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.
Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick
Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.
“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”
For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.
Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.
The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.
Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.
Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.
Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion
Zion. Zion. Zion.
Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.
The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.
Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?
I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.
What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.
But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.
And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.
Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!
Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.
Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.
But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.
This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.
But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.