December 2021/January 2022

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United States
SLAM Media Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the sixth man

Our world has always changed quickly—the basketball world, that is; we’ll save the convo about the world at large for another time—but recently it’s felt like all sorts of changes have happened damn near overnight. As if we woke up early this fall and everything looked different. The global events of the past couple years certainly contributed to that on a macro level, but even in our little universe, it seems like a lot has happened very fast. And since we like to focus on the positive more so than the negative (sorry, haters), we’re here to celebrate those changes. Here’s a few: • College basketball players—like those on two of our covers—can now monetize their likenesses, which instantly changed the recruiting landscape and the way teenage athletes make decisions about their…

1 min
off the bench

Ian Pierno is a creative producer at SLAM who leads all things @LeagueFits, including the Survival of the Fitted podcast. Hailing from Raleigh, NC, he’s 100 percent certain an All-Carolina NBA team (J. Cole coming off the bench, of course) would be the best team in the League. Pierno currently resides in Los Angeles, where he’s known to pull up to the Venice Beach League from time to time. He’s been on a never ending search for a recreational league with tunnel fit pics, so if you know of one, hit him at @IanPierno.…

2 min
trash talk

WSLAM 1 So dope being a part of history. One of the most fun shoots I’ve done and the two to the right of me straight killers! Go cop that! Arike Ogunbowale via Twitter Shout out to @wslam, @SLAMonline, @leaguefits and all the good people at SLAM who are constantly leveling up and making sure the WNBA is not only represented but gets equal coverage, too. This is big. Meredith Minkow via Twitter SLAM 234 I love seeing Brandon Jennings finding new avenues and passions now that his playing career is over. BJ is forever good in Milwaukee. Camille D via Twitter SLAM PRESENTS TOP 75 NBA When will you youngsters understand it’s not all about just athleticism and that the game is played on both sides of the ball. My Dream Team: Hakeem “The Dream”, Oscar Schmidt, Dirk Nowitzki,…

3 min
the opening tip

IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO that the WNBA was created by the NBA Board of Governors, with the new motto “We Got Next’’ telling the tale. Now that the men’s league is celebrating its 75th year in business, you have to wonder what Year 75 will be like for the women’s league. That will be in, let’s see, 2071, and I hope you’re around for it, kids! Should be a blast. (The old Basketball Evangelist here sure won’t be around—seeing as how he’d be older than Methuselah by then.) But it seems certain there will be a lot of good women’s hoops stories to tell. You have to remember it wasn’t even certain the WNBA would make it to Year 5, let alone the quarter-century where it now is. To add another…

2 min
styles for miles

THE LATE-OCTOBER forecast in Portland calls for 57 degrees and rain. Perfect Oregon fall weather. But Memphis Grizzlies power forward and budding fashion star Jaren Jackson Jr doesn’t seem concerned about the conditions. “To be honest,” says Jackson Jr, “I’m outside for probably a total of, like, 20 seconds a day. I never care. I walk outside from the hotel to the bus, get on the bus, the bus pulls into a garage, I get out and walk in. I’m gonna wear what I want.” However brief the catwalks, the 22-year-old makes the most of the moment. Leather, bold prints and blinged-out choker necklaces tend to accentuate his pregame looks. Between games, he’ll throw a pair of $1,200 Gallery Dept. jeans, a faux fur and some exclusive Dunks onto his IG…

2 min
her story

MALIKA ANDREWS never thought she’d end up working in television. Instead, she saw herself becoming a newspaper writer or even covering lifestyle for Cosmopolitan. “I’m a person who wanted to ask questions and write,” she says over Zoom. That might come as a surprise to those who have followed her rise in the media industry. Since graduating from the University of Portland in 2017, she’s quickly emerged as one of the biggest media personalities in the sport. Last summer she became the youngest broadcaster ever to host the NBA Finals trophy ceremony. Now, at just 26 years old, Andrews is continuing to make waves by hosting her very own show, “NBA Today” on ESPN, which debuted in October and has had LaMelo Ball and Draymond Green among its guests. While she admits…