These Hollywood Nights go on for the Lakers in South Bay.
This year the Los Angeles ‘City Edition’ jerseys no longer took to the ‘Lights Out’ look of Mamba snakeskin black. Except pulling a ‘Lore Series’ Magic out the hat like a rabbit with those purple pinstripes that are growing on us like the Yankee distracting ones after some initial Jim Carrey ‘Dumb and Dumber’ throwing up GIF reactions. And you have to love the Los Angeles Lakers full name being front and centre on the heart pounding part of the uniform.
But it sure would look better in black.
It’s a good job their G-League affiliate the South Bay Lakers aren’t taking a Gatorade break and are going back to all that.
Their Midnight Blue jerseys of Tron neon blue on downtown at night black shine like STAPLES at game night with LeBron’s Nike billboards in across the road witness. Even though they reside all the way down in South Bay, California. But last night for purist Laker fans wishes came true even if the teams sponsor is upfront in larger font than the actual franchise faces name.
Former L.A. player Coby Karl’s South Bay Lakers celebrated all this yesterday evening with a great party worthy of a Gatsby with their ‘Soirée On The Bay’ rivalling Hollywood Night. Welcoming their Phoenix Pacific partner affiliate the North Arizona Suns (in their own sunlight scorching threads) with a 119-114 win. And if that wasn’t enough, Lakers rookie assigned to South Bay like your Wear’s and Caruso’s, Svi Mykhailiuk had 47 points, tying the most of any G-League player in association this year.
The player who regularly closes out LA Lakers wins from downtown with threes like nobody elses business can do (call him back up). Even if 30 plus years, legendary Laker announcer Lawrence Tanter struggled at first to say his name. More or less saying number 10 for three. But Mykhailiuk may just have a better effect on the Los Angeles Lakers then the last player they had wearing number ten.
And that was Steve Nash.
Forget if it’s a mouthful or an autocorrect. Show respect. Soon you’ll be spelling his name right.
It for sure looks like the team who drafted Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac (told you), Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. Not to mention Alex Caruso (who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and a career-high 8 steals in this contest), Travis Wear (14), Isaac Bonga and Moe (just you wait) Wagner really know how to pick ’em. And with the additional tutoring in the South Bay G-League program (that has even seen returning from injury stars like Ingram and Rondo with assignments) there’s no wonder why fans aren’t eager for Magic and LeBron to trade away the best young core in the league for the biggest of big men, Anthony Davis.
Besides what goods a Soirée if the whole team aren’t welcome?
Time to watch the Bay.
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.
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Canadian Basketball Insider Newsletter
NBA3 weeks ago
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 32 points most by Canadian against the Raptors
NBA4 weeks ago
Clippers Leave Lakers Under The Tree On LA Christmas Day
NCAA3 weeks ago
Abu Kigab career night powers Boise State Broncos
NBA4 weeks ago
Yuta Watanabe’s Japanese ‘Liking Yields Power’ Autobiography Message Not Lost In Translation