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Even Without A Throne In This Game, Will The King Still Be Crowned MVP?



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.

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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.


Xavier Rathan-Mayes inks 10-Day Contract with Memphis Grizzlies



Xavier Rathan Mayes Inks 10 Day Contract Memphis Grizzlies

Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, ON) will be joining the Memphis Grizzlies on a 10-day contract. A well deserved opportunity for the 23-year-old, 6’4″, 208 lbs guard who has been tearing-up the NBA G-League. Mayes started 37-0f-39 games of the Westchester Knicks leading them to 27 W-14 L record while averaging 16.6 points per game, 7.2 assists and 6 rebounds. Including a career-high of 34 points versus the 87ers .

With the signing of Mayes, a former Florida State Seminoles standout will join fellow and current Memphis Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks forming yet another Canadian duo in the NBA. Currently, the Denver Nuggets have the best Canadian tag team duo with Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles both playing a key role in the Nuggets recent success.

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Miami Heat Icon Dwyane Wade Dedicates Season To Parkland Victim Laid To Rest In His Jersey



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For Joaquin...

Just weeks ago Joaquin Oliver was laughing and joking with his friends like any other teenager. A lover of music, sports, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade. The Florida franchises Flash legend and returning hero via a Cavalier trade from King James’ land. Making for an even bigger homecoming than the Chicago born D-Wade’s ride in the Bull-pen last season. And it wasn’t just the talents of South Beach that where nostalgically excited, but the entire Sunshine State as a whole. Especially one of Dwyane’s biggest fans, a handsome young man with so much heart known to his friends as ‘Joaq’.

But on Valentines Day, 17 year old Joaquin Oliver with his whole life to live and love ahead of him was one of the 17 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Parkland school shooting.

He was just a kid.

Oliver was buried in one of his most prized possessions, his number 3, Dwyane Wade Heat jersey. Upon learning this an emotional Dwyane Wade dedicated the rest of his returning season-which may even be the Hall of Fame ready legends retiring one-to Joaquin. And with a tribute testament to Oliver, Wade wrote his name on his sneakers took to the floor and hit 15 of the Heat’s last 17 (and his 27) and an epic, emotional game winner against the Sixers that was a classic, “this is my house” Flash-back.

The final score read 102-101 to the home team off Ocean Drive. But what truly mattered was what was wrote to see on the cleats of Dwyane’s feet. This tragic time is so much bigger than basketball. But whatever escape, solace and stand of solidarity sports and those who make it more can offer in comfort to families and friends in their time of mourning has real importance. Even albeit for a brief, but fleeting cathartic respite.

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“This is why we can’t just shut up and dribble”, Wade tweeted with a picture of Oliver, echoing the words of twice teammate and former Miami Heat leader LeBron James who responded to those critical of the athletes outspoken social stance. Wade has made big moves that matter with James before. And we aren’t talking about the big-three. Remember the ESPY’s? Echo those words. And sometimes even from the biggest stars in the world that seem a million miles away from our hurt it’s the little things that matter. Like in years past Chris Paul scoring 61 in honour of his grandpa who passed away at that age. Or a heartbroken Allen Iverson paying for the funeral of a young man shot over his jersey. Whatever we can do to help-no matter how small-is surely better than simply doing nothing.

Ignorance will get us all nowhere. Inspiration will though.

For Joaquin and everyone who lost their lives to the guns we must control and put down for good.

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Does The Lakers Future Belong To A Kid Named Bryant?



Who? Me?!

The future of the second most storied franchise in NBA history is right now.

And it has little to do with the Los Angeles Lakers deadline trading for former Boston boy Isaiah Thomas from the Cavs. Although that may be the first Magic chess move that checkmate takes future(?) Hollywood King LeBron James from Cleveland to Lakerland.

But it has everything to do with that slow grind the young Lake Show and future Showtime have been putting in for just under a half decade worked. Ever since the injured Kobe stoppers hit the lottery they’ve chose the right numbers. Top tens or second round knockouts. Outside of maybe Philly only open doors have had better drafts than the Lakers over the last few years. First came Draymond Green like big-man Julius Randle and then Sixth Man steal Jordan Clarkson late in the game. And then the trend just snowballed like millennials that totally use words like “stoked” on the slopes of Pyeongchang.

A year later came the ice from the veins of D’Angelo Russell and the scorching slams of Sun son Larry Nance Jr. Then last season the biggest Durant like chance of a franchise face in Brandon Ingram and an even more pleasant surprise in talented big Ivica Zubac. But this campaign the team that has drafted tremendous talent like Noah’s arc has gone forth from their two-by-two nature over the last big-three years. Even if fans of this young core are steaming that the Lakers just let integral parts like Nance and Clarkson walk like Russell. Glue guys of this smartphone generation that highlight worthy fans wanted to stick around like screen burn. Even if they did get I.T. in return and even the cleared cap that may make space for the real ‘IT’ to take them out the gutter this summer in number 23 and even a hometown hero P.G.

This season however the purple and gold have gone from the wine cellar to a potential eight seed haterade upset. And it isn’t just because of their Hollywood big baller drafting of Lavar’s son. Although if you’re really watching the new number two ball then you know you are watching the post-Mamba moment, Lonzo Angeles Lakers. Even if potential R.O.Y. Kyle Kuzma has shown he’s not only the Lakers biggest steal of recent drafts, but one of the biggest rookie sleepers in draft dud history.

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But it doesn’t stop there for a team that’s so deep in youth they’ve even signed former guard Gary Payton’s son too. We’ve already detailed the Lakers defensive Hart before Josh got a start or even a high five. But it’s not just once, twice, or even three times a draft Jeannie for the Buss two times at once, waiting Lakers.

There’s another big kid ready to have a big future for the purple and gold Lake Show and he wears Bryant on his back like a snakeskin black Nike ‘City’ jersey.

No this Hollywood Magic machine hasn’t gone back in time and nabbed young Fro’be from the clutches of the basketball God’s. This isn’t 1996 people. Even if the Smashing Pumpkins have reformed and there’s a new Mulder and Scully series of ‘The X-Files’ networking right now. No this kid wears a number in the thirties like the giant greats of Shaq and Kareem. And the worthy 42nd pick Thomas Bryant wants to be the best two-way big in the game. Don’t scoff! Have you seen him block? And he’s got a real shot too. From downtown Pico, which you know seven foot expert from Brooklyn, Brook Lopez will help hone. Just like when he, Randle and would be teammate Russell worked out with Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade this summer. Thomas has already along with fellow two-way South Bay Laker Alex Caruso made the mid-season all G-League team but wait until he takes a real Gatorade break and joins the big boy ranks of the big leagues. His Twitter name reads, ‘No Limit’. Can you handle it?

With guys like Bryant do the Lakers even need LeBron?

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