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



NBA: Milwaukee Bucks At Cleveland Cavaliers

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.


New Toronto ‘City’ Jerseys Point North To The 6



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Better late and sharp to the party than never looking fly.

Sometimes in the streets of Toronto you just have to wait for a good thing. Like that CN Tower forever in the distance drive from Pearson Airport to the downtown dot. Or waiting for a table and menu for something good to eat at Jack Astor’s on any given night. But Drake always delivers from serving up playlist picks to albums that offer ‘VIEWS’ that honour the great city of the six. So you know if you’re reading this it’s never really too late.

Now after Nike just gave us ‘Association’, ‘Icon’ and real ‘Statement’ jerseys for the new season where they are now the official uniform supplier of this National Basketball Association the ‘City’ line is complete like riding a Matt Bonner tram from King Street West to the Air Canada Center. As Toronto didn’t want to be left out like Kyrie Irving didn’t want to be the next Dwyane Wade. Now the only one rocking sleeves like Adidas is Lakers rook Lonzo again, looking to ball like his UCLA alumni days. Forget Christmas Day, unless you’re rocking Sixers script. As for the 6, the new Toronto Raptors jerseys that go back to black like the late, great Amy Winehouse with Octobers Very Own gold, couldn’t be more Drake or OVO if they had that Owl hooting from the shooting shorts. And you know these third blackouts will be a permanent fixture on ‘Drake Nights’ when the Raps court will be decked out in the black gold same lining.

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But these new duds that All-Star ‘Step Brothers’ DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will rock like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly did ugly sweater vests are less ‘Hotline Bling’ and more for the town he calls his own for the citizens of Toronto. ‘They The North’ and have that in six court copying chevrons that in glittering gold, road point to this very Canadian NBA destination. Do you see. And if you don’t know, now you know…player.

This is B.I.G. for the notorious north OVO town of the six. We’ve had the ATL neon, Boston parquet, Lakers Black Mamba snakeskin, Cleveland Land, Detroit ‘Motor City’ industry, New York’s F.D.N.Y. department, the Suns not losing the ‘Los’ love and Chicago’s classic city edition. But nothing for the homestand looks as good as this to the T-Dot.

And with all six signs pointing north to Toronto, we only wish these Raptors threads could be put on for the city every night.

Now the only ‘Fallen Kingdom’ in this Jurassic World will be found in cinemas with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum this summer season Blue.

It took a minute for the sap to meet the tree but the Raptors and the Toronto city they call home are far from extinct.

Nike finds a way.

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The ‘Human Highlight Film’ Dominique Wilkins Almost Made ‘Showtime’ Worthy



How Unique Would The Lakers Have Been With 'Nique?
Hollywood’s show kept fast break rolling last night like a Golden Globe as the young Lakers finally snapped their losing trend by clipping the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113 at STAPLES. All behind 20 points from Brandon Ingram, 15 and 9 from Julius Randle and 13, 10 and 6 from rookie Lonzo Ball. J.C. with 18 and K.C.P. with 14 also had three three’s each as the Lakers made a sweet 16 season best from downtown, to go along with a franchise record 42 points off fast breaks on a momentous night for the storied franchises record books.
It kind of looks like Showtime’s go on all over again.
But straight from the Fox Sports hole pregame did you know that back in the 80’s day the NBA’s Hall of Fame, Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the centerpiece of Showtime? The Atlanta Hawk legend who has a statue outside the ATL arena like all the Magic, Kareem’s, big fellas and logos outside Lakerland told us himself play-by-play as part of the pregame panel.
“Jerry Buss didn’t want me but Jerry West did”, ‘Nique said with warm affection to what could have been. And we can’t help muse like Shea Serrano’s brilliant ‘Basketball And Other Stories’ book to what legacy and Laker legend would have been like if the Basketball God’s didn’t cast down a thunderbolt. You see apparantly it all came down to an injury to Lakers Celtic bruising forward Mitch Kupchak, which will no doubt leave some Laker fans thinking this may be the first time but not the only time their former G.M. Mitch has messed up things for the Lake Show.
Kupchak’s season crippling injury made Buss want to go bigger and taller. And the rest is Big Game history as the Lakers drafted Wilkins’ fellow North Carolina alumnus James Worthy who made his own H.O.F. career more than just his second name that resides in the forever rafters like 42. The second in goggle command behind Cap remains one of the Lakers and the league as a whole’s most underrated legend.
But we can’t help but think what it would be like if we just looked up at the STAPLES ceiling and saw Dominique’s name up there like Kobe’s too (or two) with his 21 in that acclaimed area. It would have certainly brought more hard-nosed hostility to those Larry Bird fights and more Hollywood to that iconic Slam Dunk Contest between the Human Highlight and the G.O.A.T., M.J. And could you have imagined the Magic between a player who finished his career with Orlando and actually the legendary Boston Celtics and the man with the top hat himself Earvin Johnson? Now you thought watching Lake Show greats A.C. Green and former coach Byron Scott was good.
In the end it was all scripted the right way. The Lakers had their own Big Game dunking James worthy of a King and Dominique Wilkins soared as a Hawk in the A. But if Magic’s all smiling Showtime had a few more Human Highlights for the film? Now that would be something straight out of Hollywood.
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LeBron’s Land Now Has I.T. Support



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I.T. Follows All The Kings Men

Cleveland plainly dealed their point prince Kyrie Irving away from the King’s Cavalier land this Summer, to make the NBA’s historical Boston Celtics storied again behind their new superstar handle. And in return they got a glorious gunner with an 80’s iconic name, albeit one hip checked to the new year with injury.

But even if Christmas has come late this year like changing your calendar to 2018, Isaiah Thomas is back like you’ve never seen him before, like a Detroit Piston legend kissing and making up with an 80’s Showtime one in an emotional NBA TV reunion.

Now that’s Magic!

Like Pennywise the clown, injury tempted I.T.’s reign into the gutter for the opening chapter of his story with the King like he was wearing a yellow raincoat. But just wait for part two…it’s about to get slicker as forget arms, Thomas is about to take everyone’s legs off from the ankles up.

He’ll float too.

The land was in need of a hand. One that even the way of Wade couldn’t help after the thorn that went in probably retired, former franchise player Derrick Rose’s side. And now they have it all for one and one for all in I.T.’s support. The King now has a fellow crowning talent ready to hold the throne with. Isaiah Thomas’ return to the trail against Portland was blazing too. Normally a nice 17 points and 3 assists would seem modest for a pocket dynamo of this young Iverson’s stature, but when we answer that it came in just 19 minutes of burn than you know it’s something else altogether.

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It’s the makings of something greater.

But all that failed to blend in Beantown as his reunion with the Celtics he was supposed to retire with and his renewed rivalry with the guard he was traded for was put on a DNP-CD hold (at least he too made up with 80’s great Danny Ainge). But the whole event game of the night turned out to be a wash-out as the Celtics 102-88 scrubbing of the Cavaliers on polished parquet only saw the real rivalry of James (19) and Kyrie (11) amass less than 20 points each when this explosive TNT match-up should have gone 30 for 30 for ESPN.

Still Ohio will rise again when the King and I.T. return to their land and maybe even the promised ones of the NBA Finals. As another Celts/Cavs conference finals match-up without Gordon Hayward and this time more Love could beat towards the heart of a lion. And the five foot something with a headband has plenty of that under his too.

And you best believe tooth and hip surgery nail he’s going to leave it blood, sweat and tears all on the parquet this playoff postseason.

But this time instead of against one, Isaiah won’t just be running alongside a King…he’ll be one.

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