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The Heat Is On For Joe Johnson & Miami

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The Heat Is On For Joe Johnson & Miami

Tired of getting no sleep in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Bricks, All-Star Joe Johnson’s talents are now scorching nets in South Beach like the iconic Miami Heat logo.

After being claimed off the Nets waivers by Pat Riley’s Florida franchise, Joe Johnson didn’t have to travel far. Only one Subway line as Miami were in Manhattan to reinvigorate the old Knicks/Heat rivalry from the 90’s when the Brylcreem of Riles was running the show for a strong but slick New York team.

In his Heated debut, J.J. saw red as his dirty dozen points helped his new team Miami go back to the beach with a 98-81 win from the Mecca of the concrete jungle.

Still like Kobe or Jordan at Madison Square Garden, Johnson saved his best for home.

He was flying at the American Airlines Arena after his new heroes welcome and ovation. As the Heat ran over a dozing Bulls team, charging them and cooling them off like Ocean Drive with a 129-111 win, Joe punched in a great line. 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists are exactly what this Pringles Miami Heat team need in compliment this late in the season and close to the playoffs.

No longer the new boy, similar swingman shooter of type Luol Deng had a co-existing 20. Whilst the Flash of rejuvanated superstar Dwyane Wade had 18, to go along with dual guard Goran Dragic’s 17. But the real stud was sophomore star Hassan Whiteside who plugged in 26 and 14 and out a spark stop to any wind from Chi-town, locking horns with the big Bulls.

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All these big numbers from these big names and we haven’t even got to Miami’s bigs. From the power of Chris Bosh (Get Well Soon…your health is what’s most important) to Carmelo Anthony’s favourite former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire. Not to mention the likes of loyal veteran Udonis Haslem, off the bench slam spark plug Gerald Green, underrated Josh McRoberts and rising rookie Justice Winslow. All this talent on just one team? Sure they may be missing that one alpha King like LeBron James…but they’ve got a hell of a lot of betas. Classic couplets at each major position they could have a big three on the floor and off the bench. Think Whiteside, Dragic and Deng subbing in for Bosh, Wade and Johnson.

Perhaps they are better off with this decision.

Thankfully for the Heat come the Summer of free agency, Joe Johnson will choose to stick around. He reportedly wants to finish his career in a state of sunshine.

Looks like this franchise of Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaq history still have quite a legacy of legend to make. Looks like with all these stars (they’ve got more options in their locker room than the players have with uniforms in their actual individual lockers) they’ll still shine for years to come.

Not one…not two..not three…

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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League Memphis Grizzlies V Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.

The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.

Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.

And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.

But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”

Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.

And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.

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Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?

Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.

It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.

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