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2016/2017 NBA Season Preview-Eastern Conference

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Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors

The 6 turned the rest of the NBA upside down so much they are no longer a 9 seed now. Drake’s knights are all stars now, like dynamic duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowrey. And adding the likes of Jared Sullinger to a pine fresh bench that features Canadian homecomer Corey Joseph is going to take them even further out the cabin in the woods.

Brooklyn Nets

A few years and millions ago the Brooklyn Nets biggest problem was who out of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett was going to take the ball. Now underrated big-man Brook Lopez needs some help in his B.K. fight for N.Y. And his twin just escaped New York, going from the Big Apple to the Windy City. At least the as enigmatic as his hair Jeremy Lin is back in the city that gave him his 15 minutes of Linsanity. But did you see that lay-up he blew this week Shaq’ting a fool? Time for the Nets to go figure before they become just another gif.

New York Knicks

The real home of New York basketball outside of the Rucker isn’t looking as rotten with the new New York Knicks. The ‘bockers have a real spring in their step with the Derrick Rose that grew from Chicago concrete…and he brought his Bull brother Noah with him in free agency too. Add Brandon Jenning and Courtney Lee, Porzingis becoming a legit star and Carmelo Anthony having as big a year on the floor as all the awareness he is socially spreading off it then M.S.G. looks to get Mecca mega. Then they’ll be yapping about them even more in ‘Luke Cage’ barbershops. And just maybe Phil Jackson will be able to get himself a free haircut.

Philadelphia 76ers

Philly can’t catch a break right now. Unless it’s to number one draft pick Ben Simmons’ foot. Their accension from the lotto to the big ticket is like Rocky running up those steps with a dislocated hip. The creed of their city Allen Iverson answered the halls call this Summer. But their are questions shrouding their future famers. We all know the rookie season big-man Jahil Okafor had and Joel Embiid may be back but how much room is there in Nerlens Noel’s frontcourt? Put them all up there and you have one imposing frontline, especially when the next LeBron comes back from injury to guard everything else. That could be scary, but right now the Sixers are having a nightmare.

Boston Celtics

Beantown just got a shot of coffee like Boston Common this Summer. He may not be Bill Russell, but big-man Al Horford is the Celtics type of player through and through. Even if the professional veteran has spent the rest of his career with the Atlanta Hawks. He is the centrepiece of a talent and underrated roster that could bring the C’s back to the champagne and chips. All lead by Point Guard Isiah Thomas. One of the quickest, savviest floor genreals since…well Isiah Thomas.

Central Division

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James and all the Kings men erased a half century city drought, all the doubt and a never done before 3-1 defecit in the NBA Finals against the 73 win game best Golden Stade Warriors for the realest comeback in ‘Brons Ohio homecoming. One Kevin Durant later and everyone is trying to take all this from The Land. But there’s real Cavaliers here. And Cleveland have added the type of Richard Jefferson vets that are animals when it comes to experience. From James’ former Miami Heat rock Chris Anderson, flying above the rim like a Birdman, to the legacy lineage of smooth forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. But whose going to sign J.R.? Lets not forget the Love like Kevin. The King can take his throne again this year because there’s a name here just as scary as Kevin. It’s Kyrie.

Chicago Bulls

And you say Chi-cities Bulls looked ready for a stampede last year. Now Chicago’s recharged and really seeing red. Sure in the wind of change losing hero Derrick Rose, heart Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol on hallmark form was tough, but keeping the services of Jimmy Butler was the number one priority. And they did it! But look at the big-three they’ve got in return. These guards may not be literally big, but they’ll run this small ball league into the ground. On paper Rajon Rondo is the leagues best prototype Point Guard, but buyer beware this former Celtic had been on almost as many teams since as players he’s passed too. Still homegrown Dwyane Wade’s return to his true city is the sweetest story for Chicago…even if it is weird not seeing him in Miami’s own classic red, white and black. But alas when it comes to the legendary Bulls future, rookie Denzel Valentine may show them the most love.

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Indiana Pacers

Last year Paul George returned from the previous ones season crippling injury to show he was still the player he always was…if not better. This year he plans to go one more saying he has his sights set on league MVP. The Oympic Gold Medalists team look to more however. As the Pacers in their 50th year in Indiana have quickly and quietly assembled one of the best and most underrated rosters in the association after losing the likes of George Hill, Roy Hibbert, David West and Lance Stephenson/Danny Granger. Don’t believe us? Aaron Brooks, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey, Jeff Teague, Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young and Glenn Robinson’s kid tell you differently. Larry Bird’s men look to run the picket fence with a lot of dark horse power. Keep Pace!

Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris are the big-three and they may be enough to motor the Pistons to the point where everones screaning “DEE-TROIT BASKET-BALL” again. Their one of the most overlooked triple threats in a league of Holy Trinity’s. But you can’t overlook what’s overtaking you. Motown and Motor City are not over. We told you to keep pace.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks do not stop with the ban of O.J. Mayo. They begin with the alphabet of Giannis Antelokounmpo. The M.C.W. The making of Thon Maker. The return of Jabari Parker. And even Michael Beasley. The big contract for Cav champ Matthew Delladova. Or the big-man himself Greg Monroe, as complimentary to this team as Clarence Cleamons was on the E Street Sax. Jason Kidd’s kids where born to run and with veteran six Jason Terry coming off the bench like a runway the Bucks could really jet.

Southeast

Washington Wizards

If it aint broke, don’t try to cast a spell to fix it. The Washington Wizards house of guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and their Lincoln towering centre Marcin Gortat have been around for as long as Gandalf, but they’re still so Griffindor young. But for this team to be really capital like D.C. perhaps it’s time to initital a few more contracts. The Wiz will always be a quick draw but it’s time for someone new to come to town. But please, anybody but Trump.

Miami Heat

Once, twice, three times a loser. The big-three is done. First the King James exiled himself back home to the throne and now even Heat lifer Dwyane Wade has returned to his roots in the Rose concrete broken Chicago. But the real tragedy is Miami giving up on Chris Bosh. Lets hope and pray this is not the end. Now the most experienced South Beach talent is Gorjan Drajic. But Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow are the future. They might be able to count on a few more lottery picks for company soon. Don’t count them out though. The Heat is still on…but the flame is flickering.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have lost a couple of wingmen. But long time franchise faces Jeff Teague and Al Horford will always be welcome in Atlanta. The players that are playing now include Kent Bazemore, Jarret Jack and Tim Hardaway Jr. And Hawkeye Kyle Korver is still the arrow man. But it’s Dwight Howard’s 100 watt Magic smile that is the new face of the A. Some in Orlando, Los Angeles and Houston may have their doubts, but wearing Kobe Bryant’s old number in memory of the family he could have had Dwight’s return to his Georgia home has so much more sweet meaning to it. And a bruising big frontcourt wih Paul Millsap will hit back at all those taking shots until the ATL reaches the knockout stages.

Charlotte Hornets

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Hornet basketball right now. But there always will be when this North Carolinan team is owned by the greaest to ever do it, Michael Jordan. Sure they may not have the All-Star game anymore…and rightfully so, but the franchise still has those type of players. The Lance Stephenson experiment didn’t work (again). Now it’s time for Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nicholas Batum and Frank Kaminsky to be all they can be. Then the honeycomb will be as sweet as those Kobe teal what could have been draft Nike’s. But don’t worry…Charlotte is good.

Orlando Magic

How about a Magic trick? How about the Penny pinstripe throwbacks making something out of a roster that features thunderous free agent Serge Ibaka, real dunk champ Aaron Gordon, sophomore stud Elfrid Payton and veteran journeyman star gunner Jeff Green? Otherwise Orlando will only be known for Disney and what could have been with Supermen Shaq and Dwight Howard…and don’t get us started on them losing Tobias Harris. Now you see them. Now you don’t!

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

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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’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

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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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