Come at him all you want! Throw all your rocks! He’s heard it all before and we’ve for sure seen it all before. You best believe it.
But what happens when the King misses?
First it was Steph Curry with the MVP. Now with one more shot it looks like Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors with the victory. After Game 5’s 104-91 win over the Cavs, the Dubs have it on a plate. 3-2 up in this epic duel, with a chance to finish this series and win their first finals in 40 years of Warrior NBA basketball. Even if they don’t take the next game closer, they are sitting comfortably on a two game cushion if complacency doesn’t set it.
This see-sawing series has seen as many would-be victor changes as lead ones and the NBA’s highest ever rated series could go the full hog of seven games, which is surely what all the networks want.
Just like they want a new face for the future, in the form of the baby-smiled assassin of chef Stephen Curry. Complete with famous pops, fan-favorite mom and the cutest kid and press conference highlight in the funny and fond form of his WNBA star of the future, daughter Riley Curry.
With family values at the top of every league pass holding households list, this kid is the peoples MVP…not just the one of the greater Bay Area of Oakland, California. This season even with the heartwarming homecoming in Ohio, it seems that Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had replaced the King of LeBron James in more ways than one. Now, armed with a bigger three in himself than LeBron’s injured special K’s, it looks like Curry is about to take James’ throne too…even if the King can still produce an upset to more than just those couch fans crying that he doesn’t have what it takes.
Even if the wine and gold doesn’t see that and champagne this year, what LeBron has done and is doing is beyond the measure of a true winner and champion. Especially without Love and all that hate, whilst holding guard without a point. The Cavs have only the brilliant but brief lights of guys like J.R. Smith and Matthew Delladevoa to go against Golden State’s bridges of Golden Gate Warrior charging talents, from Klay Thompson to Draymond Green. Even the Bay’s former All-Star veteran ball players are better as the dunking likes of Andre Igudola and Shawn Marion duke it out.
Which is why in putting on that Jordan-esque number 23 for his city of Cleveland yet again, LeBron has truly become a Cavalier in more ways than one dotted line decision. Let’s just for a second get our minds round the post headband career of a guy that even as a first-game Rookie back in the day was putting up Oscar worthy numbers.
Or we could just spell it out to you with digits…
Game 1: 44 Points, 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists.
Game 2: 39 Points, 16 Rebounds, 11 Assists.
Game 3: 40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists.
Game 4: 20 Points, 12 Rebounds, 8 Assists.
Game 5: 40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 11 Assists,
Game 6…his whole heart and soul…
…and then some.
He could really be the logo now in a East by Jerry West valiant losing effort of a value most high. This icon is playing that symbolic. If you thought last Summer was the storybook stage of LeBron’s legend and legacy, than you didn’t see this coming. This is his classic chapter, his most inspired and influential incarnation. And the rest is still to be wrote. No matter what the critical ink spells out, smudged short of drying. With Jordan like highs of dominance and the rearview of Kobe’s career no longer shining in blinding taillights, this road is still LeBron’s for the taking. After showing the Big Game James of Houston’s Harden that he better keep that name, because he’s the one, true King, LeBron now has Curry left standing in his way, to move aside like he has done Kevin Durant for the last couple of stormy Thunder seasons. Now King ‘Bron is averaging finals points in the greatest of all-time, top 40 ranks and in the truth be told tale of numbers is closer to Golden State Warriors legend Rick Barry than and that the hot, can’t miss shooting of Steph Curry (that maybe shooting from those downtown San Fran sloped roads right now) should be.
After it’s all said and done, LeBron is the one, even if he doesn’t have another left in the tank. In a series marked by dehydrated stars and hospitalized game winners, what is the measure of all a man’s exhaustion in all it’s blood, sweat and tears…and years? Sometimes it doesn’t add to a champagne perspired, soaked number 23 propped up by Larry O’Brien in tears. Sometimes that’s not the state of gold. Sometimes a winner is more than just the victory, the trophy or the throne. Sometimes a King is more than his castle. Sometimes apart of that army in battle, a true Warrior doesn’t have to have that wrote across his chest.
Sometimes an MVP belongs somewhere else too. Somewhere where value isn’t measured in gold rings, but in someone who by going full circle has done the most.
Now play on Most Valuable Player.
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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