Forget coming at the King. For HE does not miss!
The day before yesterday we were about to write an article about how a superstar-less Boston beating ‘Bron may have just birth begun the next chapter of the great Celtics/Lakers rivalry in storied NBA history. One that would follow Wilt and Russell, Magic and Bird and Kobe and Kevin and center around a renewed friend or foe battle between the King and Kyrie. But then LeBron James went and scored 35 points to go with recording 15 rebounds, 9 assists and all 48 minutes and lead his Cavaliers to a 87-79 and 4-3 series win truly crowning himself as Mr. Game 7 for the ages.
As my old American friend who sends me envelopes of USA Today sports pages (thank you!) says, “I wouldn’t bet against LeBron”!
Now whether number 23 heads to Hollywood and the Lonzo Angeles Lakers for a La La LeBronland, or processes his decision and all that’s at stake in Philly this summer doesn’t matter right now. Even if it’s all we’ve been talking about all year long.
Right now its Ali/Fraizer, Cavs/Warriors IV and chance for LeBron to tie up the dynasty battle between superteam and superstar. It’s not about a Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving less, rookie and sophomore sensation Celtics continuing their legendary history with their hardest worked, most impressive streak (yet!). It’s not about MVP sure thing Harden showing he’s the new King James. It’s about L.B.J. showing the NBA and even M.J. that he’s the real G.O.A.T. The only one that could beat a big four of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson? A true Warrior.
No Irving. No Isaiah. No Love for the make or break. No problem!
Sure the Cavs have Kevin, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, George Hill, Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. But lets face it, this Cavalier put them, the city and the whole Ohio land on his whole back and those broad shoulders. We are all witnesses to this. But how does he do it? Is it the putting down of trivial things like social media? Zero Dark Thirty. Or the books he repeatedly reads like ‘The Godfather’? An offer you couldn’t refuse. The only thing that can touch him is more ice packs than a summer in the corner store. Like Canada’s own Tristan Thompson puts it the bruising ‘Bron is a “machine” that only needs “a change of oil”. If Mike is the Babe Ruth of this sport, then the King is Ali. And even if this is the last game James wins for Cleveland and his last year as a Cavalier, they won’t be throwing rocks at the throne or burning his robes anymore, but kneeling down in front of his banner billboard in saluting respect and throwing thanks.
At a Kareem jersey age of 33, he’s chasing all sorts of history rewriting, father-time erasing records and iconic infamy like Gillette razors wish they only could him and the best a Rick Ross can get. And at the same age this writer can’t even get a text back. You’ve seen the memes and gifs. My Vine like favourite has to be the “LeBron every year in the Finals” video to the teacher chino walking into class the same way everyday, save a changing colour in shirt.
With his eight straight NBA Finals is it any wonder we wonder if postseason King LeBron James is human? The last time he didn’t make it Kobe had just won a championship, Curry was a rookie and 78% of todays players hadn’t even suited up for their first game. Not to mention only 3 of the 19 Marvel movies in the cinematic universe had been released. And if you want to keep looking at Twitter the last time LeBron didn’t make the last dance was the last time @SirDil23 couldn’t make eye contact with women. “Here’s looking at you kid”! That’s a line from an old Humphrey Bogart movie called ‘Casablanca’ from 1942. Coincidentally also the last time LeBron James didn’t make the NBA Finals.
Now that’s beyond being a superstar. That’s some superhuman, superhero stuff to marvel at. This Black Panther king is a real NBA Iron Man, Captain America hero with Hulk weight room (don’t forget the lip sync battle) smashing strength and a stormbreaking hammer of Thor dunk. Ready to snap his fingers like Thanos and you know the rest. Ashes to dust. You don’t feel so good. It’s this Avengers universe now and even if new Rookie of the Year Jayson Tatum knockout dunked hard on James…well…all that for a drop of blood. He’s ready for war with the Warriors now. And it’s going to be a gauntlet for all the stones.
You should have gone for the head. It’s the King and he’s going to sit on his throne ’till Infinity.
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.
After Expelling The Order Of The Phoenix, Wizards Exiled By L.A. King.
Forgive the title…I’ve spent the week reading all seven of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ books. Expelliarmus.
Hey if its good enough for Kobe cosplaying as “he who shall not be named” one Halloween, like the King as Prince, or a cut above the rest Edward Scissorhands this year. It’s good enough for us. And Basketball’s the closest thing to Quidditch right?
But forget the Wizenard series for a page, today the Wizards were in town and speaking of Bryant some former young core Lakers were gunning for revenge like the Ingram, Hart and Ball-less Pelicans last game. Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and Isaac Bogna to be exact. Along with dynamo Isaiah Thomas shooting the bright lights out to prove LeBron, the Lakers and the rest of the league that shouldn’t have wrote him off wrong. Proving that the Lakers leave more youngsters on other people’s porches than the stereotypical beginnings of old movies about coming of age, against the odds. See ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’ and anything else set around that time.
But this weekend Hollywood had the perfect picture for their 10th straight W against D.C. Whose capital Washington game was big here in Tokyo with this writer and his new town for Japanese born Rui Hachimura’s clash with the titan. L.A. King versus the young king of the rising sun (no half-blood prince) that was going to be more Rakuten tuned into than when Tokyo hosted the Houston Rockets versus champion Toronto Raptors double-header first NBA Japan Games in decades last month.
But for the city in Shaq sized edition Dr. Buss tribute jerseys that were left on every fan that wanted tacos this Thanksgiving like LeBron calling on Tuesday’s seat pregame, it was former champion with Canada Danny Green who rediscovered his winners touch from downtown Los Angeles. Washington may be in a shooting spell themselves after scorching the Sun’s 140-132 Thursday in an Arizona shoot-out, but it was the Lakers who stunned them 125-103 today.
Yer a King, LeBron!
LeBron on a poetic couplet quest for the Lakers 17th championship in his year 17 was Magic with 11 assists and the number across his City Edition Nike in points. The same jersey number he’s going to give to Anthony Davis, despite this writer Black Friday buying his gold statement 3 yesterday (let’s hope that doesn’t end up like my Lonzo Ball road one this time last year next). A.D. lead the way with another double/double of 26 and 13 rebounds although Rui wasn’t afraid of going toe-to-sneaker toe with him, or never scared the King too with 16 points and 8 rebounds. As the next star next to star Bradley Beal’s 18 points and 9 assists showed Hollywood his coming to America story was Giannis worthy.
Bryant, Bogna and Wagner (seven and eight and one dunk on his head from Dwight in response to a flagrant) like Thomas with ten all showed out too against their old Showtime. But the Lakers who were still without defensive stalwart Avery Bradley like all these familiar, former faces got new help from Quinn Cook’s 17 out to the kitchen and another double trouble from fan favourite JaVale McGee who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Whilst one of the best Point Guards of all-time still in his game Rajon Rondo had 13 in just two minutes less than that of play.
Shaqtin’a-fool in another reunion Dwight Howard (8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 “oh no you don’t, Mutombo finger wags) continued his bolstered bench presence against his old Washington state. But off a beautiful bounce ‘Brookyln 99’ copped pass from everybody’s hero Caruso he was T’d up after taunting after his big jam. Still the STAPLES Center loved it like they loved number 39 again after the D-12 drama. Who would have thought this guy would be back and back like this? Let alone dunking in a Shaq designed uniform?
But going 14 and 1 in November and winning 17 of 18 for their 10th straight, the league best Lakers haven’t been on box score paper this victorious for the record since those O’Neal 2000 champion days with the Wizenard Kobe. The Wizards may have a lot of tricks up their sleeve at the moment…but they haven’t got enough in their bag for this in the first part of their Hollywood road trip (just the best in the league Kawhi and homeboy P.G. next). Being outscored 84-36 in a half worth 24 like a Kobe throwback by the Lake Show.
But just wait until their new Japanese son rises.
I solemnly swear he’s going to be so good.
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