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Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day. Well, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. It was a pretty cool day. I did have to wake up at 3:45am for a 4:54 flight. That flight went to Minneapolis where I had to sprint to catch my connecting flight to Detroit. Once in Detroit there was a two-hour layover before the final leg took me into Fort Wayne, Indiana. I touched down at about 2pm.

So far this day doesn't seem pretty cool, but it was. While I was jogging from gate C26 to gate G20 in Minneapolis, I decided that I wanted some water, so I stopped at one of those news and gifts stores for a hydration boost. I was in a hurry, but there was three people in line, so I had to wait with my bootleg brand water bottle. I glanced over at all the magazines and saw a SLAM magazine with Dwight Howard on the cover. I picked it up and looked inside. Right there in the table of contents: "Page 80: He is McLovin. Baller/Blogger Rod Benson ..."

I picked up five of those bad boys and put them down with my water. The line was kind of long now so everyone was looking at me crazy for attempting to purchase $30 worth of the same magazine. I had my headphones on, so I didn't quite hear the teller ask me if I was in the magazine. When I finally did make out her words, I took off my headphones and said, "Yeah, I am."

"Can we see?" She wasn't just asking for herself, but for the six or seven other nosey people hovering around me. Being 6'10" has a way of attracting attention when you least expect it. I opened the magazine up to page 80. I hadn't seen the contents yet myself, so I was overjoyed when my face was staring back at me. The seven noseys all made a kind of "oOoOohh" sound as page 80 came up.

"Yep. I'm gonna need all five of these," I announced.

I guess I knew what I was looking for because I wrote the article. I probably shouldn't have been so surprised, but I've never opened up a major magazine and had a staring contest with myself. Thing is, I wrote it hella long ago. I wrote that back in December and I hadn't really thought about it except for my photo shoot last month. I'm also pretty sure that I am one of the only people to write 2,000 words about themselves at that. When I saw it I had two thoughts. At first I thought, man, I am one lucky dude. Then I asked myself aloud, "Where you at Morris Almond?"

We play our final two games of the regular season tonight and tomorrow. I can't think of a better way to close out the season than with 2,000 words in SLAM. Actually, I can. Check me out Monday for some even bigger news ...

Rod Benson is a Cal grad who plays for the D-League's Dakota Wizards. He also blogs two or three times a week on Ball Don't Lie. Read his archive, pay a visit to and always support the Boom Tho movement.

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