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.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.