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22 Zip…Walton’s Warriors Are Really Coming Out To Play!

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22 and nothing…it’s almost getting boring…

…yeah right!

How could you not want to watch Basketball like this? As they used to say in Sacramento; “if you don’t like that, you just don’t like basketball”! But this is happening a little south of Sacto, in California’s Golden State.

These Warriors are the Oakland Raiders of peach basketball. The Oracle of the eye of the future, that is small-ball revolution now! Best since the 72 Bulls, you know the year. And you best believe this stampeding charge could beat it or the leagues longest ever winning streak.

And Steve Kerr isn’t even the one taking them there!

Whilst Coach is on the recovery table, Chef Curry is still cooking hot with the shot. Right next to his Pacific tide riding brother Klay Thompson and the big-three completion of the Most Improved, All Defense Draymond Green. Not to mention bond sealant, blue guys like Bogut, Barnes and more. And who could for forget the stifling defense of reigning Finals MVP, Andre Iguodola?

Yet it’s his former Wildcat Arizona alumnus, Luke Walton who is taking them there and boy do we love it like Iggy does!

The record is incredible and Coach Walton’s sideline reputation is intact. Even though there are some who don’t credit all this to him. Or some that even argue his eligibility for Coach of the Year. But right now he is that and nothing else can touch him. Nobody! Not one! Don’t get it twisted this isn’t another case of a capable Coach being replaced by another like Mark Jackson…I’m sorry but Steve Kerr is for real and the job is his. But Bill Walton’s son will definitely find his own one, even a co one in the interim now he has made his own name.

After scorching the nets in Brooklyn 114-98 last night, behind Curry’s blazing 28 points it couldn’t be more clear. The Warriors and Walton are here to stay in one way or another. It’s a dynasty and the former player who won championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe, with and without Shaq knows all about and is built for this. He’s endured through it all. Showtime and show over and it’s his stage now, no curtain. Sure, it’d be great to see both he and Kerr on the sideline together when the former Chicago Bull legendary champion returns from his back recovery. But one way or another we will see them both in a head position soon, because Luke is no substitute teacher. He’s class in session old school.

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Neither man should be underrated no matter how pure Stephen Curry’s shot and Golden State’s one for the title is. These guys are true Warriors and coaches even if they where both almost seemingly impossibly flawless in both their rookie campaigns with the dry erase. There’s more to it than that. They aren’t standing on the shoulders of giants in this small ball age, they are carrying and leading their team to these sure thing victories. You knew both where made for this side of the game when they where players. They say role players make the best coaches, but these former x-factor champions where a little more legendary than that for the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Their all round game may have been primed for the pine, but Kerr’s Curry clucth, true three and Walton’s pure pass, amazing assist belong to the gifts of the greats, handed down from the basketball Gods.

And Luke is passing it all down right as his Portland Trail Balzing legendary father Bill watches from the sidelines of commentary. What more can even he say? The Waltons is playing on T.V. every night like it was the seventies, the last time these Warriors won behind the grandma style of Rick Barry. Now, just how long can they keep this up for? 72? 82?

“Luuuuuuke” just keeps going like the chant for him in Lakerland that almost sounded like boos as he came off the bench. But its all cheers and chants as the coke glasses get knocked together. All until Steve Kerr comes back and out to play.

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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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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

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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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