Hip-hop superstar and hoops superfan Ice Cube in a black and white preseason promo for the purple and gold’s 2018/2019 season said, “I’ve seen some good days”. YES Cube! Like when the Lakers beat the Supersonics right?! But in these days of Thunder how’s this for a Westside connection, straight outta Compton, all the way home in the city of stars?
T.C. is back in L.A. and we ain’t talking about Hollywood’s Cruise.
Tyson’s fury won the game for the Lakers last night.
And it was just a day after Tyson Chandler could barely get a practice session in like Allen Iverson at an infamous press conference. Following being brought aboard by the Lakers, following his buyout of Phoenix’s Pacific. He suited up for the Lake Show and made a big stop to make sure King LeBron’s new Hollywood reality show would go on this season.
His ninth rebound in a James jersey 23 minutes of burn was the brightest from Arizona to California. As the former Sun set the game for L.A. against their former Minnesota home. After Derrick Rose’s blooming 34 points looked to threaten his new concrete cemented career-high of 50, a missed clutch bucket was batted away safely into the backcourt by Chandler with clutch gusto. Violating any chance of the Wolves’ bark being worse than their bite.
And as the L.A. Lakers won 114-110 at home in their road jerseys, the Minnesota Timberwolves should have thought about wearing their new Nike ‘City Edition’ Prince jerseys if they wanted to reign over the purple.
It was all gold though in California for the King’s men thanks to the K.O. from Tyson. Who in joining LeBron out in L.A. gives the Lakers the only team in the association who have the only two players left in the league who made the skipping college jump of entering the NBA straight out of high-school. And what a graduation this was for the new number five last night. The homecoming champ back in L.A. showed up on more than the box score. Showing out in his promise to take pressure off of the King. His brick-wall, bodied up, rope-a-dope defence on superstar Karl Anthony-Towns was a frontcourt forcefield that has already made the Twitter trends for its testament to toughness.
And this is EXACTLY what not only L.B.J. but L.A.’s JaVale McGee needs in back-up. Especially as they miss the muscle of Power Forward Julius Randle. The dunking and blocking, hustle machine of energy has been bringing it this year like he does in the weight room. The only thing in the gym more than McGee is sweat itself. And all of it probably belongs to the man who LeBron James says isn’t in the ‘Defensive Player Of The Year’ conversation…”he is the conversation”. We’ve come along way since Instagram blocks.
And although this doesn’t sound so promising for the potential of young big Ivica Zubac the Lakers need this veteran presence right now for tutelage and duty. There’s still time for the kid Zupac. And talking of time, Luke Walton’s job shouldn’t be on the line. Especially this early. He’s a great young coach for this team who will grow with the next generation if he’s left to do that. The answer isn’t to quit or ditch at the first hurdle or obstacle. Let’s stop disrespecting Laker legends…okay breathe. Back to it. We were only just talking about him on here last week as the Lakers scorched the Suns. And we can’t wait to see this workhorse flush his double-down, two-handers once he really gets going now he’s got the jitters of his first game out the way. Having a table of delicious dunks served by the rotating likes of Ball and Rondo is a seven footers dream in the middle. But having the former ‘Defensive Player Of The Year’ Chandler serve alongside decorated star vets like Rondo, Beasley and Stephenson backing up the future franchise youth of Ingram, Kuzma and Ball (already good enough to go by their last names only…wait for their first Lonzo and co) is the stuff dream teams are made of. And that’s before we even get to Hart or Pope.
Back in the Baby Bull days of Chicago trying to find their way in the post-M.J. days, Chandler and Curry where the Chandler and Joey of big-man basketball and frontcourt friends. But the twin towers of David Robinson and Tim Duncan they were not. Even if it was billed as a big Shaq and T-Bot upgrade. Curry kept eating, but with the ball fed in the post Chandler still had that bing. Growing out his beard and becoming one of the best bigs in the L under that shaved dome for years of his certified career. The former All-Star and number two pick has been a journeyman of sorts, jacking all trades and being part of them over 19 years for the 36 year old. Playing from everyone from both the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats. To the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks…twice. But now 18 years after being drafted but then traded by his hometown neighbour Clippers, there’s no place like his Los Angeles home.
Tyson has gone for Olympic gold with LeBron. But now in homecoming purple it’s time to ring the changes with the King.
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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