Unlucky for some, Friday the 13th seemed to be a lady for the Lakers today in a scorching heated matchup between Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. As the purple and gold took home their 13th straight win on the road with an 113-110 win by the beach.
Foreman-Ali, Tyson-Holyfield. That’s how LeBron described this heavyweight bout between his old and new team that had a playoff atmosphere and was Anthony Davis concurred “fun”. But it really was a boxing match slugfest for the belt as at first it looked like The King hadn’t taken all his talents back to South Beach. Until former N.O. dynamic duo Davis and DeMarcus Cousins twin towered him. Grading him at an A- and telling him to get back to taking everyone to school.
And oh how did he.
In this ring Jimmy Butler’s 23 was serving right hooks all night and fans on Twitter low blows, below the belt (can the guy not have one bad day (or just half in all actuality) at the office without you showing him the cardboard box like ‘Jerry Maguire’? Have you not seen what he’s done in year 17?! YEAR 17 PEOPLE! Father what?). Down went The King. Down went The King. But like falling down seven times. He got up again like the 8th wonder (word to one more in number 24 as I sit typing this in Kobe, Japan wearing a number 23 Lakers jersey…because I’m just that type of guy). And he got up swinging. All the way to a T.K.O. in the American Airlines Arena he formed Voltron with the big three of the ready for the rafters, one last jersey of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who he hugged pregame with so much love. “You good? You good?” He asked. Concerned about his friend and court legends health like we all are. Great to see you looking so well CB4.
The Heat’s undefeated homestand came to an end on this court canvas, as city for city these two teams of sunshine states styled out, live and in living colour. Miami in those Crocket and Tubbs turquoise Vice Editions that have you rolling up your sleeves and L.A. in those M.D.E. Shaq sized affairs against the team the Diesel refuelled was traded to, that are real gold in California like his slamming STAPLES statue.
But as the King went from the gallows of seven first half turnovers to a final coronation of 28 points, 12 assists (you see that tap pass that was vintage Magic from the Point King?) we all know who the real Laker and Heat legend was this night.
No decision about it.
From washed King to those spin cycle moves that rinse you. Washing his hands with all those refreshed timelines.
But how about all the slamming like Shaquille and stuff from A.D. too? As long range as LeBron from the beach let alone downtown too. And that goaltend from the D.P.O.Y. too though. Those type of plays count in different ways. And Davis’ line of a Kareem 33 points for a double, double with 10 rebounds was as sure thing automatic and reliable as the white tee under his jersey (I’ve just ordered mine in the Black Friday sale. It may aswell come with a lack of white tees because of A.D. and well I’m white and thinner than the hair that used to be uptop my crown).
Big man X-factor JaVale McGee also showed up sky-hook, lay-up line and alley-oop and one sinker finisher with that muscle flexing, screaming passion. Oh and 9 points, 10 rebounds and “hand me the Defensive Player Of The Year award” 5 blocks.
Those weren’t goaltends.
In the end it was just too much dynamic duo. Too much Bradley back to give the already deep Lakers more water (again just wait until Cousin relates even more than his advice at the half) and too much Alex Carushow, looking literally like an NBA Jam character pregame. Check the Lakers Twitter timeline. “He’s on fire”! Must be how he got that cut.
The Lakers are playing beautiful basketball right now. This is history. Like Shaq and Kobe, Magic and Kareem, Wilt and West, Mikan and those specs. Savour it.
As James Worthy clapping and lighting the cigar for this big game tweeted, “putting up 113 on Friday the 13th equals 13th straight Lake Show win”.
It’s all about the numbers 42.
Lucky for us.
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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