Why fear the deer when you have ice in your veins?
And the calf of Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t running that night either.
Confetti fell piece by piece on the Fiserv Forum floor last night. Not in a celebration shower, but dribs and drabs like the way it kept stutter stopping the rate of play last night like playing golf behind Charles Barkley. It sure made for a great way to Rajon Rondo put someone off their free throw technique as players would go to the line and play clean up like it was all in good nature. Commentators thought the ticker tape was to coronate the Milwaukee Bucks 60th win of their beast, best in the East NBA season this Saturday. But it was actually a still standing and floating souvenir from last week’s epic gig by British band Mumford and Sons, touring their latest definitive ‘Delta’ album for this arenas first sellout. And even if it was the former like Forum balloons floating down to a Lakers Game 7 floor as the Celtics walked off it champions, D’Angelo Russell’s ice box made sure that party was over before it even got started like parents coming home early. He’s elimination familiar to turning what should have been a celebration at home to a heartbreak hitting the road. Ain’t that right Lake Show? That’s all too familiar hey? Lo made sure confetti would not rain or reign tonight. Unless it was to fall on an empty floor of home losers who couldn’t protect this house.
There would be no sweet 60th win tonight.
Last night there was more chance of a fiftysomething celebrating hitting sixty. But then again with most 50 year olds these days looking like Keanu Reeves or Paul Rudd last night (Happy Birthday Ant-Man. If only Scott Lang’s birth certificate wasn’t so small) you’d have an easier time convincing me that these dudes were middle-aged than believing that these Brooklyn Nets weren’t going to make the playoffs this campaign. Even if in the Eastern Conference standings right now there’s more spots open than Clearasil, with everyone pouring everything they’ve got into this last half week with the West already set.
Despite the Bledsoe show without the Greek Freak notching a Lew Alcindor 33 to go with the rest of the 100, D-Lo had 25 points and 18 in the first half, to go along with a double trouble of 10 rebounds as he cut the nets in Wisconsin. Bucking the Bucks 133-128. But this ice tray was a finger to pulsing vein attack that was perfectly balanced like Thanos dagger, or like everything should be. The B.K.N. are in the endgame now. But they’ve got the avenging heroes before their season turns to dust, like a former Showtime star that Magic mad titan Thanos-ed away with a snap of the fingers like he almost did half of his team this year.
Turns out this kids a real Marvel captain. Turns out he’s more than a leader. The SLAM cover crowned B.I.G. new King of the real New York is a team player too. For the people. Imagine that. If he ruled the world. Nasty like Nas with that pure shot. He is the one. And they’ve built a five around him in the borough of Brooklyn. A seven zip run to end the fourth and the final score of this game with the Bucks not cashing anything in for two and a half minutes was capped by a three pointer from this year’s All Star contest winner in Charlotte, Joe Harris (to go along with 14 and 6, LeVert’s 24 and Chris Dudley’s sweet 16) as these Nets moved to 40-40 like former owner Jay-Z’s nightclub and a perfect .500.
That’s almost 60 right?
Soon the confetti won’t have to wait to fall through the nets of a no sleep in Brooklyn celebration.
No sleep to the playoffs.
Brooklyn is most definitely in the house.
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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