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 front-court 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 Olajuwon, rebooted to a whole new box-office boosting level. The BBN brothers are both alumni 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 as-well 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 Mardi 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 Casspi 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 neighbors 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 money-ball 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?
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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