Budweiser raised a message in a bottle to toast Dwyane Wade today ahead of his ‘One Last Dance’ in Miami back home with the Heat. This Bud was for 3 in a special commercial event and jersey swap to go along with all the shirts he’s signed this year for his basketball contemporary alumni of peers. An autograph dedication we simply can’t spoil like having one too many. We’ll just say we’re about to say goodbye to a very special basketball player, but this is his legacy that will live on. More than the game. Bigger than Basketball. Just pop a cold one in front of the T.V. and watch it like tonights game. One last time.
And as a 82 season that has been anyone but regular Winter to Spring changes to the passion of the playoffs, it looks like this will be the last time for a lot of things. Like Anthony Davis hilariously wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘That’s All Folks’ in his last game this season with the New Orleans Pelicans like he was trying to warn a brother. But it’s not players only who are about to leave their cities for pastures green. Even whole teams look to do so too.
Alaska Airlines and the Uninterrupted have teamed up with 42 Ventures and Kevin Durant to rack up the air miles of some slick and savvy video itinaries from NBA players of their favourite hotspots in the cities they play. Like Net D’Angelo Russell showing us around Brooklyn like he hopes to do F.A. K.D. Or what would have been D Lo’s teammate Kuz, crusin’ round L.A. Durant’s own one however crosses that Golden State, Golden Gate to San Francisco. Just like the Lakers hope he and purple and gold great Mychal Thompson’s son Klay on that Summer day in July will do, further than that bridge in the gold of the King’s crowning California for all the infinity jewels like Thanos with the stones in this free agency Endgame.
Smartphones out. This social media digital age of the game looks to see the Warriors swipe their way past to Silicon Valley like a Tinder date with destiny.
Baron Davis dunked on Dirk’s dome like a lighting bolt a decade back. As B. Diddy’s eighth seed Warriors upset the top billing Dallas Mavericks, akin to those Dikembe Mutombo, Spalding in the air like Simba Denver Nuggets did to the Payton and Kemp Supersonics of Seattle back in the Key Arena day. Back then Golden State was famous for getting Hollywood actors like Owen Wilson to come to games from the other side of California. Back then that throwback, new millennium jersey was you best believe better known for the Spalding that went between the legs of doubled up Slam Dunk contest champion Jason Richardson twice.
This weekend the classic Mitchell and Ness look was brought back to the hardwood for the ten year anniversary and last home dance for an Oakland team who went from the lottery to the modern age dynasty since the last time Steph Curry wore that jersey. All to the flowers in their hair days of San Fran that will come tomorrow. Like the faith.
But from Fruitvale Station (respect to M.J., Michael B. Jordan and ‘Black Panther’ Ryan Cooler) to the great day in Oakland SLAM fold out cover of Curry in those ’09 logo shorts, alongside G.S.W. legend Al Attles, Bay Area hip-hop God E-40 and the whole city put on, the Warriors in throwback tribute testament will always statement say, “We Believe” in the Californian Golden State of Oakland. Even from the Golden Gate views of San Francisco for these basketball giants.
This in perfect symbolism synchronicity is what happens when you lock up the number one seed out west with a 131-104 win against Los Angeles at Oakland’s Oracle for the Tribune’s clippers.
“Oaktown, Oakland definitely in the house”.
2Pac, California Love.
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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