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.
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.
Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick
Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.
“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”
For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.
Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.
The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.
Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.
Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.
Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion
Zion. Zion. Zion.
Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.
The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.
Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?
I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.
What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.
But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.
And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.
Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!
Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.
Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.
But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.
This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.
But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.