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Anthony Davis…That’s It, That’s The Headline

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Anthony Davis…That’s It, That’s The Headline
A.D. Is Having His Way...

The Bald Mamba, Alex Caruso dunking over Jordan.

That’s the Grant Goldberg mocked up photo I show people (or the one of him cradling Larry O’Brien like Kobe in that infamous shot and those iconic 2001 championship jackets in Philly) when they say that the Lakers traded their entire young core future away for A.D.

And let’s not forget Kuzma…or the fact that he, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins (did you forget they still had him too?) are still three potential star starters out for a Lake Show who are running this like Showtime right now. Or the 80’s Lakers television series from ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Vice’ director Adam McKay based on Jeff Pearlman’s classic ‘Showtime’ book, starring John C. Reilly perfectly as Dr. Jerry Buss that we just can’t wait to see.

But after tonight all you need is A.D.

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Haters will say Anthony Davis just put up these NASDAQ numbers because no one else could (COUGH LeBron putting up his COUGH jersey number (and remember he isn’t rocking 6 this season after all) like the rafters it will one day reside in with the 3). But when you’d be lucky these days to find a big in this league who could average the top 20 and 10 standard from the field, forget apples, with 40 points, 20 rebounds (that’s Wilt Stilt stacked), 2 assists (you have to love it when he finds McGee like whoever braids still one of the Lake Show’s most energetic and emphatic players hair) and blocks (DPOY?) off 26 for 27 from the line (oh hai Shaq), how about this bushel?

Oh and the first player to put up 40 points and 20 boards in a sweet 16 years (hey Shaquille) only needed three quarters to do it before taking a Gatorade break like Kobe’s 62 shooting against Dallas in ’06.

Oh and just a week Laker the Black Mamba put up a career-high 81. Just saying.

Consider THIS a warning.

Still some (like this writer at tired times) will say he wasn’t worth all of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart who are ballin’ out of control like Jermaine Dupri out in NOLA right now without the Mardi Gras of Zion…yet. I still feel bad for the kids, Randle, Russell, Jordan, Nance Jr. and all of them. But put it this way, remember those Brand, Odom, Maggette, Miles, Dooling and Q-Rich young Clippers back in the Kobe days? You telling me you wouldn’t trade a few of those guys for Shaq? The Lakers kind of already did that with Eddie Jones and Van Exel. This is what we’re dealing with right now. And after tonight I’d give New Orleans Magic, Rob Pelinka and that fantasy Kobe/Heath Ledger dinner for Davis.

Did the Lakers win? Did they win? Like Method Man asking Raekwon on the Wu Tang Clan album “is he dead” do you not see the blood coming from all sorts of places? The Grizzlies may have gritted and ground it tough without Mike Conley Jr. (whose Jazz lost to the Lakers in the last sing) and them, from the flash style of superstar to be Ja Morant, to the substance in the middle that Davis had to deal with too of Jonas (All-Star year?) Valanciunas’ 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists. But with LeBron blocking Memphis like it was their inactive Igudola (time to give him up for the Lakers Tennessee) in the Land of the rising Cavalier 2016 NBA Finals and keeping it in play for Quinn to cook an aley-oop to McGee off the momentum, there was just too much King gold for the Elvis King of rock-n-roll franchise, leaving the building with a 120-91 L.

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Now 3 and 1 after all the mocking for dropping the first game (it happens people) the Lakers were running this s### like the time Lil’ Wayne said he had four thighs. Swaggering like a Jay-Z, T.I., Yeezy and Weezy collabo LeBron’s Lakers were King like Jesus with Avery Bradley (the Lakers lockdown Bruce Bowen) adding 12 and 2 steals and even the guy they said shouldn’t play more than him KCP going one better with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block. What a line. Send out the smoke. The Pope is back in the building.

And following their last home-stand that still stood like Elton John, Lakers fans have to give it up for the redemption reunion of former Rocketman Dwight Howard. Anthony Davis may be the next great big in Lakers legendary lineage that D-12 hoped to be after Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, (Vlade), Shaq, Pau and almost big, bad Bynum. But number 3-the first one with a three ball-has the greatest big-three run of Lakers seven footers behind him in purple and gold storied history with McGee, Howard and former Pelican Robinson to his twin tower Duncan, DeMarcus Cousins who we still believe can call it a comeback like Cool J for this purple and gold phenomenon about to knock you out like mama said…word to Lenny Kravitz.

But with Davis becoming the first player of the shot clock era to put up a 40/20+ game, in just around the half hour time it takes you to watch an episode of ‘Brooklyn 99’ (the previous fastest with 46 and 22? Oh just another legendary Laker, Elgin Baylor back more than a half-century ago in 1961 in a Kareem clock 33 mins for your top 50), he showed you who needs a big-three in the era LBJ started (although they will have one when Kuz comes back. If ‘Bron and The Brow are Magic and Kareem, then Kuzma will be the underrated Big Game James Worthy clapping again. That 42 legend was basically the Lakers Scottie Pippen) when you have number 3?

Everyone got taco’s again this Tuesday as for his latest viral video LeBron excitedly pointed to various parts of the STAPLES crowd just as enthused asking his signature “WHAT IS IT” to their call and response, before making that culturally inappropriate, but charismatic noise as Cousins suited next to him covered his laughing face in emoji like embarrassment. Still, say what you say. More importantly than this bit of corn, LeBron literally provided a taco truck yesterday for firefighters battling the Southern California blazes.

Now that’s hot.

But when it comes to a grizzled Anthony Davis ‘Revenant’ showing the Grizzlies with reverence who the real bear is, joining Mikan, Elgin, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq in the Lakers 40/20 legendary company club…eat that!

That’s not all folks!

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Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo

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Blazing a trail back to the NBA Portland land Carmelo
Red, white and back...

Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”

‘Bout time.

‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.

He deserves the character.

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Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.

No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.

Rest peacefully.

The hoodie and headband is back.

Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.

Now it’s time to really ball.

Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?

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They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”

What a difference a year makes.

It’s all A-O.K. now.

Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.

No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.

He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.

The respect he deserves.

The legacy continues.

You can’t keep a good man down.

Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.

All for the love of the hardwood.

Summer run to season come.

Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.

Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.

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Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win

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Marial Shayok 42 Points Helps Delaware Blue Coats Get First Win

Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.

Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.

The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.

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Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.

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Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss

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Resilient, Short-handed Raptors Hand Lakers 113-104 Home Loss
Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell takes it to the hoop against Lakers

Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!

The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.

Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.

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Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.

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