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.
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.
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!
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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