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Past articles by Russ:

Kevin Garnett on the Early Years and If He Was Playing in the League Today

Kevin Garnett spoke with SLAM about the early years in the NBA, where the game is today and what’s next for the NBA champ. Read here. → Read More

Looking Back at Kevin Garnett's Legacy and His Monumental Impact on the Game

Moment by moment, step by step, KG impacted the game of basketball in ways big and small. His legacy is profound, far-reaching and it will endure forever. → Read More

Ray Allen on SLAM Predicting He'd 'Fade into Obscurity' and Much More

To keep it a buck, SLAM anticipated Ray Allen having a much less eventful career than the Hall of Fame one that he authored. We were very, very wrong. → Read More

6 Times Sneakers Stole the Show at the NBA All-Star Game

Sneakers are not just an important part of the NBA All-Star Game. Sometimes a single shoe can overshadow the entire weekend. → Read More

The Best NBA Opening Night Sneakers Every Year Since 2002

The first night of the NBA season has brought out big matches and special sneakers. → Read More

What Nike's "Just Do It" Ad Means for Colin Kaepernick

Nike's calculated risk on making Colin Kaepernick the face of its Nike ad mean more than you think. → Read More

Welcome to 2048: A Basketball World with a Four-Point Line 👀

We imagined what basketball leagues might look like 30 years in the future—20 years after the creation of the inevitable four-pointer. → Read More

There Wouldn't Be Nike Without Air Max

It's Air Max Day, and this is why the innovation, which was created in 1987, is important to Nike and the sneaker world. → Read More

The 10 Best Rivalries in the NBA Right Now

Rivalries have returned to the NBA. Cavs vs. Warriors is the most obvious one, but there are plenty more, pitting team against team, city against city, and in some cases player against player. → Read More

Dear Sneakerheads, Leave Dad Shoes to Dads

Dad shoes and the Nike Air Monarch have become more popular than ever amongst younger people, but this is why you shouldn't wear them. → Read More

Charles Barkley Told Us Why He'll Never Join Twitter

Charles Barkley says he'll never join Twitter—and he might retire from Inside the NBA soon—but in real life he's as outspoken as ever. → Read More

Dwyane Wade Told Us Why He Wants LeBron in the NBA Playoffs

We caught up with the Heat legend to talk about his return to Miami and how he would love to play pal LeBron James in the NBA Playoffs this year. → Read More

Where Does Jordan Brand Go From Here?

Jordan Brand just had one of its biggest releases in awhile with the "Black/Cement" Air Jordan III, but has it hit a deadend? What does the brand do next? → Read More

Would the Air Jordan III Still Be Michael Jordan's Best Sneaker If It Had a Swoosh?

The Air Jordan III may be the greatest Air Jordan of all-time, but what if Tinker Hatfield had put a Swoosh on it? Would that change things? → Read More

LeBron James Should Still be Your 2018 NBA MVP

LeBron James has been MVP four times, and it's still not enough. He should be your 2018 pick. → Read More

Why Reggie Miller Is an Unlikely Sneaker Icon

The Nike Air Money is coming back, which was worn by Reggie Miller in the '90s. But Miller wasn't a one-trick pony when it came to sneakers, but, rather, he was sort of a sneaker icon. → Read More

Why You Should Believe in the Houston Rockets

Can the Houston Rockets win an NBA title? Like, this year? Why not? → Read More

How Ronnie Fieg Reimagined LeBron James' Signature Sneakers

The Kith x Nike LeBron collection releases this weekend, and we spoke to Ronnie Fieg and Nike designr Jason Petrie about how the collaboration took place. → Read More

How Nike Discovered Mars Blackmon and Teamed Him With Michael Jordan

It all happened during a viewing of 'About Last Night.' → Read More

How Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Birthed the Original Sneakerhead

It's always been the shoes. → Read More