The balls fell for this years upcoming NBA Draft the other night and Los Angeles Lakers team President Magic Johnson flashed that trademark Atlantic to Pacific grin of his like he just hit the lotto.
But in the end it was his Showtime Lakers rival the Boston Celtics who really won the lottery with the first pick in this Julys draft. Just a day removed from knocking out the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the East semis to face LeBron James and his Cavaliers in the Conference Finals.
And boy do they need a number one to join the I.T. crowd of Isaiah Thomas’ Celtics right now after dropping Game 1 to Cleveland at home in Boston last night.
But a new day may be coming in New England for the first team this far advanced in the postseason to go number one since Magic’s 80’s teammate James Worthy was taken with a big game big pick right during the Lakers storied Showtime decade, golden era rivalry with the legendary, NBA iconic Boston Celtics.
And now over 30 years later Magic’s men and the Irishmen are going to war again with a one/two punch that could set the tone for the next NBA decade and future hoops history.
But this time the purple and gold and green are battling over a different type of Ball.
Already acting like a franchise face, superstar to be Lonzo Ball is the prize pick in this Summers draft. Unless Washington wonder Markelle Fultz’s formidable play has something to say about it. Markelle may be marked as the Celtics safe, no nonsense pick. Especially as everyone and their dogs bone knows U.C.L.A grad Lonzo wants to be like Jordan (Farmar) and stay in the California sun for some Laker gold, L.A. times. The only question remains will Ball rock the trademark white-tee under his new jersey too?
It looks like the Lakers are really on the Ball too. As in a a move that looks as tampering as garnishing O.J. Mayo with a new whip, apparantly Lonzo will only workout for L.A. Increasing the probability and reality that Magic actually can turn a number two lottery ball into a number 2 jersey reading Lonzo Ball ready for the rafters as the next great. Drafting him, his father Lavar and maybe a season and wind of change and maybe hate for the oft-loved lost franchise and it’s new confident face hopefully not turning family cockiness into arrogance.
Whether Ball or Fultz. We are unsure whether the Lakers will keep their pick and potential star and trade it for 26 year old Indiana Pacers All-Star, Paul George ready to go now. Instead of waiting for next years open free agency and losing him to a trade deadline. George may be the only player as willing and wanting to ball with the Lakers like Lonzo. But they can’t have it both ways. Still they should be satisfied. After being guaranteed at least a top 3 choice the Lakers have won their third top, two pick in row after beating out the top three regular Sixers. And after selecting D’Angelo Russell in 2015 (who is already receiving as many trade enquiries as their are Ball rumors right now) and build-around Duke star Brandon Ingram last year, the Lake Show have a young core of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac to rival what’s at stake in the process of Joel Embiid’s Philly. They almost don’t need another option. But lucky for Magic and Rob (Lowe) Pelinka they have a Cali’ gold wealth of them.
But even Earvin Johnson knows like Lakers/Celtics NBA history, nothing beats the luck of the Irish.
Now let the real Ball games begin.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Speedwell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
Are you not entertained?
Two-time U Sports MVP Kadre Gray declares for NBA Draft
Two-time U Sports basketball player of the year Kadre Gray of the Laurentian Voyageurs has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Gray, a 6’1″, 190 lbs junior guard from Toronto, Ontario has been terrorizing Canadian university basketball since his freshman season — cementing his legacy as a two-time MVP and scoring champion with a ridiculous 26.3 points per game career average in three full-seasons with the Voyageurs.
The 2016-17 U Sports rookie of the year award winner took the league by storm — leading the country in scoring as a freshman with 23.2 points per game. He finished second in his sophomore season with 24.4 points per game and led the nation in assists total with 141.
He took his game to a different stratosphere in his junior season — increasing his league-leading output to the third highest scoring average in Canadian university hoops since 1981-1982 with 31 points per game.
Calgary Dinos’ all-time great’s Richard Bohn and Karl Tilleman both led the nation with higher and ironically, identical scoring averages.
Both Bohn and Tilleman averaged 32.8 points per game. Bohn doing it during the 1995-1996 season and Tilleman, a two-time Canadian Olympian and NBA draft pick dominating the league in 1981-82 — before Canada’s adoption of the three-point line.
Not a one-trick-pony, Gray averaged 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists, 1.6 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
Gray erupted for a career-high 48 points in a 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves — shooting 13-of-23 from the floor and burying 19-of-20 shots from the foul-line on November 3rd, 2018.
He delivered his third 40-plus point game of his career with another impressive performance — 16-of-29 shooting against the Ryerson Rams on February 9th, 2019 — his lowest scoring output of the season was 23 points on multiple occasions.
Gray also represented Canada during the FIBA Basketball World Cup process playing in games against Venezuela and Brazil.
Prior to Laurentian, Gray honed his skills as a two-time athlete at Eastern Commerce Collegiate for three-years — leaving track and field (high jump, 100 meters) in the rear-view mirror and transferring to rival Oakwood Collegiate to conclude his high school career.
Additionally, with a record number of Canadian players in the NCAA tossing their names in the draft process we should expect 2019 to be the biggest year for
High School2 months ago
Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold
U Sports1 month ago
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
NCAA1 month ago
Complete List of Canadian’s NCAA 2019 March Madness
U Sports2 months ago
Haley McDonald 51 points breaks 43-year U Sports basketball record