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With 8 Games Left For Number 24, Lakers Overcome All The Heat In OT Against Miami

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With 8 Games Left For Number 24, Lakers Overcome All The Heat In OT Against Miami

Just eight days worth of games left for number 24, Kobe Bryant. One of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA’s top five, dead or alive, greatest of all-time is about to put his classic court career in a casket.

Can you fathom?

Well you better believe it. Because whether you like it or not it’s coming like father time or the end of the year exam. Time to swat up. Because one Flash of a block aside the only Kobe action we got from the Black Mamba in just 9 minutes was a trademark fadeaway over rejuvanated All-Star Dwyane Wade, as Bean and the Miami Heat great friend/rival legend met for the last time ever before dinner with Gabrielle Union.

Still two points was all the California club needed to win as the Florida side took their talents to STAPLES and were stamped and handed a 102-100 return ticket to American Airlines.

But it was sophomore stud Julius Randle (a lucky 13 points) who’s clutch drive, spin and lay-in bucket clutched the W for the Lake Show beautifully after their defence tried to contain Miami’s red hot number 3 (26 points and 10 boards) from downtown for over four quarters.

But with Kobe mummified on the bench the Lakers managed to wrap up the W thanks to their young talent of the future sparking up like L.A.’s WNBA sister team. From Larry Nance’s signature dunks to Jordan Clarkson (26 points too) autographing the hardwood with a fresh dome cut wrapped up with a purple headband to go with his gold. Even Brazilian God Marcelo Huertas was getting it in. From a rainbow raindrop in Southern Cali’, to the Shaqtin’ steal of the year as he hid behind Miami coach Spo and went after the ball like a dog after the mailman, as the Big Diesel’s former teams faced off like Cage and Travolta.

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Forget a face swap app, the Twitter trend thats had the social media hash-tags going crazy was the news that rookie sensation D’Angelo Russell had a video of unaware teammate Nick Young revealing he had seen another girl behind rapping fiancee Iggy Azalea’s back leaked online (Russell who had 11 has no idea how). Feeling a violation of trust and boos too the Lakers new number 1 says he felt “sick” at what has happened and wants to “earn” his teams respect again. A team that will one day be his burdened shoulders to lead once Kobe leaves with an M.J. shrug.

Still Nick Young’s zero and D’Angelo’s 1 still managed to sit next to each other as the Lakers overcame all the Hollywood drama distractions and went out fighting against the Heat as a team.

As Kobe advised, “Adversity is always tough, especially with a group of young guys. There’s always light, even when it’s the darkest. Even when you can’t see it at all.”

Need anymore proof? Did you see the former Heat and Laker player who was sitting courtside getting greeted by owner Jeanie Buss and Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as everyone in attendance cheering his name in standing ovation?

Lamar Odom!

Like Kobe called it this tremendous moment was a “miracle”!

Time for another…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Is The Real MVP

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Veronica Antetokounmpo
You're The MVP Too Mom...

Santa Monica, California was on an award tour like A Tribe Called Quest for the NBA’s end of season grand prize spectacle last night. Hanging out in the coolest performing arts theatre in all of Los Angeles (my apologies to the Hollywood Bowl), the converted airplane Barker Hangar played host to the 2019 NBA Awards. The Emmy’s, Oscar’s and Grammy’s of hoops Tony.

The best of the Basketball best and the cream of the future hops crop descended on this hangar, suited and booted like they were flossing injured courtside.

Shaq sized in the perfect setting in a place that houses feats of brilliance that take flight like Mike, this event could only be hosted by the one and only, Big Aristotle of the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal (sorry Drake. Although you troll NBA players better than Kevin Hart telling Kenny Smith he’s so ashy if he smiles his lips will bleed as he goes to take a sip of his water). And the most entertaining NBA player ever (give him his award) laughed, joked, sang, rapped and danced his way to an enjoyable evening in the place he racked up three rings on repeat.

But how about the prize giving? Well your real Most Valuable Player this year is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say what you will about last year’s MVP and this year’s runner up in the closest of recent races as tight as the Rookie of the Year voting, James Harden racking up triple-doubles like Charles Barkley says Lonzo Ball does triple-singles, but it’s the Alphabet’s time now after slaughtering this season gone. Sure he didn’t come away with the ‘chip like worthy candidate Kawhi Leonard and his (we still hope) Toronto Raptors, but that is his next challenge for the Mamba Mentality tweeted in congratulation by Kobe Bryant who predicted this MVP years back. And in a beautiful and emotional speech, Giannis dedicated all this to his dearly departed dad and his brothers and mom in attendance as every eye not dry in the house got out their seats in unanimous ovation.

And in a truly global game flying the flag outside the United States for each category winner, Antetokounmpo almost doubled up, finishing in second place for Defensive Player Of The Year, under the stifling Eiffel of French fly swatter, Rudy Gobert. As Paul George after an incredible season-no lucky shot-came in third place like he did for the MVP voting. Toronto not only got the ‘chip in the Six however as their X-factor Pascal Siakam came up with the Most Improved Player award ahead of Sacramento sophomore De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s own (if they play their free agent cards right), D’Angelo Russell.

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Coach of the Year was bucked by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dry-erasing for the MVP. And Bradley Beal was passed the Community Assist Award for all the good this All Star has done. Give him a hand for all the ones he has. Whilst the Sportsmanship award went to new Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., who also racked up the Teammate Of The Year award for his grit n grind time with the Memphis Grizzlies. But who else for the Sixth Man of the Year award then the ‘6 Man’ of all-time, Lou Williams?

And the House Of Highlights Moment of the Year of course went to Derrick Rose. Can you guess for what game?

We have a ball rattling around the rim forever in Toronto that shoots for even more stars though.

But how about that Rookie of the Year award? Who you got? Because in narrowly beating out Atlanta Hawk Trae Young it’s clear the award belongs to superstar right now Luka Dončić after a Maverick season in Dallas. Where the Texan gunslinger from Slovenia is about to draw on them all next season. Look out for the kid like Pat Garrett.

Sager Strong, broadcaster Robin Roberts took home that award named in honour after the suited courtside with a microphone presenter. And her “make your mess your message” speech was the most inspiring of the night after her fight against breast cancer and bone marrow disease, raising awareness. Executive of the Year went to Jon Horst of the Milwaukee Bucks (sorry Rob Pelinka…jokes) but the Lifetime Achievement? Well that went to a former President who has just left office. No not Obama (although POTUS does have game…WAP!). But the Magic man, Earvin Johnson. The Laker legend honoured in California for all he’s done since starting the fast-break of Showtime, to changing the game behind the back without taking a single shot. All the way to walking away from it bravely when he was diagnosed with HIV and then making a comeback so beautifully for the man who will always be purple and gold with all this entrepreneur pulls out the empire of his top hat. Say what you will about his presidency residency but as we look to free agency this crazy offseason, remember who started all this off by bringing the King to Hollywood last Summer, waiting outside his house in his car at one in the morning.

Now that can’t be tampered with.

But all in all last nights NBA Awards show of All-Stars showed us one thing like the NBA Finals. No matter who took home the gold, we all came away winners.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick

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Philadelphia 76ers Make Marial Shayok Ottawa's First Ever Nba Draft Pick

Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.

“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”


For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.

Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.

The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.

Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.

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Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.

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