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

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

“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.

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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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Augustus In Los Angeles. Seimone Signs With Sparks

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The balance of power in the WNBA has shifted like this league of its own has shifted the gender gap in this sport.

Google, “Seimone Augustus, Los Angeles Sparks” and you’ll find a picture of the former Minnesota Lynx running the break and howling like a Timberwolf, as Sparks superstar Nneka Ogwumike is left lying on the court like it was a canvas and she Sonny Liston.

But that won’t happen anymore.

Don’t worry the Roman emperor Augustus isn’t joining former Minnesota dynamic duo teammate Maya Moore in not playing this August…although this will be her final season (and as an aside we nothing but salute you for your stand Moore). But the Lynx now lose the legacy of this legend too in the same fortnight the Twin Cities celebrated the dynamic duo coupling of Karl-Anthony Towns and best friend D’Angelo Russell for their Basketball brotherhood. But like losing Showbiz and K.G. this WNBA big ticket will be back, all the way to the gate receipts.

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Instead it’s because Seimone is now a Spark. Soon you’ll have no trouble finding her in the purple and gold as she follows the fast break of the twinning and winning Ogwumike sisters and superstar Candace Parker leading the charge for the best big four in L.A. all day since Shaq, Kobe, ‘The Mailman’, Karl Malone and ‘The Glove’, Gary Patyon brother a new trend in billionaire boy club basketball. Cue Candace’s Dunk Contest judge reaction face last weekend at All Star, Chicago. This one is all tens for a 50 that can’t not win.

This is straight unfair too “like” when La La Land script sent tried to combine Kobe and CP3. But with respect to the one and only commissioner (rest peacefully) nothing is nixing this (and I’ll always love that move because Pau stayed where the second best European player until Luka finishes this season belonged like Gasol does up in the same STAPLES rafters). WoW!

Champion Elena Delle Donne and Co may have resigned with the mystifying Washington Wizards, but D.C. aren’t going to have as easy a time re-upping next year…if they even make it that far. Especially in the same week of a freeing, free agency of players with their own one, almost as crazy as last years NBA one. One that has already seen Skylar Diggins-Smith rise to Phoenix to form Mercury with the one and only, G.O.A.T. Diana Taurasi. As the hardest player in the game and the one who played whilst pregnant last year (before a game changing CBA agreement finally gave the great expectations of players like Diggins-Smith her due after watching her work like that) form like the heat of voltron. All for the best legend and superstar one-two punch since the Sparks plugged both pioneer Lisa Leslie AND the prolific Parker.

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AND we haven’t even mentioned that similar Seattle score of the Storm’s Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart still wanting that reign back like the city that wants the Sonics (respect to Shawn Kemp and his old Oskar’s Kitchen bar and grill downtown tuning into this league with his 40 piece handing behind the bar like a retired rafter). The West is going to be even wilder than when Will Smith did that one bad movie (yeah I said it Bad Boys…I loved ‘Gemini Man’).

From rivals to sisters the 35 year old, four time champ brings experience and pedigree to this powerhouse franchise in her Tamika Catchings chapter of what will surely be the swansong of another Hall of Fame career. Inking the last, lasting part of her legacy like the tattoos on her diving for loose balls, put the Spalding down arms as colourful as the magnificent and moving murals that honour the Mamba and Mambacita in her new City of Angels.

Now how’s this for a Hollywood ending in the Kings town? And with love to LeBron we’re talking about King Kobe. But now the sisterhood of the Sparks now has more than three queen’s as these crowns go for the throne in this game.

The 2020 vision of the Sparks is set to be electrifying before these best of the best go for gold in Tokyo, Japan for the Summertime Olympic Games. And even though legend Alana Beard ready for the rafters has retired her gold standard purple reign, the Sparks also have sharpshooting Chelsea Gray and another big name addition in Kristi Toliver to add to their who’s who roster of the elite.

Make that a Famous Five and 6 God, Sixth Woman.

Or how about a Sinister Six to marvel?

Soon the best Basketball team in L.A. won’t be the Lakers OR Clippers.

Clutch Lakerland and Coach Fish has really gone all, “Go Fish”.

In these Star Wars, they are the Sparks that will light the fire that will burn the house down.

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Chicago, All-Star 2020 blows in the Windy City for Kobe

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Finding 24 Forever...

Untouchable.

Like Eliot Ness, that’s what Common’s city of Chicago is when it comes to this court. All greatest of all-time thanks to the statue outside the United Center that they have to bring in from the cold when ice gets in it’s cracks like the veins of new Minnesota Timberwolves cold front player, D’Angelo Russell (he should be here. These lost Lakers are just glad Brandon Ingram is). Forming a duo with Karl-Anthony Towns as dynamic as that one of Star Marbury and the uncut gem of Chi-towns own Kevin Garnett heading for the Hall.

And just like the Big Ticket, the Rose that grew from concrete and the way of Wade who was moved to tears, the rapper slash actor, author and Microsoft poet Common (who fittingly won MVP of the Celebrity Game in his city. Even after Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith said “c’mon Common you can’t even dunk donuts in coffee” after giving Dwight Howard’s athletically graceful, camera flash freeze, cheese smile, spin dunk an 8 (Kobe?)) put on for his city like Barack Obama and of course the statue of the G.O.A.T. M.J. with a poetic rap that waxed lyrical on hoops history and it’s nuanced nostalgia.

Shouting out the real King MLK and Kobe before Magic made a moving speech, all players behind him dressed in warm-up white and Jennifer Huston brought the not a dry eye in the arena, house down with her tribute that beat the hardwood like the commercial Dr. Dre one for this California love in Chicago, like the National Anthem of treasure Chaka Khan in a 23 jersey.

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Common also had rhymes for each player introduction for all those who would take to the floor dribbling across the Chicago skyline, as he rocked the mic like fellow Chicagoland legend Chance The Rapper halftime and injured All-Star Dame Lillard, who still got to play this weekend as Dame D.O.L.L.A. The first player to perform on this stage of Basketball’s Grammy’s, bringing out ‘Tha Carter’ himself Lil’ Wayne and a Mamba Forever leather that we all want to cop for this year’s Winter jacket.

From saying “Sixteen-time all-star, three-time NBA champion/ We continue to witness his reign / One of the greatest to play the game/ From the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James”, to “A four-time all-star / He handles the rock like Gibraltar / From the Boston Celtics / Give it up for Kemba Walker”.

But hey, I’ve got one for you all, “like the Beard and the Brow he runs the show/so where the f### is Alex Caruso”.

But to the beat of his own raps and his milk carton brother Kanye, even if every event was set off by the “GO” vocal of guitar hero John Mayer on his Common collaboration with ‘Jesus Is King’ walking God, Mr. West (from the bam, bam Bam Adebayo BAM Skills Challenge bucket win. To the Buddy Hield buzzer beating on the last ball of the last rack, Devin booking, beating and winning the Three-Point Shootout (still one of the best and most underrated events of the weekend)), this night of all the All-Stars was all about the one who should have been in the crowd cheering with his daughter courtside.

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From Superman, Dwight Howard returning and bringing back the red cape out of the phone booth, with 24 on the chest, to Man Of Steel and former Lex Luthor like enemy Shaq filming on that old camcorder again. In one of the best but most controversial dunk contests that saw an all 50 and 7-foot-5 Tacko leaping Aaron Gordon robbed again like when he cleared the mascot (seriously I don’t mean to leap to conclusions, but these guys need to get over jumping over things…literally. Only Leonardo DiCaprio gets over this many people).

This time by the South Beach, bringing the Heat in the Windy City, tornado storm of Derrick Jones Jr. Air Gordon won’t be back (thanks for that judges. Dwayne Wade said in the Skills Challenge his mind can be changed…ain’t that the truth), but let’s hope the backboard ball touching, Woody Harrelson Venice Beach wear honoring Pat Connaughton will be. Because white men can jump too in an epic exciting weekend of Chicago, 2020 that in the Olympic year of Tokyo, 2020 showed all the world’s a Basketball stage like the Rising Stars game (Konichiwa Hachimura).

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Lebron James throws down two hand dunk during 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago

For the main event of the biggest weekend on the schedule itself Team LeBron all wore number 2 on their blue jerseys for GiGi and Team Giannis 24 forever for Kobe (a bald Khris Middleton even sometimes from the nose bleeds making it look like Mamba was there…which spiritually he was like his mentality), to another LeBron like Kobe dunk running the floor like Bean and the 24 second shot clock that decided the fourth quarter of an entertaining All-Star Game that was more than the legendary lay-up line and was actually a competitive affair.

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Kawhi Leonard 2020 NBA All-Star Game MVP

That’s just what happens when you win the game on a free throw (157-155, King over Freak) as Laker and hometown Chicago hero Anthony Davis did the honors after filling the stat sheet with the game on the line. But, the All-Star MVP now beautifully renamed the Kobe Bryant award went to another Los Angeles King in Clipper Kawhi and his 30 points. Who dedicated his award to the late legend it’s named after, as fans had their fill of their favourite weekend of the mid-season they love like the hearts of a mid-Feb Valentine.

Just don’t ask him what he had for dinner.

Answer…Team Giannis.

For Team LeBron. For Kobe. For GiGi.

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