22 and nothing…it’s almost getting boring…
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.
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.
Boogie’s Productions Down Again
Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.
When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.
What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.
But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.
Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.
This games God’s people.
When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.
Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.
And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.
The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.
Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.
Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.
The bridge is far from over.
New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition
Philadelphia soul on ice.
Ever since Nike partnered up with the NBA like ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ there has been a fast and furious release of rock solid jerseys for the hardwood over the last couple of seasons. From the Association, to the Icon’s and Statement’s made. Last year the ‘Just Do It’ swoosh even helped Basketball’s best put on a vest for the City. Adding even more to the closet collection when it came to some alternates for the teams that made the postseason push to the playoffs.
But now if you thought fo, fo, four jerseys that have at least one changing by the year was enough for your locker room or throwback budget, then just you wait. Because all these fits and drips may be iconic, but Nike are about to release an addition that really is Classic for the five man team. Over the next calendar the Classic Edition jerseys will belong to only 12 franchises in this 30 strong league. Less than half for the next year that we hope includes some storied Lakers and Celtics duds.
But what better team to introduce this new tradition than the one with more classic throwbacks than Mitchell and Ness in the Philadelphia 76ers? The City of Brotherly Love may have lost Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick this offseason, but they’ve gained even more threads for new team player Al Horford and mainstays Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to rock with the rock as they push it down court next season.
Open your arms to that.
The classic PHILA Philadelphia jerseys have already been brought back with a next generation twist. Whilst the 76ers seem to be the only team who could still put up those Christmas script jerseys long after other teams have gone in the New Year sales. But with the only court apparel competition being what looks in the mirror as they try these on, the Sixers have out done and stitched themselves yet again. Bringing back like 1971, Hal Greer and ‘The Kangaroo Kid’, Billy Cunningham, the iconic and creative “Seventies Sixers” jerseys. A jumping, forgotten retro relic and slept on classic until now.
Waking up the league, back to the future in a Ford Mustang the Motown era of a classic Bad Boy, Detroit Pistons would be proud…or jealous of (inch or mile, you should have got there sooner Motor City men), Embiid and Simmons in a slick photoshoot sharing an ‘S’ on the chest popped the hood and revealed all the intricate workings underneath, bringing this classic back on the road like Hall & Oates.
Hold on we’re going home.
Before the process. Before the answer. Even before “fo, fo, fo”, Cunningham and the Sixers represented Philly like steak and cheese. The 1970’s where a defining era for the city. Philadelphia soul made its mark from stereos to nightspots and some young fighter named ‘Rocky’ went the distance with some kid called Creed as some man going by the name Sly Stallone wrote a classic movie. Oh and Questlove of the legendary Roots crew was born. Along with another Philly legend you might also be familiar with.
With this thrift shop like find that celebrates the spirit and legacy of a city that reinvents itself more times than it does it’s wardrobe, this is the perfect “new” look for a team that could take inspiration from their past when it comes to their latest reinvention on court. Playing on without the services of their Butler, or top downtown gunner J.J.
And after all they’ve loved and lost over the years, even if you don’t trust it you can always try on the process now.
And its a look that could fit over seventy games this season.
Now that has the makings of a classic.
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