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Jordan Changes The Rules, Makes A Maverick Move By Re-Signing With Clippers

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“WoW”!

The above picture says it all. It doesn’t even need a caption!

DeAndre Jordan’s escape from L.A. was greatly exaggerated. Maybe Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks should have watched Tom Cruise, sport agent film ‘Jerry Maguire’ before showing the money. Because that “my word is stronger than oak” speech doesn’t mean squat in todays big business of backdoor, blockbuster basketball deals…especially in Hollywood!

The Mavericks will need some firewood now to stay hot and believe me if they’d already, regrettably started printing Jordan, Dallas Mavericks jerseys like the Los Angeles Lakers and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine did with new San Antonio Spur LaMarcus Aldridge they’d be wanting to set fire like Cleveland 23’s back in 2010 when talents got took to scorching South Beaches.

Unlike the King, we’re sure the next meeting between DeAndre and Dallas will not be a reconciliation of redemption, but a mainstream matchup, built up and billed over the rawness of revenge.

After last seasons playoff loss to the Houston Rockets, DeAndre 3000 looked like he was about to become an outcast to another Texan team. Rumours of beef with Chris Paul started to sizzle like sirloin for what was at stake in free agency. Despite CP3 posting an up in arms Instagram picture of his big buddy, complete with shot taking Edgar Allen Poe quotes at the media, social or otherwise and gossipers from the barbershops to the broadsheets. Becoming one of the most sought after free agents in the open market of big-men featuring Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love and Greg Monroe, Jordan met with everyone, short of teams in the WNBA. It even looked like he was going to cross lockers to become a Lakers STAPLE, until their imperfect presentation left him more “underwhelmed” than Portland’s L.A. ex. After all the dotted lines of offer, DeAndre like many others gave his verbal to the Dallas Mavericks.

But like usual reports and rumours, there was no signature for paper to check.

A change of 11th hour heart later and their was a John Hancock, but on a Clipper contract. After all that it turned out DeAndre was still a Clipperholic and Dallas Mavs owner Mark will only be firing up more comments not celebratory Cuban’s. He was so close, almost cutting the cigar, but Jordan’s quick draw to Texas is now smoke. Blocked out and shot down like J.R., after even J.J. started firing shots. Now a team that has tried but not succeeded to surround ageing veteran Dirk Nowitzki with more high octane talent is left with a roster thinner than Shawn Bradley (we wonder what he’s doing next year), now frontline force DeAndre joins the departed backcourt of Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo.

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Free agency is crazy and Jordan now somewhat joins the majority of players who chose loyalty over royalty, sticking with their current squads. Still now all those teams holding players old or new in non-verbal may want to pick up the phone (if their stars will answer it). Time to make it official. Cleveland and Chicago are surely just glad today of all days their glue guys put pen to paper.

DeAndre may have just changed the rules and revolution of how this already LeBron James changed, free agent game is player played. Come to think about it, has the King made a definitive decision yet?

After the J.J. Reddick F grade Clipper offseason was looking uglier than their horrendous new identity of logos and jerseys, the team has centred themselves with their defensive and dunking anchor. Just check their Twitter, even their logo looks better with DeAndre’s 6 carried in it. Now Doc Rivers men can run anyone horse (word to ‘Hollywood’s’ Jamie Foxx’s hilarious impression). Even contending with the last two league champions out West; the old dogs with new tricks San Antonio Spurs and their Californian king neighbours in Golden State who they must warrior battle with. Now Lob City has it’s big-three back with a nucleus of sharp-shooting Reddick and baby bruiser Glen Davis on deck. To go along with a veteran to young gun mix of Hedo, Dahantay Jones and Doc’s son Austin Rivers. The loss of off the leash, defensive dog Matt Barnes or possibly the one of “other” sixth man Jamal Crawford doesn’t seem that bad in rebooted retrospect now. Especially after L.A. has clipped another ex-Laker in Wesley Johnson and brought top veteran legend and Celtic champion Paul Pierce back home to Los Angeles. And we haven’t even mentioned the wild card of Lance Stephenson yet. The Los Angeles Clippers could even have a big, Fantastic Four going fourth.

Superheroes in the land of superstars. Kobe may still be around, but it’s not just the city of angels that belongs to the Clippers again. Now the whole National Basketball Association of America and the world of champions does too.

And like anything in this game it’s all changed because of Jordan.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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