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2015 NBA Draft Brings The Winds Of A Season Of Change



Banking on a career like no other last night at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, last years top class of college kids and such graduated to NBA men as the new stars of the leagues future.

But in the 2015 NBA Draft who choose who?

With their first, first pick in the NBA Draft the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl Anthony-Towns from the University of Kentucky…one of seven Wildcats from last years almost unbeatable squad in this years draft. Although this is the first time Minnesota have had a number one pick, Towns joins the Twin-Cities stars of the future and the last two drafts top, number one picks. Last years Rookie Of The Year Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett acquired from a 2014 Draft Day trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love. This Wolf Pack leader with some mentoring from Minny legend Kevin Garnett will form a great partnership with last years top Rookie and sophomore stud as these faces help Minnesota become the franchise of the future.

Minneapolis’ former team the Los Angeles Lakers also made a splash in the draft as they didn’t end up choosing Jahil Okafor with their second selection (he was picked bronze by Philly who now add a formidable frontline of too many big men in the form of their last couple of picks in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid) and highest draft lottery win since the Big Game of 1982 when they selected legend James Worthy, who was in attendance on helping hand. Instead talented Ohio State Buckeye and defence voodoo D’Angelo Russell was in play like the Vanguard. With prizes for the crispest suit in candy red and white, who from the 60’s would have thought the Lakers future would be called Russell? The talented guard brings his averages of 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to the purple and gold Staple and also gives Kobe’s Lakers a big-three for the future alongside last years rookie surprise Jordan Clarkson and the return from injury big-man Julius Randle (so long as they don’t trade three future faces away for one star). The Lakers may have also selected another late, round sleeper by picking the son of former NBA player Larry Nance. With all this and the upcoming free-agent market looking more open for guys like Trailblazing, Portland departed LaMarcus Aldridge and their former draft choice Marc Gasol (who they once traded for brother Pau) it looks like Showtime is back in Hollywood.

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In other picks the Knicks went bold and fourth taking talented international import Kristaps Porzingis to finally give Phil Jackson’s team a big-man. Whether the owners decision to attend a Lady Gaga concert during Draft week work will be a crazy choice remains to be seen. Will it be a Poker Face one, or just another Bad Romance for the beloved Big Apple city of Madison Square Garden basketball in need of some world famous ‘Melo assisting Mecca? More Nuggets came with Denver who managed to swoop in with the seventh pick for star-stud with overseas experience Emmanuel Mudiay, who could be this years steal. Just like the Houston Rockets selection of Sam Dekker with the 18th pick. His Wisconsin Badgers teammate Frank ‘The Tank’ Kaminsky rolled into Charlotte with the ninth pick as owner Michael Jordan won his battle with former coach Phil Jackson for one of last years best college stars and stories.

More chapters will be made from these kids careers as they set forth their journeys into the next big stage of their bright futures. Who will boom and bust remains to be seen, but this explosion of talent gives us a big-budget, blockbuster draft that we haven’t seen the likes of in years.

Here’s how they all panned out…

1 Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C
2 D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG
3 Jahlil Okafor, C
4 Kristaps Porzingis, PF
5 Mario Hezonja, SG/SF
6 Willie Cauley-Stein, C
7 Emmanuel Mudiay, PG
8 Stanley Johnson, SF
9 Frank Kaminsky, SF/PF
10 Justise Winslow, SF
11 Myles Turner, C
12 Trey Lyles, PF
13 Devin Booker, SG
14 Cameron Payne, PG
15 Kelly Oubre, SF
16 Terry Rozier, PG/SG
17 Rashad Vaughn, SG
18 Sam Dekker, SF
19 Jerian Grant, PG/SG
20 Delon Wright, PG
21 Justin Anderson, SF
22 Bobby Portis, PF
23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF
24 Tyus Jones, PG
25 Jarell Martin, PF
26 Nikola Milutinov, C
27 Larry Nance, PF
28 R.J. Hunter, SG
29 Chris McCullough, PF
30 Kevon Looney, SF/PF

Good luck young guns. The NBA world is yours. This is your time!


Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?



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It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles



Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History



Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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