August/September 2021

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2 min.
the sixth man

TOWARD THE END OF Deyscha Smith’s Space Jam: A New Legacy cover story (page 22), I noticed something pretty palpable, something that made me genuinely excited: optimism. Her optimism relates not just to the new Space Jam movie being released, but to what the existence of a new blockbuster film represents: people going back to movie theaters, sitting and laughing together, appreciating an inevitably iconic movie as a group, and doing so for the first time in…I don’t know, a while. Maybe I’m just in my own head about this, but when I approve the final pages of this issue, I notice a similar optimism all over the place. I see it in everything Anthony Edwards (page 34) does, how he’s loving his life while gearing up for what should be…

2 min.
trash talk

Wassgood SLAM. Y’all did something with the J. Cole cover and article. One time for the dreamers. We need that J. Cole poster though! PS: Address him as the GOAT like they call Chief Keef Sosa. Trenton Harris via email Yup, the Knicks would get good just when Brooklyn is amazing. Brooklyn. BEST TEAM IN THE EAST? Yup, sounds about right… and here comes Philly. Who knew??? Mars via slamonline.com I just received my issue, J. Cole. This is what we doing now? He’s not a ballplayer, he raps. He’s averaging three points a game. NBA-WNBA-NCAA-High School…. that’s the covers I want to see. Ronald Hawkins via email Looks like Pac pic sittin above the rim. Julien Mq via Facebook Why was Steph’s 62 point game not in the mag? Explain yourself SLAMFAM! Please put it in the…

2 min.
the opening tip

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I found the end of the 2020-21 NBA season thoroughly enjoyable. Wasn’t it nice to see four fresh teams in the Conference Finals instead of the usual suspects? I’d had enough of the steady stream of Warriors, Spurs and Heat teams that always seemed to be there. No offense, but I was tired of watching LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden and pals dominating the screen, returning every season to the final stretch like ants to the picnic table. But I feel for Chris Paul, who was sidelined with League COVID protocols at the beginning of the Conference Finals, and finally got to suit up and play in Game 3. He’s missed 71 games since 2016 (not counting this season), and he’s played in a…

1 min.
a cut above

BASKETBALL IS often used as a form of self expression. There are no shields or helmets like other sports, therefore each team is elevated for the world to see. Jules Gutierrez has been cutting Jayson Tatum’s hair since he was a little boy. When asked about the importance of hair and the League, he explains, “A barber’s work can be so influential to someone’s confidence and style.” He elaborated: “Seeing Jayson’s influence with his basketball skills alone and how that transcends to his style is very humbling to me…[and] knowing that people around the world want that same haircut is surreal.” Another tenured stylist, Saadiyah, is the living legend behind Allen Iverson’s larger than life hairstyles. She has been on set for commercial and magazine shoots, as well as traveled the world…

5 min.
the holy month

AS THE ISLAMIC holy month of Ramadan came to a close in early May, a number of NBA players were participating in its daily fasting, which entails refraining from any food or drink (yes, water included) from the time of dawn until sunset for 30 days. On the longest days of the month, the fast lasts from before 4 am until 8 pm in some US cities. With many NBA matchups tipping off at 7:30 pm and some during the afternoon, players like Kyrie Irving, Enes Kanter and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson fast while suited up. Even if they are able to break their fast in the middle of the game, their previous full meal was likely at least 15 hours prior. “Me and [Rondae] sat down on the bench and I started to…

2 min.
just fab

IN FEBRUARY OF ’91, A a cultural revolution of baggy shorts, bald heads and black socks stormed onto the collegiate basketball scene. Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King made up one of the greatest recruiting classes in college basketball history. An extension of the ’80s Hoya paranoia and Jerry Tarkanian’s UNLV teams, The Fab Five seamlessly stitched their high-flying playground style into the mainstream fabric of collegiate basketball. In honor of their revolutionary, flashy playmaking and exuberant celebrations that shook the basketball world, 19nine is debuting their new line of collegiate retro basketball shorts with the 1991-92 and 1992-93 Michigan Wolverine teams. Since 2011, 19nine has been capturing the emotions, essence and nostalgia of America’s favorite college teams. Now, they’re adding one of the most controversial and entertaining…