Big Apple basketball may bite, but spit out the rotten pips and get down to the core and you can see there’s so much more.
The Garden could be Eden again…it could be Mecca.
And it could all happen this Summer in a New York minute.
Could the Knicks be good again? Don’t make me laugh! They were never good right? Right?
Although in NBA lore never as storied as the history of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The ‘Rocky’ to ‘Creed’, Philadelphia 76ers and Bad Boy Pistons. Or even the modern legendary, legacy making dynasties in San Antonio and Golden State. And of course the one and only, Chicago Bulls…or should we say Michael Jordan? Like King James a storied franchise in himself.
These Knickerbockers however in the World’s Most Famous Arena in the Empire State of the world’s most recognisable city from New Year’s to when the ball drops again like Sinatra, New York, New York, have their own orange, blue and white legend as historic as the cage, or cracked concrete of the blacktop of the Rucker. An iconic arena in itself holding some of the most legendary games and events, from the cement to the trees and flagpoles climbed to watch from above. And this legacy has nothing to do with losing…or not being as bad as the Nets (which they no longer get to claim in the Fight for N.Y. now those Jersey Boys are loading in the beast of Brooklyn like no sheep sleep).
From the seventies jazz age, to the golden era of the 90’s. The ‘bockerd have had superstars who have played through career crippling injuries and ones who have sweated through world series’ with Jordan before baseball. Even dunking all over that. Guys like Willis Reed. Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe. Walt Frazier. Bernard King. Bill Bradley. Patrick Ewing. John Starks. Latrell Sprewell spinning.
And those jerseys…damn those iconic jerseys are traditional, Lakers or Celtics classic.
But the Knicks have never had the luck of the Irish. Or the gold of Showtime. Their hard work, bruising (shout out to money Anthony Mason…Draymond Green before his day. Rest Peacefully) brand of blue collar basketball was often overlooked when it came without the W result. But it was still there. Through the injuries to big-men like the dice rolled, cursed fate of Antonio McDyess or the extinguishing of Am’are Stoudemire. Or the hometown, homecoming heroes Stephon Marbury or Carmelo Anthony who couldn’t do it all, or take all the usual Garden, memories short jeers on their own. But who could? LeBron?
Well he won’t be King of New York now. But the Knicks faithful thought they had one in the unicorn from Europe, Kristaps Porzingis. Until about last week were he said he wasn’t sure of his future or place (code for I’m gone by next free agency to paranoid G.M.’s), to which he was traded to Dallas in less than a New York minute. The best Euro big-three he will form with legend Dirk Nowitzki and Rookie of the Year for sure Luka Doncic at least for a season is a Maverick move. But what about the state of N.Y.? They get some big talent in the form of DeAndre Jordan, Wes Matthews and Dennis Smith Jr. who could be a star. But it’s hardly a big-three that you need at least in todays league. They have a young one. Stocked with don’t trade like the Lakers potential in Emmanuel Mudiay, Allonzo Trier and Kevin Knox, but that’s not going to cut it come the brackets. Looks like more lottery balls for these apples.
But how do you like these? Like Lauryn Hill the joy of the New York Knicks world could belong in Zion with the Duke college star who could be the big future of New York basketball that could kill everyone softly. But these dreams may be the things of pipes and so may the ones I’m about to say. But this is the big city of those Z’s after all right? And there’s no bigger dreams in this league than the clouds teams have their heads in come free agency. When they all look to appeal to the player power of the agents of change they hope will become their new franchise face.
Sure it seems like New York as a Basketball city don’t have a whole lot to offer, except being King Kong bigger than the Empire State Building in this kind of town. But after giving up one special K, they could gain two in this video game age if the LeBron like pull to be the sole star in the big city lures the type of Kevin Durant’s and Kyrie Irving’s set to be asked about their F.A. decision July 1st.
Or both for New York, New York. So confident about free agency in clearing out the Kristaps house that they could make a big signing twice. That would have for sure blown Big Smoke up this year’s NBA London game with the Wizards January gone. It’s already not such a secret, public knowledge that Durant is not happy (Draymond) and may want out of the Golden State before they cross that bridge to San Francisco. With confidence he’s said he can “play anywhere in the world”. So how about this planets biggest stage with all the players? He could have an epic Eden game at the Garden like Jordan and Kobe every night. And the Madison massive chanted, “we want Ky-rie” even as Irving torched them this weekend, before taking off his flamethrower hot jersey and gifting it to his father one more time like that beloved Nike commercial. The Knicks hopes soon he takes off his Celtics jersey for good and never wears it again in search of retiring another eleven before ‘Stranger Things’ happen this season on the fireworks of July 4th’s Independence Day.
The two ones would look good up in that iconic M.S.G hardwood roof if he ever takes to the floor here too. With a few more banners of their own that is. If two stars like this are planted in the Garden ready to bloom then the ceiling won’t even exist anymore.
Then everyone will want a hem piece of the timeless threads of those signature jerseys. For forever New York famous stars of the city.
Yet alas this type of thing doesn’t happen under the big city and bright lights, off Broadway in New York though right? Not when it comes to these Knicks.
But it’s a Times Square New Year and things can change in a minute.
Time for the ball to drop.
Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo
Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”
‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.
He deserves the character.
Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.
No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.
The hoodie and headband is back.
Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.
Now it’s time to really ball.
Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?
They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”
What a difference a year makes.
It’s all A-O.K. now.
Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.
No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.
He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.
The respect he deserves.
The legacy continues.
You can’t keep a good man down.
Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.
All for the love of the hardwood.
Summer run to season come.
Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.
Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.