Willy Wonka the NBA is like a chocolate factory right now in one of the greatest seasons of 82 in Association history.
But what you gonna choose from the box?
You never know what you’re gonna get!
20 years ago in 1996 as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant kept hitting air in his playoff push against the Utah Jazz. No twine, just pine. It was music to future teammate and league MVP Karl Malone and his Nevada teams ears and ring chances. But it was salt like their famous lake to the Lakeshow stopping, purple and gold blood of the young number 8. Following this slap of a sweep the Jazz took their talents and brooms to the Windy City, but they couldn’t get rid of the dust from the charge of the champion Chicago Bulls and their league record 72 wins, led by the man young Kobe wanted to be and will always remain the closest too…Michael Jordan.
20 years later it’s not just former supersub and now top coach Steve Kerr that connects these two stories, National Basketball Association timelines like one of his corner threes…whether he’s hoisting it, or drawing it up!
It all comes back around like the perfect chapter end to a story.
Because tonight Coach Kerr’s Golden State Warriors lead by the big three of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and reigning league MVP, Steph Curry and his 3-ball could all make it 73 and eclipse the set in history book stone record of the ’96 Bulls, surely on their way to their own back-to-back championship in 2016. After they equalized the 20 year record mark set by M.J and his men to begin the week they could beat it by the end, or perhaps never come as close again.
It all comes down to one game.
And they said they didn’t care. One man says they should be more than concerned.
Because after tonight potentially the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all-time, Kobe Bryant will never play in an NBA basketball game again.
It all comes down to one game.
Believe it or not. Hate it or love it. This is it like M.J. Time to say goodbye to the purple and gold best bar Magic. On Mamba’s last day and final homecoming the stars he helped paint on the mid-court canvas of STAPLES will be joined by both his numbers 8 and 24, all before the Lakers and Buss brass decide which one to put up in the rafters next to all those banners he helped raise.
I’ve got a hint for you Jeanie…both!
Now following the million dollar question trending on Twitter to which game you and your thousands of dream dollars would remortgage your house on for a front row seat courtside, we have a clear voice to who we would make our Californian choice. It’s not Batman v Superman. Or Captain America against Iron Man in this Civil War age. It’s not that divided. It’s next to Jack. You never know if the Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies will fight past their shared standing with the two decades back, three-peating Bulls, or if they or anyone else will ever come this close again (as a matter of fact if it wasn’t for Kobe’s Lakers, or eight other teams, the Warriors would have already dubbed the history books). Just like Mr. 81’s last shot like Mike this is the end. This is history. One last time to see Kobe.
One half of the greatest, most dominant, dynamic duo in Laker and league history before they start sculpting Shaq’s statue. Make room for the five time champ. One whose spent his entire twin number decades with the one and only purple and gold Los Angeles Lakers. One last time back home against fittingly the Utah Jazz out West. The long farewell tour on the road is over. It’s time for Kobe to turn all those rookie airballs into the biggest game of his retiring season (unless he decides to play the numbers and not take a single shot and make it all about breaking the assist record…yeah right! He’s Magic…but is he that Earvin?), before Steph Curry tries to take the air out of Jordan’s milestone.
When it comes down to it all. Today and tomorrow the golden ticket doesn’t lie with the state of the Warriors, but the man about to wear gold for the last time on the curtain call of his Hollywood nights.
This is for Bean.
Records are meant to be broken but legends can never be. All good things don’t come to an end. They live on in memories forever.
Lakers cut Cousins for Hollywood Morris vs Morris twin brothers story
Pelican and Wildcat pack connected with Laker superstar Anthony Davis and veteran legend point Rajon Rondo, when the Lakers copped Sacramento Kings great DeMarcus Cousins this off-season it was meant to be their strongest Summer signing. Reuniting D.C. with A.D. after their N.O. year this was just a campaign after Cousins related to a Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors superteam that only last season, after the arrival of the big-man — fans around the league were calling not playing fair.
Because Boogie down low was the best center in the league, reminded us of an explosive TNT hybrid of Shaq and Chuck. But his post power productions have been crippled by injury even if he ill-advised but all heart tried to redemption return for his former Warriors’ team in the losing finals against the Raptors.
Now out of California again, even though he is no longer a Warrior, like K.D. you can always dub DeMarcus as one.
Meanwhile, whilst Lakers fans were celebrating Cousins arrival with caution once they knew he still needed time to recover, the Lakers brought back to bewilderment the infamous name of Dwight Howard. It looked laughable and ludicrous to bring back the former Mickey Mouse superstar even on a non-guaranteed contract. Especially when there were other former All Stars and future Hall of Famers on the market (Carmelo Cough Anthony).
It looked like chemistry cancer. But it was as natural as biology. And then so many rebounds, blocks, dunks, one contest and guaranteed contract later and the redemption reunion was set for a season that took everyone by surprise. The epic, emphatic energy Hollywood needed way back when flipped the script, as changing his legacy number 39 dunked all over the legend of 12 with his signature smile.
Just when the Lakers thought their dynamic Wilt and West, Magic and Kareem, Shaq and Kobe following dynamic duo of the beard and the brow of LeBron James and Anthony Davis had a big-three like Miami in DeMarcus Cousins, it actually turned out that the Lakers had a big-three Ghidora like post blocking and dunking monster of Davis, Dwight and of course all-time fan favourite, JaVale McGee. But still fans thought that once D.C. came back to Cali’s capital, another head would grow. But now the Lakers have cut it off like a broken leg in the Wild West wilderness this Winter.
The Lakers have waived DeMarcus Cousins before he ever played a single game or before he got the chance to show that he’s still got it like that. But trust he still will as another team will pick him up (if only it was the Lakers next season as DeMarcus talked about how much he liked this brotherhood 1 through 15 before sharing on Instagram his “tough times don’t last. Tough people do” tattoo following the cut). Forget a Howard’s end in redemption, there’s about to be a revenge reunion. Especially if a rival picks him up in these mind games.
Because the Lakers have just played one whilst hopefully not playing themselves. Cousins could have been that Rasheed Wallace like Pistons’ signing after the trade deadline that could have guaranteed them a chip (and do we remember who that Detroit Bad Boys reboot team beat in the finals that season? I will give you a clue. Even adding the Mailman and Glove of Karl Malone and Gary Payton wasn’t enough). Although rumour has it with him rehabbing at the Lakers facility for the rest of the year (this isn’t the first time the Lakes have made a classy move like this. See, Xavier Henry), after this sacrifice he may re-sign with the Lakers this Summer anyway. But now however the Lakers’ have brought in another former Piston to hopefully fuel their assembly line.
After missing out on ‘Melo and Andre Iguodala the Lakers didn’t want to make the same mistake for one of the best on the buyout, even if they have just added the realest to the free agent pool to get him. The hustle and heart of Markieff Morris is exactly the true grit this Hollywood team needs for the playoffs that they have been missing since they didn’t re-up Tyson Chandler.
Bolstering the Caruso and cook-ed up bench and backing-up and giving more three space for Kyle Kuzma. But what’s more like the dreads and headband, Spider-Man pointing match-up of Harkless and Jae Crowder, the Lakers now have a Morris vs Morris brother Hollywood story perfect for their script ending that should see the Battle for Los Angeles Western Conference Finals closing chapter with the Clippers that much more compelling.
Now the L.A. King one-two punches of James and Davis versus Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have more in reserve for Markieff and Marcus matching-up with twin ambition. And it’s going to make for some epic entertainment come playoff time that we can preview at the start of April for the California clash rescheduled after the tragic death of Kobe and GiGi Bryant. And what’s more Marcus says the brothers after playing together for years are going to live in the same house in Los Angeles. That should make for some awkward dinners after we see who is eating come June.
The Lakers have just gained another brother. But in this Fast and Furious league when it’s all about family, don’t forget about your cousins.
Wade In The Rafters. The Heat Rises To 3
How’s this for a Flashpoint in NBA history?
Tonight the Miami Heat gave us ‘The Flashback’. DeLorean riding back to the future of last season. Were Dwyane Wade rocking a red Heat hot bomber jacket that was all “Great Scott” Marty McFly had his number three jersey under all that retired, as the Heat rose his 3 to the rafters in a flash.
After ‘One Last Dance’ for Dwyane last season were he swapped jerseys like trading cards, Wade and his former coach and President Pat Riley watched his last jersey go up past the nosebleeds to the ceilings he smashed, arm in arm like a proud father watching a home video of his sons wedding on the highlights of the jumbotron.
The relationship is exactly like that. Built on a fatherly foundation.
Miami has had a matrimony with Wade from the Chicago towns own All Star start, championship run on his own and then post Bulls and King reunion return to redemption.
Some may say Shaq. 90’s purists Zo Mourning and Timmy Hardaway. Others the greatest of all-time LeBron James forming like voltron with another Heatle that’s about to have his jersey retired, Chris Bosh. But let’s face it when it comes to Miami Heat players and franchise faces, D-Wade is the G.O.A.T.
Legacy. Legacy. L3gacy.
This is the way of Wade. How its been and how it will always been up in the air of those American Airlines. A father first and always part of the Miami family when the South Beach welcomed him like Will Smith, this guy is for life like Bad Boys and the number 3 that Martin Lawrence’s Marcus has framed in his own living room rafter raise for the latest sequel.
What you gonna do?
This was a Florida city union like pink or turquoise neon, or the ’till death do us part loyalty of ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘LA Finest’ spin-off star Gabrielle Union. The port of Miami Rick Ross rocked the mic and even King James sent a video tribute from his Californian Lakerland as fellow retired club legends Chris Bosh and Ray Allen were in awe attendance.
“Life is good” Wade said like Nas for this two hour special that seemed ready made for an ESPN documentary. 30 for 30 or 3 for 3.
3 in ’03 to infinity for his sweet 16. The sun will never go down on the legendary legacy of Miami’s adopted son.
And in a tragic start to 2020, like Chi guy Wade embracing an emotional Allen Iverson in a Kobe number 8 tribute throwback this moment was the answer to the pain from our prayers.
Now all that is left is one last step to the Hall.