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It’s A Hard Knick Life For N.Y.

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It’s A Hard Knick Life For N.Y.

Tell M.J. Annie’s O.K…even in that Jamie Foxx and Cam Diaz movie she didn’t have it this bad!

“‘Stead of treated”!

Sure the new New York Knicks have more than just their one global superstar and franchise face Carmelo Anthony in potential Rookie Of The Year Kristaps Porzingis, but before the storied team in the worlds most famous arena, in the planets most recognisable city becomes that history themselves it’s time the Madison Square Garden faithful took their eyes off the bright lights of Times Square in the distance.

The ball has well and truly dropped! New Year has marched forward to the madness of same old.

It’s as clear as neon in night change has got to come like Cooke. Sure the Knicks may have fired former coach Derek Fisher but they really are clutching at straws right now. It wasn’t really the former Lakers fault and as now a more experienced one in Kurt Rambis takes over it’s time for no more excuses or hack likes. Especially with the Zen of former Knickerbocker role playing champion Phil Jackson in the ownership of the front office.

Time for these purple hearts to show some gold.

Showtime!

Because right now from the Empire State to the Freedom Tower it doesn’t matter how pretty N.Y.C. looks…they are sitting ugly in 13th place out in the wilderness of the Cavalier beast East. Unlucky for some…more like them. The Knicks year has been nicked like a close shave…you can hear it in the barbershops all the way to the Bronx. Only the lowly Sixers and their Brooklyn neighbours are basement below them.

At least they are winning the fight for N.Y. with the Nets.

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But the jokes still on these knights of Gotham City.

And nobody told us that last years M.S.G. rebuild was being done with even more bricks.

Sure the revamped Knicks like the redesigned Milwaukee Bucks a spot of bother above them are a popular team finding their feet in a Eastern Conference dancefloor as crowded as their cobbled Meatpacking streets after hours. I mean even the Wall banging Washington Wizards may have a spell out of the postseason this year. But come Summer New York will have to make some major moves. Draft night steal or slim pickings not.

Time for everyones favourite dream destination to be one for ball players. Anthony won’t be so ‘Melo about it this time. They really don’t want to lose a man who will go down next to Patrick Ewing, Bernard King, Earl the Pearl and Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier as one of the top 5 N.Y.K. players of all-time. How about the sense to add a sixth?

The Knick family features some real talent, but they have to be more than just relatives of big players like Brook Lopez and Horace and Harvey Grant. I mean even Tim Hardaway’s son bounced. These juniors need to grow up.

It’s time these orangemen stopped striking out with the peach like baseballs Mets. No wonder the Yankees won’t let them use their logo anymore.

Time to cap this off.

Take the baseline out…because soon Spike Lee will have to get up and play from courtside.

I hope he’s got game!

All the ballers born to clock its now at the buzzer to put money on your longshot. Time to go from lukewarm to hot.

Do it for the memory of Biggie baby!

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.

The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.

It tells us the CBA means…

When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.

Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.

Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?

This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.

It’s about time.

Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.

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Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.

And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.

But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.

Again and again until we don’t have to.

The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?

Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.

The game changed for real today.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists joins elite NBA company

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.

Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.

Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.

Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA

Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.

Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.

RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.

The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.

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The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.

Canada NBA All-Star Drought

The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.

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