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.
The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give Kemba Walker, Antoine Walker’s number and he’ll take it away.
Why you shaking that shimmy like that? Sometime between the big three of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird’s shot and the big-three of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed by Paul Pierce (sucks…just kidding), his former dynamic duo partner in the age of Shaq and Kobe, Antoine Walker had a decent one on him from downtown. Which he’d shake and bake before breaking out that signature dance. Stepping out after cutting a rug against his opponent like leaving broken nail patches in that old splintered parquet floor in the garden. As the one/two punch of ‘toine and P-Double really were the truth. I’ll always remember the time these two and the rest of the Celtics led by Horry like (I love Waltah) super microwave sub off the bench Walt McCarty took the Sixers to the statistics with a box score barrage of threes. Even Mark Bryant was getting them (old Mamba). Everyone was shaking the shimmy, like Walker this way. A certified classic Celtics legend.
“And just then, the highway opened up-right at the junction, right at that spot on the highway where you see the skyline of Boston, and you go, “What!?” Because it suddenly goes from trees, woods, and crickets to cars flashing by and skyscrapers and apartment buildings…Just at that moment, I went “Oh, s***, the city!” That’s what Boston boy, Aerosmith legendary lead singer Steven Tyler says about entering (ha, ha) his New England home. And from a guy whose got there from New York on more Peter Pan and Greyhound’s than Tinkerbell and Santa’s Little Helper, trust me the ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ singer is right about this moment of sweet emotion. Try and catch a shot on your smartphones all you like (believe me…I’ve tried and failed), but you won’t want to miss a thing. Now I’m sure Kemba Walker’s journey to the city will be a lot more glamorous than crying whilst binge watch episodes of the latest ‘Stranger Things’ series on a coach trip. But he’ll get plenty of chances to see this skyline envelope him in all its epic, awe and scribe inspiring feats when he rides the team bus.
Because now after Kyrie Irving left the opposite way for no sleep on the drive to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, the city is Kemba’s after he said goodbye to Charlotte and the Hornets nest.
A little disrespectful of a heartfelt Nike commercial, but then again so is Kyrie ghosting the Celtics like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man did Nick Fury ‘Far From Home’.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “that’s some bull####!”
Kanter’s banter is the off-season Iverson step over of the Summer. And him playing a bunch of Boston kids on the playground full court in his full uniform is the hallmark, heartfelt moment of the year. But keeping the uniform on and sticking with numbers, the new star of the show Kemba Walker hopes to be the new eighth wonder of Boston’s world.
Now although he got legend Antoine Walker’s blessing, I originally believed that Boston should have already raised this to the rafters with a shimmy for their original employee number 8. The biggest wonder of that digit since the Black Mamba in the same ’96 draft class of its own. Even if Kemba hilariously tells us that there wasn’t any other numbers left with the amount of legends that have retired with the NBA’s most storied franchise (Walker’s old 15 obviously being retired for Tom Heinsohn). Up in the banner ceiling with all that dust and Red cigar billowing smoke. But then this writer realized that it was probably just jet-lag after his Beantown trip last week, or the Laker fan in me trying to pick fault with a Boston I love more than most purple and gold (in this garden every Batman need his Joker who he really, truly loves madly, deeply (savage)) talking.
I’m actuality it’s really a beautiful homage. They both have the same last name Martha. Now if Kemba unlike Kyrie makes sure that no one else ever wears this number in a fitting moment they could retire both players together, like their Laker rivals may do with LeBron and AD once the 23 is passed next year, as the King looks to have more jerseys retired in Hollywood than Kobe.
Antoine and Kemba together forever.
Walker this way.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
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