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.
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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