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DeMarcus Cousins Joins All-Star MVP Anthony Davis In New Orleans



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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.

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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?


New Toronto ‘City’ Jerseys Point North To The 6



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Better late and sharp to the party than never looking fly.

Sometimes in the streets of Toronto you just have to wait for a good thing. Like that CN Tower forever in the distance drive from Pearson Airport to the downtown dot. Or waiting for a table and menu for something good to eat at Jack Astor’s on any given night. But Drake always delivers from serving up playlist picks to albums that offer ‘VIEWS’ that honour the great city of the six. So you know if you’re reading this it’s never really too late.

Now after Nike just gave us ‘Association’, ‘Icon’ and real ‘Statement’ jerseys for the new season where they are now the official uniform supplier of this National Basketball Association the ‘City’ line is complete like riding a Matt Bonner tram from King Street West to the Air Canada Center. As Toronto didn’t want to be left out like Kyrie Irving didn’t want to be the next Dwyane Wade. Now the only one rocking sleeves like Adidas is Lakers rook Lonzo again, looking to ball like his UCLA alumni days. Forget Christmas Day, unless you’re rocking Sixers script. As for the 6, the new Toronto Raptors jerseys that go back to black like the late, great Amy Winehouse with Octobers Very Own gold, couldn’t be more Drake or OVO if they had that Owl hooting from the shooting shorts. And you know these third blackouts will be a permanent fixture on ‘Drake Nights’ when the Raps court will be decked out in the black gold same lining.

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But these new duds that All-Star ‘Step Brothers’ DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will rock like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly did ugly sweater vests are less ‘Hotline Bling’ and more for the town he calls his own for the citizens of Toronto. ‘They The North’ and have that in six court copying chevrons that in glittering gold, road point to this very Canadian NBA destination. Do you see. And if you don’t know, now you know…player.

This is B.I.G. for the notorious north OVO town of the six. We’ve had the ATL neon, Boston parquet, Lakers Black Mamba snakeskin, Cleveland Land, Detroit ‘Motor City’ industry, New York’s F.D.N.Y. department, the Suns not losing the ‘Los’ love and Chicago’s classic city edition. But nothing for the homestand looks as good as this to the T-Dot.

And with all six signs pointing north to Toronto, we only wish these Raptors threads could be put on for the city every night.

Now the only ‘Fallen Kingdom’ in this Jurassic World will be found in cinemas with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum this summer season Blue.

It took a minute for the sap to meet the tree but the Raptors and the Toronto city they call home are far from extinct.

Nike finds a way.

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The ‘Human Highlight Film’ Dominique Wilkins Almost Made ‘Showtime’ Worthy



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Hollywood’s show kept fast break rolling last night like a Golden Globe as the young Lakers finally snapped their losing trend by clipping the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113 at STAPLES. All behind 20 points from Brandon Ingram, 15 and 9 from Julius Randle and 13, 10 and 6 from rookie Lonzo Ball. J.C. with 18 and K.C.P. with 14 also had three three’s each as the Lakers made a sweet 16 season best from downtown, to go along with a franchise record 42 points off fast breaks on a momentous night for the storied franchises record books.
It kind of looks like Showtime’s go on all over again.
But straight from the Fox Sports hole pregame did you know that back in the 80’s day the NBA’s Hall of Fame, Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the centerpiece of Showtime? The Atlanta Hawk legend who has a statue outside the ATL arena like all the Magic, Kareem’s, big fellas and logos outside Lakerland told us himself play-by-play as part of the pregame panel.
“Jerry Buss didn’t want me but Jerry West did”, ‘Nique said with warm affection to what could have been. And we can’t help muse like Shea Serrano’s brilliant ‘Basketball And Other Stories’ book to what legacy and Laker legend would have been like if the Basketball God’s didn’t cast down a thunderbolt. You see apparantly it all came down to an injury to Lakers Celtic bruising forward Mitch Kupchak, which will no doubt leave some Laker fans thinking this may be the first time but not the only time their former G.M. Mitch has messed up things for the Lake Show.
Kupchak’s season crippling injury made Buss want to go bigger and taller. And the rest is Big Game history as the Lakers drafted Wilkins’ fellow North Carolina alumnus James Worthy who made his own H.O.F. career more than just his second name that resides in the forever rafters like 42. The second in goggle command behind Cap remains one of the Lakers and the league as a whole’s most underrated legend.
But we can’t help but think what it would be like if we just looked up at the STAPLES ceiling and saw Dominique’s name up there like Kobe’s too (or two) with his 21 in that acclaimed area. It would have certainly brought more hard-nosed hostility to those Larry Bird fights and more Hollywood to that iconic Slam Dunk Contest between the Human Highlight and the G.O.A.T., M.J. And could you have imagined the Magic between a player who finished his career with Orlando and actually the legendary Boston Celtics and the man with the top hat himself Earvin Johnson? Now you thought watching Lake Show greats A.C. Green and former coach Byron Scott was good.
In the end it was all scripted the right way. The Lakers had their own Big Game dunking James worthy of a King and Dominique Wilkins soared as a Hawk in the A. But if Magic’s all smiling Showtime had a few more Human Highlights for the film? Now that would be something straight out of Hollywood.
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LeBron’s Land Now Has I.T. Support



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I.T. Follows All The Kings Men

Cleveland plainly dealed their point prince Kyrie Irving away from the King’s Cavalier land this Summer, to make the NBA’s historical Boston Celtics storied again behind their new superstar handle. And in return they got a glorious gunner with an 80’s iconic name, albeit one hip checked to the new year with injury.

But even if Christmas has come late this year like changing your calendar to 2018, Isaiah Thomas is back like you’ve never seen him before, like a Detroit Piston legend kissing and making up with an 80’s Showtime one in an emotional NBA TV reunion.

Now that’s Magic!

Like Pennywise the clown, injury tempted I.T.’s reign into the gutter for the opening chapter of his story with the King like he was wearing a yellow raincoat. But just wait for part two…it’s about to get slicker as forget arms, Thomas is about to take everyone’s legs off from the ankles up.

He’ll float too.

The land was in need of a hand. One that even the way of Wade couldn’t help after the thorn that went in probably retired, former franchise player Derrick Rose’s side. And now they have it all for one and one for all in I.T.’s support. The King now has a fellow crowning talent ready to hold the throne with. Isaiah Thomas’ return to the trail against Portland was blazing too. Normally a nice 17 points and 3 assists would seem modest for a pocket dynamo of this young Iverson’s stature, but when we answer that it came in just 19 minutes of burn than you know it’s something else altogether.

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It’s the makings of something greater.

But all that failed to blend in Beantown as his reunion with the Celtics he was supposed to retire with and his renewed rivalry with the guard he was traded for was put on a DNP-CD hold (at least he too made up with 80’s great Danny Ainge). But the whole event game of the night turned out to be a wash-out as the Celtics 102-88 scrubbing of the Cavaliers on polished parquet only saw the real rivalry of James (19) and Kyrie (11) amass less than 20 points each when this explosive TNT match-up should have gone 30 for 30 for ESPN.

Still Ohio will rise again when the King and I.T. return to their land and maybe even the promised ones of the NBA Finals. As another Celts/Cavs conference finals match-up without Gordon Hayward and this time more Love could beat towards the heart of a lion. And the five foot something with a headband has plenty of that under his too.

And you best believe tooth and hip surgery nail he’s going to leave it blood, sweat and tears all on the parquet this playoff postseason.

But this time instead of against one, Isaiah won’t just be running alongside a King…he’ll be one.

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