category_outlined / Sports

Slam July/August 2018

Slam is the fastest way to bring home the entire world of hoops from playgrounds to high schools, college and the NBA.

United States
SLAM Media Inc.
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
SPECIAL: Get 40% OFF with code: YES40
6 Issues


access_time2 min.
the sixth man

You’ll notice that this issue is a little…different. There’s no formal HYPE section, no NOYZ, no PUNKS, and it’s absent a lot of the usual sections that fill your average issue of SLAM. Instead, with a few exceptions, we settled on a slew of stories and tossed them on top of each another, one after the next after the next. This wasn’t out of laziness or lack of inspiration. We decided to format the issue this way because all of the stories are (again, with a few exceptions) so connected by a common theme that putting rigid boundaries between them didn’t feel right. SLAM 216 is our second annual Future Issue. (We leaned into the concept a little softer during last year’s version of this issue—SLAM 211—but this year we’re going all…

access_time3 min.
reality check

UNFORTUNATELY, AS A living person, you have a cell phone somewhere within 15 inches of you right now. And with that, you have infinite access to pictures of people you barely even like going on vacation to Cabo San Lucas every single weekend, swimming with sharks, eating steaks personally slaughtered by Anthony Bourdain and drinking chocolate out of a waterfall. Scientists who are bad at naming things have identified this phenomenon as social media-related FOMO. The British government even put a study out saying that staring at pictures of all of those people from college who never appear to be working out, yet somehow look hot as hell, is “detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.” The study says scrolling endlessly through this stuff could affect sleep, hurt self-image, and, Hey…

access_time2 min.
once again it’s on

YOU’D BE forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that Allen Iverson took a step back in his second NBA season. Coming off his unforgettable Rookie of the Year campaign, Iverson in Year 2 posted slightly lower totals almost across the board: His points, assists, rebounds and free throw attempts in ’97-98 were all down slightly from his first year in the League. Free of context, you might assume the worst: That he was complacent, that he hadn’t worked to get better, that defenses had already figured him out. The reality—the truth—was less obvious. That season provided our first peek at an efficient AI. At (maybe) 6-0 and a wispy 160 or so pounds, Iverson was never going to be that dude who gave you 50 percent from the floor. But in ’97-98, he…

access_time3 min.
my name is my name

HYPE IS A TRIP. It can build you up, flood your IG and knight you a member of the chosen elite overnight. It can also call you overrated just as quickly. It’s something Shareef O’Neal—son of, yup, you guessed it—has dealt with his whole life. “Just because of the name I have, the last name I carry, I feel like people are expecting me to do a lot of things,” he says. “If I don’t live up to those expectations, then I’m hyped up and overrated.” OK, how’s this for hype: at 18 years old, O’Neal just wrapped his senior season at Santa Monica’s Crossroads School. With it, he collected both a California State Division II title (he dropped 29 and 17 in the title game) and the John R. Wooden Award…

access_time9 min.
bully season approaching

DEANDRE AYTON IS introducing me to three of his best friends. First there’s Josh. Josh’s voice is that of a generic white dude and he makes appearances when DeAndre is forced to do interviews. Josh has one purpose in life: to help the world see how fabulous a guy DeAndre is. So there’s Josh, and then there’s Eric, whose voice, not surprisingly, is nearly identical to Josh’s. Eric is new and DeAndre is still trying to carve out his character. At the moment, it boils down to a collection of hobbies—like playing NBA2K and Fortnite, lots and lots of Fortnite—which, coincidentally, DeAndre happens to share. So there’s Josh and Eric. And then there’s Alejandro. Alejandro is DeAndre’s favorite of the trio. He’s been around the longest and appears most frequently. “If I…

access_time3 min.
pop out

COLLIN SEXTON SURVEYS the competition, and he refuses to be outdone. He sees them, he knows who they are, what they’ve accomplished, and he’s committed himself to achieving the same lofty goal. In his mind, he has no choice. He’s going to finish college. Just ask his dad. “My daughter has her degree, my older son has his and Collin doesn’t want to let them one-up him,” Darnell Sexton says with a laugh. It’s early May, and Darnell, father of a likely 2018 lottery pick, is talking proudly about his son’s focus on academics. Last fall, Collin posted a 4.0 GPA in his first semester at Alabama, and he was on pace to match it this spring. “He finished up his finals just the other day,” Darnell says. “He’s really determined to…