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#1 BeeZee

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:08 PM

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As much as we talk about SLAM jinxes and the curses of long production schedules, sometimes our timing is pretty nice. Take this gorgeous Kobe cover and the long road it took to today, the first day we’ll be seeing hard copies of it:

I first talked about putting him on this, our “All-Star cover,” with some of his people before the season started. We started going back and forth about concepts (note: Kobe is not a big fan of just standing in front of the camera. He wants a concept before he agrees. Think about it: the snake, the American flag, etc.) in early December. Thankfully, we like things that way too, which is why we have a nice history with KB. We sent Senior Writer DeMarco Williams to L.A. for the Nike webcast about Kobe’s new kicks on December 11, and then to Memphis on December 21, where he was on set while the great Atiba Jefferson shot this cover (De’s impressions of his time with Kobe is below).

One thing we didn’t think about (honestly) was that the release date for this issue was the day after Kobe and the Lakers would be in the Garden, which was almost guaranteed to be special (not neccesarily this special, but the dude obviously knows when to turn it on.)

But it was, and we’re grateful. Big Apple residents, start checking for your cover today. National newsstand buyers and subscribers should be getting it next week. As for folks who will be in Phoenix for ASW, just look for members of the SLAM team—we should have lots of copies on us.


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#2 SILO

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:26 PM

damn that has to be one of the best covers i have seen.

#3 kingjeezy♕

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:29 PM

I actually wish the Kobes were staring directly into each other's eyes... It would certainly add a sense of realism and fierceness to the image. Nonetheless, it's a great concept.

To answer the question... No, he could not. Kobe's offensive skillset is far too polished for even his defensive prowess.



#4 LP_18

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:33 PM

I actually wish the Kobes were staring directly into each other's eyes... It would certainly add a sense of realism and fierceness to the image. Nonetheless, it's a great concept.

To answer the question... No, he could not. Kobe's offensive skillset is far too polished for even his defensive prowess.

thats exactly what i was thinking.
hes too good of a shooter.

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#5 Tobias Fünke

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:37 PM

Kobe's O > His D. Cool covet, but obvious answer.
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Posted February 03, 2009 - 12:43 PM

damn that has to be one of the best covers i have seen.



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Posted February 03, 2009 - 02:31 PM

Wow cool cover...but weird also.

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 02:45 PM

#24 kobe couldnt guard # 8 kobe
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#9 Imadogg

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 02:50 PM

Lol, defensive Kobe is grabby.

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 03:44 PM

#24 kobe couldnt guard # 8 kobe


Basically its

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It would be tough I think they'll KILL each other and it would be a Draw
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#11 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 03:51 PM

Reminds me of that Michael Jordan commercial where he played against himself.

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 08:12 PM

First thing that came to my mind seeing the cover: I MUST GET THIS ISSUE OF SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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Posted February 03, 2009 - 09:43 PM

^^ where can i get it?

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Posted February 03, 2009 - 10:38 PM

#8 kobe would have dunked all over #24 kobe
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Posted February 03, 2009 - 11:49 PM

Kobe #8 should be retired.
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Posted February 03, 2009 - 11:54 PM

I need this one. :blink:
I'm trying to pick up all the SLAM mags that Kobe's on. :)


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Posted February 04, 2009 - 02:49 AM

Coool Cover!

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Posted February 04, 2009 - 03:53 AM

Kobe 24 will own Kobe 8 IMO :dance1:

Well theoretical Kobe knows all his moves, so he'll be probably able to counter them on defense. Kobe is a pretty smart player you know :)


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Posted February 04, 2009 - 10:54 AM

Great cover...if kobe wanted to he could use less energy on offense his defense would be unbeatable..but he is the focal point in the offense so he cant spend too much energy guarding certain guys on certain nights.

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Posted February 04, 2009 - 01:59 PM

I need this one. :blink:
I'm trying to pick up all the SLAM mags that Kobe's on. :)

ya where can we get this issue i went to the newsstand to get it but they have the AI issue
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