T-Mac just bounced his Hall Of Fame ballot off the backboard and dunked his Naismith induction home.
The seven time NBA All-Star who performed that off the glass shattering jam pass to himself twice at A.S.G. (and once in the damn regular season), highlights the class of 2017 with Indiana Pacers great George McGinnis, Kansas’ legacy making coach Bill Self, UCONN legend Rebecca Lobo and the recently dearly departed Chicago Bulls executive and six rings court conductor Jerry Krause.
Kobe Bryant whose place in the Hall is certified called Tracy McGrady the “toughest” player he’s gone up against. Basketball bible SLAM magazine named him one of their top 75 players of all-time. Sure this All-Star never became a champion. Or the official NBA Top 50, Jordan chasing ranks he was predicted to be like a projecting LeBron. But his induction to the corridors of court fame confirms him as one thing.
Tracing Tracy’s career takes you to all sorts of places. Like here in Canada where McGrady began his career alongside his cousin Vince Carter for our Toronto Raptors. The family ties made for quite a partnership. From Air Canada’s legendary Slam Dunk Contest to the ones in-game (Vince Carter may have jumped right over a 7 footer in the Olympics, but did you remember when McGrady soared over 7 foot 6 inch Shawn Bradley as a Rocket?) that proved the T-Dot had more than just Pearson, or one person when it came to runways downtown. It was all 10’s in the 6 but somehow these rim-kissing cousins couldn’t relate and what could have been a dynamite duo of dynamics to rival the new milleniuum Lakers in the Shaq and Kobe era of feuds became a one man show. But still to this day, Vince Carter’s purple dino throwback isn’t the only one still selling up north. “We” a team.
Tracy’s spell in Orlando looked to make him the Magic man in his home state of Florida. But it was meant to be a sidekick affair from the get go. Paired with former Detroit Piston legend Grant Hill whose career beginnings came with their own Jordan-heir thrine stakes when the greatest was still playing. But Hill took another tumble over injury time and McGrady was left to do it all. Like his signature assist and dunk mid-February classic which made the souring Slam-Dunk Contest a lay-up line in comparison. Much like Orlando’s oppositions paint that kept this shoulder burdened Magic team out the playoff picture. Tracy needed more tricks.
In Houston came more problems despite McGrady alinging with Chinese sensation Yao Ming and even towering the 7 foot 6 centre in jersey sales in the dynasty makers Asian continent for a time. Replacing Steve Francis, Tracy looked like the perfect tipping point for a pick and roll with Yao, but critical injuries would keep these two apart like long distance realtionships or Hill’s and Carter’s. And when it came to the postseason it was always a first round knockout…remember those postgame speechless tears? Don’t forget the heart. Even if when it came to court coupling it just looked like it wasn’t meant to be for number one. But still the star shined. Scoring a legendary record 13 points in 35 seconds (including four consecutive threes) like Larry Johnson with two strong arms against a San Antonio Spurs he’d later finish his career with on quite a rejuvanation.
The George Gervin like player spent more time on ice, but between sick notes this man also made time for the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (thanks Yao). Many thought the two-time scoring champion swingman would continue his career, some thinking Mac would be back with the Lakers (don’t be fooled those phototshops aren’t real), but T-Mac called it a day (dedicating his humanitarian work to places like Darfur for his documentary ‘3 Points’) and quite a career that see’s him as a Raptor, Magic and Rocket legend.
But before multiple ones are raised to the rafters the hall calls for Tracy McGrady. So don’t doze on the oft-rested great as Nasmith and Basketball infamy wakes up the Big Sleep this fall.
New Nike Giannis Antetokounmpo Sneakers Are ‘Coming To America.’
“GOOD MORNING NEIGHBORS!”
“Hey! F### you!”
(With genuine joy and affection back) “Yes! F### you too!”
Ever since Milwaukee Bucks position and court redefining Point God, Giannis Antetokounmpo came to America like Eddie Murphy, he truly beyond a cliché changed the game and the watching world. And now with Nike, lacing up some new signatures inspired by the classic 80’s Murphy movie ‘Coming To America’, the Greek Freak is about to change the sneaker one too.
These new most valuable sneakers from this year’s MVP are so clean they’ll have you running up like Samuel L. Jackson in “McDowell’s”.
Time to get the brooms.
It’s about to be a clean sweep Foot Locker.
Antetokounmpo’s first sneaker the Nike Freak 1 is about to take all those LeBron, Kobe’s and Westbrook’s to the shoeboxes with this breath of Air. Fresh out the cardboard these colorful pairs have a reversed swoosh like Travis Scott. Perfect for any shoe dog like Phil Knight. And these ‘Coming’ colorways also feature leopard, black, grey and gold accents to the men who would be King. Prince Akeem’s royal garb and the most inspired international influence this league has seen since the dream shake of Hakeem Olaujawon for a regal fit.
And with the gold ‘Coming To America’ logo on the tongue of these licks you can expect this revolution to be televised. But please bring back our favourite ‘Raw’ and ‘Delirious’ comedian for the commercial Nike.
This perfect pair for the theme of the perfect prototype player of this games future generation drip as hard as ‘ER’ and ‘Logan’ star Eriq La Salle’s jheri curl in this movie. Watch the shoes like Ronald Reagan said to Eazy-E when N.W.A. visited the White House according to The Game! If co-star Arsenio Hall still had a show (bring it on back again) then he’d have them as a guest on his couch. With or without the freak.
Put up a wall against these Trump! We have more shoeboxes to stack.
Wearing clothes are about to be a new experience for you as you unbox these with the rose petals that fall out like Tokyo trees after cherry blossom season instead of tissue paper. There’s also some ‘Coming To America’ inspired Freak 1 Nike apparel to match with some ‘I Love NY’ heart homages to the film about a prince who made his way to the Big Apple like this kid from the Olympic home of athletes in Athens, Greece did on Draft Day.
These really are the Crown Prince of Zamuda.
These Greek sneakers are so freaking good, you’re going to want to renounce your throne.
Come on, come all.
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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