Hold your finger to the wind…it will always lead you home.
Chi-town may have lost their favourite 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 milleniuum 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 backcourt duo with retiring legend Kobe Bryant before re-upping for another year. Now free again-despite being lured by King James superteams 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home)), by servicing their sole superstar Jimmy Butler’s spotlight with a nice big-three perhaps only a few years out of date.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 quicky 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 thirtysomething 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. Unfortunatly 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!
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.