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Slam March/April 2018

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SLAM Media Inc.
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6 Issues


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the sixth man

Basketball is amazing and all, but you can count me in with the thousands or so of others who entered the media industry hoping to work in music and entertainment. Almost eight years ago, while freelancing for VIBE and a few other rap websites, I started an internship at SLAM with my eyes on XXL, a hip-hop magazine then headquartered just a, um, CD’s throw away in the old Harris Publications office. Turned out the sports world was pretty damn fun, one thing led to the next, and here I am, at 6 a.m. on the day we close this issue, typing up the letter from the editor of a hoops magazine.But I never had to turn my back on music altogether, mostly because covering basketball—especially at SLAM—means covering the…

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king of kings

SLAM aka the illest, the Bible. Check it out: I’m currently doing max inside of the belly of the beast and my subscription to your mag helps me cope tremendously. I just got a copy of the LeBron issue and to top it off I also got the Iverson joint at the same time. What? Can you say double whammy? All I’m missing is the Jordan joint and I’d feel like I hit the lottery. Seriously though, the images you guys print are amazing. Thanks for the greatest mag ever. I can honestly say I’ve seen or possessed almost every mag you’ve ever produced since I was in middle school in the ’90s.Antonio “Pee Wee” Blanks, Tabor City, NCP.S. Why isn’t Teresa Weatherspoon in the Hall of Fame?No problem, happy…

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the opening tip

BACK IN FEBRUARY of 1988, 30 years ago, Michael Jordan was in his young and frisky prime. The NBA All-Star Game was held that year in Chicago at the old and raucous Chicago Stadium, Jordan’s beloved home that would be torn down a few years later and replaced by the United Center. Suffice it to say, MJ was on top of his profession and performing on his home stage like a Broadway diva singing “I Feel Pretty” in West Side Story.He was battling Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins for the Dunk Contest title, but even before it began, everyone there that day knew Jordan was going to win, no matter what, even if Wilkins jumped through the arcing roof of the 58-year old building. Jordan’s charisma and sense of the moment would…

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too much sauce

THE CELTICS WERE in London, getting ready to play (and beat) the Sixers in early January. At practice the day before the game, Terry Rozier and his teammates were putting on a dunk show. Rozier flew through the air, soaring from at least 10 feet out. He threw down a mean one-handed tomahawk with ease and grace.Rozier was out there touching the sky in the black and red Nike Air Zoom Generation. It was LeBron James’ first signature sneaker, originally released back in 2003. But it’s just another sneaker in Rozier’s modest collection.Well, maybe, not so modest.“Oh, best style?” Rozier repeats with a smile when asked who has the most sauce on the Cs. “Me, for sure. We was talking about that last night. Guys were giving it to me.…

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westside connection

IT WAS JANUARY 1972, a little more than a week after the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA-record 33-game winning streak finally came to an end. Given the team’s historic 39-3 start, Los Angeles already felt like the center of the NBA universe that winter. Then came the All-Star break, and it was only fitting that the Lakers got the chance to host the League’s showcase event. The Fabulous Forum was the site, and Jerry West was one of three hometown stars—Wilt Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich were the others—in the Western Conference lineup.It made sense, then, that the ’72 All-Star uniforms stuck with the L.A. theme, outfitting the West squad in Laker gold and the East in “Forum Blue,” aka the Lakers’ unique shade of purple. The result was a game that…

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(i know i got) skillz

SHAQUILLE BAPTISTE was 18 years old, working a summer job as a camp counselor in Toronto, Canada, when one morning he woke up at 6 a.m. to a loud notification alert on his phone. Shaquille O’Neal is now following you on Twitter, it read.“The crazy thing about it is, before that I was telling people in school that one day Shaquille O’Neal is going to hear about me somehow, because me and him have the same name,” remembers Baptiste, better known today as rapper ShaqIsDope. “And he’s going to be a fan of my music.”Baptiste was right. Because when he picks up the phone today, a month shy of his 25th birthday, he matter-of-factly states he had to ignore Big Fella’s call to do so. “Shaquille O’Neal was just calling…