Don’t ever forget where you came from.
“He’s the reason I wear number eleven. I want to be the reason no one else will”.
Wade’s world rotating around the U.S. for Dwyane’s rocking chair tour, retirement season has seen him swap souvenir, game worn jerseys for autographed ones (or should we say threes for whoever’s lucky to get a look at some Miami Vice?) like he was kicking it with soccer. Exchanges with all sorts of players, from Terry Rozier III to of course King LeBron James for his one last dance with the man to man, matched up opponents of the National Basketball Association.
This is a league that regularly sees it’s stars kindly throwing their sweat soaked apparel to the crowds, if not auctioning them off for charity. D-Wade even launched his sneakers into the New York crowd outside the Madison Square Garden stadium in a flash following his last Billy Joel performance there last week. But it was Kyrie Irving last night who’s M.S.G. giveaway was on a Mecca epic, emotional scale.
If you want to know what Kyrie’s doing this Summer of free agency then like he said, ask him July 1st. But if you want big, blockbuster moments on Basketball’s biggest stage, with heart and soul of what this hardwood game is all about then look no further than last nights Knick blocking, 113-97 win. Where in a city homecoming the West Orange, New Jersey boy had a huge 23 points and a double, double of 10 rebounds, to go with 6 assists. But when it came to a souvenir for this classic contests crowd, it was given to Kyrie’s biggest supporter since day numero uno.
When number 11 got his father Drederick out the crowd to give him the very jersey off his back in an emotional embrace for not a dry eye in the Madison Mecca, things got really special. The very number 11 jersey he wears in honour of his pops. The very eleven jersey he wants to raise to the rafters with some Boston banners (free agency pending), so touchingly no one else in Celtics history but this one will wear this double first digit. If this legend does make his legacy the luck of the green Irish.
“My dad sacrificed his dream, so I could live mine”.
You’ve seen and love the one-on-one Nike commercial. The one telling us of the tragic loss of Kyrie’s mother, just 9 years into the young man’s life. As his father Drederick, whilst playing professionally in Irving’s native Australia was left to raise this young star and his sister alone Down Under. Drederick could have played in the NBA (he even tried out for Boston once). He gave that up. Kyrie does. And last night he gave it up for his dad in return like the day he signed with the Celts.
“We want Ky-rie” the Garden faithful changed in a full bloom chorus last night as following the Porzingis clearing house free agency trade for either a King Kyrie or Kevin this off-season to come, the Knicks watched another player have a Kobe or Jordan like night in Basketball’s Eden that wasn’t even wearing a New York uniform.
But no matter how much they cheered as the final horn buzzed, this game was for two men holding each other in concert on court.
Father time indeed.
Moments in Madison don’t get much bigger or better than this.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
Colder than February. More ruthless than a convertible in Summer.
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
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Two-time U Sports MVP Kadre Gray declares for NBA Draft
Two-time U Sports basketball player of the year Kadre Gray of the Laurentian Voyageurs has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Gray, a 6’1″, 190 lbs junior guard from Toronto, Ontario has been terrorizing Canadian university basketball since his freshman season — cementing his legacy as a two-time MVP and scoring champion with a ridiculous 26.3 points per game career average in three full-seasons with the Voyageurs.
The 2016-17 U Sports rookie of the year award winner took the league by storm — leading the country in scoring as a freshman with 23.2 points per game. He finished second in his sophomore season with 24.4 points per game and led the nation in assists total with 141.
He took his game to a different stratosphere in his junior season — increasing his league-leading output to the third highest scoring average in Canadian university hoops since 1981-1982 with 31 points per game.
Calgary Dinos’ all-time great’s Richard Bohn and Karl Tilleman both led the nation with higher and ironically, identical scoring averages.
Both Bohn and Tilleman averaged 32.8 points per game. Bohn doing it during the 1995-1996 season and Tilleman, a two-time Canadian Olympian and NBA draft pick dominating the league in 1981-82 — before Canada’s adoption of the three-point line.
Not a one-trick-pony, Gray averaged 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists, 1.6 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
Gray erupted for a career-high 48 points in a 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves — shooting 13-of-23 from the floor and burying 19-of-20 shots from the foul-line on November 3rd, 2018.
He delivered his third 40-plus point game of his career with another impressive performance — 16-of-29 shooting against the Ryerson Rams on February 9th, 2019 — his lowest scoring output of the season was 23 points on multiple occasions.
Gray also represented Canada during the FIBA Basketball World Cup process playing in games against Venezuela and Brazil.
Prior to Laurentian, Gray honed his skills as a two-time athlete at Eastern Commerce Collegiate for three-years — leaving track and field (high jump, 100 meters) in the rear-view mirror and transferring to rival Oakwood Collegiate to conclude his high school career.
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