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Netflix’s ‘Basketball Or Nothing’ Is Everything

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“Basketball Never Stops!” That’s what Nike t-shirts read during the 2011 NBA Lockout. But now all Under Armour t-shirts sported by those not wearing Chinle high school ones (mines on its airmail way…Wildcats stand up) read ‘Basketball Or Nothing’ like Netflix’s new, latest hit series.

In between streaming the new Jon Favreau ‘Chef Show’ based on his movie and the latest everyone’s talking about like ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Orange Is The New Black’ season of ‘Mindhunter’, it’s time to go double or nothing on the binge and chills latest Basketball venture from the streaming site.

From Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Coach Carter’ (quite possibly one of the greatest hoops movies of all time (and there’s a ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, ‘He Got Game’ and ‘Space Jam’ lot of them too)) to an inspired ‘Iverson’ documentary, there’s plenty on court to choose from when it comes to scrolling through a playbook worth of content on this beautiful game. There’s even some outstanding originals from the Spotify of movies, like the amazing ‘Amateur’, or this year’s Steven Soderbergh’s sobering iPhone filmed ‘High Flying Bird’ agent trying to soar out of the ashes of the lockout like a Phoenix Sun. Big-three possibly one of the ‘Oceans Eleven’, ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘Unsane’ director, Netflix and Basketball’s best.

But ‘Basketball Or Nothing’ is truly something.

Encouraging like the rapping Doggfather passion project ‘Coach Snoop’, but so much more wholesome than his little league football team he parental advisory, explicit content swears by, watch this. Because off the reservation it’s time we learnt about the run and gun Rez ball, a coach so legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was once his assistant, a band of brothers who play for each other and the only stat matters, the W. It’s time to learn about Josiah Tsosie, Cooper Burbank, Chance Harvey and the whole team 1 through 15. It’s time to learn that these warriors even have their own super fan version of Jimmy Goldstein or Nav Bhatia. It’s time to learn about Navajo Nation and what the long walk really is about. It’s time to lean about a land that belonged to a people, centuries before someone like Trump thought we should build a wall and send them home.

Send them home? They are home. This is their home.

As Jack White of The White Stripes said to the stars and stripes, “white Americans what, nothing better to do? Why don’t you kick yourself out? You’re an immigrant too!”

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Amen.

On this beautiful reservation, vast, quiet and all encompassing there is a court culture on the floor and an even richer one off of it that should be celebrated not disrespected. And in the game is a chance for these young men to escape and find themselves a better life outside the temptation and trappings of drug abuse and a life where there is nothing to do.

Basketball is truly a global game that reaches every corner of this earth. But there a fewer places it has more of a formidable force of an inspired and influential impact then in the sand and soil of this desert. This is why you see a state of the art arena in the middle of nowhere that is in all reality actually everywhere. And to those arguing that millions are being ploughed into this facility with nothing done around it. Remember that any educational building like this is helping not hurting the future of this town and it’s youth…and it’s a damn site better than constructing another Starcourt Mall. That’s why you see uniforms provided by Under Armour kitting out these kids who look and in turn play like professionals way before and long after the Netflix documentary cameras are gone like Carmelo (don’t blackball one of the best Basketball). And this is what makes these Wildcats the most clawed after this side of the U.K. and the Kentucky alumni that has given us the likes of Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Karl Anthony-Towns and Julius Randle.

Season one and done this is a refreshing look at the love of the game away from NCAA court corruption or even a big league NBA were the offseason moving and shaking drama seems to mean even more than the actual regular 82 and what happens when it all tips off. Instead and everything we need right now ‘Basketball Or Nothing’ is all about the ball and the basket and just what these young men playing together as a team, one for all will do to get it there until they take scissors to its nylon.

And to think some Twitter trends are still screaming for Taco Tuesday.

Eat that!

These young Rez ball men of Navajo Nation are King.

This isn’t reality T.V. This is real life.

Basketball truly without borders.

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Toronto Raptors’ NBA Finals Anthem

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Toronto Raptors Nba Finals Anthem

Toronto hip-hop artist Peter Jackson has dropped a preview of his self-proclaimed and sure fire Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Finals anthem.

Jackson, a rising artist from the six goes hard, dropping gems on a beat produced by Jazzy Feezy (BMG Music) and Steve Samson that is sure to have Raptors’ fans head noddin’ and cranking it out of their cars and headphones during pre-game and post-game celebrations in the upcoming NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.

“Ask Kawhi what it feel like / from the city that would die for the game we play / When he hit that shot Embiid / I knew the boy gonna stay / and when he dropped 45 on the Sixers / I knew the boy don’t play.”

“I’m coach of the year, Nurse / put the Bucks in a third-round hearst / Philadelphia done got hurt / don’t forget the Magic done got murked.”

“You can feel it when you walk in the place / I can see it on Masai’s face / you got your shot, you take it / he ain’t got time to wait.”

“Nav Bhatia sixth-man / Leo Rautins with the game plan / Tim & Sido that’s ma man / I like Kate B of TSN”

“And the building can feel it”

“Let’s go Raptors”

“And the building can feel it”

The full version will be released on Thursday May 30th 2018.

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Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Flies Like An Eagle

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Netflix's High Flying Bird Flies Like An Eagle
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“Basketball is a business”.

Man I hate that cliché.

But like most things it’s only a cliché because it’s true.

Hollywood is too. And the new standard to watch movies, the streaming service Netflix is the conglomerate now treating all their property like a commodity (Oops! Say those words). But still even though not in its purest cinematic form, Netflix gives storytelling lovers a library worth of lore for those who prefer to read the credits of a binged show than a book. And there’s no problem with that at all. Great stories are exactly that in whatever medium and whatever way they can be put out there and witnessed the better the exposure and availability to be seen (hash-tag the outstanding Oscar winning ‘Roma’ breaking the Academy Gold mold…or should we say “mould”). Besides in this post magazine age if it wasn’t for social media, streaming and the whole world wide web in itself how would we ourselves even operate on this level?

Running rings round Hulu and even the prime delivery company of Amazon, Netflix have no chill. They own it all. Some of the biggest and best movies, even their own originals (right now the Ben Affleck special forces delivery ‘Triple Frontier’ with Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal is doing the rounds), crowning T.V. shows from the royal family to the ‘Narcos’ borders of Mexico and even a whole host of original documentaries. Forget Michael Jackson, it’s time you learned about what really happened to the great Sam Cooke.

A change really has come. And just like the game, this brave new world is constantly in a flux of change in illuminating bright lights. What you thought was the standard can soon be a standing joke. This is an application so big they even had the power to Thanos all their street level Marvel hero series after Disney and Mickey Mouse took all the stones. This is just the new way of doing things. Just like in the game of Basketball where players have the power (King James and his Hollywood Magic Kingdom land) and a tweet can chance the timeline of history just as much as a bored, board meeting.

They were once locked out and now they are free. But taking it back to that time and even complete with a meta moment to their new studio home, Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Basketball blockbuster movie shows us just how much has changed and just how much still goes on BTS (that’s millennial abbreviated talk for, “behind the scenes” for you and not a tribute to my favourite Korean Pop idols) when the screen lights in the high rises dim for the night.

We are constantly on our phones (I say as I write this). Bird tweeting, liking, double-tapping, swiping right and snapping like turtles. And there is so much to plug into and binge (emphasis on has a word ever been more appropriate) that sometimes we forget where we are. Even a Basketball writer that reviews films as a side hustle can get lost in so much refreshing 24/7 cycles that he can take a month to review a damn Basketball movie and still not get round to his point (my bad).

It’s the same as in this neon modern life as it is for this game. We are too busy trying to record that play for our own social account identity gratification that we can see in HD seconds from now all over the web that we actually miss the moment. We are too busy hating on certain athletes and running with toxic trolling trends because we fall for anything believe everything that is tweeted that we forget to take it pinch of salt back to the Basketball basics of the ball and that beautiful swish. We are all guilty of it. Even if we are just giving it our face in the phones-whilst our partner looks on unimpressed flicking between channels with the other remote before thinking about picking their own phone up and weighing up their own options-time of the day. We are too busy taking a selfie in our new jersey to see what is playing out there right in front of us.

After its own ‘Amateur’ association production above the basketball rim, Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ (that joins the ‘Coach Carter’ and ‘The Carter Effect’, ‘Iverson’ documentary likes of all you can stream on this service. Looking to be a movie that matches up with the big-three likes of ‘Hoosiers’, ‘Blue Chips’, ‘Glory Road’ and countless more on-court plays from ‘Uncle Drew’ to ‘Space Jam’ too) with its own Larry legend and Billy Edd Wheeler self-titled classic theme song explores these parallels and the time this all shifted and tectonic changed during the ball and old ways burning NBA lockout of a fair few, but still fresh years ago. Brought to a whole new court concept of modern day business and personal economic law by ‘Oceans’ and ‘Magic Mike’ XXL auteure director Steven Soderbergh (one of the best this movie game has ever seen on the tip top of his). Who once again revolutionised the game of this industry by filming the modern social cautionary tale of ‘Unsane’ on an iPhone, brings those same shot for shot dynamics as his documentary like filming, fish eye lens really captures the heart of New York City for Netflix (wait a minute…are those the Rand offices from ‘Iron Fist’?). Meatpacking Tribeca to new Freedom towering above. Even capturing the world’s most famous city when it sleeps in back office cubicles where the real decisions are made with a stroke of a pen and a swipe of a scroll.

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And this dull-slick tone (trust me that’s no insult, but the biggest of aesthetic compliments) really evokes the lockout lost feeling and the stunting silence of uncertainty in a young man’s world with the ball and future in his hands, but nowhere to play with. Especially in the city of Madison Square Garden. This slow burner is a meditation of what life is really like behind the business and what we really are playing for as the world turns like the ball spinning. That sacred essence. As Soderbergh takes it all the way back to ‘Predator’ legend Bill Duke’s rec gym and the kids who have the rock and the hard place of a great expectations in their future. But thankfully with the invincible joy of youth all they want to do is ball. And maybe catch a selfie for the ‘gram with the biggest one.

Executive produced by face to smoke screen mesmerizing ‘Moonlight’ actor André Holland, who is the real star of this show as a sports agent of change. Complete with restrained ‘Jerry Maguire’ charm for the real reason behind ‘This Is Why We Play’ (for the good looks not the big bucks) shows he can lead his own big picture like seeing one and effecting that change. He’s suited and booted with leading man depth and street and style tailored towards substance smarts and holds his own, counselling a crack cast. There’s ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Deadpool 2’ Domino star Zazie Beetz, who is probably the biggest star of them all right now and it shows. Hot rookie Melvin Gregg on his own inspired introduction. Spock himself in prospering ‘Heroes’ actor Zachary Quinto. ‘The Wire’s’ scene stealing Sonja Sohn. Netflix’s very own Caleb McLaughlin of ‘Stranger Things’ growing up. And ‘Twin Peaks’ legend Kyle MacLachlan all on “put me in coach” formidable form. Even real NBA players Reggie Jackson, Donovan Mitchell and Karl Anthony-Townes are fourth wall, black and white, Sprite logo commercial looking on hand for some true story method account to all this business madness. But none of these All Stars cast are going as dutch with the big ticket as Holland.

André looking to take this game to places it’s never been before like 3000 is a new millennium outside the baseline thinker, and his old school knowledge is the perfect crossover of what this life and love for the peach and basket should be all about. Brand new, inspired innovations meeting tried and tested, old smarts. Because here’s another cliché for you that rings just as true. “You can’t really know where you are going, until you know where you have been”. Word to Maya Angelou. And Netflix and it’s ‘High Flying Bird’ with its head in the clouds but its sneakers on the hardwood asphalt are heading in the right direction.

Just watch.

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