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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.

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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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

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”.

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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.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists joins elite NBA company

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.

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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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