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Slam May/June 2019

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United States
SLAM Media Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the sixth man

“Momma, I made it!” According to one of his agency reps, D’Angelo Russell said exactly that when he learned he’d be on the next cover of SLAM. We’ve covered D-Lo for a minute now—his stacked high school team at Montverde, college days at Ohio State, early years with the Lakers and of course his big breakout in Brooklyn. He earned our front page with his play, with the way he’s captured the attention of Nets fans and with the undeniable fact that his future is bright as hell. It might seem like D has been around for a minute, but at just 23 and with an All-Star Game and a SLAM cover now under his belt, he’s officially made it. The contract he gets this summer will prove it, too. This month…

3 min.
trash talk

I haven’t been down since Day 1, although I remember my first issue. Dad came home with Derrick Rose “No Bull” (No. 143). How seldom do we see promise fulfilled, especially after it appears on a magazine cover? That was almost a decade ago. Since then, I’ve received many issues, copped or back-ordered (most of) the special ones (SLAM 500 still holds an honored place in my library of oft-revisited basketball titles, along with FreeDarko’s two seminal works—thanks for introducing me to them, BTW), and—except for the playoffs—lost track of pro ball for a few years (started college, unsubscribed) and found it again (finished college, re-subscribed). I got SLAM 220 in the mail today (Valentine’s Day). Eight years ago, D Rose showed us his supreme love of the game through his MVP…

4 min.

How many times have you seen it? A close game is moving along, and then in a flurry of long-distance shots raining from the sky one team is abruptly ahead by so much that the score looks rigged. Or maybe this: Your team is ahead by a bundle with not much time left and suddenly the foes do a deep-fire air bombardment and you lose by a point as the last three-pointer whizzes through the net. It’s simply the way the game has developed as the three-pointer has trumped all else. It took a while, but global hoops coaches, general managers and players themselves figured out that a shot, that in places is just a fraction longer than the standard 2-point shot, is nevertheless worth 50 percent more. The math was…

1 min.
waves become tsunamis season

NOYZ ≫ Need summer hoops back ASAP. Max is really gonna explode if the weather doesn’t warm up soon. How is he gonna brick jumpers in the cold?…Shermy, stop ducking Squad and play him 1-on-1 already…VC FOREVER… FOLLOW @LEAGUEFITS FOR ALL THINGS NBA STYLE KUZMA: DAVID SHERMAN; RUSSELL: ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN; PAUL: KENT SMITH; LOVE: DAVID LIAM KYLE; GREEN: NOAH GRAHAM; WALKER: NATHANIEL S. BUTLER; SCHRODER: ZACH BEEKER; TUCKER: ADAM PANTOZZI; WESTBROOK: ZACH BEEKER; DURANT: KENT SMITH/ALL NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES…

2 min.
arike ogunbowale

Wearing No. 24 after Kobe Bryant, her favorite player growing up, Arike Ogunbowale shares some of the Mamba DNA. Within the span of 48 hours last April, Ogunbowale drained two game-winning shots to give Notre Dame their first National Championship since 2001. But there wouldn’t be any rest for the 2018 NCAA Tournament MOP. After she cut down the nets, Ogunbowale was practicing three-to-four hours a day for Dancing with the Stars and taking red-eye flights to and from Los Angeles. All before her final exams were over. “I really wasn’t playing basketball for about a month as much as I wanted,” says the 5-8 guard. “Right after the season, I was dancing, which is kind of crazy.” Back for her final season in South Bend, Ogunbowale has picked up right where she…

1 min.
picture me ballin’

LANCE TEJADA LEHIGH UNIVERSITY Lance Tejada has no problem getting buckets. In January, he lit up Holy Cross for 36 points, knocking down 10 three-pointers en route to a 99-94 overtime win. A transfer from East Carolina, Tejada leads Lehigh in scoring (14.7 ppg) while shooting 44.5 percent from behind the arc as the Mountain Hawks (18-6, 11-5 as of press time) rank second in the Patriot League. As a junior, he finished with double-digit performances in 20 of 28 games. Tejada also had three games of 25 or more points and seven with 20 or more—both firsts by a Lehigh guard since CJ McCollum did it back in 2012-13. KIERRA ANTHONY LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY The New Iberia native is putting on for her home state, as she’s been cooking her competition all season: She…