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A Trip Through Queens with Amar’e Stoudemire

SLAM Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Shares Funny Stories of How Various Cover Issues Were Created

The first cover shoot I ever went to featured Amar’e Stoudemire. It was special for me because of what actually happened before the shoot. The shoot was in early 2011, but I started with SLAM as an intern in 2010. I was given the task of going to an ESPN commercial shoot in Queens to do a writeup about the commercial and maybe get some quotes from Amar’e and Jeff Van Gundy, who was also there. I get there, I talk to Van Gundy; I go to talk to Amar’e and they tell me that they have to move Amar’e to another part of Queens. But they offered to let me ride in his trailer and do the interview while we ride. Mind you, I’m two weeks on the job as an intern at this time – I had barely interviewed anyone in my entire life – and I’m sitting with Amar’e, who at the time, was the best player on the Knicks and I grew up a Knicks fan so this was a surreal moment for me. He was so cool. We did an interview for like 10 minutes, and he was like, ‘Do you have any other questions?’ I was like, ‘Nah, I’m good.’ Which in hindsight, you’re never supposed to not have additional questions. I was just young and didn’t know what I was doing. So then we just hung out and played Madden for the next hour while we drove through Queens. That was the first time I realized that working this job could come with insane perks. – Adam Figman, Editor-In-Chief of SLAM MAGAZINE

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