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Golden State Warriors Take The Buzz Out Of The Charlotte Hornets

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IIt was Green's day, Dray day and everybody in the Bay was celebrating.

In the eye of the Oracle Arena last night the deadshot Dub Nation Warriors were dead eyes with the three once again.

BasketballBuzz headed across the Golden Gate to the Golden State of Oakland from the San Francisco future of this franchise, where the Pacific Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 60. 30 points apiece to be specific as the ever hot Curry (playing when most, including interim coach Luke Walton, thought he was going to be sidelined) was making trick shot after trick shot like he was trying to beat a Harlem Globetrotter record, whilst Thompson was hitting anything but clay.

All this Bay Area water helped a seemingly battle weary Warriors team take the sting out of the Buzz City Hornets, 111 to 101.

Yet it was the third point of G.S.W.’s grande trois that really made headlines as this new day Run-TMC (Run-DTC anyone?) continued to show that these reigning NBA world champs still had the belt as the kings of the rock. Most improved, defender of the year and certainly an All-Star ballot spot for the T-Dot, Draymond Green notched his third straight triple-double, punctuated by two, two-handed power dunks. His 13, 15 and 10 moved him into the executive, exclusive company of 15 players and the only other Warriors since Tom Gola to achieve such a feat. It was Green’s day, Dray day and everybody in the Bay was celebrating.

“His consistency is off the charts”, Steph told press afterwards. “It’s amazing how he can impact the game”.

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Speights 15 off the bench also paced a Warriors team that looked a little tired or complacent at times. Nobody was catching an early BART home to avoid the crowds last night. Even with Hornets Star Al Jefferson amongst others out, the dubs had a lot to handle with this good Charlotte team. Like Kemba Walker and Lamb’s 22, or Jeremy Lin’s hair…not to mention his clutch buckets. Charlotte cut a 12 points deficit to one before the Warriors answered back with another 12 point run. A 10 point cushion would seal a win more motel comfortable than Marriot.

You can save the candles because this was no blowout, but the league-best team still managed to extinguish and best a young, raw and hungry one ran by the most competitive and successful player to ever play this game, Michael Jordan. “We did some good things, but we did a lot of things that we shouldn’t have done as well”, said young, mature and oh so underrated Hornets star Kemba Walker in the post-game presser. As he kept repeating “we just have to be better” this effort in the face of losing speaks volumes for this All-Star and franchises future.

With the gold in the State of California the Warriors may be king, but turn your attention East to North Carolina and you may hear a lot of basketball buzzing in the Hornets’ nest.

Charlotte is ready to make a name for itself.

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Miami Heat ink Canadian guard Mychal Mulder

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Shoot your shot. Canadian Mychal Mulder inks with Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have signed Canadian guard Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ont.) to a training camp deal.

Mulder averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds on 16-of-38 (42%) shooting in five games for the Chicago Bulls at the 2019 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The Canadian guard had solid a 18-point, 4-rebound, 2 assists outing against Cleveland — knocking down 6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 triples.

The 6’4″ guard has spent the past two seasons sharpening his toolkit with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League. In 47 starts with Windy City — Mulder elevated his game from averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists — knocking down 46.1 % of his (229/497) attempts.

Mulder went undrafted in 2017 after two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats — appearing in 56 games and contributing 4.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 2016-17 — his final collegiate campaign under John Calipari.

The Miami training camp roster features three Canadian players. Six-year NBA veteran Kelly Olynyk, under-guaranteed contract returns for his third-season with the Heat. Recently undrafted 7-footer, Kyle Alexander (Milton, ON) also signed a training camp deal, and similar to Mulder are expected to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Heat’s G-League affiliate team.

Mulder’s training camp deal brings a record total of 24 Canadian basketball players currently under contract with NBA teams — 16 guaranteed, with the remainder, a combination of non-guaranteed contracts ranging from two-way, exhibit 10 to training camp deals.

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
The Greatest Comeback Ever Told...

“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.

Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.

But boy did he.

He almost lost his leg.

But man he didn’t.

When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.

But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.

But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.

With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.

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But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.

He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.

Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland, as the Warriors look to maybe Six Man legend Jamal Crawford to replace in joining big signing D’Angelo Russell in backing up the backcourt.

Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.

Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.

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