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Chicago Welcomes Wade Home, Sends Calderon To Lakers In A Flash



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home)), by servicing their sole superstar Jimmy Butler’s spotlight with a nice big-three perhaps only a few years out of date.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.

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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!


Xavier Rathan-Mayes inks 10-Day Contract with Memphis Grizzlies



Xavier Rathan Mayes Inks 10 Day Contract Memphis Grizzlies

Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, ON) will be joining the Memphis Grizzlies on a 10-day contract. A well deserved opportunity for the 23-year-old, 6’4″, 208 lbs guard who has been tearing-up the NBA G-League. Mayes started 37-0f-39 games of the Westchester Knicks leading them to 27 W-14 L record while averaging 16.6 points per game, 7.2 assists and 6 rebounds. Including a career-high of 34 points versus the 87ers .

With the signing of Mayes, a former Florida State Seminoles standout will join fellow and current Memphis Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks forming yet another Canadian duo in the NBA. Currently, the Denver Nuggets have the best Canadian tag team duo with Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles both playing a key role in the Nuggets recent success.

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Miami Heat Icon Dwyane Wade Dedicates Season To Parkland Victim Laid To Rest In His Jersey



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For Joaquin...

Just weeks ago Joaquin Oliver was laughing and joking with his friends like any other teenager. A lover of music, sports, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade. The Florida franchises Flash legend and returning hero via a Cavalier trade from King James’ land. Making for an even bigger homecoming than the Chicago born D-Wade’s ride in the Bull-pen last season. And it wasn’t just the talents of South Beach that where nostalgically excited, but the entire Sunshine State as a whole. Especially one of Dwyane’s biggest fans, a handsome young man with so much heart known to his friends as ‘Joaq’.

But on Valentines Day, 17 year old Joaquin Oliver with his whole life to live and love ahead of him was one of the 17 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Parkland school shooting.

He was just a kid.

Oliver was buried in one of his most prized possessions, his number 3, Dwyane Wade Heat jersey. Upon learning this an emotional Dwyane Wade dedicated the rest of his returning season-which may even be the Hall of Fame ready legends retiring one-to Joaquin. And with a tribute testament to Oliver, Wade wrote his name on his sneakers took to the floor and hit 15 of the Heat’s last 17 (and his 27) and an epic, emotional game winner against the Sixers that was a classic, “this is my house” Flash-back.

The final score read 102-101 to the home team off Ocean Drive. But what truly mattered was what was wrote to see on the cleats of Dwyane’s feet. This tragic time is so much bigger than basketball. But whatever escape, solace and stand of solidarity sports and those who make it more can offer in comfort to families and friends in their time of mourning has real importance. Even albeit for a brief, but fleeting cathartic respite.

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“This is why we can’t just shut up and dribble”, Wade tweeted with a picture of Oliver, echoing the words of twice teammate and former Miami Heat leader LeBron James who responded to those critical of the athletes outspoken social stance. Wade has made big moves that matter with James before. And we aren’t talking about the big-three. Remember the ESPY’s? Echo those words. And sometimes even from the biggest stars in the world that seem a million miles away from our hurt it’s the little things that matter. Like in years past Chris Paul scoring 61 in honour of his grandpa who passed away at that age. Or a heartbroken Allen Iverson paying for the funeral of a young man shot over his jersey. Whatever we can do to help-no matter how small-is surely better than simply doing nothing.

Ignorance will get us all nowhere. Inspiration will though.

For Joaquin and everyone who lost their lives to the guns we must control and put down for good.

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Does The Lakers Future Belong To A Kid Named Bryant?



Who? Me?!

The future of the second most storied franchise in NBA history is right now.

And it has little to do with the Los Angeles Lakers deadline trading for former Boston boy Isaiah Thomas from the Cavs. Although that may be the first Magic chess move that checkmate takes future(?) Hollywood King LeBron James from Cleveland to Lakerland.

But it has everything to do with that slow grind the young Lake Show and future Showtime have been putting in for just under a half decade worked. Ever since the injured Kobe stoppers hit the lottery they’ve chose the right numbers. Top tens or second round knockouts. Outside of maybe Philly only open doors have had better drafts than the Lakers over the last few years. First came Draymond Green like big-man Julius Randle and then Sixth Man steal Jordan Clarkson late in the game. And then the trend just snowballed like millennials that totally use words like “stoked” on the slopes of Pyeongchang.

A year later came the ice from the veins of D’Angelo Russell and the scorching slams of Sun son Larry Nance Jr. Then last season the biggest Durant like chance of a franchise face in Brandon Ingram and an even more pleasant surprise in talented big Ivica Zubac. But this campaign the team that has drafted tremendous talent like Noah’s arc has gone forth from their two-by-two nature over the last big-three years. Even if fans of this young core are steaming that the Lakers just let integral parts like Nance and Clarkson walk like Russell. Glue guys of this smartphone generation that highlight worthy fans wanted to stick around like screen burn. Even if they did get I.T. in return and even the cleared cap that may make space for the real ‘IT’ to take them out the gutter this summer in number 23 and even a hometown hero P.G.

This season however the purple and gold have gone from the wine cellar to a potential eight seed haterade upset. And it isn’t just because of their Hollywood big baller drafting of Lavar’s son. Although if you’re really watching the new number two ball then you know you are watching the post-Mamba moment, Lonzo Angeles Lakers. Even if potential R.O.Y. Kyle Kuzma has shown he’s not only the Lakers biggest steal of recent drafts, but one of the biggest rookie sleepers in draft dud history.

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But it doesn’t stop there for a team that’s so deep in youth they’ve even signed former guard Gary Payton’s son too. We’ve already detailed the Lakers defensive Hart before Josh got a start or even a high five. But it’s not just once, twice, or even three times a draft Jeannie for the Buss two times at once, waiting Lakers.

There’s another big kid ready to have a big future for the purple and gold Lake Show and he wears Bryant on his back like a snakeskin black Nike ‘City’ jersey.

No this Hollywood Magic machine hasn’t gone back in time and nabbed young Fro’be from the clutches of the basketball God’s. This isn’t 1996 people. Even if the Smashing Pumpkins have reformed and there’s a new Mulder and Scully series of ‘The X-Files’ networking right now. No this kid wears a number in the thirties like the giant greats of Shaq and Kareem. And the worthy 42nd pick Thomas Bryant wants to be the best two-way big in the game. Don’t scoff! Have you seen him block? And he’s got a real shot too. From downtown Pico, which you know seven foot expert from Brooklyn, Brook Lopez will help hone. Just like when he, Randle and would be teammate Russell worked out with Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade this summer. Thomas has already along with fellow two-way South Bay Laker Alex Caruso made the mid-season all G-League team but wait until he takes a real Gatorade break and joins the big boy ranks of the big leagues. His Twitter name reads, ‘No Limit’. Can you handle it?

With guys like Bryant do the Lakers even need LeBron?

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