Photos

Strictly Business

April 6th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 84


Jrue Holywood Story

April 3rd, 2009

Photos by Dan Monick
Originally published in SLAM 116


Zo Fresh Zo Clean

April 2nd, 2009

Photo by Atiba  Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 52
Zo was among the last of a dying bread: bangers who possessed real skill. Now that he’s left the court for the last time, we salute you. Through the illness and the injury he always brought his all. We’ll miss you. —Tzvi Twersky


Jordan Forever

April 1st, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 100
Ryan Jones wrote it best, so let me steal from him: “It isn’t accurate to say that SLAM exists because of Michael Jordan. But it is fair to say we probably wouldn’t be here without him.” Thanks Michael. —Tzvi Twersky


Class Act

March 30th, 2009

Photos by Jeffrey McCullough
Originally published in SLAM 120


Mr. Blue Collar

March 26th, 2009

Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 103


Fear the Reapa

March 25th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originially published in SLAM Streetball 4
Smush did the NBA thing for a minute, repping the purple and gold. But his real bread-and-butter has always been the park—and the freedom it provides a PG like him. —Tzvi Twersky


Rock Solid

March 24th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 89
Ask these three Spurs. Basketball sure is fun when you’re winning. – Tzvi Twersky


Got Ice?

March 23rd, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 47
Possibly, and silently, the best player of the decade, nine winters ago TD21 told us that his only fears were heights, sharks, and “not being able to play anymore.” Still playing at high level, he doesn’t have to worry about that last fear for at least a few more seasons. —Tzvi Twersky


Rimwrecker

March 19th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 76
Kenyon Martin has been known to tear down rims. Granted, in recent years, this trend has decreased in frequency. But in the pre-microfracture surgery early years of the decade helping the Nets reach the Finals with his play on both ends of the court, the former Bearcat was a real force. — Adam Fleischer