Hold your finger to the wind…it will always lead you home.
Chi-town may have lost their favorite son this Summer as Derrick Rose bloomed from their concrete to the jungle of New York, but in the wake of the N.Y. Knicks jacking the Chicago Bulls for not one, but two of their players (Rose’s long-time partner in dynamic, Joakim Noah. Who is also joined by more star power in the form of F.A. Brandon Jennings) they welcomed another long lost son back home to the Windy City.
One of this generations greatest and most underrated guards of this changing league, Dwyane Wade will close out the last chapter of his storied Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls in a homecoming fit for a Kings right hand man. D-Wade has been a Miami lifer like O.G’s, whether the Heat was on or not. From Shaq to LeBron. From the big-three victory to leading the franchise to the promised land off of his own talents.
So how about a hand for the man who made the Heat a new millennium storied franchise like the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors joining the likes of the legendary Lakers and Celtics? Because when this guy returns to an ovation in Miami no single white hot t-shirt will take their seat.
D-Wade almost left the Heat for the Lakers last year to form a veteran superstar back-court duo with retiring legend Kobe Bryant before re-upping for another year. Now free again-despite being lured by King James super-teams and Cavs Twitter follows for him and his wife Gabrielle Union-the only place Dwyane could leave Miami for is home.
Die-hard Heat fans who don’t ride bandwagons and know what a top ten means will be in Mourning like Alonzo. First the British Intelligence of Luol Deng and now this. But at least they retained their biggest agent of Hassan Whiteside who leads their future with sophomore guard stud Justice Winslow. Chi-city on the other hand rebound from the loss of all their big man big players (as Pau Gasol followed Noah out the door, signing with the San Antonio Spurs after they lost David West to the new band of Warriors as the Free Agent carousel keeps turning. (At least Dirk kept his Dallas home)), by servicing their sole superstar Jimmy Butler’s spotlight with a nice big-three perhaps only a few years out of date. Because forget the next couple of seasons, as of right now Wade and fellow free agent acquisition Rajon Rondo make for one of the best backcourts (and lets not forget rookie steal Denzel Valentine…you have to love that move) on dry-erase in this small ball revolution league set to run.
With enough flash quick guards to shake a Steph Curry at, Miami moved another speedy guard the Lakers way to clear cap. As they shipped Jose Calderon to California for a to be determined international prospect (could it be rookie Ivica Zubac?), before the Point piece picked up from the Rose trade had chance to try on his new red and white jersey. Jose who doesn’t run like a veteran but is one will certainly help mentor these young Lakers alongside fellow thirty something former Bull Luol Deng, setting the table and the alley-oops for the likes of Randle, Nance Jr and new rookie star leader Brandon Ingram. We hope D’Angelo and Jordan are watching. Unfortunately this back-up signing may spell the end for Brazilian Point God Marcelo Huertas who was one of the best things potentially about the Lakers last year. But if he really is about to clean out his locker we can think of more than a few teams willing to make room for a player that spreads the parquet like butter plays toast.
But it’s now high time to hang the number 3 jersey in the closets of Chicago like Miami should one day do the banners of the Heat rafters.
Wade’s world is coming home!
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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