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Is Luka Dončić The Next Dirk For Dallas?

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Luka To The Future...

Like the opposite of Magic, reverse the number 32.

If I was to say think of the number 23 who would come to mind?

The greatest of all-time!

If I was to then tell you to think of the number 24 who would you then think of?

Yep!

How about the number 41 though?

Who else but Dirk?

Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. On legendary, first-name iconic basis.

Well soon you’ll know what the number 77 is all about.

The kid out in Texas. The Maverick rookie from Slovenia. Luka Dončić.

When young Luka was born, Dirk was just a rookie with the skinny of the NBA thinking Dallas made the biggest, most laughable mistake of their franchise history in drafting the great German.

Turns out taking him 9th in ’98 was a steal. As Nowitzki turned out to actually not only be the teams best, but also the greatest international player of all-time not named Drazen. His place in the Hall is as secure as the fact that no Maverick will ever wear the number 41 again. Even though every other kid in Europe without a 23 (from Jordan to now James) growing up will. As his jersey will join the banner this champion raised in matrimony like a ring on his finger.

But will that come at the season end of this year?

Dirk has a one year deal left. The ink will barely dry on his summer signature before its all up. And then it looks like the man who spent his entire career with the Mavericks who (with good reason) never gave up on him (from Steve Nash to Jason Kidd), will be done. Calling it a day and a career we should enjoy and cherish while it lasts like British citizens travelling Europe with their passport (Hello!). Nowitzki is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time regardless of where he was born. It’s time to start treating him as such, whilst we still can.

But with that being said this article isn’t about him.

With that in mind this article is about whose going to replace him.

And we aren’t talking about the sophomore star Dennis Smith Jr. A Slam Dunk no contest worthy champ who can jump over anybody and anything…except his American Airlines ceiling busting potential.

We aren’t talking about Jordan. DeAndre. The free agent Dallas finally got like their man. Just a couple of years too Clipper clipped late.

We aren’t even talking about Harrison Barnes.

But they sure make for one hell of a team with their number (forty) one leader who is still lacing them until he hangs them up, in this revolving door franchise that seem to have only kept the shaggy haired kid and treated everyone else like the blonde bomber does combs.

And now like the circle of court life this young Simba who can’t wait to be king looks to take over from Musafa. Hakuna Matata. In what may be Dirk Nowitzki’s swan song, a rookie who no one doubts this time (thanks to not only himself…but Dirk breaking down NBA basketball’s borders) looks to take the torch like the mic passed. But when we say Luka Dončić could be the new Dirk, we aren’t ignorantly saying this because he’s from international waters. We’re saying this because with oceans on its own talent like Luka’s, it all just flows perfectly. Seamlessly. Like a stream of consciousness. The natural basketball order of things. Bank, net, check ball. All a culmination of where you’re going and where you’ve been. Past and present. Legacy and legend all in mind.

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Rookie of the Year? Don’t settle for just that when you could have this franchises future face and Most Valuable Player. The third pick in this years draft could lead the future big-three once the one who knocks down even bigger ones from behind the arc is finally beaten by the buzzer. He’s already showed out in the preseason. Running the team like he does the floor…and he isn’t even a Point Guard. He’s already been on the best Basketball Bible magazine cover in the world in SLAM (who declared him, “the best international prospect ever”) before the day of the draft. Thanks to already being a basketball superstar on a worldwide scale since his sweet sixteenth. Helping turn the Real Madrid hoops team into one as skillful as their soccer big brother like Pau and Marc did Barcelona.

And even before the student becomes the master, with mentoring on everything and everywhere from downtown to how to handle being an international star in a foreign country of these United States. Dirk and Dončić can at least cross off the calendar for a season and still dynamic duo, partner up like David Robinson and Tim Duncan whilst they still can. For what we hope lasts as long as Basketball God willing possible.

It ain’t over. But it now all begins with the kid that we hope turns out like we wish Ricky Rubio (still a generation great) did. The next one after Dirk that kind of reminds us of Drazen. Or his own legend yet to be seen, but appearing to us in flashes of brilliance we hope never meets the pan once he goes into the fire for real regular season burn in the NBA that’s about to be put on notice.

Double seven is about to be the seal that takes this Texan team to the top of the triangle. Clicking like the Spurs. Whilst Houston you have a you know what. You see that Mavericks road jersey with the neon Dallas skyline above its name?

The city like it’s futuristic look is his!

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Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick

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Philadelphia 76ers Make Marial Shayok Ottawa's First Ever Nba Draft Pick

Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.

“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”


For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.

Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.

The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.

Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.

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Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.

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Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion

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Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion Williamson
Duking It Out...

Zion. Zion. Zion.

Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.

The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.

Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?

I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.

What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.

But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.

And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.

Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!

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Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.

Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.

But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.

This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.

But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.

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