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Hawks Shoot Pistol Pete’s Jersey To The Stars

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The King?

Anything for a picture of LeBron right? Even if this is a Hawks article. No! Even if this is a great shot of a great jam. Even if the Cavs actually beat the ATL in this Eastern Conference powerhouse clash thriller 135-130. It’s not about that. Look where all those in shot are looking. The rim?! No! No that. Higher than that. To the ceilings like that confused Michael Jordan quote that’s making the internet rounds of ridicule and may even replace those sad memes. The G.O.A.T, John Wick or Batman. We’re not talking about the roof. We’re talking about the rafters. And look what all those surrounding Atlanta players are wearing…excuse me rocking. Lead by this years New Orleans All Star Paul Millsap at the four. Those toothpaste, blue, green and white tube striped aqua joints. You know who that’s for?

It’s their 15 man salute to the Pistol. The one and only Pete Maravich.

You didn’t think Pistol Pete was just the nickname of one of your buddies did you? You too Jobin?! Pistol Pete is the name that belongs to one man and one man only. Just like the phrase Slam Dunk will always be coined and owned by legendary Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. The floppy haired maverick Mavarich did things with the basketball that even the man who put games in refridgerators couldn’t even put into words…no matter how much his was worth. This White Chocolate before Jason Williams hit everyone with the behind the back pass and always met his mark. With a face that belonged in the prom high school diaries, most likely to succeed with Hollywood locks just waiting on a casting call from a stylist, but a game that could rule both the streets playgrounds and the clowns and hardwood circus of the same ABA his striped jerseys belonged in. This boy who schooled everyone graduated to the big leagues and now in his ceremony he is raised to the rafters. As his green and blue number 44 as symbolic to this Georgia state as Jerry West to this whole United States National Basketball Association of America took it’s pride of place years after the Jazz took note in Utah’s Salt Lake with his number 7 to hoop heaven. Surrounded by all the red and white legends of Dominique and Dikembe legend. Showing you just how much the Pistol started before all the other Hawks that flew. And what ended as one of the associations 50 greatest players and as legend has it the most creative offensive force the NBA has seen. Or as the man who caught it Havlicek puts it, “the best ballhandler in history”. Or one that anyone has ever seen…or not as the case may be. As the ball was flicked behind and before your eyes like true tophat Magic before Earv.

But if only he could have seen it.

As Pete Maravich, the man who could put the ball behind his head, through all your teams legs, right behind everyone’s backs collapsed and died tragically on the same court he used to own and make his own in turn every single time he took the ball and ran the floor. Heart failure. Tragically at the tender age of just 40, back in 1988. Eight years after he finished his storied career with the legendary 80’s Bird Boston Celtics like another trailblazer Bill Walton. One thing that never failed that day on his court was his legacy that still loves to this day. And never will fail like one of his clean, crisp passes slicing the defence to his cutting offensive teammate. And this heritage night this weekend gone belonged to the late, great Pete as everyone who took their seats in the A rocked their free Pistol tees from row A to the visiting fans nosebleeds. Even if former Hawk Kyle Korver (another Atlanta great who knows how to make the peach soar towards the basket) coming back with Cleveland, had a Cavalier night rewriting NBA history. His tradmark three-pointer with just over a minute to go helped The Land break the regular season record for made shots from downtown with 25, some behind Kyrie (43) and the King (38) who combined for a Kobe-best 81 as the Cavs sunk their talons in the Hawks, clipping their wings.

But none spread theirs as much as Pete. Basketball’s angel watching down from hoop heaven, our gift from the basketball Gods. As the Hawks at halftime honoured the great Pistol Pete Maravich with a stunning, nostalgic neon light, video tribute on court that changed the red rebrand floor to those old aqua colorways as a sea of rich Mavarich memories washed over the ATL faithful.

Pistols up.

This shots for you Peter.

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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.

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

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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.

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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