be in the news every day, larry would pick fights to get attention and it made allen look bad, when Phill Jackson and Rieilly, never told the public about their franchise player, but larry just blabbed everything late, or miss practice to press, that is what Allen was talking about, who does that……
    get more slam out there, check the facts on the Pistons and see that they were IN PLACE, WINNING AND THEN SOMEHOW AFTER HIS OPERATION OR STINT BEING SICK, LARRY BROWN KNEW SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO GIVE LARRY A NBA TITLE ON HIS RESUME AND NEXT THING WE KNEW LARRY WAS COACHING THE ALREADY WINNING PISTONS. SO LARRY GOT CREDIT FOR A TEAM THAT HE (LARRY) DID NOT PUT TOGETHER, DID NOT CHANGE ONE PLAYER, JUST SHOWED UP AND GOT THE RING. CHECK IT OUT.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    I just saw AI a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta. Hope this means he’s coming to the Hawks next year. Dope cover.

  • buppie

    What? No Besiktas TurkaCola jersey?

  • sean

    @GotHandles?…only an idiot would buy something he’s read before, see the 10th anniversary edition…though you probably only started reading SLAM a few issues back.

  • joe king

    Best cover ever ! woohooooo !!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @ MikeC at 12:38 am: The truth hurts! +1

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    BTW, great cover. I hope AI finds happiness and a way to stay connected to the game when he’s done playing professional ball.

  • MVPITZKI!!!!!

    Great cover! But I’m looking forward for issue 151 where SLAM will put Dirk on the cover shooting his signature ONE-LEGGED EURO FADE AWAY JUMPER over the heat as the MAVS claim the NBA TITLE!!!!

  • HAMMER

    Respeto holmes! Dope cover. Gotta confiscate those/out a doubt. Luv the tribute to one of the greatest to ever grace the hardwood and the SLAM cover.

  • http://slamonline.com joshua

    wen do we get this awesome book an al is so awesome

  • truballer

    the greatest little man to play in nba thanks A.I YOU brought that bad boy swagger to bball opened up doors for many players today..! shame on the nba for blackballing the great answer..!

  • truballer

    Fab 5 michgan brought it too..!

  • http://www.slamonline.com big_ticket

    how many pages??

  • EddieV

    Great Cover!!!! A.I. One top scorers ever in the Nba. Love the respect for him he deserves it.

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  • vaballaholic

    a more suitable cover couldn’t have been imagined. glad ya’ll stay true to your roots and don’t go two-face like the rest of the media does. AI’s the embodiment of the american dream: a survivor who overcame great obstacles–poverty, racism and despair–to reach the pinnacle of american success. he gave voice and pride to the downtrodden and allowed us to dream…that being said, where’s my issue.

  • http://www.angryarab.com Tariq

    Oh my God. This cover looks so good it’s making me hungry. I need to get a Hershey’s Take 5 or something. Btw, speaking of influence, is it just me or does Tyson Chandler have a tattoo that is IDENTICAL to one of Iverson’s? The one that says (I think) “Only the Strong Survive.”

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  • arthur

    Soooooooo good

  • Ryan

    anybody who hates allen iverson has never watched good basketball. This cover is dope

  • http://airtsinelas21.blogspot.com Roy

    Best Slam cover to date…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Pardeep: agreed that AI on Heat would be awesome. @sean: LOL at you criticizing GotHandles SLAM history.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ truballer – Isiah Thomas would like a word with you…

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    great cover, great comments. shout out to everyone on here. except enigmatic, he knows why he ran away.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    The hell you talking about?
    I’m right here!

  • Jake

    AI is the greatest scoring guard to ever and i mean ever play the game. He deserves a ring more than anyone for the heart, hustle, and swagg that he showed. He played on more injuries than the whole league put together. If i was a coach in the NBA I’d sign him and play him more than 11-15 min a game. Give him more time and i bet he could still drop 42 with 16 dimes.

  • http://airtsinelas21.blogspot.com Roy

    Awesome cover! Can’t wait for this to drop in the Philippines soon….

  • MVPITZKI!!!!!!!

    MAVS one win away from getting DIRK the cover of the next issue! “I’m looking forward for issue 151 where SLAM will put Dirk on the cover shooting his signature ONE-LEGGED EURO FADE AWAY JUMPER over the heat as the MAVS claim the NBA TITLE!!!!”

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Just read through every last comment. Y’all are why we do this. Best comments on the web are always on slamonline.

  • markymark

    the best ever, pound for pound!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Have to comment on this one. Great cover, can’t wait.

  • Karley

    This is on sale and I have a subscription to Slam? Wheres mine? Souldnt SLAM owners get them first I need this

  • marlon

    nice to see my idol in SLAM. tnx for featuring AI guys. HAPPY B-DAY A.I! Hopin u will finish ur playing career in the NBA and not overseas. Good Luck…

  • chinhooper

    awesome ,awesome, u really did a good job,we all felt so freaking bad about this cover,i’can image there’s anyone would hate ai.

  • showtime

    #Werenotworthy most def will copy this cover…legendary

  • http://slamonline.com james ellis jr

    now that’s one bad ass cover.shut ur mouth…but i’m talking about AI..NICE! G.O.A.T….DAMN!

  • http://eyelovejerseys.blogspot.com bob

    I can’t wait for this to arrive. AI was my favorite player growing up as kid.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    He should be playing for the Celtics or Knicks!!

  • AsianBaller

    I wished he never went to the euro league what a waste of a good talent

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  • devon alsup

    when will it come out in the mail

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Subscribers should get this in the next few days.

  • Matthew

    Amazing can’t wait to get it.

  • Aurélien

    SLAM is less and less about basketball, sad.

    Seriously I love the guy and the picture but your article? Did you read it? Tatoos and haircut… that’s the legacy of the past 15 years?
    Is it VOGUE?

    Reader since issue 3… Jordan was B.A.C.K. Larry Jonhson was hype.
    Please talk a bit more about guys working 10h/day to improve their jump shoot or how a coach can change the game… How Robert Horry manage to win more titles than everyone in the 15 years…?
    I don’t care, just stop putting gold tatoo and haircut up front, this is one side of the game, the smallest.

    + if you want to be completely lame go ahead and bring back Marbury.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    The A.I. on Heat fit is perfect, I can go on and on about it but AI needs that ring and I don’t want to see him playing for any team that isn’t a legit contender. Pat Riley has always loved A.I. remember AI was pretty close to signing with the Heat in 2009 after the nightmare in Detroit, but took off to Memphis which ended his career, I tell people this and they say A.I is a proven cancer and he would ruin the Heat, anyone who thinks that doesn’t really know much about people in general not just AI.. come on? AI wouldn’t have the urge to speak out on this team not because he respect LeBron and Wade and Bosh because trust me those guys respect AI more then he respects them but AI doesn’t want to kill a potential dynasty and wouldn’t want any negative talk because it would be dangerous to have that happened to him while hes on the Heat it would permanently ruin his legacy.. sometimes AI still isn’t remembered for his play on the court because of the other issues he is not stupid he wouldn’t dare screw up in Miami. Every team he was on in his career AI felt that he was the best player and he was even in Detroit, Memphis doesn’t count but my point is if AI knows hes the best player and feels hes being held back he will talk no matter what, In Miami he would know that he is the 4th option at best he knows and respects whats going on in Miami he knows LeBron`s the best player in the world he knows how it feels to be that way, he knows Wade is the best guard in the world, he knows who Chris Bosh is and what he can do… AI gives respect where its due and trust me he respects this situation more then anything, AI in his final 15 games in Philly was playing the most team oriented game of his career in a Princeton offense and was well behaved on a team that wasn`t going anywhere, He averaged about 14 points and 5 apg in like 29 mpg and if you watched you would know AI`s jumper was as wet as ever. He took a back seat to guys like Elton Brand, Igoudala and Lou Frikin Williams the media just never talked about it they talk about the negative bullsh*t. AI would not ruin anything in Miami he would do the opposite. Iverson is a veteran and the Heat need one, he has more heart than anyone on that team, AI was at one point like LeBron and maybe AI`s passion and heart for the game at the age of 36, the battle scars the sh*t he went through in his life just maybe being around that everyday and getting to know the guy would motivate LeBron and this Heat team like never before. He is still much quicker then Mike Bibby and is straight up better than all their PG`s he still has more lateral quickness than the PG`s on their team so I don`t know what the problem is. They should sign the guy to the minimum he would accept that in a second, its a golden situation for AI and could turn out to be a great move for the Heat just bring him in give him a chance let him start, make him a 6th man he said hes down for it. A.I in the playoffs could come up huuuge and he still gets to the line, I could see him doing what he did in his final 15 games in Philly for the Heat, putting up 12-15 ppg around 5-7 apg and winning the East it would be so easy for him and so fun to watch for any AI fan. It would be the perfect way to go out with a ring. Iverson Heat jerseys would sell out like crazy, the fans would love him MAKE IT HAPPENED PAT RILEY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    At this point we know its LeBron/Wade/Bosh against the world they know that this team is the most hated team in sports why not put another guy who isn’t really loved by the media on that team? He has that me against the world mentality and he is hungry as ever he wants to shut people up the Heat could form a brotherhood with AI and shut the whole world up together he fits in perfectly.

  • Nixon

    Damn the dude above me sounding like AI’s damn agent, those are some good ass points though AI on the Heat = perfect… love the cover.

  • http://slamonline.com GlobeTrotter

    Love it…but was hoping for something with a bit more thickness, being that is was the 150 and all.

  • bob

    anybody who has anything bad to say about allen iverson knows nothing about bball and should go back to their crappy lives. Allen iverson is the best guard to ever hit the NBA and thats how i see it.

  • FoCo

    Damn…knew these comments would get crazy. As always its 90% fanboys up in here. Glad SLAM is still goin strong. Hopefully by ish 300 we have moved on to some real basketball players.

  • alexander james

    Damn this is one of the best covers and articles I have ever read. . .finally we get to hear about allen iverson I grew up on this guy. . . And that’s tru the media ddnt like him at all and that was the messed up things ever the media is low. . . .AI ur the G.O.A.T to me I hope someone picks him up to I wanna see him again me and all his fans miss him. . .. would be nice to see him on the heat, can only wish . . . .but great cover and article

  • http://Www.youtube.com/blackmac95 Lamoni

    Pound for pound goat, kobe or rose could never do wat they do if they were 5 11

  • Dustin

    Best cover ever! A.I. personified his generation and is the toughest pound for pound and most courageous player in nba history. He may not have a championship ring, but he was a champion in everything he did on the basketball court.

    D

  • hiphopcop

    Wow, a lot of Johnson riding going in here. AI = Waldo

  • http://slamonline.com truballer

    A.I IS THE BEST LITTLE MAN TO PLAY THE GAME! MIAMI 2012 I HOPE!.. HE STILL GOT GAME!

  • Steven Chen

    Respectful!!!!!!

  • Ross W

    Sik cover, feels like a ‘business’ ish.

  • blaziny

    best cover ever!

  • mark

    best cover ever

  • Mark James

    i dont even know wat to say thats how blown away i am about this cover!

  • Zabba

    Just got my copy. Sucks living in Saudi.

  • wimm

    I love slam !!!!!!

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    @Zabba Consider yourself lucky I’m still waiting on mine, and I live in Houston,Texas smh.#IWantMyIssue150#

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