Issue number 139 of SLAM Magazine (July Issue) features none other than Michael Jordan on the cover, since finally hanging up his Air Jordan’s for good, the G.O.A.T. as SLAM’s Ben Osborne calls him, has gone onto become the first ex-NBA player to own his own NBA franchise, having purchased the Charlotte Bobcats a few months ago. The newest issue will not only feature an extensive article on Michael Jordan by the great Rick Telander but it will also feature pieces on Gordon Hayward, Vince Carter, Stephen Curry, Zach Randolph, and more. via SLAM
Just about anyone could have written the feature about Mike as an ownerâ€”if you write for SLAM you likely know Mike’s career pretty well and have a feeling on this next stage, one way or anotherâ€”but we went outside our usual cast of contributors for this one and asked the great Rick Telander to tackle the assignment. Having written about MJ for 25 years for the likes of the Chicago Sun-Times and Sports Illustrated, and privy to conversations and quotes with him none of SLAM’s comparatively new writers ever have, Rick has a perspective all his own.
If Playoff memories and a world-class piece by one of our favorite writers (relive some of our history with Rick via this link) about the best player ever don’t pique your interest, we’ve got stories with kids at the opposite end of the career spectrum from Michael (such as Final Four hero Gordon Hayward and our High School All-Americans, beautifully photographed in the heart of Times Square) and every phase in between (features on Vince Carter, Stephen Curry and Zach Randolph, a WNBA Season Preview, and an absolutely classic Old-School q+a with Reggie Miller, as conducted by the great former SLAM Ed. Tony Gervino).