It’ll put a spell on you.
These NBA Playoffs. There’s nothing quite like them. Like a hit Hollywood flick. But this is even hotter than the pre-Summer season of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘The Mummy’ and ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ blockbuster movies. I mean in this ‘Where Amazing Happens’ script what better story is there than LeBron James’ Cavalier homecoming in his Ohio land? Or Chef Curry re-heating his band of Warriors with the aid of Durant for the rematch?
Well…just you wait…hold up! There may just be one between our D.C. capital and Beantown that may shake everything up like a coffee grinder. A story critical to this country…and we aren’t talking about that Donald.
But this could Trump everything (Sorry! We swore we’d never do that, let alone use that word ever again). Sure the King and all the lands men against the now extinct Toronto Raptors rolled through the 6 like, one, two, three, four and five. But as this 2-2 series between the storied Boston Celtics and House of Guards Washington Wizards could (will) go the full seven, whoever the Cav castle faces may just storm the moats and walls.
Now remember, before you witness…you have been warned.
The Wizards really have pulled all sort of metaphors and cliches, basketball and namesake out the proverbial top hat. They looked down and out this year after Coach Scott Brooks couldn’t land hometown hero free-agent Kevin Durant, despite a years long campaign. And even though the franchise has the best backcourt in the L off Bradley Beal street, the most exciting news coming out of D.C. basketball looked like the Mystics trading for Chicago Sky giant Elena Delle Donne. And with just mere days before the new WNBA season tips off it will be again. But despite the Wizards being covered with a cloak less convincing than Trump’s toupee, the Wiz have shot through all that like the Bullets they used to be behind (and boy do we mean behind) the break-neck speed of yellow spotted guard John Wall.
In the league legendary legacy of basketball’s Boston the Celtics were busy pulling up their Stances to be anything like their Baseball neighbouring Red Sox in turning the new Boston Garden into an arena as legendary in this town as the cathedral of Fenway. Guys like Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynek, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder helped this crowded court of role players, but this franchise team needed a franchise player. And who could sound better for a franchise team that was storied in the 80’s than a name for a small floor general, almost as big as his son than that of the monkier Isaiah Thomas? This pocket dynamo leader is the type of new Boston player the old green-collar Celtics could only dream of having. In a new age for P.G.’s the I.B.M. old-school I.T. generation is the future right now. Isaiah has took it even higher, rising above it all like his trade from the ashes of the Suns in Phoenix. He has even bravely played through the brutual pain of losing his sister and in representing for the Thomas family. Every play, every bucket, every game and every win is for her.
He even had one of his teeth knocked out in the first quarter of the first game of this second round series. But brace yourself because nothing will stop this young man, tooth or nail from making sure his team doesn’t face the K.O. The only one doing the eliminating will be him.
That is unless he runs into the only Wall welcome in Washington as dear John W is as good as they come. Sure in this triple-double, MVP racing Point redux age of the guards everyone is talking about former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook like they are the new era Chris Paul and Deron Williams. But with Westbrook out the West playoff picture, the Most Valuable Player contest may be over. And even if there is no award worthy victory come the conclusion of this seven seal of points there is nothing quite like this head-to-head. As two of the quickest, next best (only underrated now), players in the association Isaiah Thomas and John Wall match-up as well as their best in the league, but overlooked big-men allies at the centre position, Al Horford and Marcin Gortat. Making for our pick of the playoffs to roll with like off a high-screen.
We could talk about the numbers, the career-highs…but they’ll likely change tonight. We could talk about who will win the next game, but the only one that really matters is seven.
As this is basketball heaven.
Knicks RJ Barrett Basketball + Business
Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host and former no. 1 overall pick Jay Williams to discuss basketball and his business ambitions and aspirations.
Barrett is expected to be amongst the highest global sponsorship earners of his generation and is represented by agent Bill Duffy — who has done over 3.5 billion dollars in contract negotiations and also represented Canada’s greatest basketball player to date and RJ’s very own Godfather Steve Nash.
Under Duffy’s direction, Barrett is expected to capitalize on the immediate rise of Canadian Basketball and the national corporate entities looking for an immediate association with the sport.
Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak french, Duffy also sees a market in china but as well as Africa.
When its all said and done, Barrett stands a chance at being Canada’s top earning athlete, both in salary earnings and corporate dollars.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Is The Real MVP
Santa Monica, California was on an award tour like A Tribe Called Quest for the NBA’s end of season grand prize spectacle last night. Hanging out in the coolest performing arts theatre in all of Los Angeles (my apologies to the Hollywood Bowl), the converted airplane Barker Hangar played host to the 2019 NBA Awards. The Emmy’s, Oscar’s and Grammy’s of hoops Tony.
The best of the Basketball best and the cream of the future hops crop descended on this hangar, suited and booted like they were flossing injured court-side.
Shaq sized in the perfect setting in a place that houses feats of brilliance that take flight like Mike, this event could only be hosted by the one and only, Big Aristotle of the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal (sorry Drake. Although you troll NBA players better than Kevin Hart telling Kenny Smith he’s so ashy if he smiles his lips will bleed as he goes to take a sip of his water). And the most entertaining NBA player ever (give him his award) laughed, joked, sang, rapped and danced his way to an enjoyable evening in the place he racked up three rings on repeat.
But how about the prize giving? Well your real Most Valuable Player this year is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say what you will about last year’s MVP and this year’s runner up in the closest of recent races as tight as the Rookie of the Year voting, James Harden racking up triple-doubles like Charles Barkley says Lonzo Ball does triple-singles, but it’s the Alphabet’s time now after slaughtering this season gone. Sure he didn’t come away with the ‘chip like worthy candidate Kawhi Leonard and his (we still hope) Toronto Raptors, but that is his next challenge for the Mamba Mentality tweeted in congratulation by Kobe Bryant who predicted this MVP years back. And in a beautiful and emotional speech, Giannis dedicated all this to his dearly departed dad and his brothers and mom in attendance as every eye not dry in the house got out their seats in unanimous ovation.
And in a truly global game flying the flag outside the United States for each category winner, Antetokounmpo almost doubled up, finishing in second place for Defensive Player Of The Year, under the stifling Eiffel of French fly swatter, Rudy Gobert. As Paul George after an incredible season-no lucky shot-came in third place like he did for the MVP voting. Toronto not only got the ‘chip in the Six however as their X-factor Pascal Siakam came up with the Most Improved Player award ahead of Sacramento sophomore De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s own (if they play their free agent cards right), D’Angelo Russell.
Coach of the Year was bucked by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dry-erasing for the MVP. And Bradley Beal was passed the Community Assist Award for all the good this All Star has done. Give him a hand for all the ones he has. Whilst the Sportsmanship award went to new Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., who also racked up the Teammate Of The Year award for his grit n grind time with the Memphis Grizzlies. But who else for the Sixth Man of the Year award then the ‘6 Man’ of all-time, Lou Williams? Joining Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford as the only player to win the Sixth award three times over.
And the House Of Highlights Moment of the Year of course went to Derrick Rose. Can you guess for what game?
We have a ball rattling around the rim forever in Toronto that shoots for even more stars though.
But how about that Rookie of the Year award? Who you got? Because in narrowly beating out Atlanta Hawk Trae Young it’s clear the award belongs to superstar right now Luka Dončić after a Maverick season in Dallas. Where the Texan gunslinger from Slovenia is about to draw on them all next season. Look out for the kid like Pat Garrett, Billy.
Sager Strong, broadcaster Robin Roberts took home that award named in honor after the suited court-side with a microphone presenter. And her “make your mess your message” speech was the most inspiring of the night after her fight against breast cancer and bone marrow disease, raising awareness.
Executive of the Year went to Jon Horst of the Milwaukee Bucks (sorry Rob Pelinka…jokes) but the Lifetime Achievement? Well that went to a former President who has just left office. No not Obama (although POTUS does have game…WAP!). But the Magic man, Earvin Johnson. The Laker legend honored in California for all he’s done since starting the fast-break of Showtime, to changing the game behind the back without taking a single shot. All the way to walking away from it bravely when he was diagnosed with HIV and then making a comeback so beautifully for the man who will always be purple and gold with all this entrepreneur pulls out the empire of his top hat. Say what you will about his presidency residency but as we look to free agency this crazy off-season, remember who started all this off by bringing the King to Hollywood last Summer, waiting outside his house in his car at one in the morning.
Now that can’t be tampered with.
But all in all last nights NBA Awards show of All-Stars showed us one thing like the NBA Finals. No matter who took home the gold, we all came away winners.