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Carter Has Still Got It

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Carter Has Still Got It

Sorry Toronto fans, even if you don’t get Carter you have to admit it…

…Vinsanity is still in the NBA’s membrane…

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…Vince Carter is still in the game.

Like EA Sports the former video game like slam dunker and All-Star may not have been back in the contest in his former T-Dot home this February the 14th, Valentines weekend gone in the 6, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still ball.

He may now reside on the pine like Chris, out in the woods of a former, fellow Canuck club franchise Vancouver, now relocated by the grace of Elvis-land to Memphis. With a greying beard that truly makes him a member of the Grizzlies through and through, but he still looks as young as he does capable of felling a tree if there are any out there in Tennessee.

In this young mans league the man pushing 40 and a retirement cheque, but acting on court like his number, possesses a game still Air Canada fresh. Even though its been more than a decade since he departed Pearson for a New Jersey.

V.C. is still bringing down the nets as a Memphis Grizzlies super-sub, former superstar with more in reserve thrice removed from Brooklyn’s former Meadowland home after stints out in Orlando, Phoenix and Dallas as a Magic, Maverick who still rises and has yet to see the setting sun.

Think fellow former All-Star Paul Pierce doubling up over the years for the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers. Or a little closer to the STAPLES, retiring and touring Los Angeles Laker legend Kobe Bryant, who Vince met this week for the last time and a farewell to the rocking city of Memphis for this games rolling stone.

No longer cleared for above the rim takeoff, save the occassional coast-to-coast trip, like his court contemporaries Carter is bringing the greatness of his game down to an exact science and the earth below the hardwood.

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Just like his own stop in Lakerland last night, where he showed Hollywood the gold standard of beautiful basketball beyond the arches like Bean has been popping this season. His pure play was nothing but net like his cookie jar classic dunk. Now Carter is reaching further and clutching 19 off the bench he led his Grizzlies team to a 112-95 win against the Lakers last night.

A much needed moral boost out the microwave door for a franchise that needs a little up after putting down former Lakers pick Marc Gasol for the season with campaign ending procedure under the knife. The team led by the nice post and point, inside and out duo of Zach Randolph and Mike Conley is still grinding but is also gritting its gums, teething for a new identity. Perhaps newly acquired star power, the wonderful but wayward Lance Stephenson (for the reliable scorer Jeff Green at the trade deadline) will fit the bill and finally find a home here like he will going up against defensive dogs Tony Allen and Matt Barnes in a practice we’d pay to see play.

We can think of the perfect mentor.

One that’s been through it all. All the ups and downs. One that can still get up and even still get it going. You keep seeing the throwback dunks, but how about that halfcourt heave as classic as that red shirt?

Even in the fleeting final seconds Tha Carter is not giving up.

Unlike Kobe we dont know when Vince will call it. Over the next 24, 48 or 82 his time will soon come. The buzzer will finally beat him…

…but not today!

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The King’s Garden Bites Forbidden Fruit In The Big Apple

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Super Mario smashed ‘Bron.

On a Sunday afternoon in New York’s Madison Square Garden this St Patrick’s Day (side note: Nike need to bring back those great green Paddy’s Day NBA uniforms), the Lakers where in their East Coast equivalent big city to pay a visit to the Knickerbockers Mecca.

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M.S.G. usually plays host to the greatest games from the G.O.A.T.’s over the generations out the service elevator. M.J. Kobe. And now L.A.L. legend to be L.B.J. against the N.Y.K. And LeBron James didn’t disappoint with a Kareem 33 points off devastating dunks off rampaging runs down the floor of the World’s Most Famous Arena like a raging bull. Shouting “AND ONE” on foul calls that even people with bleeding noses sitting up in the Gods could hear (and how about a couple plays before an equally as loud Caurso yelping for the lay-up as hilariously as his “what’s up man, I’m Alex” Ringer soundbite spoof? But 5 steals and 3 blocks to go with that many rebounds plus add that up “AND ONE” for 12 points in the game? Never send him down to the G again). That was until he took the final shot at the horn that blared in his face.

It’s been that kind of season for the King by royal appointment. Anthony Davis and potentially missing the playoffs and all that.

Heavy is the head in this Game of Thrones.

Like Jordan vs Kobe, the Knicks came away with the 124-123 win. And in the clutch, the King going for the games crown slipped as he ended up looking as good as one of his free throws. Driving the lane and taking it to the rack before being denied by the Knicks Mario Hezonja. Who with this big block became the Knicks new right hand man.

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Off Broadway the King tried to Kong his way up the Empire State but this time the Bi-Planes normally swatted away shot him down.

‘Bron isn’t the only one who makes clutch blocks as big as a buzzer beating basket. Sometimes others hold it against him.

The Lakers 31-39 record is staring down elimination on the wrong side of .500. And with the game down the barrell L.B.J. went for the fadeaway like M.J. but couldn’t come up with ‘Space Jam’ too. As a matter of fact after a big game against the rotten 14-56 Knicks (on the free falling off the Chrysler wrong side of .500) where he also collected 8 rebounds almost on his way to a double/double, LeBron went fourth and colder in the final quarter than a text back from your significant other that just says “fine” when you ask if they’re ok and how their day was. With just four made baskets in the fourth period and the Lake Show missing their last six attempts it was all fat lady in Manhattan come the early evening afternoons end.

Right about now with most teams claiming their playoff berth, last year’s finalist and all the King’s men are just getting worse.

Even with a Garden state of mind in New York, New York, the King couldn’t keep his Empire going like Jussie Smollett.

Now there are only a few more notes before she sings again, but this time for the last time.

And that will be all she writes.

Time for Hollywood to hit the road and flip the script.

Every good movie ends with a twist.

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The Lakers Couldn’t Randle The Truth

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Who Got Shot Of J.R.?

45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

I don’t mean to go on about this but DAMN!

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A career high 45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

That’s MVP numbers right there.

And that’s just the kind of king season Julius Randle is having.

I mean right now the Lakers should probably trade their whole roster for this New Orleans Pelican and not fellow Kentucky ‘cat Anthony Davis (who was out last night in the 122-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Probably with “load management”). But I know who most Lakers fans would love to trade him for just to get this guy back.

LeBron.

But after bringing the King to Hollywood this Summer, Magic and the Lake Show didn’t think they needed to match the restricted hustle and muscle of Randle, who they are sorely missing in their palette dry paint this season. Despite pleading from the coaching staff, President Johnson and his Hollywood agent of assistance let both Randle and big man from downtown Brook Lopez (who is really affording more with the Bucks alongside…Pau Gasol of all underrated and underappreciated Laker greats) walk. All because the thought the former Heat talents of Michael Beasley was enough on a team of McGee, Stephenson and Rondo vets behind the young core that really are now turning into a meme.

Remember this is the same Magic man who traded All-Star…ALL STAR D’Angelo Russell because he didn’t think he was a leader. As the purple and gold Lakers faithful now have no sleep watching him in Brooklyn as he LEADS the Nets.

This is the same Magic man who after offering his whole future to the Pelicans for a free agent to be with desires to come here for nothing (at least before all this drama and disloyalty really showed him something), will soon surely watch the legendary likes of Lonzo, Ingram and maybe even Kuzma and Josh Hart walk when they’re free to go, after the way they have treated them. Because like it’s been shown before time and time again in Laker history (I would name every example, but then I would be naming every other player not called Kobe), there is no price on loyalty. But there is one to pay when you treat these teammates like a commodity and not the individual assets that they are.

There’s only so long someone treated as bait will let you off the hook.

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Magic Johnson may be the greatest player of all-time in my opinion. In some ways even more gifted than the other M.J. He could effect a whole game and result without even scoring a basket. But now he’s really playing. Effecting the whole team and franchise whilst trying to make a point. Just how long will he last running this s### show. Remember how long he lasted when he was actually a coach?

Exactly!

And he wants to fire Walton?!

Exactly!

And soon the likes of Ball and his boys will end up All Stars like Randle will too. The Lakers need to make sure that they do this in purple before the Lake Show turns into the ‘Lame Show’. As once the gold goes out the crown, the Lakers legacy will be down to the hands of more than one legend.

A legend they could have had in Russell and Randle. With guys like they have now and the ones they also shouldn’t have let go. Like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac. Paul George would have been a better fit with all these core guys. But the Lakers didn’t even really need him either. With all due respect to the King and the next chapter in storied Lakers/Celtics history the NBA tried to build, both these iconic franchises and their great expectations have imploded this season. Ones of win big now or else, manifest destiny over pure personnel development. The real rivalry of the future would have been the lottery pick rebuilds of the old young Laker and the history making right now Philadelphia 76ers. Look at the stakes they have now. There’s a reason they call it a process.

Still the Lakers loss is the flying Pelicans gain. And even if they do lose Davis they have a big future in the big man Julius. And if New Orleans do end up taking half the Laker team for him, maybe along with Julius Randle it will all end up being the Basketball Gods master plan in the karma (it all goes around like a basketball spinning on your finger) of showing the Lakers what they could have had and won in the end.

How many stars of future fame will Magic’s Hollywood let walk?

45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Damn.

Sometimes you can’t handle the truth Jack.

And that is Julius Randle.

Believe that.

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