Even an All-Star record breaking 52 points which raises eyebrows, but is just another regular season game total for Anthony Davis can’t top this. Not even the mid-February, mid-season classic games Most Valuable Player award in his Pelicans clubs home city of New Orleans can.
Because this legendary hoops holiday in the same month as musics Grammys and movies Oscars is always guaranteed a blockbuster from the dunks to the clutch money-ball contests. But this trade is a deal maker breaker like no other.
Leaving his Sacramento throne after many a sacrament, exiled King DeMarcus Cousins can certainly relate to his new frontcourt two towers partner Anthony Davis. And not because they’re both twin elite bigs about to be the new generation David Robinson and Tim Duncan or Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olaujawon, rebooted to a whole new box-office boosting level. The BBN brothers are both alumin of Coach Calipari’s legendary U.K., Kentucky Wildcats fraternity. And now these two ‘cats are together, this curiously named Pelicans franchise finally has claws aswell as a big bill.
First they took the Hornets from Charlotte between Oklahoma City and the Thunder. Then when North Carolina brought the buzz back, New Orleans replaced them as this years All-Star hosts as commissioner Adam Silver didn’t like the lines of LGBT discrimination in the city sharing a name of a beautiful girl. Standing up for the oppressed like legendary rocker and songwriter of our troubled times Bruce Springsteen in cancelled concert.
Now Charlotte may not like this but it’s Madi Gras in New Orleans again even after both weekends come to a close. The Pelicans are set to fly, Pelican fly after the Kings sent Cousins and talented Omri Cappsi to New Orleans, who didn’t say N.O. in sending talented rookie Buddy Hield, reliable reserve Langston Galloway and former King star Tyreke Evans in exchange. Sacramento first dangled DeMarcus at their Californian neighbours and rivals the Los Angeles Lakers for top rookie Brandon Ingram, but the purple and gold didn’t take the bait.
Since the George Karl book throwing era, the disgruntled DeMarcus Cousins has no longer felt part of the Kings family like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but now it looks to be a wonderland for Boogie in the Big Easy with these two Blue bigs.
DMC running to the NOLA was a big move on a big night in a big weekend. One that saw the West win Khaled big 192-182, with 41 points from the wests Russell Westbrook against 30 from the Easts Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (with a freak of nature devastating display of dynamic dunks…MVP Steph Curry knew the best line of defence with his headband in his hands lying on the floor) and a jersey number of points from no. 23, King LeBron James. And of course Anthony Davis of New Orleans’ 52 in the McDonalds All-American looking All-Star jerseys (his complete with a choice of sleeves) on the eve of his college reunion with Cousins.
It was all part of a big All-Star weekend in the Big Easy. That saw another big follow in the footsteps of Timberwolf Karl Anthony-Townes as New York Knick sophomore Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge. Whist Team World came up big on the U.S.A.’s home French Quarter court beating them 150-141, behind 24 career high points from Denver Nuggets star Jamaal Murray. Houston Rocket Eric Gordon soared too like ‘Hidden Figures’, propelling the moneyball racks to the stratosphere as he hit the big shot to win the Three-Point Contest over last years splash winner Klay Thompson. Also Apollo knocking out NBA Cleveland Cavalier champion clutch shot maker Kyrie Irving and the swaggy 3 of Los Angeles Laker Sixth Man spark plug Nick Young. And then of course Big Dog’s little pup son Glen Robinson III went bigger than them all jumping over three people (including All-Star teammate Paul George and the Pacers mascot and cheerleader) to win the dunk contest over Air Aaron Gordon’s drone dunk and the ‘We The Dunk’ of DeAndre (Air) Jordan. Hey, even Los Angeles Lakers teammates Metta World Peace and Lou Williams got down on a big rap crossover collabo at All Star. Who needs John Legend at the half?
But in all this Louisiana drama no story from this weekend in the easy was bigger than Boogie and the ‘Brow and the second season that’s about to follow. As the second city born Davis and his Pelicans have a second wind welcoming D.C. to his new, New Orleans home as two All-Stars align from Kentucky Bourbon to Bourbon Street.
Oh and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made nice on an even nicer alley-oop connection.
And why the hell not?
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.