Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can run this team out of the gym and all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference in a Atlantic division that is shallower than the edge of the ocean. With these two one things for sure, NBA basketball won’t run from Canada.
Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Jason Kidd may be gone, but Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are still here. Jarret Jack is a nice addition to the bench too like Andrei Kirlienko. Sure B.K. is depleted but so is the East.
New York Knicks
What a difference a Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher make. Especially when these Laker legends come with a re-upped Carmelo not joining Kobe. Still living and dying by a core of Stoudemire and J.R. Smith the core of the Big Apple needs more bite before its rotten.
If Joel Embiid can be the new Mutombo in Philly and as big a rookie as Michael Carter-Williams was these Philadelphia stake holders may have a chance at breaking more than bells.
How far can the best Point Guard in the league Rajon Rondo take the most successful and storied franchise of all time? Especially, if he himself ends up far away. It could be all on the broad gym shoulders of a Smart young rookie changing the guard.
In Ohio the land is rich again with the return of the King. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and now Kevin Love is an Ultron Voltron big-three in this age of Avengers. They are also thinking of there first trilogy so ‘Bron can match Kobe and Mike’s three-peats. But how much will unloading number one Canadian draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett hurt their future?
Still the thorn in LeBron’s lion paw is Rose and his rejuvenated Bulls. So long as Derrick doesn’t wilt under the pressure of another injury, his matchup nightmare in the preseason could beat the ‘Bron beast and the rest of the East. Especially with a frontcourt fueled by the passion of Defensive Player Of The Year Joakim Noah and the betrayed fire of former Laker Pau Gasol. A man who brings Larry O’Brien along with him in his trades. The city of Chicago needs this.
After hitting the skids on their stellar season the ‘Indy 5.00′ has been run off the road with the loss of sixth man Lance Stephenson to free agency and superstar Paul George to a horrific injury. Roy Hibbert, George Hill and David West can still take them far, but sometimes what looks good on paper is just screwed up (see Bynum; Andrew). Here’s betting they wish Danny Granger’s jersey wasn’t now on the discount rack.
Caron Butler was a nice addition to the Palace, but he would have found a better, hard-working and bruising home in Auburn Hills back in the Bad Boy age. The future is Drummond and Jennings, but they need a few more pieces before everyone stops being so puzzled. Motor City needs a new engine to drive these Pistons.
Welcome to the future of the NBA, Jabari Parker. Right now in NBA purgatory in Wisconsin with former high draft pick stud O.J. Mayo. Give them one more guy to garnish the salad colour jerseys and it could all be like Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell again.
Paul Pierce was an incredible Nene, Andre Miller, Drew Gooden like big name to add to this rich roster, but do you want the truth? It’s the backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall who are going to run this D.C. capital right through the East like an Obama motorcade.
I wont say it. Besides Dwyane Wade’s franchise still has him and Chris Bosh along with Miami mainstays like Haslem and the Birdman. If that wasn’t enough Luol Deng, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts are a big three addition. Yeah I’m going to go there. Life without LeBron will suck but not as much as people think. There’s still talents in South Beach. There I said it.
This franchise used to be a yearly frustration, now they are a regular playoff mainstay. Especially with big players like Horford, Milisap and Teague and the size of Elton Brand and threes of Kyle Korver on reserve. Still they seem to have lost some energy and enthusiasm ever since Josh Smith hustled his dunking play off the block.
The Hornets are back. Forget a Pelican or Bobcat that Larry Johnson throwback is even more relevant now. But right now the franchise that wishes Michael Jordan could step down from the front office like a Washington Wizard and play, would settle for someone’s Grandmama playing here. Still big addition Lance Stephenson is nice addition to the Kemba Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist formula of success. Don’t be divided it’ll multiply in a few years.
The Magic Kingdom has been in need of some Disney Fantasia magic ever since Dwight Howard, superman flew to the Rockets of Houston by way of the Man Of Steel Shaq’s former franchise. At least Victor Oladipo has some help in a Point Guard called Payton. No not Gary, but Elfrid, a rookie ready to fit like a glove and take the Mickey Mouse reigns.
Lakers Finally Get Anthony Davis. But At What Cost?
Like a rat crawling over some controls and releasing Scott Lang from the Quantum Realm in this Endgame, just like that the Lakers have their Ant-Man. And it’s an avenging, giant, levelling up move.
Anthony Davis is finally a Los Angeles Laker.
Still I hate to piss on this parade and sound like Morgan Freeman in ‘The Dark Knight’, but at what cost?
Well to be specific here’s the receipt.
Lonzo Ball (bad move).
Brandon Ingram (okay we expected that, but still).
Josh Hart (what?!).
The fourth pick in this weekends draft (or should we say Cam Reddish).
And a load of other picks over the next few seasons. Or should we say a couple of Jordan Clarkson’s and Larry Nance Jr.’s.
Well at least they got to keep Kyle Kuzma for a formidable frontcourt that might be the new, next big three.
But the young core and that keep the hash-tag campaign is officially the casualty of this trade bait like the jobs of Magic and Dell Demps, that’s been fish on the line dangling for longer than that Kawhi Leonard rim rattling shot against the Sixers.
Rob Pelinka’s a beast…and not in a good way.
We will say it again. That clip of Rob Pelinka claiming he set up a meet between Kobe Bryant ans Heath Ledger after Mamba watched ‘The Dark Knight’ is beyond messed up. We all know Heath passed away before the film even came out. Don’t disrespect the dead. Can’t buy character. But can sell your integrity.
That’s who you are dealing with Lake Show.
Hollywood’s Rob Lowe would have been better.
Let’s see who you’re not dealing with anymore.
D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart.
Is that everyone?
What you wanted more?
All the years all the young guns with plenty more calenders left in their clips. All gone.
And they didn’t even ask for Julius Randle back as part of the trade kicker.
But look to him staying in New Orleans now with Ball, Ingram, Hart and whoever else would have ended up in Los Angeles with that luck of the lottery fourth ball. And the Pelicans about to fly with the road to Zion looking like the closest thing to what would have been the young Lake Show for the future Mardi Gras in Crescent City.
Don’t write off NOLA it’s all about to go down smooth in the Big Easy.
But after months of speculation, social media tweets and articles I rest my case, I’ll say no more. But you know how it is.
On the bright side in sunny California…Anthony f##### Davis.
The Lakers finally have their man. And next to LeBron the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe…sorry Pau. It could be Finals…it’s at least playoffs.
Now it’s time to put another great core together.
Kemba? Three Kings?
Kyrie? Kevin? Kawhi?
Cue that laugh…hey we all have dreams in Hollywood.
Free agents will be more likely to join the ‘Space Jam’ show now too, but whoever LeBronland casts like throwing up movies off your phone on to your T.V. it’s a whole new world in L.A. now the Genie (or Jeanie) has finally granted their wish.
But how about two more Aladdin? On the spirit of Robin Williams help us Will Smith!
Then that will make up for all the young princes they’ve lost for one King.
As of right now like Swiss, this team has more holes than “fashionable” hipster t-shirts on Rodeo. There’s no starting point for one. And not having Lonzo ball out on the tutoring of both legendary super sub Rajon Rondo and the fellow pure point Basketball I.Q. of new assistant coach Jason Kidd is a real shame. Like losing a pure scorer like Ingram (or *clears throat* D-Lo). Or the best role player the Lakers have ever had since the days of Horry, Fox and Fisher in Josh Hart. Not to mention whoever would have come next starting this weekend.
All for a guy who was going to come to us next Summer anyway and in these changing player power times could still walk away next season anyway.
All for nothing?
I guess the Lakers looked at Leonard winning it all with Toronto and thought it was all worth it.
But at least it’s all done. It’s over now. And for now Anthony Davis in that Glen Rice 41 is the next big man great in the legendary Laker lineage of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau.
Just don’t Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard this up.
Rich Paul for MVP.
That’s all folks!
The Six In 6. Toronto Become First Canadian NBA Champions
They the North did it.
Last night in the Bay the 6 got turned upside down with no need for a seven right now. As Drake’s really big team got some really big rings.
And with a 114-110 win in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. After almost a quarter century the Toronto Raptors became the first franchise outside of the United States to win the National Basketball Association finals to make history and become Canadian champions.
And in their Canuck colours pointing to the North from California with the gold, these red and whites flying the flag in the U.S. did it for all of us as they truly changed the game.
It started with an expansion 24 years ago in Toronto. Alongside the Vancouver Grizzlies. It ended with them being the sole franchise outside of America in the NBA as former Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol joined another former gritted Grizz in the form of his big brother Pau Gasol to be the first siblings in hoops history to be NBA champions.
It started with throwback cousins Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady in Dino unis, throwing it up and putting it down. Bringing the Air to the Air Canada Center. It ended like Vinsanity in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest for a new millennium. Looking at the camera after honey dipping and putting it through the legs, telling us emphatically with cutting hand gestures, “it’s over”.
This is for him. Mac. Mighty Mouse. The Camby Man. The Junkyard Dog. Iron Man, Mo Pete. Chris Bosh.
You know it’s for DeMar DeRozan too especially.
Kyle Lowry (what more can you say with 26, 7 and 10 leading the way?). Gasol. Siakam (G-League to big league champ). VanVleet. Ibaka. Lin. And of course quite possibly now the greatest player in the world right now and Finals MVP (joining Kareem and the King as the only Most Valuable Finals Player with multiple teams), sinking that last free throw as epic as his around the world and a day buzzer beater against the Sixers in the six, Kawhi Leonard.
Nick Nurse the architect. And of course another one, James Naismith. This game was invented by Canadians, played by Canadians and like the first ever game in NBA history, this victory belongs to Canadians.
Drake. Real superfan Nav Bhatia and the Canadian coffee house company Tim Hortons raising a cup to him commercial tribute. Everyone in Jurassic Park roaring like T-Rexes for these Raptors and of course all of you. Truly bringing the buzz to basketball.
This if for the real Warriors too. Five straight finals for the first time in a half century, 50 years (love Commish Adam Silver’s lining tribute). The dynasty that is nowhere near dead as they fought to the end for their last look in the Oracle in those Town across the chest jerseys before moving from Golden State across the Golden Gate to a new era of dominance in the hilly streets of San Francisco (the next time we’ll see Toronto is in Tokyo, October for our very own NBA Japan), where that digitally developing skyline from those tram peak points is the limit. No matter who stays or goes in this Curry, Durant, Draymond and Klay juggernaut with guys like Igudola and Cousins relating too. This is for Kevin Durant (who we apologize to for every Canadian fan who cheered his injury in Game 5. Although Warrior fans cheered for an injured Kawhi back in the day too) who played to the pain as all heart he proved everyone wrong and did it all for his team. And true Warrior mode Klay Thompson who went down with a crippling injury too in this final game and came right back to the right kind of cheers. This superteam and one of the greatest in history is far from extinct.
But right now for the Toronto Raptors it’s Jurassic World and the Golden State Warriors for the last time, fallen kingdom.
And as the final horn called for the last game of the season all hands were kept high for the North who overcame all the cold to break the ice for the first championship. And the champagne no longer on ice tasted as good as these underdogs proving everyone wrong as they bit back.
I’m not crying…we’re all crying.
We the champions my friends and Canadian countrymen.
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