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Celtics Too Much For The French Quarter In The Fourth Quarter

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The Big Kyrie...

*Pelicans fans don’t take their seats after the anthem and remain standing after the ball is tipped*

my brain:
don’t say it
don’t say it
don’t say it
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me and every other Celtic fan in the building: hey down in front!

Don’t say that! Fans in the big ease don’t SIT DOWN (Al Pacino voice) until the first Pelicans basket. Sometimes…that can take awhile. But that’s just the New Orleans way. So we better recognize as Basketball Buzz was in the French Quarter to start this week and continue our road trip across the United States from New York to New Orleans and beyond Louisiana.

And the Celtics didn’t take it easy on the Pelicans in the Big Easy like this writer nodding to every Celtic green fan he saw in Crescent City on the way to the Smoothie King Center. Jokes on you guys, I’m a Lakers fan. I am literally messing with you. But the Celtics had the last laugh against a team that was trolling them with the ‘Cheers’ theme on the jumbotron for the pregame introductions. You could almost see the “this again” look on Gordon Hayward’s face (you could also see that if he was almost 100% back to his all cylinder level he would have gone off on them for that). Sure it’s a classic show. But it’s there show. As this writer can attest. I literally went to that bar the other day for a drink and nobody knew my name…pr###s! Ah well the joke really is on me. Shouldn’t have hung my LeBron jersey out my hotel room. The LeBron Lakers jersey that is, just to confirm. Still seems like he’s not a Laker when you see his name on the jumbotron. Like he’s his own player. His own franchise and entity.

Anyway…

The C’s made their way to the N.O. around the same day as this writer. But I’m a fool for thinking they may have been on the same flight. Like they’d take a “is it late night? Or early morning” red eye that connects via a long wait in Atlanta the day before. Yeah there’s more chance of them flying coach like my economy class. Still it seems like as this writer leaves for San Diego and Boston continues road tripping like Anthony Kiedis’ two favourite allies there is one guy who wants to join all this. And we aren’t talking about him leaving for California with and like LeBron next Summer. No matter how many want that true warriors takeover. No, it’s more like the rumor having it that the ‘brow of Anthony Davis wants to get down with the green machine in Beantown for every hoops fan coffee shop corner conversation. This one’s for all the lucky charms.

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The Celtics already have their next chapter in storied history with a team we’ve already said could take the Warriors in less than the seven games Kyrie thinks they can. But if the Boston boys of Irving, still superstar Gordon Hayward’, biggest of big-men Al Horford and the young future of Jaylen Brown (M.I.A. in this game due to injury like opposing future of this game, Pelican Payton) and next elite great, Jayson Tatum can stay together like Al Green. Then this historical franchise could reboot their Lakers rivalry for the fourth installment after their trilogy of logos, Magic’s and Mamba’s. Or should we say Russell, Bird and Kevin? For the real Kyrie vs the King contest of champions.

But it’ll all be over if they get A.D. before L.A. from NOLA, LA. Especially if they don’t have to give up much to get him like the services of a Jimmy Butler trade. Davis and Irving on the same team…and Tatum?! Durant, Curry, Draymond, Klay and Boogie Cousins wouldn’t be enough for that. They wouldn’t be able to match them. And as for the clipped Pelicans they’d only have one ‘cat left with the U.K.’s Julius Randle (the one bruiser the Lakers should have kept in purple with the gold of the King). Sure the Pels would still have European big Nikola and Jrue but it would be no holiday. And they know it. You could even see it in the way they couldn’t get it going tonight. Like Morris getting under Mitotic’s skin, figuratively and literally. Or for every big-play being one-upped by the NBA’s most successful team ever. Like Randle’s clutch block to end the first leading to a buzzer beating three from Rozier.

Even Davis didn’t look like himself despite a legendary line of 27 and 15 he couldn’t draw one under it all. At one point he even fell under Boston’s Marcus Smart on a play for the closest he’ll get to a Celtic uniform before the trade deadline…dumb I know. Sure it wasn’t like he was coasting for a move to the East, but it didn’t look like a stepped up the spotlight audition either. Whereas Boston showed balance behind Kyrie’s 26 with 20 from both vet Horford and the kid Tatum on poster dunking display. And all that all in all helped tip the scales for a 124-107 slaughter in the French Quarter.

But will that translate to an “au revoir” for Anthony like Carmelo in Houston?

Will the Pelican fly, Pelican fly?

No or no more for N.O.?

Either way for the big it ain’t going to be easy.

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Is Howard’s End In Hollywood?

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Is Howard's End In Hollywood

Should have bought that Dwight Howard number 12 Lakers jersey I saw in TJ Maxx for half off back in the day. Seriously though if Dwight can return to the Lake Show then there’s hope for my hairline yet…

…there’s not!

“Soft…soft!”

Kobe Bryant mouths this whilst shaking his head in dissing dismay from the baseline whilst staring down Dwight Howard on the other half of the court. Now a Houston Rocket the less than perfect pair have a problem…and it’s all getting flagrant.

Once upon a time in Hollywood with Mike D’Antoni running the show with an ageing Steve Nash, Hollywood’s Laker reality show was playing fantasy, legendary name Basketball again like the time they brought in late in their career legends like Karl Malone and Gary Payton to help raise banners like the point of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or logo of Jerry West. But when they picked up Magic man Dwight Howard who even took Orlando’s Mickey Mouse kingdom on his broad back all the way to the Finals against the Lakers, they expected D12 and KB24 to be the new generation Shaq and Kobe. After all Dwight Howard was a man of steel too.

And oh how they were Shaq and Kobe 2…but in completely all the wrong way. It turned out to be Batman vs Superman without the dawn of a justice league, or even their mothers having the same name. Kobe’s beef with Dwight made his repaired relationship with Shaq look like Japanese cows without the massage and feeding rituals that make their Mamba city namesakes cuts the best in the business…now served in Shaquille’s restaurant with more onion rings. And when they met the following season after the death of another dynasty to be, this time Dwight was the little red corvette and Kobe the brick wall unable to be felled or floored like the one in Berlin. Baptizing him like that time in Orlando with his most dynamic dunk.

Since going from the Orlando Magic to Magic smiles in Hollywood Howard has switched more teams than your 2K partner when you’ve already picked to play as the Lakers. He’s also received his fair share of off court and locker room problems including some chemistry cancer concerns. And even in this off-season, either looking to make some headlines or free agent publicity stunts he’s come out and said he’d be open to returning to the Lakers (…erm) and that Kobe was right (he already knows).

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Now most in Lakerland laughed at the social media scoffed idea. Especially with a front-court force more formidable than anything the association has to offer, lead by new big man legend Anthony Davis. Following in the sneaker steps of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau to truly be the new Shaq and Kobe with King LeBron James. But when his old New Orleans Pelicans reunited Wildcat brother DeMarcus Cousins went down with another season threatening injury last week the Lakers were forced to look elsewhere already, like filling out their final roster spot with Andre Igudola was a ring of last week’s past, or Carmelo was one long rumored Anthony never meant to be. Bursting the banana boat like a CP3 nix.

And although the Lakers have been linked with the arc of Joakim Noah or the Zaza land of Pachulia and with plenty of other big assets still on the market like Marcin Gortat or Amir Johnson, will we see Dwight Howard eating tacos and yelling with LeBron on Twitter this Tuesday as we all unfollow like too many tweets (my bad)? Bringing Howard back to Hollywood seems sillier than bringing the LaVar Ball show back to this Kardashian town. Because besides they already have the all dunking and blocking JaVale McGee who is worthy of a start with James (42) clapping like throwing up chalk. All as this hair blown out center throws it down again and again, coast to coast in California. But apparently there’s a mutual interest…what is this Tinder? Will this just be the makings of another Michael Beasley or make ’em dance Lance Stephenson meme team? Still the Lakers need more in reserve and Dwight needs this for his revenge to the past years that have taken his career from the red caped sun to being newspaper fodder to each cities equivalent of the Daily Planet. Time to rewrite all those who wrote you off Jimmy Olsen.

Read all about it, at the end of press next week Dwight Howard could be a Los Angeles Laker yet again.

News just in…I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Who would of thought it?

Certainly not Kobe.

But it’s the King’s town now.

And after all in this LeBron ‘Space Jam’ scripted season for the Los Angeles Lakers you know Hollywood loves a redemption story too.

Superman returns?

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Boogie’s Productions Down Again

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Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.

We refuse.

When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.

What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.

But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.

Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.

This games God’s people.

When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.

Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.

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And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.

The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.

Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.

Yeah right…”soft”!

Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.

The bridge is far from over.

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