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.
The Six In 6. Toronto Become First Canadian NBA Champions
They the North did it.
Last night in the Bay the 6 got turned upside down with no need for a seven right now. As Drake’s really big team got some really big rings.
And with a 114-110 win in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. After almost a quarter century the Toronto Raptors became the first franchise outside of the United States to win the National Basketball Association finals to make history and become Canadian champions.
And in their Canuck colours pointing to the North from California with the gold, these red and whites flying the flag in the U.S. did it for all of us as they truly changed the game.
It started with an expansion 24 years ago in Toronto. Alongside the Vancouver Grizzlies. It ended with them being the sole franchise outside of America in the NBA as former Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol joined another former gritted Grizz in the form of his big brother Pau Gasol to be the first siblings in hoops history to be NBA champions.
It started with throwback cousins Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady in Dino unis, throwing it up and putting it down. Bringing the Air to the Air Canada Center. It ended like Vinsanity in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest for a new millennium. Looking at the camera after honey dipping and putting it through the legs, telling us emphatically with cutting hand gestures, “it’s over”.
This is for him. Mac. Mighty Mouse. The Camby Man. The Junkyard Dog. Iron Man, Mo Pete. Chris Bosh.
You know it’s for DeMar DeRozan too especially.
Kyle Lowry (what more can you say with 26, 7 and 10 leading the way?). Gasol. Siakam (G-League to big league champ). VanVleet. Ibaka. Lin. And of course quite possibly now the greatest player in the world right now and Finals MVP (joining Kareem and the King as the only Most Valuable Finals Player with multiple teams), sinking that last free throw as epic as his around the world and a day buzzer beater against the Sixers in the six, Kawhi Leonard.
Nick Nurse the architect. And of course another one, James Naismith. This game was invented by Canadians, played by Canadians and like the first ever game in NBA history, this victory belongs to Canadians.
Drake. Real superfan Nav Bhatia and the Canadian coffee house company Tim Hortons raising a cup to him commercial tribute. Everyone in Jurassic Park roaring like T-Rexes for these Raptors and of course all of you. Truly bringing the buzz to basketball.
This if for the real Warriors too. Five straight finals for the first time in a half century, 50 years (love Commish Adam Silver’s lining tribute). The dynasty that is nowhere near dead as they fought to the end for their last look in the Oracle in those Town across the chest jerseys before moving from Golden State across the Golden Gate to a new era of dominance in the hilly streets of San Francisco (the next time we’ll see Toronto is in Tokyo, October for our very own NBA Japan), where that digitally developing skyline from those tram peak points is the limit. No matter who stays or goes in this Curry, Durant, Draymond and Klay juggernaut with guys like Igudola and Cousins relating too. This is for Kevin Durant (who we apologize to for every Canadian fan who cheered his injury in Game 5. Although Warrior fans cheered for an injured Kawhi back in the day too) who played to the pain as all heart he proved everyone wrong and did it all for his team. And true Warrior mode Klay Thompson who went down with a crippling injury too in this final game and came right back to the right kind of cheers. This superteam and one of the greatest in history is far from extinct.
But right now for the Toronto Raptors it’s Jurassic World and the Golden State Warriors for the last time, fallen kingdom.
And as the final horn called for the last game of the season all hands were kept high for the North who overcame all the cold to break the ice for the first championship. And the champagne no longer on ice tasted as good as these underdogs proving everyone wrong as they bit back.
I’m not crying…we’re all crying.
We the champions my friends and Canadian countrymen.
Last Night Ruined The NBA Finals
Last night Kevin Durant returned for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors who were up 3 games to one in the series. 48 minutes away from becoming the first Canadian champions in basketball history.
Last night Kevin Durant came back from injury and played. And you know what? It absolutely ruined everything. Even the game we love with all our hardwood heart, sweat and soul.
Because of you.
Yeah I said it…you!
If you cheered that is.
The Toronto Raptors where the underdogs about to extinct the notion that basketball up north meant nothing as they, behind a Drake all in good sport taunt and smile were going to give us court-side views to a death of a dynasty. Like LeBron playing David to this Golden State Goliath in 2016, before the digital San Fran age for the Warriors in Silicon Valley next season. But this time no team was going to make hoops history from 3-1 down.
The Raps where going to wrap it up on their home-stand floor and in their country with only every fan in the building singing the “Oh Canada” national anthem in a moment of beautiful unity. No Ne-Yo or Metallica metal. Just the mettle of every man and women in the six. Thousand dollar seats to nosebleeds and all the ‘Jurassic Park’ fans perimeter fence contained outside, spark plugging it all like the ultimate 6 man. Sorry October’s Very Own. Your Owl has nothing on these prehistorics.
By then the greatest offensive player in the league teamed up with the 48 points per of Steph Curry for Basketball God’s sake and last night was history. Durant hero ball pushed back and returned when he was still hurt. When he shouldn’t have. Talk that talk about him now. Scoring 11 by the second as Durant looked poised for 40 the Warriors would end up winning by one (106-105) with a chance to go back home and even up the series for a do or die Game 7 with both teams end on the line. But all that didn’t matter. As Durant went all Kobe with his own type of Mamba moment he didn’t want, injuring his Achilles in the second quarter and going down for good in the 2019 Finals and who knows what else for the free agent to be stock.
Looks like Toronto could truly take it now no matter how many games are left right?
Cause for celebration right?
This morning we’re writing a whole different type of article than we thought we would have been last night.
Call Durant what you will. A snake. A troll. The best player on this planet in the National Basketball Association. But cheering as a man goes down injured in pain is wrong. Celebrating and shouting and waving bye bye as Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry helped the same man who greeted them all in the tunnel after the previous game’s heartbreaking loss (even the walking off before the final horn King James doesn’t do that) off court is beyond poor sportsmanship, or crass cruelty. It’s the lowest of the low in this game.
Last night the NBA Finals and what is supposed to be entertainment for everyone to enjoy took a dark turn.
Shame on anyone who joined in this chorus.
They aren’t truly the North. They may not even really know what it’s like to truly be Canadian.
Yeah I said it.
And if you feel that cold like January up your spine like you shouldn’t have bully ball joined in then I’m sorry but I guess I mean you too.
Maybe it’s time to rethink.
You saw the perfect professional and true hero that is Kyle Lowry leading the call for the fans to stop cheering and be quiet. And if at that moment you did then it’s all good. We all make mistakes. You learned from it. And we aren’t throwing stones at those who didn’t do the same like Twitter trolls launching tirades in this meme and GIF erased age of turning someone into a swiped away afterthought the moment you wish like you’re better than them.
Even if they are the best of us. Not everyone joined in. Like Drake who displayed genuine concern for his friend tattooed on his arm and showed in good sport, despite all he’s teased and taunted — lately that this was bigger than Basketball and even the stage of what could have been Canada’s moment last night.
And I’m sure most people in Toronto would agree now that if it did happen last night. If they did win after all the cheering and jeering to the injury, then it wouldn’t have been any sort of victory at all.
In hindsight history could have already been made this morning but after everything that changed last night, would you have really wanted it like that? This way?
Besides in the nature of real, earned champions wouldn’t you have rather beaten a full strength Durant and Warriors like you probably would have ended up doing last night if he never went down with injury to make a point.
And now if they thought Durant would have been too much to deal with and in their weakness laughing at his pain was their way of showing how scared they really were of that, then just wait until they see the sleeping Warrior they wake up now. Curry, Klay, Draymond, DeMarcus and Iggy are pissed and for the next two games at home you know who they’re going to take it out on right?
They should have never been messed with.
They’re all sixes and Game sevens now.
Just like if Toronto win the finals it will have nothing to do with Durant’s injury before or after, if the Warriors end up making a King chess move against them in 2016, circle round and win it all then it will be because of last night’s pivotal moment. But not because Kevin went down. But because of what happened after.
Be careful what you cheer for.
Laugh now. Lose later.
There’s no worse opponent than karma.
Let’s hope Kawhi has some good ones left.
Does it really all come down to this?
Step it up.
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