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Dani Langford: The Engine & The Clutch

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Dani Langford The Engine The Clutch Credentials Basketballbuzz Magazine 2006

Attention future female point guards: Simon Fraser’s Dani Langford is the ultimate role model. With two championships, one nicely tucked under each arm, the graduating All-Canadian captain from Abbotsford, British Columbia sets the standard for team leadership.

The Psychology/Kinesiology fifth-year student retired from the CIS after the SFU Clan ran a perfect season of 20-0 including the national championship with a 70-60 win over Winnipeg in the CIS final. After beginning this past year with back-to-back exhibition losses against US Division 1 Texas University, the Clan never lost another game, running a record of 38-2. When a team goes unbeaten for nearly six months of the season, the floor leader and team captain must be at the focal point of the team’s success.

Langford is the ultimate point guard on the court and on the stat sheet. She averaged 5.6 dimes per outing, which was good for third in the country, while dropping 12.6 points in 32 minutes of action, Langford shot 47% from the field while nailing 42% of her three-point attempts. The 5-7 point guard is the second all-time leader in assists at Simon Fraser and holds the record for most treys in a game, a season and a career. If you count all 40 games including league play, tournaments and exhibition games, the Heritage Park High School alumnus led the nation in three-point percentage with 37% and dropped more long bombs than some CIS team’s totals.

Like her stats, the awards for Langford have been piling up as well. This year, she was awarded player-of-the-year in British Columbia and was named the 2005 CIS championship MVP as well as a CIS Tournament All-Star. With her father Bruce Langford coaching her in high school and at Simon Fraser, Langford always kept her disciplined game at the top level. Coach Langford has been named Coach of the Year twice, and has a 121-19 record in four years.

“Dani has exceptional leadership skills as she leads, she makes others around her better and instills confidence in those she takes the floor with” commented Coach Langford, who hopes to have his daughter assist him on the Simon Fraser coaching staff. “With games on the line, Dani is a great clutch three-point shooter, has excellent court vision and is a creative no look passer.”

Dani Langford was playing basketball and working on her skills at the tender age of three. At her father’s practices, the young Langford would sit on the side and drill passes to herself, and became quite proficient with her skills. She was known to be on the court at half-time nailing shots as the real half-time show. Her skills began to fully develop in elementary school and received a major boost while playing with older players on the BC regional teams. She made the U-17 women’s provincial team as a 16 year old and played for the championship Canadian Junior National Team that went to Argentina.

At Heritage Park High School, twenty minutes from her hometown of Abbotsford, Langford was an Honor-Roll student winning multiple awards ranging from academics, to sports and community service. She won the Service and Millennium Scholarship and was named MVP at the AAA provincial level. When she’s not servicing her basketball team on the court, Langford offers up her time to volunteer and help students with special needs at Heritage High School.

When asked about her basketball role models, Dani is quick to come up with an answer. “I’ve always seen Andrea Schneider, as my role model” added a delighted Langford on her return from vacationing in Hawaii. “She was an all-time assists leader at SFU, and was a player that I tried to model myself after. She made everyone around her better and kept everyone happy with an even distribution of assists. And considering all the great influences I’ve had in my life, I only hope to do the same for these young girls that are coming up in the Canadian basketball system.”

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Jared Dudley Is The Lakers Unsung Hero

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No Dud...

There’s a hero that could save us in Hollywood right now.

And I ain’t talking about The King.

Or the Brow to ‘Bron in A.D. and his best since Shaq and Kobe dynamic duo combining for 70 like one off Elgin Baylor’s career high.

I ain’t talking about Kuz. Canada’s champ Danny Green from downtown purple and gold. Or the redemption reunion of Superman returns Dwight Howard in the hash-tag “Washed King’s” revenge season.

I ain’t even talking about the bald identity of my hero the Alex Caruso show this time.

I’m talking about Jared Dudley people.

Wait…what the?!

Yeah I said it!

Not the same Jared that got replaced by Joaquin as The Joker. Not the same Dudley that got nut checked by Shaquille O’Neal on the Knicks before lamely quarterback pitch throwing the ball after him on the inbound technical (we didn’t think centers apart from Shaq could pass like that). Or the same J.D. that like going with Coke welcomed us to Atlanta with Ludacris. But just Jared.

Yeah right…”just”.

You may think the former Brooklyn boy fan favourite owns the last roster spot that should have gone to a blazing Carmelo. Or still a free agent Jamal Crawford (even a J.R. Smith?!). A spot reserved for Andre Igudola once he gets out of contract hell. Or even a South Bay call-up for legendary names in young Lakers like Antetokounmpo, Stockton and Payton II. And let’s not forget the one Ingram they didn’t trade in the Grey Mamba ‘dre.

And with that headband over his shaved dome you may think the guy who Balenciaga bigger than Basketball looks the part in the players only catwalk runway to the stadium for his fashion fit drip looks like he’ll definitely be in ‘Bron’s ‘Space Jam’ sequel too. That’s all for your insults folks (“baldy?!”). But with that number ten to go with the head check he kind of looks like a less ripped version of a former King that used to kill the Lakers…and that’s no insult to J.D. Have you see Mike Bibby these days? He really is a unit.

But to me he looks like one of those bench energy guys who lifts the whole team in the mould of a Rony Turiaf or ‘Mad Dog’ Mark Madsen. Even if his time on the pine is more than on the hardwood. He still has his Laker legend like that photoshopped number 10 next to James and Davis for the new big three, tongue in cheek.

And speaking of that number ten you just may see that jersey in the seats of STAPLES almost as much as the King’s 23. Why you ask. Are fans waiting until A.D. adds a King’s 2 to his 3 as LeBron carries the 6? Was there a sale? An in-game giveaway like that Shaq City Edition being on everyones seats pregame for its debut in L.A.?

No!

It’s because Dudley has literally been gifting his number ten signature to almost everyone (hello!) whose asked this season on Twitter and it isn’t even Christmas yet. What a statement. And if you thought that was a grand gesture then half of these people in the stands in tens are there because Jared has personally left comp tickets waiting for them for games at will call (the other half probably just in thanks). Not just at STAPLES…but on the road too. Now how’s that for player power? Reaching out to fans in precarious positions, with problems when it comes to getting to games, or even those whose lifelong dream was just to see Hollywood’s Lakers live and in living colour one time.

He’s done it countless. More times than the 23 and 2 team to start their best season since the year 2000 have won.

Now how about that? You love to see it. Right now no one does more for the fans than the people’s champ Jared Dudley.

When he gets his ring it won’t be from riding coattails, but giving his all, everything.

And let’s not forget the heart and hustle he puts down on the floor every night his box score doesn’t read DNP-CD for a second, or minute of time.

Let’s see more from Dudley.

The Lake Show are the Hollywood story of the season. But we all know when it comes to the script from the Basketball God’s you need your character actors as much as the academy of award winners. And if Jared Dudley really is the Lakers unsung hero in L.A. like Denis Irwin was for Manchester United (know your history) it’s time to hit the high notes and shoot our shot like he does his.

Now is this enough for me to get a jersey Jared?

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DO Call It A Carmelo Comeback. Anthony Is Guaranteed For Years

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Back From The Dead In RIP City...

Three fingers like “what’s your poison” and shots to the dome like LL Cool J’s comeback. I’m calling it…

La La said knock you out.

They say there are no guarantees in this life, or league. But now after almost crossing off an entire calender, Carmelo Anthony has one in this league of X and O’s.

You best believe every team that slept on him has woke up now.

O.K. Thunder? Like old New York. No ‘Melo in Lakers yellow, or Houston’s problem.

And let’s not talk about that ATL jersey Atlanta tried to hawk.

The Nugget type of fellow that Nelly rapped about like ‘Na-Nana-Na’, with the heart of a champion sweat until he was no longer in a suit and part of the Sportscenter theme again. After waiting longer to align with The King in Hollywood for this Game Of Thrones than another Anthony (Davis), Carmelo ended up coming up roses in the RIP City of Portland. And boy has he blazed a trail. Voltron forming arguably a big three with the best backcourt in the league not in this nation’s capital with C.J. McCollum and Dame ‘Time’ Lillard with the look like the OK3 of Russell Westbrook and PG3 and not the Beard and the Brow.

And now he’s exceeded everyone’s greatest expectations. As one of the G.O.A.T.’s has polished his path to the Hall with a comeback even better than the return of Superman Dwight Howard with the Lakers…which could have had a Hollywood sequel with Carmelo’s comeback.

But the Lakers loss is the PDX’s blazing gain.

What more would you expect from a guy who still put up competent averages in the soaring Rockets cosmos, despite being grounded by little court acclaim? The problems in Houston could have actually been attributed to another guy who ended up ousted and in an Oklahoma home too. Despite the trolls who are now trading in hot takes like they never simulated 2K videos of him building a Commodore house with his shot selection. Or the analysts who are changing their discussion like a report rewrite.

Carmelo ain’t calming down. Anthony is taking everyone back to school.

Class has been in session.

And how about the report card? Eight games. 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Big shots. Western Conference Player of the Week. All Star legend spot? He belongs like the Carushow in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’s unstoppable like LeBron James’ Eurostep, spin-cycle lay-up that is like a runaway freight…word to Denzel Washington. Or his Kareem sky-hook. Tokyo 2020 Team USA bid for the best in five rings Olympic legend in his golden age? Big shots from the double 0 like seven. From nothing twice?! This is no time to die Mr. Bond.

He’s gone toe-to-shot with the MVP. Showed he was more than a most imported or Sixth Man, but still a star. More than the name, but the actual game. And now he’s guaranteed to be around for a while longer like he never left, but is here to stay. As the Blazers changed the trail on the end of the signature of his contract before the ink even dried for this guy’s with the wet jumper like staying outside in the snow with your ugly NBA sweater this Christmas.

This tax is more than a luxury. It’s about to cap off a classic career with one compelling closing chapter.

Even when he bit career highs at the core of his career in the Big Apple, the ever humble hero Carmelo was a walking and dribbling, “I just take it one game (or day) at a time” postgame soundbite like he has been in his comeback off court to on it. Well now the Blazers can guarantee him 365…or at least 82 or however far he takes them.

From the headband to the hoodie, stay ‘Melo. Anthony is here to stay.

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