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Golden State & Cleveland Go All In For Cavs/Warriors III

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Over the last month marching towards the playoffs and potential NBA Finals rematch trilogy, Cleveland have made some Cavalier moves, whilst Golden State have armed up by adding more Warriors.

Don’t dub this Ali/Frazier of the National Basketball Association ‘Cavs/Warriors 3′ just yet. The triple-double of James Harden’s Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder (Why Not?) and even Isaiah Thomas’ Boston Celtics have more than just an outside downtown chance of chipping away at Larry O’Brien’s legend. But when it comes to all the King and Kevin’s men. It’s a safe bet to put your money on big numbers like 3 and 4 when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors making it to the NBA’s big dance as partners for the next couple of years.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, versus Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. It hardly seems fair, bit after the loss of some big names some former All-Stars have been given the call up to these roster roll calls.

We need to talk about the Kevins. Because not only have the Cavs got a lot of Love lost right now, the Warriors are without their big free agent ticket and new leader Kevin Durant who will be out for the rest of the forseeable season and future…if not some of the critical playoffs.

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So the Dubs brought one of their old dogs back in dynamic defensive dynamo Matt Barnes. Returning to the house he called home back in the J-Rich/B. Diddy, lightning bolt logo, hero days. When Curry was just korma hot and those iconic trams ran only in the future franchise of Francisco and not the G.S.W. classic jerseys taking it back to back in Barry Bay day.

Barnes is bringing back anything but bad news to the Dubs who needed a good story once Durant’s was bookmarked and shelved for the rest of the campaign. His defensive presence is more than just a fill in job whilst Kevin is on the trainers table. He’s a certified champion. You remember his days alongside D legend Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) and doberman Kobe Bryant as a Los Angeles Laker? You can be sure former Warrior Derek Fisher does! Speaking of the Lake Show, Golden State have been moving so many gold standard players lately that after claiming Spanish legend Jose Calderon off their California neighbors they cut him after just one day to make room in the kennel for Barnes. But in saying no way to Jose they still left him with 415k in the bank for a days work and a bunch of Calderon Warriors jerseys for his family and friends. Not a bad 24 hours in the office for a back-up whose a good pick-up for anyone.

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Meanwhile whilst defending the land, the reigning champion Cavalier have added so many more league pass household names to the back of their jerseys, that just a couple of years ago these initials and Monica’s would have guranteed them the title…if not now.

First Atlanta Hawk dead-eye shooter Kyle Korver came aboard before the All-Star break to offer some arrow assist to the King from his castle in downtown Cleveland. And he’s been helping break franchise records ever since…against his old team nonetheless. Then Korver went even further than his stroke, convincing his former Utah Jazz running mate Deron Williams to join The Land of the King. Just after LeBron seriously stressed the need of a playmaker following a ‘Bron botched Kevin Love trade to New York for the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony that James hated. Now the former best Point Guard in the league D-Will is back to his old ways backing up the most underrated top P.G. in the league, Kyrie Irving. And if that wasn’t enough, the former Dallas player is bringing another Maverick with him in the form of sought after big man Andrew Bogut. Not just a former Golden State Warrior…but the Dub that everyone in Oakland argued that would have been the championship and contender difference maker had he not been injured in last years finals. But Bogut in a deja-vu twist of fate suffered another season ending injury just minutes into his Cavalier career. So Cleveland have agreed to bring in yet another big man in former Milwaukee Buck standout Larry Sanders, who left the league a couple of years back to focus on his mental health.

Advantage King?

Yet both these would be dynasties have big names across the board. From Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee, Zach Pachulia and David West in Golden State, to the Cavs’ Richard Jefferson, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, James Jones, Channing Frye and dunking Derrick Williams. But when it all comes down to the one game and play that matters will it be the Chefs pot or the Kings throne?

Watch this space. And the battle for the top. Only a Warrior can take the Kings crown…a real true one.

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Lakers cut Cousins for Hollywood Morris vs Morris twin brothers story

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Wade In The Rafters. The Heat Rises To 3

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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.

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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.

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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.

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