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Harden & Westbrook Put The “Most Valuable” In ‘MVP’

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Call us confused but there’s questions marked in this league right now that we think the NBA will never be able to answer…

Why are the Chicago Bulls currently shopping someone as good as Jimmy Butler? Why has Kobe Bryant not acknowledged the Mamba mentality of former teammate Luke Walton and his young, new Lakers in public yet? Which college on earth gave the graphic design degree to whoever designed the Los Angeles Clippers logo and jersey rebrand?

Why the hell did the Oklahoma City Thunder let James Harden walk and their big-three of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant go?

Sure right now even in the LeBron Land face of King James’ Cavalier throne out in Cleveland no team is walled with talent quite like the avenging Golden State Warriors. More star studded than those bedazzled jeans that should have remained in the 80’s with Blondie and Bon Jovi. This basketball team is tougher than the rest and Springsteen leather. Suited and booted they’re even bringing Run-TMC back. Word to the rock, Mitch Richmond.

Now sure the Oklahoma City Thunder may not have the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but Kevin Durant doesn’t have James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Not anymore anyway.

The two strikes of lightning are the worst losses to this franchise since they used to be called the Seattle Supersonics. Do you call that karma? Or just bad management? If the Thunder made it through the downpour and their big-three still reigned it would be the greatest holy trinity of all-time in this game. Yeah we said it LeBron, Wade (or Kyrie) and Bosh (or Kevin). Even if James Harden’s epic eurostep is met by two left feet on the other end as he is Barb from ‘Stranger Things’ on defence. Or even if we have no idea when the dynamite dynamo Westbrook’s ‘Mission Impossible’ fuse will run out before he self destructs (we say never).

With this trifecta you could have forgot about the former foregone conclusion to the Cavs/Warriors trilogy…and maybe even now you still can in the wake of this death of a destined to be dynasty.

Because the Warriors may be war ready, coming out to play and going back to battle bruised and battered with a new band of brothers, but the Cavs (unless the other C’s, the Celtics and Chicago have something to say about it) may face off with two other big names that can really make a splash. Because aside from LeBron and all the Kings men, Russell Westbrook and James Harden aren’t just MVP front runners. These Most Valuable Players are also chasing down that elusive ring.

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They met to end last week in one of this seasons most sought after fixtures and highlights. And it was all big numbers across the board and shared social media posts of repect with their Instagram pics flashing as much as their iconic, individual off court fashion. Lucky number 13 and far from zero really are the Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino generation of hip hoop heroes. Both carrying their teams with assists from dynamic All-Star worthy backcourt mates (Victor Oladipo for OKC’s new three (what’s up Steven Adams?!) and Eric Gordon as the Rockets booster pack), no matter Houston’s problems or the weather the Thunder are under.

Out in this wild westworld Westbrook (31.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg and 10.3 apg) is on statistical pace to average a triple-double as staggering as the ‘Big O’, Oscar Robertson himself. That’s record numbers, half centuries in the history books making. And no stranger to things like trip dubs himself, Harden (27.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 11.9 assists per) looking as good as those H-town new alternate jerseys as black as his beard is setting new standards in the assist column. When it comes to this cook stirring the pot you can pass up on Chef Curry’s dish of threes for a buzzer beating second. Here’s to two next gen Point Guards defying all conventions.

When it comes to these two bball quarterbacks and former teammates reunited just days ago, just like these friends could never be foe only one of these men this year will get the chance to meet Maurice.

But when it’s all rung up come Hall call, both famers will share the name ‘champion’. No matter what team they’re on.

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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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 (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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