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Slam September/October 2018

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the sixth man

I like all of our issues, but I think this one is particularly solid, not necessarily for what’s inside it but for each of its three covers. Sure, they look pretty cool, but I’m more psyched about how each one is going to have a little more lasting power than our average cover(s).The first one I gotta mention is our annual Champs joint. The Warriors have now been featured on three of those in four years, and frankly, as of this writing (and free agency will shortly follow this writing, so this could change REAL soon), it doesn’t look like anybody will be slowing them down anytime soon. Long-time followers of this magazine can probably damn near recount the past two decades worth of NBA history in terms of SLAM…

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trash talk

Yo SLAM! Issue 216, The Future Issue, is fire!! Shout out to Howard Megdal and Ryne Nelson (dope pic of A’Ja Wilson, Ryan Young!) for shedding some much needed light on the women’s game. Love y’all for that. Ohhh I can’t forget Russ Bengtson and Jack Jensen totally crushing their articles.Lashawn McMullen, Brooklyn, NYI just finished reading the Future Issue with Ben Simmons on the cover. I enjoyed the articles on Shareef O’Neal, Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and more. I also liked the article on Ben Simmons to go along with the cover. I’m torn between him and Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year. Both had great rookie seasons (20.5 points per game from Mitchell and 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds for Simmons), both made it to…

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the opening tip

IT’S TIME UNCLE RICK, your longtime SLAM Basketball Evangelist, told a story about being a young hoop nut.Here we go. It was Fort Lauderdale, FL, back in the early 1970s. Some pals of mine and I drove down from Chicago at spring break time for vacation, and we stayed in a cheap motel, lying on couches and floors or wherever we could. Some guys wanted to chase chicks, tan, drink, do the whole MTV thing. A couple of us just wanted to play ball. Well, check that. We wanted to do the other stuff, too, but those activities were like food—hoops was mainline smack.We stayed near a park off the beach that had two cement basketball courts. I knew these courts were there from an earlier trip, and the plan…

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global grind

IN 2012, MIKE SWIFT was looking for a way to integrate his love for basketball and his native country of the Philippines. Swift, a rapper who promotes his music through his personal Instagram page, launched @PinoyHoops, a secondary account that displayed various courts throughout the Philippines. Pinoy, a term used to describe a person of Filipino descent, was the perfect fit for the page and basketball savants looking for hoops-related content.“I concentrated and created Pinoy Hoops strictly for basketball fans,” says Swift, who’s known around the Philippines as “Mr. Pinoy Hoops.” “As I kept moving forward, I became more obsessed knowing the whole world was starting to tune in and found myself waking up every day wanting to find new courts to capture.”Over the past six years, the page has…

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make a movie

AS A YOUNG KID growing up on the West Side of Chicago, actor Milton “Lil Rel” Howery and his friends used to set up crates in the alley to play ball. His passion for the game has remained strong through the years, which is why he jumped at the opportunity to star in the new movie, Uncle Drew.We caught up with Lil Rel to discuss working with some of his favorite hoopers, including Kyrie Irving, Lisa Leslie, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Nate Robinson.SLAM: There were so many big personalities in the cast—what was the vibe like on set?Lil Rel: It was fun. I mean, I was very impressed how serious they were taking their acting. Somebody like Kyrie is just a really talented person, not just on the basketball…

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lucky stripe

THERE’S SOMETHING fitting about this one, about a franchise so identified with dynasties winning one of the most memorable one-off titles in NBA history, and a team with a famously stubborn fashion sense following up that ’chip with one of the most subtly unique jerseys of all time.It could only be 2008. It could only be the Boston Celtics.Since winning the franchise’s first championship in 1957, the Celtics never went more than five years without a title over the next three decades—a remarkable run of 16 banners hung in 29 years. It would be 22 years before they won another. The wait for another goes on, a decade and counting.So yeah, 2008 was special—not least because it was so hard to imagine just a year earlier. The Celtics were an…