He’s one of the greatest Basketball stories ever told.
And like a fake Twitter account posing as him posted last night, “there’s only one thing that can save the Lakers season right now”.
And it’s going to take another 10 days.
The inspired play of Ingram is back for the Lakers ladies and gentlemen.
And we aren’t talking about the point scoring, soaring Brandon Ingram. But what you could call his unofficial, but kindred big brother.
This is the Hollywood story of G-League King, Andre Ingram. From South Bay to L.A.
Last season he made his big league dreams come true as he got called up from the S.B. development league affiliate (formerly known as the D-Fenders of the D-League) for one of the Lakers closing contests around a year ago this time. And in Kobe snakeskin black the Grey Mamba showed out. Scoring 19 points to go along with collecting 3 in each other major category across the board. It was a dream come true. Not only for the 33 year old, handed the game ball from Coach Luke Walton who proclaimed, “hell of an opening night”! And not just for every G-Leaguer on a Gatorade break waiting for that call. But everyone around the world picking up a basketball and putting it through a hoop again and again. Even though the thought they could never make it from where they from is doing the rebounding.
Andre Ingram is an inspiration to us all. And the show goes on.
From Kobe’s last 60, to Ron or Rondo’s big shot against the Celtics it was one of the greatest moments in recent and all-time Laker history. And now the Dad Drip is back to do it all again.
Because there’s no great Hollywood story anymore without a sequel (I mean ‘Bohemian Rhapsody 2’?! Really?!).
No Carmelo. No Gasol. No Morris twin. Not even a Swaggy P. With LeBron limited, Lonzo done, Kuzma out and Ingram too, the Lakers are giving Ingram, ‘Dre the open roster spot opportunity for the next week and a half. No fee agent buyout. But another South Bay call-up like “what’s up man. I’m Alex”, for a G team that’s right now more successful and celebrated than their A list counterpart (they even have cooler jerseys in those Midnight Blue Soirée Nights). A team huddled in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport around former Laker player Coach Coby Karl’s (is he ready for his own call-up?) iPhone on speaker mobbed (now that camaraderie is what makes teammates) a beaming Andre as he got the call from General Manager Rob Pelinka. As he shook his graceful head in grateful, unbelievable, emotional response like a man who was getting this call for the very first time again. Let alone a second. You’ve never seen genuine joy as pure as this as he had to take it in again for a second. Knowing for the next third of a month he’d be rocking the real purple and gold in downtown Los Angeles. All this from a man whose overcome so much. Even coming home to America after playing in Perth, Australia due to mental health struggles. His ‘Men To Heal’ emphasised, worded hoodie says it all really and in turn is everything. Get it!
And now you know everyone will be copping his jersey like the last time the number 20 was worn here by a famous face in Point God Gary Payton. Hoping this G King instead of LeBron gets the final shot to make this story complete.
But this isn’t the closing chapter. His story that is only just getting started goes on. Unifying the bench and all the Hollywood drama this reality show season more so than a LaVar Ball episode, forget what you’ve heard. Forget about Anthony Davis. Forget about this being a fan PR stunt to smooth over all the cracks in the crown like some cynics say. Forget if Coach Walton will soon be replaced by another former Laker teammate, as Tye Lue looks to reunite with LeBron. Step all over that for one last shot.
This A.I. may be the answer a questionable Lake Show needs to go on.
And we can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
Because in this flipped script Hollywood rewrites in the City of Lost Angeles no one will ever forget about ‘Dre.
Get ready for the next episode.
Jared Dudley Is The Lakers Unsung Hero
There’s a hero that could save us in Hollywood right now.
And I ain’t talking about The King.
Or the Brow to ‘Bron in A.D. and his best since Shaq and Kobe dynamic duo combining for 70 like one off Elgin Baylor’s career high.
I ain’t talking about Kuz. Canada’s champ Danny Green from downtown purple and gold. Or the redemption reunion of Superman returns Dwight Howard in the hash-tag “Washed King’s” revenge season.
I ain’t even talking about the bald identity of my hero the Alex Caruso show this time.
I’m talking about Jared Dudley people.
Yeah I said it!
Not the same Jared that got replaced by Joaquin as The Joker. Not the same Dudley that got nut checked by Shaquille O’Neal on the Knicks before lamely quarterback pitch throwing the ball after him on the inbound technical (we didn’t think centers apart from Shaq could pass like that). Or the same J.D. that like going with Coke welcomed us to Atlanta with Ludacris. But just Jared.
You may think the former Brooklyn boy fan favourite owns the last roster spot that should have gone to a blazing Carmelo. Or still a free agent Jamal Crawford (even a J.R. Smith?!). A spot reserved for Andre Igudola once he gets out of contract hell. Or even a South Bay call-up for legendary names in young Lakers like Antetokounmpo, Stockton and Payton II. And let’s not forget the one Ingram they didn’t trade in the Grey Mamba ‘dre.
And with that headband over his shaved dome you may think the guy who Balenciaga bigger than Basketball looks the part in the players only catwalk runway to the stadium for his fashion fit drip looks like he’ll definitely be in ‘Bron’s ‘Space Jam’ sequel too. That’s all for your insults folks (“baldy?!”). But with that number ten to go with the head check he kind of looks like a less ripped version of a former King that used to kill the Lakers…and that’s no insult to J.D. Have you see Mike Bibby these days? He really is a unit.
But to me he looks like one of those bench energy guys who lifts the whole team in the mould of a Rony Turiaf or ‘Mad Dog’ Mark Madsen. Even if his time on the pine is more than on the hardwood. He still has his Laker legend like that photoshopped number 10 next to James and Davis for the new big three, tongue in cheek.
And speaking of that number ten you just may see that jersey in the seats of STAPLES almost as much as the King’s 23. Why you ask. Are fans waiting until A.D. adds a King’s 2 to his 3 as LeBron carries the 6? Was there a sale? An in-game giveaway like that Shaq City Edition being on everyones seats pregame for its debut in L.A.?
It’s because Dudley has literally been gifting his number ten signature to almost everyone (hello!) whose asked this season on Twitter and it isn’t even Christmas yet. What a statement. And if you thought that was a grand gesture then half of these people in the stands in tens are there because Jared has personally left comp tickets waiting for them for games at will call (the other half probably just in thanks). Not just at STAPLES…but on the road too. Now how’s that for player power? Reaching out to fans in precarious positions, with problems when it comes to getting to games, or even those whose lifelong dream was just to see Hollywood’s Lakers live and in living colour one time.
He’s done it countless. More times than the 23 and 2 team to start their best season since the year 2000 have won.
Now how about that? You love to see it. Right now no one does more for the fans than the people’s champ Jared Dudley.
When he gets his ring it won’t be from riding coattails, but giving his all, everything.
And let’s not forget the heart and hustle he puts down on the floor every night his box score doesn’t read DNP-CD for a second, or minute of time.
Let’s see more from Dudley.
The Lake Show are the Hollywood story of the season. But we all know when it comes to the script from the Basketball God’s you need your character actors as much as the academy of award winners. And if Jared Dudley really is the Lakers unsung hero in L.A. like Denis Irwin was for Manchester United (know your history) it’s time to hit the high notes and shoot our shot like he does his.
Now is this enough for me to get a jersey Jared?
DO Call It A Carmelo Comeback. Anthony Is Guaranteed For Years
Three fingers like “what’s your poison” and shots to the dome like LL Cool J’s comeback. I’m calling it…
La La said knock you out.
They say there are no guarantees in this life, or league. But now after almost crossing off an entire calender, Carmelo Anthony has one in this league of X and O’s.
You best believe every team that slept on him has woke up now.
O.K. Thunder? Like old New York. No ‘Melo in Lakers yellow, or Houston’s problem.
And let’s not talk about that ATL jersey Atlanta tried to hawk.
The Nugget type of fellow that Nelly rapped about like ‘Na-Nana-Na’, with the heart of a champion sweat until he was no longer in a suit and part of the Sportscenter theme again. After waiting longer to align with The King in Hollywood for this Game Of Thrones than another Anthony (Davis), Carmelo ended up coming up roses in the RIP City of Portland. And boy has he blazed a trail. Voltron forming arguably a big three with the best backcourt in the league not in this nation’s capital with C.J. McCollum and Dame ‘Time’ Lillard with the look like the OK3 of Russell Westbrook and PG3 and not the Beard and the Brow.
And now he’s exceeded everyone’s greatest expectations. As one of the G.O.A.T.’s has polished his path to the Hall with a comeback even better than the return of Superman Dwight Howard with the Lakers…which could have had a Hollywood sequel with Carmelo’s comeback.
But the Lakers loss is the PDX’s blazing gain.
What more would you expect from a guy who still put up competent averages in the soaring Rockets cosmos, despite being grounded by little court acclaim? The problems in Houston could have actually been attributed to another guy who ended up ousted and in an Oklahoma home too. Despite the trolls who are now trading in hot takes like they never simulated 2K videos of him building a Commodore house with his shot selection. Or the analysts who are changing their discussion like a report rewrite.
Carmelo ain’t calming down. Anthony is taking everyone back to school.
Class has been in session.
And how about the report card? Eight games. 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Big shots. Western Conference Player of the Week. All Star legend spot? He belongs like the Carushow in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’s unstoppable like LeBron James’ Eurostep, spin-cycle lay-up that is like a runaway freight…word to Denzel Washington. Or his Kareem sky-hook. Tokyo 2020 Team USA bid for the best in five rings Olympic legend in his golden age? Big shots from the double 0 like seven. From nothing twice?! This is no time to die Mr. Bond.
He’s gone toe-to-shot with the MVP. Showed he was more than a most imported or Sixth Man, but still a star. More than the name, but the actual game. And now he’s guaranteed to be around for a while longer like he never left, but is here to stay. As the Blazers changed the trail on the end of the signature of his contract before the ink even dried for this guy’s with the wet jumper like staying outside in the snow with your ugly NBA sweater this Christmas.
This tax is more than a luxury. It’s about to cap off a classic career with one compelling closing chapter.
Even when he bit career highs at the core of his career in the Big Apple, the ever humble hero Carmelo was a walking and dribbling, “I just take it one game (or day) at a time” postgame soundbite like he has been in his comeback off court to on it. Well now the Blazers can guarantee him 365…or at least 82 or however far he takes them.
From the headband to the hoodie, stay ‘Melo. Anthony is here to stay.
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