Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  30 responses

SLAM 169 is On Sale Now!

We can’t tell the future, but we know Kyrie Irving will be a big part of it.

Kyrie Irving Covers SLAM Magazine

by Ben Osborne / portrait by Atiba Jefferson

What are you supposed to do when you’re making an issue that drops deep in the Playoffs, you’re not too confident in any team making the Finals other than the Heat, and you already have the Heat’s best player on your current cover? In our case, we thought about rolling our dice with the amazing Kevin Durant (about whom we do have a great feature written by our main man Lang Whitaker, making his last appearance as Editor-at-Large. In case you missed his goodbye on “The Links,” he’s now busy making NBA.com a whole lot better. Best of luck, LW!), but KD’s Thunder were a bit of a question mark even before Russell Westbrook got hurt. Instead, we took a step back…to look ahead.

And what did we see in our crystal ball? A whole lot of Kyrie Irving. His game is sick, corporate America loves him (you don’t know the half of it yet), and, most importantly, our crack research team (read: those of us who pay attention to the Twitter @messages and Instagram comments we get) has deduced that SLAM fans are huge Kyrie fans. All this added up to hollering at his team about getting him on his first-ever SLAM cover. With the help of the good folks at 24/7 Sports Management, we made it happen.

Once we got Kyrie locked in and tasked Associate Editor Adam Figman with explaining how the future belongs to Kyrie, we rolled with the concept and delivered an issue that became dedicated, largely, to players on the verge. Besides the cover subject, the issue features the potential “next Kyrie” (Trey Burke), the most-beloved WNBA rookie ever (Skylar Diggins), Venezuela’s first basketball star (Greivis Vasquez), a gentle giant ready to turn the Pistons around (Andre Drummond), and best of all, our annual High School All-American team, presented in their glorious custom SLAM jerseys.

Just consider this your 2015 study guide when you pick it up at a newsstand or get it in the mail next week and thank us later.

Kyrie Irving Covers SLAM Magazine

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  • ReformedHamBurglar

    Damn! That is one helluva cover!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerardo-Enrique-Gutiérrez-Romero/100001194420319 Gerardo Enrique Gutiérrez Rome

    …good cover…the next phenom´s cavs…

  • Markus437

    Anyone know who the best player in the NBA to never get on the cover of SLAM is?? I cant figure it out

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  • JML-G

    Stephen Jackson or Lamarcus Aldridge

  • JML-G

    dope cover btw, but i cant help but wonder where will Kyrie go after seasons of disappointments with Cavs – LA, NY, MIA?!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Dope cover!

  • Max

    Sick cover, but why would you have Kyrie flipping us off right there? :(

  • Max

    The Cavs next phenom sounds better doesn’t it?

  • spit hot fiyah

    active only or retired as well (but from the slam era)?

  • spit hot fiyah

    so he is standing in a tunnel?

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    bowling alley.

  • Mars

    ILLUMINATI. Look at his head bruh. Covering the “A’. Damn the got Slam too.

  • Peter Walsh

    He did a KICKS cover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/saul.reyes.581 Saul Reyes

    mos def Brandon Roy when he was balling for those 2-3 years

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s a good call. i will give it to rod strickland for his longevity. he is constantly overlooked. best non-all star imo

  • Markus437

    I was thinking active but retired players that played during the magazines lifetime would be cool to know too

  • Markus437

    I’m thinking Aldridge might be the guy

  • spit hot fiyah

    that would have been a sick cover: the empire STRIKES back. with kyrie holding a bowling ball

  • bike

    Is it just me, or does he look an awful lot like OJ Mayo in that pic?

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  • Mars

    Harrison Barnes

  • David Fife

    Brian Scalabrine?

  • L

    In the slam era i’d say John Stockton was the most deserving player that has never been on the slam cover. In today’s game, maybe Lamarcus Aldridge yes. L

  • The Fury

    In the SLAM era, I’m thinking Olajuwon, The Admiral, Barkley..etc. Way too may man.

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  • penny4ever

    Last month I said covers weren’t as beautiful as in the past. Thanks for listening to me SLAM ;) This one is really amazing !