Before there was Ball Is Life or Overtime, we had to wait for SLAM magazine to come once a month to get our inside hoop news. Sports Illustrated was for old people and there wasn’t anyone covering basketball the way SLAM did. Shout out to one of my favorite writers Scoop Jackson. I read every single article he wrote in SLAM (Especially Nice & Smooth with Tim Hardaway and Latrell Sprewell) . I always said, that without SLAM, VHS Highlight tapes and Nike, I don’t know what I’d be doing for a living.
Since I grew up in the Bay Area, it was magazines like SLAM, Vibe and The Source that made NYC culture so interesting to me. I’m glad to have met a lot of the people who made SLAM happen and helped brands like AND 1 and any other basketball inspired people like myself to bigger things.