I’m sorry Jeff Teague. With all due respect to your All-Star talent, this is much worse than your Atlanta Hawks leaving you off the team bus.
Teams arena officials all-round the country are leaving Charlotte Hornets star Jeremy Lin like there is nothing on the back of his jersey.
The same Jeremy Lin who back in 2012 had a Linsanity type introduction to the hoops world for more than his 15 minutes of fame in the Worlds Most Famous Arena in Madison Square Garden as a New York Knick. The same Jeremy Lin who carried the Yao Ming global appeal torch for the Houston Rockets. The same Jeremy Lin who last season partnered with Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers. The same Jeremy Lin who this year playing for Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets is having a buzz worthy resurgence in North Carolina. The same Jeremy Lin who can still hit 30 still years off it. The same Jeremy Lin with that awesome hair.
The same Jeremy Lin who still has to show I.D. to get into opposing teams arenas around the country.
Like his credentials aren’t enough!
It is what it is. Ignorance! Not an excuse. His own Charlotte Hornets made that mistake once…never again! Yet still many security members of NBA teams working in an “offical” capacity don’t recognise one of the associations better individual and team players. Despite the fact that he’s played for a handful of these teams and given them crazy contributions.
This is more than Linsanity. It is insane!
“It’s just part of being asian in the NBA”, Jeremy Lin offered as an excuse he doesn’t have to make.
It’s the rest of the league that owes us one…and Jeremy Lin more than an apology.
This is a sleeper pick for ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’. Part and parcel due to the fact that the Hornets refuse to start him off the bench. He’s got his own squad goal problems to deal with without the other teams sleeping on him. Time for the NBA to wake up! On the clock this is one of the most talented. Beating buzzers 24 for 48. Recognise that.
This is a league and a sport full of individuals who have overcome such ignorance and brutal bigotry that still sickingly exists today. This is racism, plain and simple. All we have to do is look back last month to the Oscars were comedian Chris Rock overcame the ignorance of the Academy with a moving monologue that was hilarious and scathingly satirical. Only to then practically erase all that a sketch or two later as he mocked Asians with a tactless skit that didn’t even register a snicker.
Lin took this to task tweeting “Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being “cool” and “ok” to bash Asians smh”. He stood up for what he believed in and people everywhere of any race suffering this type of indignation.
Time for the people to stand up back for him. He’ll play through it and against it and all this inequality. Leaving it all on the floor as this class act competitior always does. This is the type of play that he’s brought to arenas nationwide that has opened doors for so many others worldwide. So why are many more being shut in his face?
Time to kick it in people.
Jeremy Lin doesn’t need any identification, the back of his fans jerseys says it all.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.