This is the only Drive & Kick that should have Outkast playing low in the background. SLAM stalwart Russ Bengtson joins the podcast to relive the glory days of the publication.
Among the topics discussed:
- "You guys have to be insane. You started a basketball magazine after Michael Jordan retired."
- Why Stephon Marbury was the ultimate Slam player.
- The Allen Iverson cover and other iconic moments.
- The time Russ spent the day at Kevin Garnett's house and had to wake him up the next morning for an interview.
- Working with Scoop Jackson and what the imitators failed to pick up about his style.
- The. Ricky Davis. Story.
- The generational shift from MJ to Kobe to LeBron.
- The infamous Rasheed Wallace post-game interview when Sheed would only answer questions from Lang Whitaker.
- "You got stuff like The Starters on NBATV. That's like if you took the conversations in the Slam office and put it on TV."
- Russ talks about the state of the media game and SLAM legacy. "It was the forefather of a lot of this stuff. It was the idea of watching games with your friends."