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

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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.

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La La Lakerland Played Host To A City Of All-Stars At The Weekend

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Like Father, Like Slam,

Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this. Even if Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and even the other Michael (B) Jordan were taking in all the lights, camera action court-side.

After the 2017 Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year and two calendar’s after our native Toronto held the All Star Weekend in Canada, the sixth A.S.G. in the Clipper and Lakerland of the downtown STAPLES of L.A. was the first of it’s kind. As two of the best players in the association and reigning finalists decided to draft their own pool of players against the wall for the ultimate black and white pick-up game between ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team LeBron’, for all the marbles of which of the last two champions would be King.

Well it certainly helps if James picks his rivals reigning MVP teammate Kevin Durant and his own former partner in pine championship crime Kyrie Irving for the big shots first.

But before all that it was down to regular festivities to begin the weekend of All-Star. Basketball’s equivalent of music’s Grammy’s or movies Oscars in Superbowl February. Opening these ceremonials Team World beat down Team USA 155-124 in the Rising Stars game that should really tell you something. Despite home court advantage rookie steal, Kyle Kuzma notching 20, fellow Californian franchise face Buddy Hield was king as the Sacramento star hit 29 as the two sides wore Clipper and Laker interloped Buffalo and MPLS throwbacks for the Hollywood script. And after Quavo of hit duo Migos took home the Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 79-66, Spencer Dinwiddie paid the bills in a superior skills comp. Before scorching Sun in California Devin Booker showed his career high 70 was no one-hit wonder as he burnt down all the nets and the money-ball rack. Winning the three-point contest showdown from reigning winner and sixth man Eric Gordon. Grounding the Rocket as this Phoenix rose. Book it!

But after the most therapeutic competition of All-Star weekend it was time for the most exciting one just as compelling. And in honoring his father Larry Nance, the 1984 winner of the inaugural Slam-Dunk contest, Larry Nance Jr. rocked the baby cradle, like father, like dunk. As he even rocked the old-school Phoenix Suns jersey, short shorts and high-socks for an inspired imitation. But under the magicians cloak, those Los Angeles natives in attendance draped in gold wish he had turned into someone turning back the clock and wearing a Lakers jersey (those Lonzo assists with the ball would have helped). As what would have been a long awaited, eagerly anticipated home-team representation turned into an Akron homecoming for the Ohio hometown hero like LeBron in the Kings land once the trade deadline passed.

Pops Nance loved it though after he himself played the lions share of his career in Cleveland as a Cavalier. Even assisting his boy on his second slam, before he blew the house down with a windmill that even rocked Chris Rock and then double tapped an Instagram worthy picture perfect dunk that if your phone blinked, you’d have had to instant replay it to not miss it and believe it. But all this court creativity wasn’t enough like Maverick rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 360 reverse, through the legs 50. Or All-Star Victor Oladipo getting an assist off King T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman, suiting up in the Black Panther mask and clawing a tomahawk. And if you think that was special, if only you were a fly on the wall for the moment entertainment megastar Jamie Foxx told Vic he loved his album and started singing ‘A Song For You’ with him in the parking lot (as told by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins). As Utah’s jazz man Donovan Mitchell won by jumping over Kevin Hart and his family (Come on! How hard is that? The comedian was even crouched down. Seriously?! He could have even been sat on his shoulders and Mitch would have been good), and then breaking out the classic Vince Carter Raptor jersey and doing you know what.

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The whole weekend turned out to be a testament to a throwback tribute despite Nike’s brand new Team LeBron and Steph duds. Last years All-Star representative, Pelican Anthony Davis paying tribute to his injury fallen teammate brother Cousins by wearing what would have been his numero zero jersey. Free agent suitors beware, DeMarcus is going nowhere now this summer after this. You see he saw on I.G. but look at the shot. How s### was his seat for a would be player?

But after Black Eyed Pea Fergie caught flack for her soulful and sultry rendition of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem (hey, you didn’t complain when Marvin did it) the game hit all the high-flying, dunking high-notes. So much so fans needed throat lozenges like Pink! Even if there wasn’t a single Clipper or Laker representative in the game itself. Despite the lobbying for 6 Man, Lou Will and new Laker Isaiah Thomas only recently being LeBron’s actual teammate.

The King took the MVP crown himself as his 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists helped turn a 15 point hole into a 148-145 victory. And from the look on his face as he leapt into Kevin Durant’s arms of all people, it looked like he just won the NBA Championship back. And from the look on Steph’s face on the receiving end reply it was hard to disagree.

You may be the champion, but I’m the best in the world those eyes said.

Well it’s up to you to decide when round 2 of the All Star draft is televised next year for all to see in M.J.’s land of the greatest.

Charlotte’s going to be good!

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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