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September/October 2019

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the sixth man

I am writing this on June 27, 2019, likely a few weeks before you’re reading it. A couple weeks ago, the Toronto Raptors (shockingly) won the NBA Finals, and exactly a week ago the New Orleans Pelicans (not shockingly) selected Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. In a few days, free agency will begin, and the entire landscape of the League will turn on its head. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton (idk what’s up with the Ks this year), Jimmy Butler, D’Angelo Russell and a bunch more guys will make decisions that could change everything, or nothing. But it’ll almost definitely be everything. Because things change a lot in this business. It’s one of the reasons I still enjoy…

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on the bench

Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Senior Video Producer Eli Selva developed his love for the game in high school while attending Patrick Ewing’s alma mater, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, he moved to NYC where he began his career in documentary filmmaking. Eli’s passion for storytelling has led him on shoots around the world, including 50-mile ultramarathons in the canyons of Mexico and soccer trick shots in the glaciers of Iceland, but he’s happy to be back covering the world’s best sport. In his free time, you can catch him routinely missing bunnies at Tompkins Square Park.…

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trash talk

Man, some of y’all crazy! When he was in high school, folks said, “Oh, he won’t do that in college”—lol, Player of the Year. Now some of you still doubt the kid! All he does is win! Good luck, kid—those that can’t, hate!Edward Harris via Facebook Y’all got rid of NOYZ? Guess you’re just gonna spread the smack talk throughout the entire issue now. @everydamnslam, Torrance, CA Nah, nah. There’s no NOYZ in the Future Issue because there’s no formal sections in the Future Issue. It’s back now tho.—Ed. It’s ya boy Ousmane out of Bamako, Mali, currently living in Kinshasa, DRC, deadass basketball fan as long as I remember. Fell in love with SLAM in 2012, love Trash Talk, the articles on retired ballers and streetball. I’ve traveled a lot and had…

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sophie cunningham

SOPHIE CUNNINGHAM, Missouri basketball icon turned versatile rookie for the Phoenix Mercury, understands how lucky she is to receive daily basketball wisdom from her teammate Diana Taurasi. But Taurasi’s best advice so far for the 6-1 wing centered less around what she needed to learn, and more on reinforcing what she already has. “You’ve been playing this game ever since you were a kid,” Cunningham recalled Taurasi telling her during training camp. “You know how to play. I have seen you. You know how to play, so just go out there and have fun.” And that’s just what Cunningham has done every day since the Mercury made her the first pick in the second round (No. 13 overall) of the 2019 WNBA Draft. The on-court comparisons are difficult to find. She’s got the…

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picture me ballin’

ASHLEY BATES HAMPTON Ashley Bates’ résumé speaks for itself. Last season as a junior, she averaged 17.4 ppg while shooting 46 percent from the field. She put up a season-high 34 against Winthrop back in March. On defense, her knack for reading passing lanes resulted in an average of 4.3 spg, placing her top-3 among DI players. She also finished with 125 steals, breaking the Big South’s 31-year record and was named Big South POY and DPOY, the first female to win both accolades since the conference began awarding DPOYs in the 2005-06 season. KAI TOEWS UNC WILMINGTON Kai Toews has a pass-first mentality. At 7.7 apg, the Tokyo native ranked second in the nation in assists behind Murray State’s Ja Morant. The true freshman started in 32 of 33 of the Seahawks’…

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JUNE 2, 2019 SCOTIABANK ARENA TORONTO, CANADA Fred VanVleet alleyed it, Pascal Siakam ooped it, and the Toronto Raptors were on their way. They lost Game 2, yes, but their Game 1 win over the presumptive about-to-three-peat champions had awakened something that had lain dormant in Toronto since the franchise was established back in 1995. Well, actually, Kawhi Leonard had awakened it with one stellar playoff performance after another, but all the way up until the Finals started, “Toronto Raptors, NBA Champions” still seemed like an impossible outcome. Until it didn’t. Fred VanVleet alleyed it, Pascal Siakam ooped it, and the Toronto Raptors were on their way to becoming NBA champions. As VanVleet went from NBA longshot to making seemingly every long shot and Siakam alchemized potential to talent before our eyes,…