His name is Sam!
Know him well? Rolling alongside a tank may avert the oppositions gaze off you, especially when it’s the mighty machine of Frank Kaminsky that you’re rolling with, but that’s exactly what Sam Dekker wanted in his last NCAA season last week. He didn’t want you to notice him when Kaminsky was wreaking havoc in the paint, because on the perimeter, guarding the tank was a sniper, taking aim and waiting for his time.
Former Wisconsin Badger star Sam Dekker made real estate out of the NCAA regulation, three point line during his college career. From the halls Dekker helped Frank the Tank to the Final Four and the last dance. He shot down the bulletproof Kentucky marksmen in his white and red vest, as the Badgers clawed at the Wildcats, but was beaten by the devil. The red hot Duke left Dekker ice cold and pulled no punches, as the Coach K legendary collegiate side disarmed the tank and left the Wisconsin sniper, zero for six, no confirmed shots.
What a way to kill a Cinderella campus career. Duke champs. Wisconsin first losers…but what a run it was and should always be credited as, never mind the final score that settles in critics drying ink.
Now declaring himself alongside Frank in the 2015 NBA Draft after his junior season, Dekker leaves the Badgers set for a new future. Still the hole he leaves on the perimeter of Wisconsin will leave him open to so much more in the National Basketball Association, the land of double teams and open season three point shooting. We don’t know how far this kid will go, but if the ball falls the right way this lottery pick, lucky steal for any team should be a first round knockout.
Sure he needs to extend that pure three-point range to the NBA’s long ball field goal regulation, but he’s still a sweet spot shooter with an extended heave. Plus did you not see how much muscle this “skinny” kid put on before last season as he went from 6 foot 7 to 6,9? He knows how to improve and to bulk up those rock throwing arms. This 20 year old looks primed and ready. Sure when it comes to college classic, hot hands, some make a career in the NBA as J.J Reddick’s others as Mike Penberthy’s. Still, there’s no shame in being a shooting coach for the future mighty Wiggins led Minnesota Timberwolves, with all due respect to the former Los Angeles Laker. Yet you can bank on Dekker playing for a keeper career in the NBA like his shot was as easy as a Kaminsky one off the glass.
A raw talent who could come off the bench and earn some burn, whilst getting hot and clutch cooling off the opposition, Sam could soon be the big ‘I am’ if given half the chance or play. Matter of fact you don’t even have to run or write any of the dry erase for him, if he’s open he’ll find his place before it all kicks out.
With a sneaker in the door, another long range runner is about to affiliate himself with an association of purists. From wetting jumpers to the NBA dream of walking on water, its time for Sam to make his own name beyond the tweets from Clipper Blake Griffin or the Drake quoting of “whispering accomplishments”. Time for his career to scream!
Clear the open basketball floor, Dekker’s about to hit the deck.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
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”.
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.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
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.
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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