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Kevin Durant Is A Warrior…2016 NBA Free Agency Weekend Wrap-Up



“With that in mind I have decided…”

Ladies and gentlemen…Oklahoma City Thunders and Washington Wizards, we need no longer talk about free agent Kevin’s final destination. Kevin Durant is now a Warrior…truth.

Believe/like it or not the Thunder star that almost struck down Golden State this playoffs gone will now reign in Southern California (if he almost beat you…let him join you). Giving Cavalier champion LeBron James nightmares and more grip on the trophy he now sleeps with on his side of the land now the Golden State Warriors have two kings and even more splash brother.

Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Igudola? You may aswell add Larry O’Brien to that five. Hows that for a line-up? ‘Death’ by free agency. Now how was the West won?! By the NBA logo of course. G.S.W’s G.M., Jerry West. Durant, leaving his Oklahoma home and forgoing his D.C. birthright, this is a downpour of despair for the Thunder worse than the weathering of the fall of Harden…and of course Ibaka. From three to four for the Warriors and just zero now for OKC. Now what will Russ do? Come along too? Because it looks like it’s going to be golden in the Warrior state of Oakland again unless this is finally the big market move that takes Golden State across the Golden Gate bridge to San Francisco.

Kevin Durant has been known to help move franchises before.

But now as he finally moves to one with an announcement via an article for The Players Tribune it’s time to Dub this what it is…dynasty!

Or maybe even destiny!

They told us we’d know in around 24 hours. Now on this fourth of July how’s that for some fireworks?

Meanwhile the last 48 hours in this open market has given us a weekend crazier than teaming up Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. Like opening a jigsaw on your coffee table there are so many pieces to sort through.

Lets put it all together…

Names like Dirk and Dwyane are still on the table like Gasol or restricted guys like Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors who could have any offer sheet matched. But still big names are being printed on the backs of new jerseys stitched from Boston to Atlanta. Former Hawk All-Star veteran Al Horford will join the storied on the redemptive rise again Boston Celtics…but alas not with rising star Evan Turner who joins a new big-three power out in Portland. Replacing Horford out in the A will be Dwight Howard who is welcome to Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris’ city after some problems with Houston.

Another man that used to make his green with the Celtics, Rajon Rondo now joins the new Chicago Bulls charge led by their Butler, filling the hole left by Rose. There’s an even bigger spot open now however as former Defensive Player Of The Year Joakim Noah takes his arc of talent to New York also, joining former and new teammate Derrick. It looks like the Knicks are getting great Chicago players two-by-two, looking to add the flash of Dwyane Wade along with Courtney Lee to their new squad led by Carmelo and Porzings that would surely spell championship if that word ever could contain an N.Y.C.

After drafting big with lottery pick Brandon Ingram, the Lakers are looking to surround the number 2 kid with even more big bodies with their second moves of the second season. Their first day was a success even if Durant ruled them out like he did their neighbouring Clippers. Key and Peele substitue teachers nationwide will be going crazy over the signing of Cav champion Timofey Mozgov. Whilst they re-upped their Jordan future with four more years for Clarkson. That was all in the first day. But yesterday they added the muscle milk of Tarik Black back in the show of what’s beginning to look like the youngest and best line-up that could run other teams to death. Or suicide. Still that all had nothing on Lakerland making a big Hollywood move, making a play for the best of British, Luol Deng. The former All-Star can still run and score. But the genius play is signing this fellow former Duke alumni up to mentor another Blue Devil now bleeding purple and living gold in rook Ingram. Looks like the post-Kobe age is set for a youthful revolt behind Brandon, Jordan, Julius Randle, Nance Jr and D’Angelo. And the shows not over yet…even if the Swag just may be like Iggy.

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There were more show-stopping moves and highlights however in a big basketball weekend were a single ball didn’t even bounce in what seemed like a New York minute. Hornet Jeremy Lin must be buzzing with his second chance at 15 minutes of superstar fame in New York. But this time the Linsanity will be hitting Nets out in Brooklyn. Whereas former B.K. bomber Joe Johnson will now be making music with the Jazz. Whilst the former salt of Utah, Al Jefferson looks to get his career back on pace with Indiana. There’s more than six degrees of separation here. From Chandler Parsons rocking to Memphis and Jeff Green tricking to the Magic. You need a ven diagram to keep up with all these movers and shaking up. Forget a bracket. This July is madder than March. It’s like a New Years with all thats lighting up this July 4th in the post playoffs basketball resurgence on these players independence day.

Still it seems staying put has been the power move in this years open season for contract ink. Like the aformentioned and big players like Bradley Beal in Washington and Andre Drummond in Detroit, motoring on as a Piston. Or Batum to Bazemore. Whiteside to Williams (Deron). Marvin Williams and Charlotte. Jared Dudley and Phoenix. And of course Austin Rivers with his pop Doc in Clipperland, joining the remaining Jamal Crawford. Whilst our Canadian family will be pleased about the DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors news…’he still the north’. But the biggest contract seems to be have slid over the table to previously underrated, ever reliable Grizzlies Point Guard Mike Conley. Which proves 153 times over (over 5 years that is) to other franchises that if you have the foundations your face will keep its home.

Unless you’re the Oklahoma City Thunder…who will hope and pray star point Russell Westbrook won’t join Kevin Durant’s exodus to California next Summer.

This is something the people of Cleveland hope and expect with their King as James looks to hold down his Cavalier throne.

If you believe…


La La Lakerland Played Host To A City Of All-Stars At The Weekend



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Like Father, Like Slam,

Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this. Even if Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and even the other Michael (B) Jordan were taking in all the lights, camera action court-side.

After the 2017 Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year and two calendar’s after our native Toronto held the All Star Weekend in Canada, the sixth A.S.G. in the Clipper and Lakerland of the downtown STAPLES of L.A. was the first of it’s kind. As two of the best players in the association and reigning finalists decided to draft their own pool of players against the wall for the ultimate black and white pick-up game between ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team LeBron’, for all the marbles of which of the last two champions would be King.

Well it certainly helps if James picks his rivals reigning MVP teammate Kevin Durant and his own former partner in pine championship crime Kyrie Irving for the big shots first.

But before all that it was down to regular festivities to begin the weekend of All-Star. Basketball’s equivalent of music’s Grammy’s or movies Oscars in Superbowl February. Opening these ceremonials Team World beat down Team USA 155-124 in the Rising Stars game that should really tell you something. Despite home court advantage rookie steal, Kyle Kuzma notching 20, fellow Californian franchise face Buddy Hield was king as the Sacramento star hit 29 as the two sides wore Clipper and Laker interloped Buffalo and MPLS throwbacks for the Hollywood script. And after Quavo of hit duo Migos took home the Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 79-66, Spencer Dinwiddie paid the bills in a superior skills comp. Before scorching Sun in California Devin Booker showed his career high 70 was no one-hit wonder as he burnt down all the nets and the money-ball rack. Winning the three-point contest showdown from reigning winner and sixth man Eric Gordon. Grounding the Rocket as this Phoenix rose. Book it!

But after the most therapeutic competition of All-Star weekend it was time for the most exciting one just as compelling. And in honoring his father Larry Nance, the 1984 winner of the inaugural Slam-Dunk contest, Larry Nance Jr. rocked the baby cradle, like father, like dunk. As he even rocked the old-school Phoenix Suns jersey, short shorts and high-socks for an inspired imitation. But under the magicians cloak, those Los Angeles natives in attendance draped in gold wish he had turned into someone turning back the clock and wearing a Lakers jersey (those Lonzo assists with the ball would have helped). As what would have been a long awaited, eagerly anticipated home-team representation turned into an Akron homecoming for the Ohio hometown hero like LeBron in the Kings land once the trade deadline passed.

Pops Nance loved it though after he himself played the lions share of his career in Cleveland as a Cavalier. Even assisting his boy on his second slam, before he blew the house down with a windmill that even rocked Chris Rock and then double tapped an Instagram worthy picture perfect dunk that if your phone blinked, you’d have had to instant replay it to not miss it and believe it. But all this court creativity wasn’t enough like Maverick rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 360 reverse, through the legs 50. Or All-Star Victor Oladipo getting an assist off King T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman, suiting up in the Black Panther mask and clawing a tomahawk. And if you think that was special, if only you were a fly on the wall for the moment entertainment megastar Jamie Foxx told Vic he loved his album and started singing ‘A Song For You’ with him in the parking lot (as told by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins). As Utah’s jazz man Donovan Mitchell won by jumping over Kevin Hart and his family (Come on! How hard is that? The comedian was even crouched down. Seriously?! He could have even been sat on his shoulders and Mitch would have been good), and then breaking out the classic Vince Carter Raptor jersey and doing you know what.

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The whole weekend turned out to be a testament to a throwback tribute despite Nike’s brand new Team LeBron and Steph duds. Last years All-Star representative, Pelican Anthony Davis paying tribute to his injury fallen teammate brother Cousins by wearing what would have been his numero zero jersey. Free agent suitors beware, DeMarcus is going nowhere now this summer after this. You see he saw on I.G. but look at the shot. How s### was his seat for a would be player?

But after Black Eyed Pea Fergie caught flack for her soulful and sultry rendition of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem (hey, you didn’t complain when Marvin did it) the game hit all the high-flying, dunking high-notes. So much so fans needed throat lozenges like Pink! Even if there wasn’t a single Clipper or Laker representative in the game itself. Despite the lobbying for 6 Man, Lou Will and new Laker Isaiah Thomas only recently being LeBron’s actual teammate.

The King took the MVP crown himself as his 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists helped turn a 15 point hole into a 148-145 victory. And from the look on his face as he leapt into Kevin Durant’s arms of all people, it looked like he just won the NBA Championship back. And from the look on Steph’s face on the receiving end reply it was hard to disagree.

You may be the champion, but I’m the best in the world those eyes said.

Well it’s up to you to decide when round 2 of the All Star draft is televised next year for all to see in M.J.’s land of the greatest.

Charlotte’s going to be good!

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?



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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

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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