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Houston, We Have A Harden And Westbrook Reunion

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Houston, We Have A Harden And Westbrook Reunion
Thunder Strikes Twice...

This league.

Just when you thought duos couldn’t get any more dynamic in the death of the big-three and superteam dynasties, Batman. Here comes another Robin.

And we thought Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aligning in Brooklyn for the new Nets and New York hotbed of hoops was a major move on the July 1st opening of free agency.

We hadn’t seen anything yet.

And this writer flying to NYC for a vacation that day saw so much change before he landed. Only to almost wait his whole trip in purple and gold to see where former Toronto Raptor champion Kawhi Leonard would end up. But whilst flying home last night so much more was up in the air whilst I was chasing Nike Jordan Jumpman clouds.

It all off-season of change took a new direction with the wind of what happy before the draft. The Los Angeles Lakers finally traded all their Ball, Ingram and Hart future for right now in Anthony Davis teaming up with former number 23, LeBron James. And then their cross-court rivals the L.A. Clippers said to their STAPLES neighbors, “you think thats trading draft picks and your future? You think you’re getting the Klaw?” As they gave up almost an entite draft board in a history pick axing to stonecut Kawhi Leonard and his new partner in court crime away from Canada and back to his home of California. Bringing fellow hometown Los Angeles hero Paul George onboard to the Clippers, for a duo the Lake Show have dreamed of for scripted seasons.

Only in Hollywood.

Leaving Oklahoma, George did a Durant on Westbrook who was finally sick of being left and decided to do the leaving himself too, asking for a trade. And despite all the big avenging blockbusters this summer like this Endgame and heated rumours of numero zero bringing his talents to South Beach to join the Butler in Miami, Houston told everyone to hold their beer as they made sure Russell Westbrook would end up back together with one player that left his reign in the Thunder. And the first one to do it too.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook reunited on the Rockets. How does that sound? Like a contender? How about Kevin Durant one day too?

Don’t hold your breath. Or your new Nets number seven jersey.

Harden and Westbrook will form the most dynamite, one-two punch of an offensive duo. Volatile in its tenacity. But erratic in its championship nature compared to a King and Brow, Kawhi and P.G., Kevin and Kyrie or even the original Splash Brothers over that bridge in San Francisco. But like Borg vs McEnroe, Agassi vs Sampras, Williams vs Williams, or Federer vs Nadal in the wonderful war of wills that is Wimbledon, they are still one of the four horsemen of contention. And no duo carries as much epic excitement as the entertaining MVP and triple-double machine.

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Which way round? Who’s who? We could be talking about either or when it comes to the new devastating duo of the Beard and the Brodie.

But will these two in demand ball boys who love to turn the rock into that fireball off NBA Jam really be able to coexist?

Well they’ve done it before haven’t they?

And after 11 amazing seasons as the man in O.K.C. he’s going to be more than an O.K. sidekick. Next to Kevin and Kawhi as one of the big-three best players in the league Harden can go hard against anyone. And now with Westbrook in this wild west who will certainly draw your next NBA champion (until we can talk about former Thunder partner Kevin again in the 2020/2021 season), the new Big Game, King James has a worthy ally who can go sneaker-to-sneaker with all the Kyrie’s and George’s he knows better than most.

Its going to be one hell of a season of change on court.

But its not like Houston had no problem in getting him. They had to give up a lot of assets like their own draft picks to do so. They didn’t get the zero hero for nothing. To get him they traded away the purest point in Chris Paul. Who seemingly looked already out the door anyway due to father time and rumours having a rift beyond repair with the beard. Now as the hairs on Harden’s chinny, chin, chin reunites and teams up with ‘Why Not’, CP3 is expected to be moved almost immediately by OKC and potentailly end up as a consolation prize on the same Miami Heat who thought they would get Westbrook. But this Florida franchise has a great record with flash guards in father primetime. Meanwhile the Rockets have just picked up another valuable veteran to back up Clint Capela in last years big Lakers man Tyson Chandler.

These Rockets are looking large and ready to launch.

Now this new reunion partnership, one-two punch of Harden and Westbrook gets to step out and make their professional, preseason debut in the neon light of Tokyo against reigning champions Toronto. Set to be a big, double-header exhibition in Japan, Russ can take his futuristic fashion to the hallmark district of Harajuku where he can show off his on-court style and his off-court drip to cyberpunk streets which may aswell be catwalks.

Houston, what a way to make a project runway entrance. Rocketing to the Far East like his rising sun soaring dunks.

何故なの?

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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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