Nelly back in the day (2004) on the ‘Sweat’ part of his that and ‘Suit’ dual album release rapped, “I’m a Nugget type of fellow, I push the Carmelo” on the ‘Na-Nana-Na’ track that came after the ‘Heart Of Champion’ opening tip that sampled the Sportscenter iconic ESPN theme. Why are we mentioning this? Well, not only because it’s a hot line that made a hot song. But because it’s seemed this long ago since ‘Melo made waves in the L.
Even if his last stint last season with the Houston Rockets lasted so long it may as well have been a 10 day contract for the veterans minimum for the former Mile High City legend and New York Knick King.
But with all the talk on the problems in Houston between James Harden and Chris Paul, focussing on whether the Lakers will finally get their man in CP3. No nixing this time (too late) like they have Anthony Davis. Maybe it time the Lakers finally got an Anthony that they’ve been courting longer than this whole Davis debacle.
Conveniently just days after the Lakers landed Davis for seemingly half of Los Angeles (minus the Hollywood sign and cast of LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ (Klay Thompson people)) and all of their future (except the man, the myth, the Kyle Kuzma), the Overtime Twitter account added something extra with Anthony (not AD) hoisting up practice jumpers with the tag-line, “Carmelo just doesn’t miss” (word?!) in all caps. But in a timeline trend for tampering there’s no harm or foul here in a little seed planting in a subtweet of ‘Melo making some charity stripe shots peacocking.
It’s no charity attempt either if the Lake Show make an offer Carmelo can’t refuse either for the Godfather’s team this time unlike this trade deadline gone. The meme team of JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo has dealt with former All Stars as veteran contributers before for one year deals which we wouldn’t be mad at a re-up. So how about one for a certified legend that is one championship away from a Hall of Fame induction down the corridor of his career?
Then aside from the last dance of Dwyane Wade the banana boat will be complete.
Wine tasting with the King, ‘Melo is one of ‘Bron’s best friends forever. Hash-tag B.F.F’s. So it’s almost destined that the two rookie rivals that entered the league head-to-head will one day leave it as teammates. But it makes more sense that the Lakers finally make the move for Anthony after the other Anthony. The trade for Davis may have given the Lakers their best dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe and the next big man great in the legendary Lakers lineage after Mikan, Wilt, O’Neal and Pau Gasol. But it also decimated their team. And we aren’t just talking about the star power potential of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and whom this weekends number four and future draft picks will concern. But the actual team over superteam aspect of glue guys they’ve lost like the defensive Josh Hart, who holds court as the best role player the Lakers have had and held since the Shaq and Kobe days of Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Sparks Head Coach, Derek Fisher.
So if the Lakers want to top the ‘Stranger Things’ team of vets this player power generation Independence Day next month, then they could produce on paper fireworks for the dry erase with big names like ‘Melo and CP3, for second unit scoring and point production off an even bigger bench. Sure the focus this free agency is on the K’s of Kawhi, Kevin and Kyrie…if they can even afford them with Anthony’s bonus. But they should also look to small ball build a team with the available assets of bigs like Al Horford and guys like former ‘Bron team buddy Kyle Korver from downtown if you want to talk about 2K’s.
Besides at this point apart from the new big-three of James, Davis and Kuzma and a couple of rookie contracts (Bonga and Wagner) the Lakers want to shop by the draft for mo, the Lakers barely have enough players under contract now to put out on the floor, let alone in reserve.
And with 40% of the association about to enter free agency and with previous young core Laker losses like Russell and Randle about to be unrestricted among them, it’s time for the Lakers to stop playing fantasy Basketball like LeBron hates and play smart Basketball like we all love like Kevin.
One Anthony deserves another. Time to make ‘Melo yellow.
Friday The 13th Lucky For Lakers 13th Straight Win
Unlucky for some, Friday the 13th seemed to be a lady for the Lakers today in a scorching heated matchup between Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. As the purple and gold took home their 13th straight win on the road with an 113-110 win by the beach.
Foreman-Ali, Tyson-Holyfield. That’s how LeBron described this heavyweight bout between his old and new team that had a playoff atmosphere and was Anthony Davis concurred “fun”. But it really was a boxing match slugfest for the belt as at first it looked like The King hadn’t taken all his talents back to South Beach. Until former N.O. dynamic duo Davis and DeMarcus Cousins twin towered him. Grading him at an A- and telling him to get back to taking everyone to school.
And oh how did he.
In this ring Jimmy Butler’s 23 was serving right hooks all night and fans on Twitter low blows, below the belt (can the guy not have one bad day (or just half in all actuality) at the office without you showing him the cardboard box like ‘Jerry Maguire’? Have you not seen what he’s done in year 17?! YEAR 17 PEOPLE! Father what?). Down went The King. Down went The King. But like falling down seven times. He got up again like the 8th wonder (word to one more in number 24 as I sit typing this in Kobe, Japan wearing a number 23 Lakers jersey…because I’m just that type of guy). And he got up swinging. All the way to a T.K.O. in the American Airlines Arena he formed Voltron with the big three of the ready for the rafters, one last jersey of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who he hugged pregame with so much love. “You good? You good?” He asked. Concerned about his friend and court legends health like we all are. Great to see you looking so well CB4.
The Heat’s undefeated homestand came to an end on this court canvas, as city for city these two teams of sunshine states styled out, live and in living colour. Miami in those Crocket and Tubbs turquoise Vice Editions that have you rolling up your sleeves and L.A. in those M.D.E. Shaq sized affairs against the team the Diesel refuelled was traded to, that are real gold in California like his slamming STAPLES statue.
But as the King went from the gallows of seven first half turnovers to a final coronation of 28 points, 12 assists (you see that tap pass that was vintage Magic from the Point King?) we all know who the real Laker and Heat legend was this night.
No decision about it.
From washed King to those spin cycle moves that rinse you. Washing his hands with all those refreshed timelines.
But how about all the slamming like Shaquille and stuff from A.D. too? As long range as LeBron from the beach let alone downtown too. And that goaltend from the D.P.O.Y. too though. Those type of plays count in different ways. And Davis’ line of a Kareem 33 points for a double, double with 10 rebounds was as sure thing automatic and reliable as the white tee under his jersey (I’ve just ordered mine in the Black Friday sale. It may aswell come with a lack of white tees because of A.D. and well I’m white and thinner than the hair that used to be uptop my crown).
Big man X-factor JaVale McGee also showed up sky-hook, lay-up line and alley-oop and one sinker finisher with that muscle flexing, screaming passion. Oh and 9 points, 10 rebounds and “hand me the Defensive Player Of The Year award” 5 blocks.
Those weren’t goaltends.
In the end it was just too much dynamic duo. Too much Bradley back to give the already deep Lakers more water (again just wait until Cousin relates even more than his advice at the half) and too much Alex Carushow, looking literally like an NBA Jam character pregame. Check the Lakers Twitter timeline. “He’s on fire”! Must be how he got that cut.
The Lakers are playing beautiful basketball right now. This is history. Like Shaq and Kobe, Magic and Kareem, Wilt and West, Mikan and those specs. Savour it.
As James Worthy clapping and lighting the cigar for this big game tweeted, “putting up 113 on Friday the 13th equals 13th straight Lake Show win”.
It’s all about the numbers 42.
Lucky for us.
Fun Guy Gets His Ring
“What it do baby!”
It may have taken longer than his Game 7 buzzer beating, playoff series winning shot against the Sixers, circling around the rim to process. But the board man finally gets his ring. As Kawhi Leonard was welcomed back to his world of the 6’s Jurassic Park for a ring reunion. Returning as a Clipper to his Raptor home in Toronto for more Star clippings.
But in the end against the Canadian champion who are surprisingly still so in contention good without him, it was all L.A. his way.
Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 ring and a partridge in a pear tree this Christmas season, as the L.A. Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors (taking it back in uniform and court to their 1995 expansion inception like the dream of cousins Carter and McGrady running a dunk contest night in and night out), 112-92.
And T-Dot just wish they could take it back to last Summer man.
But as Kyle played ring bearer to Kawhi pregame it was this moment of championship matrimony that kept Leonard and Lowry together like these two K.L.’s in initials ’til death do them part.
This brotherhood bond was bigger than it all this night…even basketball. Especially this basketball game. Even if 6 God Lou Will also added 18 and 8 assists against his former Raps club. To go along with Maurice Harkless’ 14, Paul George’s 13, 11 from the Patrick’s of Beverley and Patterson and 10 from Montrezl Harrell for this balanced diet of an attack.
But if your two feet want to talk about balance. T.O is like T.D. too as they know how to eat well with everyone getting their share for their plate at the table this festive season with all the statistical trimmings.
Most Improved to Defensive Player Of The Year’ and team MVP Pascal Siakam had 24 for this 48 minutes worth of shot clocks even though the Clippers lead by as many as this. Whilst equally impressive Norman Powell added 22. OG Anunoby matched P.G. for 13 to go along with Terrence Davis 10. Whereas Spaniard Marc Gasol rounded out the rest of the Raps with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
But with the ovation all standing for a jumbo jumbotron tribute we all know which Raptor this night was for. All to his crowd roaring success as the whole arena sounded like a Tyronasaurus paddock…let alone a Raptor enclosure.
It was perimeter fence electric. 100,000 volts Tim!
The Klaw was back in the house of claws…if only for a night to rule the earth like when the dinosaurs did.
Welcome back to Jurassic World.
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