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A Mecca 61 For Harden In The Garden

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61 The Harden Way...

By the hairs on James Harden’s chinny, chin chin a Rocket took off in the middle of the Big Apple last night.

And it was propelled at something like 61 miles an hour.

On his way to breaking the NBA’s records for most consecutive 30 point games (don’t think he can do it? Talk is cheap. There is no mouth behind James Harden’s beard. There is only another bucket), the new Big Game King James (he takes all the nicknames) tied Kobe Bryant’s record for going all Michael Jordan in New York’s Mecca of the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.

The bright lights of Times Square may just be a few blocks away, but last night at M.S.G. number 13 was unlucky for them as he shot the lights out. Just like fireworks set off 23 days too late in the city with the ticket for the best show in town on New Year as he shadowed M.J. 23 like a number 24 fadeaway.

But last night on 34th Street the numbers were in the sixties, like those decades made history book that Harden looks to record rewrite in engraved hardwood stone.

Oh yeah and the Rockets won by 4 too. Besting the Knicks 114-110 on the road. But who needs a W when you’re about to get the MVP? Well…probably the guy who needs to play more D. But why be spoil sports when we can celebrate the great? And besides we’re too busy laughing at his too many steps Vine, from music video two-steps to walking through security and through baggage control to a plane on his next road trip.

In the Texas triangle forever pointed by titans we wrote (after Luka Doncic beat what looked like a Harden/Houston win in their Lone State derby in the clutch minutes), that we could write an article about the for sure Rookie Of The Year every week. Well…we should have wrote one about the only man that could beat Dallas’ new European franchise face star to the Most Valuable Player award this season by now. Let alone another story every week. Harden’s just having that good a game, day, week, month, season, year, career.

These fifty shades of Harden have seen him stilt Wilt numbers without a safe word. And now gone with 60 points, twice over he’s hooked sky-high feats that even the goggles of the all-time Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn’t get to see. And that Laker has with his signature shot scored more points than any other player in the history of the National Basketball Association. Establishment to last nights final horn. Could this guy beat all this before his final moments in a career far from its closing chapter?

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We don’t mean to offend the greats, but this could be the greatest offensive player of all-time.

Especially when you look at him at the other end of the floor.

But James Harden is Eurostepping over all of that.

No wonder Carmelo Anthony never got a look in.

CP3 may not need to take another one in his life.

Houston we have history.

A run of 261 unassisted points.

The 21st consecutive game going for 30 or more points. Fourth all-time behind only the Big Dipper, thrice over. A ten year, 61 Garden planted record by the Black Mamba tied up with Harden mentality.

And with their tenth consecutive loss in their own Mecca of New York, New York, the Knicks didn’t think they would got clocked much worse than when this time last week they got chimed out by the Wizards in the Big Ben Smoke, on the road in NBA London losing to a last second, buzzer beating goaltend on a guy named…Bryant.

No wonder Coach Fizdale had enough and “decided” to leave for the M.S.G. locker rooms early as his team fizzled out before the red neon around the backboards backlight.

And now taking over Warrior legend Rick Barry for most 50 point games in league history, like he wish he could step past the Golden State of Steph Curry and former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, Harden’s 14 are chasing legendary Laker Elgin Baylor’s in stone 17. Then after that it just comes down to a big-three. Kobe, Jordan (who Harden now joins with more than 5 for most 50 point games in a season campaign) and of course the century Wilt Chamberlain’s 118.

But at this point James could have that many 30 for 30’s…and counting.

Document it because a documentary couldn’t even do justice to the nightly ESPN highlights this guy’s is putting down night after night after night. Right now.

On and on.

Forever.

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Zero To Zero. We Could Watch Russ Vs Dame Until There’s No Time Left

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Phones have been checked in Philly as missing posters have been put on telephone poles for Ben Simmons’ jumper. Whilst he has started a beef with Jared Dudley of the Brooklyn Nets that even rivals the one between Kevin Durant staring down Patrick Beverley.

Welcome to the 2019 NBA playoffs.

But the real rivalry of this first round that is a real knockout is the one between Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. Two noughts to add up to something over nothing that could take this wild West clash between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder the seven game distance.

Watching these two points make one in the changing of the guard has been where amazing hardwood history happens. And whether the Thunder will reign over Rip City, or whether the city of roses will bloom over OKC all depends on whether the fuse is lit for the stick of dynamite, or the ticking click rings out. Either way whatever adds up to more on the box score will come from nothing.

But these numbers don’t lie.

A Game 3 showdown saw Russell Westbrook explode with a Kareem 33 and the Thunder poured out a 120-108 victory back home as Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired like old ham on Dame and his men. But up 2-1 it’s not like Portland could blaze a trail to put OKC on the ropes. Even though they want to even things up and take it down to the wire for the next game and week.

D-Lill had 32. But Westbrook taunted that he was “too small” as he rocked the baby with one more point. Denis Schröeder also added 17 and a mock wrist watch tap celebration to Dame like Russell mocking Lance Stephenson’s air guitar against the Lakers. But time and Dame time again, hip-hop star Dame Dolla will play on until this all wraps up.

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Laugh now, cry later. Because this one rhymes greater than you’re average player hater. He’s notorious. He’s B.I.G. and he’s ready to die for one more chance to kick in the door, for the skys the limit.

Dame Time runs 24/7 like a 7Eleven and with the ‘Mission Impossible’ fuse of Russell Westbrook never looking like it’s going to fallout like these two, we may need another P.G. by George to settle this score as these two Point Guard number noughts look to cancel each other out until the final score and last buzzer beaten rings out.

Trash talking. Sweat soaking. Until the clock runs out on Dame Time and one of our zeroes becomes hero, we could watch these two men go the full magnificent seven.

I mean ‘Why Not’?

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Ryerson Rams’ 7-footer Tanor Ngom declares for NBA Draft

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Ryerson Rams' 7 Footer Tanor Ngom Declares For NBA Draft
Photo: Edilson J. Silva

Ryerson Rams’ 7-foot-2 center Tanor Ngom has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Ngom, a native of Dakar, Senegal, enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore season with the emerging Ryerson Rams’ of Canada’s U Sports basketball program — in 21 Ontario University Association (OUA) conference games, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 19 minutes — connecting on 63.8% of his 88-138 field goal attempts.

Rams’ head coach Roy Rana discovered the late-blooming Ngom back in 2017 when he and a few of his players travelled to Senegal to take place in a basketball exchange forum.

During his freshman campaign Ngom faced adversity of coming to a new continent and adjusting to the North American culture while learning the game from one Canada’s best masterminds.

Ryerson Rams' 7 Footer Tanor Ngom Declares For Nba Draft Shooting Foul Shots
Tanor Ngom buries two free-throws against Carleton Ravens – Photo: Edilson J. Silva

Appearing in 23 games the towering bigmen contributed 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes as the Ryerson Rams advanced to their first national title game.

Ngom’s improvement has been clearly evident in his two campaigns under Rana and features impressive mobility and athleticism for his size. A natural defensive disruptor — Ngom has worked hard to build his thin frame and expand his improving shooting touch from the charity stripe to the three-point line.

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    Ryerson Rams Tanor Ngom U Sports Conference Career Stats
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    Ryerson Rams Tanor Ngom U Sports Playoffs Career Stats

Ngom posted a career-highs in points (24) once and grabbed 11 rebounds on multiple (3x) occasions as well as swatting away 8 shots once. Additionally, he reached double-figures scoring in 10 of his last 15 games.

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The seven-footer posted 12 points, six assists and three blocks in 24 minutes of action against the Duke Blue Devils during their much anticipated Canadian Tour. Ngom also became the first Canadian university player to participate in the prestigious Nike Elite Basketball Skills Academy — bringing the 20 best collegiate players together for a five-day premium training experience.

Unlike the recent NCAA rules changes that allow a player to test the NBA Draft process and still return to the collegiate ranks — The U Sports eligibility model and NBA Draft process aren’t quite clear at this point.

Regardless, Ngom’s path to the NBA faces a steep uphill battle — becoming the first player since Ottawa Gee-Gee’s All-Canadian guard Warren Ward broke barriers by tossing his name in the 2013 NBA Draft process — gathering buzz with a respectable workout at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.

Canadian William Njoku (Halifax, Nova Scotia), a 6’10”, 193-pounds forward from the Saint Mary’s Huskies holds the exclusive distinction of being the last player from a Canadian university to be drafted in the modern NBA era. The Indiana Pacers selected him with the 41st pick in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft.

Brooklyn born, Brian Heaney, a Canadian Basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the 1965 Acadia University Axemen championship team was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets with the last pick (19th round / 215 pick) of the 1969 NBA Draft. Heaney still holds the Canadian University single-game scoring record with an eye-popping 74 points against Mount Allison on February 17, 1968.

Ryerson Rams' 7-footer Tanor Ngom declares for NBA Draft
Carleton Ravens’ Phillip Scrubb blows past Wisconsin Badgers defender – Photo: Edilson J. Silva

Carleton Ravens’ all-time great point guard Phillip Scrubb — arguably Canada’s best university basketball player of all-time — never declared for the 2015 NBA Draft — but managed to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.

Although not a common stake yet, it is inevitable that Canadian players declaring from Canadian universities to the NBA draft will one day, in the not very distant future become commonplace.

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