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Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 11:47 am  |  83 responses

SLAM 151: On Sale Now!

In photos, words and SLAM style, take some time to celebrate the amazing season that was.

by Adam Figman / @afigman

There’s a stupid cliché that I think goes “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” though it might be “Everything in Texas is big” or “Texas is really big” or something like that. I have no idea if it’s actually true; I’ve only been to Texas once. But I do know that during that one time—when I visited Dallas for the Finals’ Game 3-Game 5 stretch last month—everything I encountered was pretty damn massive. The first place I found myself upon arrival was the Hilton Anatole, a hotel so gigantic that a guy with a poor sense of direction could easily get lost in. Happened to me three times. That first day.

Then, I was off to the stadium. The American Airlines Center is a relatively large building, but with so much going on, with every nook and cranny already buzzing multiple hours before the game tipped off—writers slamming on their keyboards in all of the many media-designated spaces, the arena crew working hard as ever to prepare both the court and facilities, fans arriving extra early to hold signs and yelp for players’ attention, members of both teams going through pre-game routines that border on religious rituals—the place felt colossal.

Then, of course, the main event. And not only that one, but every one thereafter—Games 4 and 5, too, and though I wasn’t present for it, I’m sure 6 in Miami was similar. After the year the NBA had experienced—a free agency session that single-handedly changed the future of the League; the Decision; the premature celebrations; the ups and downs of a rollercoaster regular season; the Playoffs; the upsets; the blowouts; everything—the fact that it was all coming to an end that week made it feel like I was witnessing something extremely important. I was, in the sense that at least a half dozen squads had a legitimate opportunity to win a Championship this year (which is pretty rare), but only one would (obviously), and it was about to finally happen; I wasn’t, in the sense that it’s just another NBA Finals, and there’ll be another one next year, and another one the year after that, and so forth. Well, maybe not. Shit. More on that in a sec.

With it all in perspective, I realize a lot of the extra hype was probably self-generated—my rookie wide-eyed perspective at work. It was my first Finals experience, and I apologize for the hyperbole, but it really was every bit as ridiculous and amazing and absurd and hilarious and exciting as you could imagine it’d be, assuming you care about basketball even a little. You know how the series unfolded, so there’s no breaking news here, but what the Mavs accomplished was truly special, and if you do consider yourself a fan of the game—which is likely why you’re all here; well, except for one of you; hey mom!—you’re going to love this issue.

There’s no way around this: It’s a strange time to be an NBA fan. On one hand, the League is filled with more talent—both in its prime, and up-and-coming—than it’s had in, I don’t know, ever? And these last nine or so months…just, wow. I really don’t think I can run down all that was great about the 2010-11 season; I’d be writing this post for weeks and weeks, and nobody would ever see SLAM 151’s cover beyond those who worked on it. There was just too much—too many cool moments for a single video mix, too many stars for a single All-Star Game (I see you, LaMarcus), too many storylines for a single conversation. For a while now, every time I find myself catching up with friends who share a mutual love for hoops, the beginning of the NBA talk often means the permanent end of the anything-else talk. Not a coincidence.

And on the other hand, here we are, up to our ankles in the first lockout since ’98-99. If some are to be believed, we’ll be neck deep in this thing come October, and we—the fans, that is, who SLAM has and always will rep—will be gasping for air by January. Regardless, we’re coming off a June that won’t be forgotten anytime soon, and this issue is here to celebrate just that.

Dim future or not, ’10-11 has given us more than enough material to both think and write about since it came to a close a couple weeks back. That’ll be obvious when you flip through this ish, which contains recaps of each of the six Finals contests, along with a stunning selection of Domeshots in our annual Year in Photos. And of course, there’s plenty more: full-length features on Jason Kidd and Deron Williams; an in-depth look at the tragic death of Lorenzen Wright; a dope Old School on soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman; a new high school diarist and lots of other great stuff.

Oh, and you should’ve been able to guess who we were gonna put up front. Come on. Dude did it really, really big this past June. Talk about representing.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    SICK

  • Jeremy

    The Diggler deserved a cooler cover. Something from Germany, partying with the babes there. German girls… maybe the the prettiest ones in the world. On average imo.

  • David J. Moore, IV

    Dirk doesn’t like the cover so he shouldn’t have gotten the cover by himself.

  • jay-g

    I[‘ll take 3 of those please…

  • jcolestan

    am I the only one that thinks this is whack? c’mon SLAM I expected better.. maybe I was spoiled by ish 150.. I ain’t no hater, just saying.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    If the tagline was a play on words for the term, ‘Dirk putting in Work’, then i get it. Even though the real translation for work is different.
    Nitpicking: FANTASTIC COVER.
    Your 2010/2011 Nba Champs Dallas Mavericks.

  • arthur

    Nice. Dirk is kind of doing Kobe’s jaw thing in this picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Very Cool.

  • kz

    wait why is it spelled “Werk”

  • kz

    MY BOI SHAUN LIVINGSTON GETTING SOME LOVE????

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Cosign Jeremy

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    Not really proud of that cover, but great to give Dirk some love anyway

  • http://jungywungy.com jungywungy

    eh…. not a very epic cover……

  • Josue

    MY MAVS GETTIN’ SOME LOVE FROM SLAM???? I GUESS THE ONLY WAY THAT HAPPENS IS WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! CHECK!!!!!

    GO MAVS BABY!!! MFFL!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Great stuff Adam. Proud of this issue and Dirk for getting his.

  • http://slamonline.com David Cassilo

    Another winner! Great issue to wrap up the season.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @jcolestan: Is that cover not “gangsta” enough for you? lol

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Whoever called the German girls the hottest in the World are way way off… It is a common joke in Europe that the only girls uglier than the German ones are the Greek and of course the ugliest in the world the English girls. If you want to look at the most beautiful girls in the world you’ll have better luck going to either: Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Columbia and of course Brazil. The Werk-cover is cool btw.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’d rather see Dirk drinking some beer in Germany with his teammates.

  • Jeremy

    It was I who said German girls are hot. Frankfurt in the summer, girls are hot as hell. Sweden and Denmark no, I’ve been there, and the average is low. and can’t comment about south america. Love to hit up Brrazil sometime though

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    The Finals MVP cover has always been kinda off

  • http://Yahoo! Spagett

    Spagett!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Why is he copying Mj with his tongue. He’ll never be MJ. He should quit playing basketball. lol sorry had to do it.

  • jarrett

    dont understand why theres an e in werk (Work)

  • Sigurður Einar (Iceland).

    Go to Iceland if you want hot girls, but read Slam if you like NBA basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Really Jarrett? You can’t conjure up half an idea why the most famous German guy outside Hitler has “Werk” instead of “Work” on his cover? You should go get some culture at your local wiener schnitzel.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Not my favorite…

  • rob stewart

    Give BJ Armstrong an old school article ASAP. 3 time NBA champion with a wet 3 ball from the corner. And he’s currently Derrick Rose’s agent

  • Jeremy

    He should have a Bratwurst in his hand, clubbing Arnold Schwarzenegger over the head for having too many illegitimate children. An analogy of the Mavs spanking LA in the Playoffs.

  • Jeremy

    He should have a Bratwurst in his hand, clubbing Arnold Schwarzenegger over the head for having too many illegitimate children. An analogy of the Mavs spanking LA in the Playoffs.

  • Jeremy

    metaphor * :(

  • bdub

    @Jukai. Why would you be proud of the cover?

  • Chris6

    The guy who said Greek girls are the ugliest must have seen Greek girls only in my big fat Greek wedding.or got high or something before writing this..at least we all agree about slam’s place as the number one bball magazine

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    Greek girls are known to have beard, but I guess everyone has their own taste. Both Denmark and Sweden are known to have very hot girl – havn’t you ever heard about the ‘Swedish Inga’ in movies, series that is not a legend. I have spent most of my life in those parts and the girls are most def hot; tall, blond, big tits. I have been visiting Germany through more than a decade and the girls are fugly there, in Hamburg less so, but still not hot at all on average. South America is a whole other league, especially Brasil.

  • doyouwantmore

    I LOVE the cover man. That’s an awesome pic. I’d rather see the face of a winner in the moment looking natural and unscripted than another stupid cover of Lebron showing his bicep and mugging like he already won something, or Kobe glaring into the camera like an old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

  • logues

    ya i agree not too exciting… gettin kinda sick of seeing that same old font used on just about every cover too, and that yellow circle thing with words in it is gettin old… and when i think of “action shot” thats not what comes to mind… but i guess i cant be too picky anything is better than seeing lebron and the heat on the cover

  • logues

    shoulda had dirk doin his patened one legged fadeaway like mj in his finals cover

  • TnHawk

    Yeah, Texas is so big that if they divided Alaska into two states, Texas would be the third biggest.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    LZ: Brazilian chicks are legendarily great. Not so sure about the Swedes though.

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    Dirk deserved a better look on his cover. He looks meh on this one.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Lake show- technically Hitler was Austrian, not German…

  • Ryan

    This is the picture you’re choosing to run to celebrate Dallas winning? That’s f’d up.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    ‘Greek girls are known to have beard’, Lz just made me choke on my orangina.
    Man count your blessings Spanny is on self-imposed exile.
    This thread would have exploded if he read that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com big_ticket

    week stuff slam,

  • http://NBA.COM MIMO_TAMAM

    OK

  • Philipp

    “Werk” is a german word for “work”.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Yeah, ‘a’ german word for work. In the vein of this sentence… doesn’t make sense.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Looks like another great issue, SLAM.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Know what would have been an example of a cool line that has multiple cultural references in it that would fit perfectly here? Dirk, das Kraftwerk.
    Fitting for his outstanding playoffs (not just the finals), and you have the name of the popular german elektro-band from the 80′s in there too.
    Plus the subtitle would be perfect, since Kraftwerk also means powerstation, as in they can also turn off the Heat.
    (at least no Hasselhof references on the cover, whew)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Okay, sorry to be off topic but I have to ask you guys–anyone–something: Today (well, last night) I was making some supper and a f*cking bug appears on the floor, I think it may have been a beetle or something. At the same time, a moth comes flying in from who knows where. So I get the beetle but the moth ends up hiding (wtf?), so chances are it’s a pantry moth, which means it isn’t attracted to light, and it WILL lay eggs and sh!t eventually.
    So, question is: How do I find and get rid of this elusive hiding pest, and is there any cause to worry about an infestation from just one of them? These critters invade your cereal boxes and rice and flour, so I’m a bit scared right now. Not to mention I’ve had the apartment for about a month, and for like another month before that no one was staying there, but there were still a sh!t load of spices and things like that lying around in the cupboards…
    WHAT THE F*CK DO I DO?!?!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, and the beetle may have been a carpet beetle which, like a moth, will eat all your sh!t and lay f*cking eggs. Only I hear they also sometimes eat through paper. At least I got it, but have any of you heard of pests eating through paper and books? I know this sounds silly but it ain’t a f*cking joke!

  • Valentin Faure from France

    Where’s J.Kidd ???
    Good but not great cover, even if I love that black/grey background.

  • http://Yahoo! Spagett

    He’s ugly, but he can shoot the damn lights out.
    Just glad I don’t have to see Lebron’s hairline on the cover.

  • http://Yahoo! Spagett

    He’s ugly, but he can shoot the damn lights out.
    Just glad I don’t have to see Lebron’s hairline on the cover. He’s aged more over the past year than Obama.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    Great cover…Dallas 2 time champion if their is no season next season…. love it!!!! lechoke 2 time choke of the year.

  • Alfred

    Mistake in cover, sorry my german isn’t that good. I’m from the Netherlands in Europe and do not speak German. But according to me the German word for’work’is ‘arbeit’ and not werk. ‘Werk’is the Dutch word for ‘work’.
    Love your magazine, mayby a long overdue tribute to Dutch Rik Smits hidden in your cover.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    All this talk about tha hottest women? Yall forgettin about Spain and India. Brazil is bad thou

  • Adam

    i subscribed to slam last month and this is my first ish. does it come in the mail right away? anybody not get theirs yet?

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    Actually I want to add to my earlier statement. I love the photo. The graphic design is sort of unimaginative. Its not like being fun once a year like the Sin City covers is all you have to do.

  • BRAVO

    Derozan finally getting some proper love! Ppl will soon find out that the dude is truly a beast!!

  • Yann Blavec

    @ alfred I checked out on some google translation stuff. Werk is a word that does exist in the German language. Only it doesn’t mean arbeit. I have a hard time understanding what it means (I’m french), but it truely has a meaning in german.

  • larrylegend

    “Werk” has many different meanings, like work, act or factory. Not the luckiest headline, but who cares! MAVS 2011 NBA CHAMPS!!!

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Hottest women are in South Korea son… You guys are all just Western Biased, but it’s all good.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Aaron

    @ jcolestan yes man i also agree with you

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Shabazz Muhammad huh? Good diarist, looking forward to reading stuff from him.

  • WhattheFisDOWERK?

    “…does werk” WTF? WTF?? WTF???Thats not even german!!! Man, Slam guys! IF YOU DO want to put german on your cover it cant be that difficult to get it right in the NYC. Thats not only totally wrong but pretty darn lame – as is the cover shot. You used to be better.

    @larrylegend: but you cant “do WERK” as it is no verb but a noun….wow, whatever the Slamists were thinkin…..its still totally lame :D

  • Yann Blavec

    I like turned-up-nosed, buck-tooth babes. That’s my style.

  • r2j

    Dirk and Dallas EMBARASSED Miami in the finals. It’s great to see Dirk Nowitzki to finally get his respect and get a Slam cover. It’s not the best photo on this cover but it’s well deserved and long overdue. TAKE THAT MIAMI!!!

  • caleb thomas

    is it in food lion write now

  • robb

    Awful cover.

  • BigO241

    C’mon SLAM u guys can do better than that
    >>> NASTY COVER!!!…>>> HORRIBLE…>>> UGLY!!!!! u messed up on Dirk He Deserves Somethng Better
    SLAM u need to REDOIT it again (the cover)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbAd5IEUTUg Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Slam, where the hell is my ish?
    Chris Mullin’s Accent has been waiting a week, and it’s getting kind of ridiculous.

  • Jamaal87

    The girls look like vikings in Iceland! Ewww…enormous foreheads!!

  • Zach

    Did anyone else get one that says Landry Fields instead of Jeremy Lamb?

  • Matt

    I was wondering why it said Landry Fields when he wasn’t in the magazine. Thought I was going crazy.

  • Zach

    Me too I’m a Knicks fan so I flipped through like 10 times and didnt see him.

  • Klaustophobik

    Does anybody know if there’s a way to get a hold of issues 1-85??

  • BeeFromGermany

    cover is okay. but the headline is total bull!
    bad translation. you guys should ask someone bevore you ruin it.
    ‘werk’ doesnt make any sense it all.
    you should have used some of his nicknames.
    Re-Dirk-Ulous or something like that.

  • MrT

    people reffering to Hitler and Schwarzenegger as Germans are as on point as this cover is.Not.
    Totally agree with the majority, absolute BS!

  • quint

    Japeth Aguilar is a player of the Philippine National team, Smart-Gilas and spent a short time with Western Kentucky University. I nominate his breakaway dunk versus KD35 as ‘lockout’ slamadamonth!

    Not my picture, but photographer can be contacted through Philippine Daily Inquirer. See slideshow, first shot:
    http://hosting.soundslides.com/8lk9r/

  • http://slam.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Landry Fields is in there. He’s got a small segment where they ask him about how his role changed after the Melo trade.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    I hate the mavericks since i was 8 years old. i never like their uniforms, their court, their logo…i always loved how they sucked, how they were they worst team for a long time, never getting anywhere, i just love it. Now..today im 32, and i feel the same way, now, i do respect the fact that they won in an epic way, but i always hated them, and since 8 years old i also collected basketball cards, and guess what, their cards of brad davis, rolando blackman, and so many others, i threw them in the trash, that is how much i hated that team…today, i still do the same…i keep the jason kidd ones, and i don’t know why, and the dirk ones, i keep since they are getting expensive…but i have grown to respect the 2011 Mavs, they have heart, they huzzle to the last drip of sweat…but one thing i hate overall, is the way dirk stick out his tongue, like if he is michael jordan….why does he do that? kobe does it also, and i dislike it a lot…please dirk, STOP!!! STOP sticking out your tongue!!! just STOP!

    I predict, whenever the NBA resumes…the Heat will be a beast to contain. take this to the bank! The heat, and im not a fan like that of the Heat…but lebron time will come, whether you love him, or hate him…

  • Zabbah

    I know a lot of cats don’t agree with the cover but I like it. However, if he was doing his signature one-step fade-away that would’ve been sick.

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