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Kevin Durant feature – The Next One

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The Second Coming.

Kevin Durant is tired of being in second place. MVP’s, championships, the whole, damn thing. Do you hear that LeBron? I know he’s been talking tweet trash with your buddy Wade recently but his assassins eye is on the creed of your Miami jerseys blood red? Do you hear that Kobe? He’s obviously believes he’s that much better. Right now, yes, but we all know how it stacks up in the G.O.A.T rankings. Do you hear that fans? Do you believe in David and Goliath stories and legends? You know the kind where a big, strong force is moved by something much smaller? Where a skinny man, shows what’s buried deeper inside? The ability to develop and stand next to the big boys of the nation a-la Captain America? Sure in the league of the NBA there are two perennial stars of stars to marvel at; Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Still, however as the debate between who is better rages on, these two corners of the association have had to make room for one more like ‘Bron’s teammates in South Beach in this avenging season.

Over the years not much touches the NBA’s puppets, except the man who’ll be pulling the strings in years time as the next Godfather of the association; Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant is the future. Now, just like rap’s greatest Jay-Z and the late, great Notorious B.I.G. we ‘aint saying Durant’s better then the leagues big, but he’s the closest one. LeBron may be the MVP with a valuable team, weighed in championship gold two times for the scales, but Kevin can outscore the King and he and the Thunder may just be able to get to his throne quicker with his lightening, fast play. Kobe may have the rings and the legend, but Kevin’s next in line for a championship as he lays the path of his own, unique legacy. Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder caught the Lakers multiple playoffs ago now and Kobe can’t keep up with Durant’s youth much longer. It’s all about to get fine like wine as Vino’s prime keeps pouring away and this storm rider keeps soaring.

They are arguably the best team outside of the new beast east, even with a clicking championship contender in the Spurs of San Antonio. As they age and sage, the west will be Durant’s like his athletic teammate Russell. Just wait until he returns from injury, with franchise partner and one of the strongest points in the league; Russell Westbrook and a great team of players, from former Celtic Perkins to Africa’s Ibaka, Lakers and clutch legend Derek Fisher and a host of names stepping it up to the household. In addition to the silver linings of a playbook of coaches and fans behind him behind him there really is a storm coming, with a forecast of ‘reign’ and we aren’t talking about Seattle’s Storm. This is Oklahoma’s team and time now. Kevin has taken this former Seattle team from the bargain basements of sale to the top of peoples ‘League Pass’ expense accounts at super Sonic speed. Motoring this Oklahoma, ‘Ford Centre’ inhabitants forward with his keys in the ignition. Affecting change like he had shares in Starbucks (they still did the Sonics and the city of Seattle wrong by the way).

Waking up a city that missed it’s one-year rental Hornets like strong coffee, stinging the notion of a one and done year. This amazing ‘Durantula’ has climbed up the leagues web, keeping his smooth as silk team right with him as his spindly arms string together all sorts of powerful, hammer-of-Thor dunks for his Thunder team when he runs the break like a gazelle and no one else in the NBA kingdom. The points, wins and newspaper headlines keep on pouring out for Oklahoma City. Special K is more then a basketball serial killer, or scoring machine. He’s the complete, franchise player and leader like fellow, former scoring champ Allen Iverson before him. Unquestionably this guy is answering the critics and showing fellow top scorers that 30 points per game is the new 20. Once, twice Commodore times a scoring leader and champion. Put that in your box-score as he smokes the opposition.

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Durant shares more with Kevin Love then a first name. He’s part of an exciting breed of next generation players who are going to take the worldwide league to more Magic/Bird, Kobe/LeBron popular heights. He’s already proven his global worth, leading the charge in the World Championships, before carrying the flag for Team USA in the golden Olympic Games in London in 2012. The globe is listening to more then just his brand of headphones. We don’t even know this guys ceiling yet, but right now it’s looking as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel. The sum of Kevin’s part add up to something huge. With some Kob’ and ‘Bron in him, and the scoring and competitive killer instinct of Mike, this guy really is an heir apparent. Still, however with the addition of a cool, calm, but fire-inside, Tim Duncan demeanour in him and a body and versatility type of a young Kevin Garnett this guys multiplying talents can he’ll divide double teams and subtract the opposition.

On the whole however-despite the influences-Durant is his own man and a one-of-a-kind player. He is an establishing legend, who is already being the benchmark that younger, drafted players are being compared to and this guys only 24. He could even be so much more. This do it all, all-star guy is the kind of player that on his best day could win the ‘Slam Dunk’, three-point and skills contest at the All-Star weekend. He’s already won the quickly defunct game of ‘H.O.R.S.E.’ showing this top scorer can do more then just outscore everybody, he can shoot from anywhere too. Just check his top ten plays and add some miracle, made to look easy shots to the memory bank off the glass. Still Kevin Durant’s not concerned with February like jilted lovers and broken hearts. He’s already married a WNBA player now he wants the ring. This lone man wants to still be in the heart of NBA partners come late Spring and right now him and his Thunder are in matrimony with the best of the leagues best.

Really all that will be left is the king and his men and although LeBron James really is the best, Durant will have no problem taking his talents to South Beach and seeing what he can leave with. Blood? Sweat? Champagne burnt championship tears? It may take a few more years for this man to show the league that the real heat belongs in Oklahoma, but right now one thing is clear, Kevin Durant is here and his legend is here too. To stay as his legacy continues to the legend of banners and rafter jerseys making their way to the hall of hoops immortality. We are witnessing someone before his time, take the league by storm. The opposition better stay in doors, K.D.’s got more then a foot in, he’s kicking it in like the Notorious one and everyone knows his name. The Thunder’s top man has hit the league with a lightening bolt and he’s about to strike once again. He’s tired of being in second place, so you better keep up pace in this race. If your eyes are shaded by the Miami heat you better look outside…there’s a storm coming.

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Millsap Mishap Could Keep Forward Behind 3 Months

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Poor Paul Millsap.

This campaign after becoming one of the biggest free agent pick ups of the offseason, one of the leagues leading Power Forwards has been put down on the medical report with an injury that could call him off sick for a quarter of a year.

The most reliable player over four periods has spent the bird share of his career helping his former Atlanta Hawks make it to the first round knockout stakes of the playoffs each year. But following the season where they didn’t make the cut of the second one, it was time for a change for the 32 year old number 4 who once looked to be the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone replacement Carlos Boozer didn’t turn out to be early in his career alongside former leading Point Guard Deron Williams.

And in the mile high city of Denver with a would be big-three of sophomore sensation Emmanuel Mudiay, dreaded defender Kenneth Faried and of course The Joker with the last laugh Nikola Jokic, these Nuggets in their new Nikes looked golden and finally past that baby blue Carmelo era (they may as well be as Anthony, now with the blue, white and orange of the Thunder isn’t even a Knick anymore (it’s ‘Old York’ now Knickerbockers)). But now like Ben Affleck looking at the ‘Justice League’ box office returns it’s time to ask the Nugs “why so serious” Batman as an injury to their versatile veteran forward of seasoned upon seasons of experience doesn’t exactly put a smile on their face.

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The All-Star was averaging a helpful handful of exactly 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists before tearing the ligaments in his left wrist in a 127-109 loss to the Lakers who themselves recently lost all dunking son Larry Nance Jr. to a broken wrist, but are thankful to be having him return after they cut the turkey this thanksgiving. Millsap and the Nuggets are looking at second opinions from docs offering the same sort of speedy recovery that doesn’t sap their frontline. But if they concur with the original diagnosis, it’s three months in a suit and tie and not to mention cast for Paul who will return in late February after the All Star break he normally never takes off.

The man with the three year, 90 mill deal helped make this outside eight seed threat Denver the new gritty, grinding Memphis of the West. Now without him the older than Richard Jefferson roster is thinner than the air up there in Colorado.

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Somebody Stop The Mask Of Kyrie Irving

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Smokin’!

Even that phrase delivered at a perfect Jim Carrey pitch can’t quite put into perspective just how hot Celtic Kyrie Irving is right now. Especially in the Boston green, Rip Hamilton face-mask.

Maybe those three little letters would do more justice for this league leader?

You know Menacing, Versatile, Phantom?

No?

How about M-V-P?

Kyrie joins Kobe, former Cleveland Cavalier teammate LeBron James and the man whose about to pass him the Maurice Poldoff torch, Russell Westbrook to be an absolute menace in the Phantom of the Opera face-mask, leaving other teams dead on basketballs biggest stage. He may have fractured and broken some bones in his face, but that won’t stop him as he fractures and breaks the backs and hearts of the faces of all the other franchises he faces off with night after excruciating night.

Those who used to say it must be the shoes (and have you seen his best in show sneaker designs complete with shamrocks like Starbucks on St Patrick’s Day this season heads? Those halloween pumpkin ones were the spice), are now saying it must be the mask.

Sure the plastic profile guard makes for some meme worthy Pinterest fan art appreciation but this guard has made a point at hating it…the sweat inducing mask that is, not the love. These kind of covers can blind you, but like the concussed legend of Celtic great Larry, letting it fly like a Bird above the baskets in the Boston Garden all the way to the rafters (as he saw too hoops like 80’s girls earrings and just aimed for the top one), Kyrie plays through all the pain and frustration. Taking it out on the ball (like opponents on Lakers rookie Lonzo) and the other teams hoops that to him seem bigger than those ones Bruno Mars sang about.

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Take Dallas for example. Irving just masked all his pain by taking the Mavericks for 47 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the last contest that took the Celtics to a sweet sixteen straight. After dropping two games following Gordon Hayward dropping out of the new season before the second quarter of his opening game one even played out, everyone was calling time on these new Celtics as soon as Gordon turned his ankle counter-clockwise. But now one of the best in the association Kyrie is showing LeBron and them he’s just as good as them or anyone alone like this man from down under always wanted to prove. This definition of clutch, who leaves everyone else in the fourth with straws has already shown on a championship scale against Curry of all hot guards that he can take the last shot that really matters. Now forget the Most Valuable Player award for a waning second or even the time his dynamic duo partner in pine Hayward comes back, Irving has the power to dribble drive all the way to the crown on his own.

And it’s going to take more than a mask to stop him.

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The Wind Brings The 2020 All-Star Game To Chicago

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1973. And the first NBA All-Star Game to play in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois features the last All-Star game in the last season of two lasting Los Angeles Lakers legends. One man who scored 100 points in just one game, Wilt Chamberlain. And one man who was and still remains the one and only logo of this National Basketball Association, Jerry West.

1988. And arguably the greatest All-Star Game of all-time and an even better, best ever All-Star weekend sees Michael Jordan become Michael Jordan. M.J. scored 40 in an 138-133 O.T. A.S.G. win for the East meeting the West. But a day before all that he and the Slam Dunk Contest became even more legendary. As mere moments after storied Boston Celtic great Larry Bird asked “whose coming in second place” before raising his finger in victory before the ABA coloured moneyball ripped through the twine (no Nick Young swag), Money took off from the free throw line like a good doctor for his above the rim J and jumped over everybody including Atlanta Hawk wing spreading, sky-soarer Dominique Wilkins.

Now more than 30 years later after next years All-Star Game in the purple and gold city of Los Angeles and the 2019 one in the redeemed city of Charlotte, the 2020 and 69th All Star Game will be played in Michael’s old town of Chi-city. In the same year as Tokyo, Japan will hold the next Olympic Games, the game of basketball will go back to it’s 90’s roots and an inspired iconic landmark of hoop heaven that didn’t really have the same spirit in the seventies, but really Jumpman took off in the golden era eighties. So much so that the old ’88 All Star Weekend t-shirt is a historical thrift store must find for more than it’s 80’s Tron like, cool, retro logo.

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And with mid-February lovers big blockbuster basketball coming back to the city of wind like the river that runs through it, Chi-town needs this like out of towners need deep dish pizza. You only have to listen to the news or the Common album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ (you know the legendary M.C. who used to wipe up Jordan’s sweat off the old Chicago Stadium hardwood has to perform at the mid-season classics halftime show) to know this classic city is marred by violence that burns through this second city like fire. The beloved Bulls have even become a “garbage team” to root for too, losing the big-three likes of last seasons Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (who may even be on a farewell All Star tour once his hometown All Star weekend comes crossed off the calendar and everyone is united in the airlines center).

Now this team who relies on sophomore stud Denzel like Oscar hopeful movies will hopefully be back by the next few valentines. As the heart of the city in twenty twenty will want to see something as visionary as Sinatra’s kind of towns history.

That’s just the Chicago way.

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