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As Golden State Warriors Parade NBA Championship Trophy Across Oakland Will They Cross The Bay Area Bridge Back To San Francisco?



As Golden State Warriors Parade NBA Championship Trophy Across Oakland Will They Cross The Bay Area Bridge Back To San Francisco?

Ticker tape hasn’t seemed to stop falling in the blue and yellow side of the Bay Area ever since the final horn erupted as the Golden State Warriors won Game 6 and the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.

And today the Golden State Warriors paraded their trophy across Oakland California in an open top bus as all their stars were out in force. Finals MVP Andre Igudola, Klay Thompson and of course Curry…little Riley Curry.

Even M.C. Hammer of all people was on hand…or should we say pants like it was 1990 all over again. All that was missing was the Hammertime of Run TMC (Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin).

Yet it seems like when it comes to the Golden State Warriors, Oakland are telling their neighbors across the Bay that they can’t touch this.

Although the two Golden Gate/Golden State towns share this team somewhat, private plans for purchased land are being put in place for this franchise of the future to cross that iconic red bridge and rejoin San Francisco properly. Taking that team back to one of the worlds most famous cities and popular tourist destinations and the place of glory for Rick Barry’s sixties championship Warriors team.

Although it’s been 40 years since 40 points per game fuelled last Warrior championship, the San Francisco Bay want to end the four decade drought of not having an official NBA franchise, although everything is Golden in California states city of Oakland. San Fran may have the Skyscrapers, Pacific and Alcatraz but they want to lock down the rock too. And an arena is in place. All this team has to do now is take that bus across that bridge.

Yet officials of Oakland want to put an end to this and give their town something to still be proud of. Normally making the news for all the wrong crime and violence reasons, The City of Oakland were definitely in the house today, showing nothing but California love as Tupac Shakur once lamented.

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500,000 fans took to the streets and kept the peace as they honored a team and basketball family that have brought them all together. Now a legendary franchise after years of coming so close but so far with leaders like Jason Richardson, Baron Davis or Monta Ellis, the Warriors just seem like Golden State’s. Still the team with the trophy and award for coolest name in the business have been all over the country in their time. Once holding court in Philadelphia with Wilt Chamberlain. And technically they where a part of San Francisco before they moved over to Oak-town. It would be a great thing for a major city like Frisco if they had a major, successful sports franchise, especially in their Pacific battle with Los Angeles for California. Yet again after town and team have come this far, why would they walk away now?

From formidable film franchises like the ‘Terminator’ to the ‘Planet of The Apes’ the Bay Area’s beautiful and iconic Golden Gate Bridge has set the stage for many epic movie set-piece battles. Now, however it’s about to hold the floor for one city to city tug of war over a basketballs new formidable franchise. It’s set to be a big-budget, billboard blockbuster event that you couldn’t even find in theaters right now.

No matter who ends up back on their side with the longer piece of rope straw, right now Golden State are the winners tied with nobody but their Warriors.

This is Oakland’s moment of gold in the Californian sun. So much so, you can see it from the other side of that bridge.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick



Philadelphia 76ers Make Marial Shayok Ottawa's First Ever Nba Draft Pick

Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.

“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”

For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.

Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.

The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.

Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.

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Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.

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Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion



Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion Williamson
Duking It Out...

Zion. Zion. Zion.

Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.

The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.

Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?

I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.

What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.

But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.

And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.

Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!

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Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.

Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.

But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.

This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.

But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.

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