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Ingram Is Back For The Lakers. No Not That One. THIS One…

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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”.

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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.

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And when he does 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.

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The King’s Garden Bites Forbidden Fruit In The Big Apple

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Super Mario smashed ‘Bron.

On a Sunday afternoon in New York’s Madison Square Garden this St Patrick’s Day (side note: Nike need to bring back those great green Paddy’s Day NBA uniforms), the Lakers where in their East Coast equivalent big city to pay a visit to the Knickerbockers Mecca.

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M.S.G. usually plays host to the greatest games from the G.O.A.T.’s over the generations out the service elevator. M.J. Kobe. And now L.A.L. legend to be L.B.J. against the N.Y.K. And LeBron James didn’t disappoint with a Kareem 33 points off devastating dunks off rampaging runs down the floor of the World’s Most Famous Arena like a raging bull. Shouting “AND ONE” on foul calls that even people with bleeding noses sitting up in the Gods could hear (and how about a couple plays before an equally as loud Caurso yelping for the lay-up as hilariously as his “what’s up man, I’m Alex” Ringer soundbite spoof? But 5 steals and 3 blocks to go with that many rebounds plus add that up “AND ONE” for 12 points in the game? Never send him down to the G again). That was until he took the final shot at the horn that blared in his face.

It’s been that kind of season for the King by royal appointment. Anthony Davis and potentially missing the playoffs and all that.

Heavy is the head in this Game of Thrones.

Like Jordan vs Kobe, the Knicks came away with the 124-123 win. And in the clutch, the King going for the games crown slipped as he ended up looking as good as one of his free throws. Driving the lane and taking it to the rack before being denied by the Knicks Mario Hezonja. Who with this big block became the Knicks new right hand man.

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Off Broadway the King tried to Kong his way up the Empire State but this time the Bi-Planes normally swatted away shot him down.

‘Bron isn’t the only one who makes clutch blocks as big as a buzzer beating basket. Sometimes others hold it against him.

The Lakers 31-39 record is staring down elimination on the wrong side of .500. And with the game down the barrell L.B.J. went for the fadeaway like M.J. but couldn’t come up with ‘Space Jam’ too. As a matter of fact after a big game against the rotten 14-56 Knicks (on the free falling off the Chrysler wrong side of .500) where he also collected 8 rebounds almost on his way to a double/double, LeBron went fourth and colder in the final quarter than a text back from your significant other that just says “fine” when you ask if they’re ok and how their day was. With just four made baskets in the fourth period and the Lake Show missing their last six attempts it was all fat lady in Manhattan come the early evening afternoons end.

Right about now with most teams claiming their playoff berth, last year’s finalist and all the King’s men are just getting worse.

Even with a Garden state of mind in New York, New York, the King couldn’t keep his Empire going like Jussie Smollett.

Now there are only a few more notes before she sings again, but this time for the last time.

And that will be all she writes.

Time for Hollywood to hit the road and flip the script.

Every good movie ends with a twist.

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The Lakers Couldn’t Randle The Truth

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45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

I don’t mean to go on about this but DAMN!

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A career high 45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

That’s MVP numbers right there.

And that’s just the kind of king season Julius Randle is having.

I mean right now the Lakers should probably trade their whole roster for this New Orleans Pelican and not fellow Kentucky ‘cat Anthony Davis (who was out last night in the 122-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Probably with “load management”). But I know who most Lakers fans would love to trade him for just to get this guy back.

LeBron.

But after bringing the King to Hollywood this Summer, Magic and the Lake Show didn’t think they needed to match the restricted hustle and muscle of Randle, who they are sorely missing in their palette dry paint this season. Despite pleading from the coaching staff, President Johnson and his Hollywood agent of assistance let both Randle and big man from downtown Brook Lopez (who is really affording more with the Bucks alongside…Pau Gasol of all underrated and underappreciated Laker greats) walk. All because the thought the former Heat talents of Michael Beasley was enough on a team of McGee, Stephenson and Rondo vets behind the young core that really are now turning into a meme.

Remember this is the same Magic man who traded All-Star…ALL STAR D’Angelo Russell because he didn’t think he was a leader. As the purple and gold Lakers faithful now have no sleep watching him in Brooklyn as he LEADS the Nets.

This is the same Magic man who after offering his whole future to the Pelicans for a free agent to be with desires to come here for nothing (at least before all this drama and disloyalty really showed him something), will soon surely watch the legendary likes of Lonzo, Ingram and maybe even Kuzma and Josh Hart walk when they’re free to go, after the way they have treated them. Because like it’s been shown before time and time again in Laker history (I would name every example, but then I would be naming every other player not called Kobe), there is no price on loyalty. But there is one to pay when you treat these teammates like a commodity and not the individual assets that they are.

There’s only so long someone treated as bait will let you off the hook.

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Magic Johnson may be the greatest player of all-time in my opinion. In some ways even more gifted than the other M.J. He could effect a whole game and result without even scoring a basket. But now he’s really playing. Effecting the whole team and franchise whilst trying to make a point. Just how long will he last running this s### show. Remember how long he lasted when he was actually a coach?

Exactly!

And he wants to fire Walton?!

Exactly!

And soon the likes of Ball and his boys will end up All Stars like Randle will too. The Lakers need to make sure that they do this in purple before the Lake Show turns into the ‘Lame Show’. As once the gold goes out the crown, the Lakers legacy will be down to the hands of more than one legend.

A legend they could have had in Russell and Randle. With guys like they have now and the ones they also shouldn’t have let go. Like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac. Paul George would have been a better fit with all these core guys. But the Lakers didn’t even really need him either. With all due respect to the King and the next chapter in storied Lakers/Celtics history the NBA tried to build, both these iconic franchises and their great expectations have imploded this season. Ones of win big now or else, manifest destiny over pure personnel development. The real rivalry of the future would have been the lottery pick rebuilds of the old young Laker and the history making right now Philadelphia 76ers. Look at the stakes they have now. There’s a reason they call it a process.

Still the Lakers loss is the flying Pelicans gain. And even if they do lose Davis they have a big future in the big man Julius. And if New Orleans do end up taking half the Laker team for him, maybe along with Julius Randle it will all end up being the Basketball Gods master plan in the karma (it all goes around like a basketball spinning on your finger) of showing the Lakers what they could have had and won in the end.

How many stars of future fame will Magic’s Hollywood let walk?

45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Damn.

Sometimes you can’t handle the truth Jack.

And that is Julius Randle.

Believe that.

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