The young Kobe Bryant was something. You gotta give him credit for his heart. His courage. A brave young man. But man, I hated him. There were times he was throwing airballs. There were times he wasn’t passing and making selfish decisions. I loved Eddie Jones. I loved Nick Van Exel. But Kobe wasn’t passing, he had to drive and dunk it on someone else because he had to be a legend NOW!
Slam Dunk characters as cover athletes for [fan art] SLAM (dunk) Magazine
NBA x Slam Dunk: Hanamichi Sakuragi leaps for a dunk on the Madison Square Garden
I've said it before. Not a Jordan fan. But why such an effort in illustrating Michael Jordan? Well MJ is the greatest of all time—the GOAT if you will—in basketball. And PERHAPS in all of sports and athletes. But there is just something in his moves that is just plain... art.
Ballin' with Bamba is a Youtube channel about NBA and has many NBA documentaries in Japanese. All previous videos have English subs, while the Larry Bird and Michael Jordan feature have a separate English version.
The past posts, I illustrated Slam Dunk characters in NBA uniforms as how Takehiko Inoue must have imagined them. Shohoku representing Bulls, Kainan for Lakers, Sannoh for Magic. Here, I'm back with my own fictional universe of NBA X Slam Dunk, as my original post.
When Kobe died, I couldn't take it. All of us, couldn't believe it. But that's just life, and maybe, that's just what death is too. But Kobe Bryant, he and his winning shots, he and his devastating dunks, it would echo for the whole time he represented. He just wouldn't let anyone outshine him on his watch. He just wouldn't let anyone hold him down for long. His Mamba Mentality created a generation of winners. His life was truly a legendary story.
The first set I did was my personal fiction. What would happen if the Slam Dunk characters went pro—or more specifically were drafted in the NBA? What team would best suit them? That was my take. This time, we thought of how Mr. Takehiko Inoue must have imagined the players and the teams.
After the success of the NBA X SLAM DUNK posts, I'm posting here some mobile wallpapers for you to download. It's not much but I took the time and effort required because you gave me much love. I appreciate it, guys.
My Facebook page and Instagram posts (NBA X SLAM DUNK series) were really successful! As a thank you gift, I'm uploading the most popular request—Sakuragi for the Chicago Bulls!
Michael Jordan's legendary slam dunk captured in sequential illustration by Erik Pingol