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looka09
09-13-2012, 09:49 PM
Dime #71: Basketball’s Best Since 2000 Issue

By Patrick Cassidy

Dime 71 Cover Kobe Bryant

It’s been out there for a bit already, but we finally have a minute to celebrate the release of Dime #71.

Since the magazine hit newsstands right around that space before the basketball world really ramps up heading into the NBA season, this issue has always been our opportunity to do something a little different with our covers and content. In the past we’ve used this issue’s cover to shine a light on high school players before their ascendence to household names (Tyreke Evans and O.J. Mayo come to mind), or to take on a set theme.

This time around, we decided to take a look at basketball through the lens of this century. Specifically, who are the players and what are the trends that have most influenced basketball and its culture since the year 2000?

My Letter from the Editor for this issue sets it up:

Here are the facts: If you are reading this magazine, I am likely older than you. I don’t think that I am “old” per se – aged just 35 years – but in the grand scheme of our brand’s core demographic, I am certainly skirting the outer reaches of what research tells us about the age of Dime Magazine’s readership.

It wasn’t always this way. When we first launched this magazine (11 years ago now), we were the generation of “now” for basketball. Players like Allen Iverson embodied how the game and its culture had dramatically shifted from the world of Larry, Magic and Michael, to A.I., Baron Davis and T-Mac. We even published an early issue that featured a posturing
Iverson, complete in doo-rag and sunglasses, the only copy on the entire cover reading “Allen Iverson: The Definition of Now.” At the time, it was entirely true.

Along the way, as is always the case, we were replaced. Allen and his peers, despite dramatically changing the game forever, slowly transitioned into the rearview mirror, their meaning and impact faded, ghostly memories to new generations of basketball fans brought up smack in the center of the LeBron James Era of the game. So what does this have to do with this issue?

Everything.

For the first decade of this magazine’s life, we approached the game through the lens of the “Dime Generation,” a time that began roughly 20-25 years ago and stretched to what naïve part of us felt would always be “present day.” This is no longer the case. As I am sure you are aware, the game and it’s culture are officially being piloted by a new generation of
players, personalities and trends. After much unscientific debate, we decided to take a new look at basketball in hyper-current terms, focusing on the best the game has had to offer from the year 2000 and on. Looking at players, sneakers, commercials, and more, this issue ranks the best that this century has had to offer; its creation driven by young guns
steadfastly rooted in the prime of this new breed, led by Senior Editor Sean Sweeney.

We love how this issue has turned out, and now we can focus on looking forward. We can’t wait to see what comes next.

– Patrick Cassidy, Co-founder, Dime Magazine

Now that the issue’s been out there, we can start posting pieces of content – specifically some of the Top 10 Lists that dominate the issue. Look out for those on the site tomorrow morning, we can’t wait to debate those rankings with our readers.

What do you think of the cover?

Six-8-TheWizard
09-13-2012, 10:02 PM
...What is this?

looka09
09-13-2012, 10:19 PM
Can someone change the title?

I meant to write dime magazine-k.bryant player of the century,but my laptop ****ed it up

JNoel
09-13-2012, 10:23 PM
Lmao, this looked like another spam thread.

greg_ory_2005
09-13-2012, 10:43 PM
That's a great way to get views!

Heatcheck
09-14-2012, 09:29 AM
I didnt read **** in your post, your magazine blows and i will never support it.

go **** yourslelf

asandhu23
09-14-2012, 09:33 AM
Isn't SLAM better?

Cal827
09-14-2012, 09:44 AM
I see that Nikdymez is now an author for Dime magazine.

blacknell
09-14-2012, 10:14 AM
century?

looka09
09-14-2012, 12:42 PM
I didnt read **** in your post, your magazine blows and i will never support it.

go f.u.c.k yourslelf

What??:confused:

nickdymez
09-14-2012, 01:40 PM
I didnt read **** in your post, your magazine blows and i will never support it.

go f.u.c.k yourslelf

Had it been Lebron......

nickdymez
09-14-2012, 01:40 PM
I see that Nikdymez is now an author for Dime magazine.

lol, editor and chief buddy!

DMasta718
09-14-2012, 02:33 PM
century?

That's what I'm saying. A Century?

jericho
09-14-2012, 02:39 PM
century?

That's what I'm saying. A Century?

I think we still have 88yrs to decide that what the hell is this

naps
09-14-2012, 02:42 PM
:facepalm: WoW!

TheIlladelph16
09-14-2012, 03:04 PM
I think we still have 88yrs to decide that what the hell is this

This is what I immediately thought. Apparently we are giving out Century-long awards 12 years into a new century... Some might say that's a tad early.

Andrew32
09-14-2012, 04:44 PM
I don't even think Kobe was the best player of the 00's.

Shaq / Duncan would be over him and KG is awfully close to him.

LakersSaintsLSU
09-14-2012, 04:51 PM
I didnt read **** in your post, your magazine blows and i will never support it.

go **** yourslelf

:facepalm:

LakersSaintsLSU
09-14-2012, 04:52 PM
I don't even think Kobe was the best player of the 00's.

Shaq / Duncan would be over him and KG is awfully close to him.

Maybe you didn't watch basketball OR maybe you just watched highlights....or maybe you didn't have a PULSE...its AMUSING how you guys do your best to make kobe seem like an "Alright" player...HAHAHAHAHA just pray he dosen't get six

LakersSaintsLSU
09-14-2012, 04:56 PM
Had it been Lebron......

EXACTLY!!!!! #YourWelcome o yea lebron,drose says....YOURWELCOME

seikou8
09-14-2012, 05:00 PM
EXACTLY!!!!! #YourWelcome o yea lebron,drose says....YOURWELCOME

:facepalm:did say that when he lost 4-1 in 2011 ecf yeah i thought so

jericho
09-14-2012, 05:08 PM
Maybe you didn't watch basketball OR maybe you just watched highlights....or maybe you didn't have a PULSE...its AMUSING how you guys do your best to make kobe seem like an "Alright" player...HAHAHAHAHA just pray he dosen't get six

or maybe you just making excuses


lol sorry had to quote mj"s commercial :)

JC_
09-14-2012, 05:20 PM
lol this thread is awesome

Andrew32
09-14-2012, 07:08 PM
Maybe you didn't watch basketball OR maybe you just watched highlights....or maybe you didn't have a PULSE...its AMUSING how you guys do your best to make kobe seem like an "Alright" player...HAHAHAHAHA just pray he dosen't get six
Shaq was a much better player and alot more dominant then Kobe ever was throughout the first half of the 00's.

Kobe from 06-09 was much better obviously as O'neal declined but that isn't enough for me to put Kobe higher.

Shaq was just too good in the early 00's for an extra 2-3 years to give Kobe an edge over him.

Not saying Kobe doesn't have a case though.

I do watch basketball lol. I am mad hyped for this upcoming year.

Im_in_Mia_bish
10-12-2012, 11:04 AM
disrespect to air jordan.

BklynKnicks3
10-12-2012, 11:06 AM
most skilled player to ever touch a basketball

RaiderLakersA's
10-12-2012, 11:14 AM
Can we PLEASE set an official moratorium on "Best player" threads, not to be lifted until 2099? All of these threads are just rehashed comments from a billion other previous threads...with many of the same characters saying the same exact thing.

Shut it down.

LoveMeOrHateMe
10-12-2012, 11:17 AM
He may not be player of the century because there are 88 years left in the century but he sure as hell was the best player of his decade and era and will go down as a top 5 player ever!

Hawkeye15
10-12-2012, 11:18 AM
I don't even think Kobe was the best player of the 00's.

Shaq / Duncan would be over him and KG is awfully close to him.

It's most influential. How does Kobe not win that easily, if we are speaking from 2000-2012?

Hawkeye15
10-12-2012, 11:19 AM
Still, why the hell are they labeling this 12 years into the new century?

Dumbbbbbbbbb

LoveMeOrHateMe
10-12-2012, 11:20 AM
I don't even think Kobe was the best player of the 00's.

Shaq / Duncan would be over him and KG is awfully close to him.

A guy with less championships less defense all NBA teams better then Kobe no
A player who's on his last legs and has less of everything other then mvp's over Kobe better no
And a guy who only has 1 championship close to Kobe? Lol Kobe is a top 5 player ever and when it's all said and done it will be stated that way by the millions while KG will be know as a top 15-20 player

LoveMeOrHateMe
10-12-2012, 11:22 AM
Shaq was a much better player and alot more dominant then Kobe ever was throughout the first half of the 00's.

Kobe from 06-09 was much better obviously as O'neal declined but that isn't enough for me to put Kobe higher.

Shaq was just too good in the early 00's for an extra 2-3 years to give Kobe an edge over him.

Not saying Kobe doesn't have a case though.

I do watch basketball lol. I am mad hyped for this upcoming year.

Your love for shaq and dislike for Kobe is amazing
Shaq was only better then Kobe from 2000-2002 in 03' it started to be Kobe's team and he was the better player since then, shaq was just fat! Get over it dude Kobe>Shaq