They just aren’t playing fair in this game…
In the red corner we have the Atlanta Hawks. The team with the best record in the National Basketball Association right now. A team coming off the longest winning streak in Falcons and Braves beating Atlanta sport franchise history. A team heading into the All-Star break and game in New York City with a big three, Eastern representation of Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and the big three shooter that should be there, Kyle Korver.
In the blue, the Dallas Mavericks. One powerful point of the triumphant Texan triangle of the champion San Antonio Spurs and soaring Houston Rockets out in the Wild West. A team who just complimented their franchise cornerstone, German gunner Dirk Nowitzki with a big trade for former Boston Celtic floor general Rajon Rondo. Now giving them a high octane first five of bucketload point power player Monta Ellis and the Chandlers of Tyson and Parsons. If any team could challenge any other team, position for position and run them off the court, all the way through the playoffs then its these guys.
So you wouldn’t think these two knockout kings would need to make any deadline deals after the All Star Game for the make and break, playoff push, second season that comes next.
Yet the Mavericks look to bolster their frontcourt and bench by adding a veteran All-Star talent. Although forming a dynamic duo with Carmelo Anthony out in New York for the Knicks, after the All Stars leave the Garden after February 15th it seems Amar’e Stoudemire may too. Its been a rotten season in the Big Apple and despite giving the Mecca a half decade it seems Phil Jackson’s owned side want to unload the massive, corrosive Allan Houston like contract of STAT’s big numbers. Stoudemire’s scorching sun, Phoenix rising, dunking early days may be long gone, but he’s still an inside presence that can paint big numbers and step it up to the player he once was. He’d be a great addition for the Mav favourites to land him, reuniting with former Knick frontcourt mate Tyson Chandler to help battle with the bigs out West.
Meanwhile if having one of the greatest three point shooters of all time wasn’t enough then how about adding another? Alongside the shooting streak of Kyle Korver, the Atlanta Hawks are looking to bring Ray Allen out of an early retirement. Judging from the 40 year olds Instagram account it seems like he hasn’t given up running and working out like the Nike athlete that he is. Now the Hawks want to spread their wings and just do it, adding another one who can let it fly with the Bird best of them. The former big-three Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics member and Seattle Supersonics star was point play pivotal in helping the Miami Heat light up championship gold as a veteran. You could say that the number 32 who passed number 33 clutch king Reggie Miller in three pointers made doesn’t need to make another shot, but the welcoming city of Atlanta would love him to. With their big-three and then Allen and Korver on either side of the perimeter there’ll be no way anyone can stop them. They may as well start another winning streak that ends the day they lift Larry O’Brien.
Even without these big names these two teams are all stars that are shooting for the moon. With them however…its goodnight!
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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