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A Father First…Irving With The Most Emotional Jersey Exchange Of The Season

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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.

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“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.

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Is Howard’s End In Hollywood?

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Is Howard's End In Hollywood

Should have bought that Dwight Howard number 12 Lakers jersey I saw in TJ Maxx for half off back in the day. Seriously though if Dwight can return to the Lake Show then there’s hope for my hairline yet…

…there’s not!

“Soft…soft!”

Kobe Bryant mouths this whilst shaking his head in dissing dismay from the baseline whilst staring down Dwight Howard on the other half of the court. Now a Houston Rocket the less than perfect pair have a problem…and it’s all getting flagrant.

Once upon a time in Hollywood with Mike D’Antoni running the show with an ageing Steve Nash, Hollywood’s Laker reality show was playing fantasy, legendary name Basketball again like the time they brought in late in their career legends like Karl Malone and Gary Payton to help raise banners like the point of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or logo of Jerry West. But when they picked up Magic man Dwight Howard who even took Orlando’s Mickey Mouse kingdom on his broad back all the way to the Finals against the Lakers, they expected D12 and KB24 to be the new generation Shaq and Kobe. After all Dwight Howard was a man of steel too.

And oh how they were Shaq and Kobe 2…but in completely all the wrong way. It turned out to be Batman vs Superman without the dawn of a justice league, or even their mothers having the same name. Kobe’s beef with Dwight made his repaired relationship with Shaq look like Japanese cows without the massage and feeding rituals that make their Mamba city namesakes cuts the best in the business…now served in Shaquille’s restaurant with more onion rings. And when they met the following season after the death of another dynasty to be, this time Dwight was the little red corvette and Kobe the brick wall unable to be felled or floored like the one in Berlin. Baptizing him like that time in Orlando with his most dynamic dunk.

Since going from the Orlando Magic to Magic smiles in Hollywood Howard has switched more teams than your 2K partner when you’ve already picked to play as the Lakers. He’s also received his fair share of off court and locker room problems including some chemistry cancer concerns. And even in this off-season, either looking to make some headlines or free agent publicity stunts he’s come out and said he’d be open to returning to the Lakers (…erm) and that Kobe was right (he already knows).

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Now most in Lakerland laughed at the social media scoffed idea. Especially with a front-court force more formidable than anything the association has to offer, lead by new big man legend Anthony Davis. Following in the sneaker steps of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau to truly be the new Shaq and Kobe with King LeBron James. But when his old New Orleans Pelicans reunited Wildcat brother DeMarcus Cousins went down with another season threatening injury last week the Lakers were forced to look elsewhere already, like filling out their final roster spot with Andre Igudola was a ring of last week’s past, or Carmelo was one long rumored Anthony never meant to be. Bursting the banana boat like a CP3 nix.

And although the Lakers have been linked with the arc of Joakim Noah or the Zaza land of Pachulia and with plenty of other big assets still on the market like Marcin Gortat or Amir Johnson, will we see Dwight Howard eating tacos and yelling with LeBron on Twitter this Tuesday as we all unfollow like too many tweets (my bad)? Bringing Howard back to Hollywood seems sillier than bringing the LaVar Ball show back to this Kardashian town. Because besides they already have the all dunking and blocking JaVale McGee who is worthy of a start with James (42) clapping like throwing up chalk. All as this hair blown out center throws it down again and again, coast to coast in California. But apparently there’s a mutual interest…what is this Tinder? Will this just be the makings of another Michael Beasley or make ’em dance Lance Stephenson meme team? Still the Lakers need more in reserve and Dwight needs this for his revenge to the past years that have taken his career from the red caped sun to being newspaper fodder to each cities equivalent of the Daily Planet. Time to rewrite all those who wrote you off Jimmy Olsen.

Read all about it, at the end of press next week Dwight Howard could be a Los Angeles Laker yet again.

News just in…I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Who would of thought it?

Certainly not Kobe.

But it’s the King’s town now.

And after all in this LeBron ‘Space Jam’ scripted season for the Los Angeles Lakers you know Hollywood loves a redemption story too.

Superman returns?

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Boogie’s Productions Down Again

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Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.

We refuse.

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.

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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.

Yeah right…”soft”!

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.

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