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Slam July/August 2018

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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…

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trash talk

For real, this might be the best cover ever.Huw Hopkins via Facebook…

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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…

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like father, like son

Scotty Pippen Jr and Scottie PippenKenyon Martin and Kenyon Martin JrLeBron James Jr and LeBron JamesGreg Anthony and Cole AnthonyShareef O’Neal and Shaquille O’NealBol Bol and Manute BolDarius Garland and Winston Garland ■…

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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…

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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…


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