What more can you say?
With his story LeBron James made history. The records speak for themselves. The once and future King…forever.
As LeBron’s name was inscribed as Finals MVP and his Cleveland Cavaliers team was engraved in the Larry O’Brien trophy, James and all the Kings men rewrote the history books for one hell of a record and storybook ending to his storied career chapter.
No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals…
No franchise in Cleveland from football to hockey in this holy trinity of major sports has won a title in 52 years. These basketball Cavaliers have never ever even won one…
Now the King has delivered on his promise to take the Land to the promised one. After going back on his decision to leave South Beach and those two Heat championships. Taking his talents…and more importantly his heart back to Cleveland, Ohio. And now bringing one home.
Now hows that for a story?
Sure the Golden State Warriors and their unanimous league MVP Steph Curry hold the record for the most wins in the regular season. And that 73 game feat still stands in arguably the former reigning champs best season. But this isn’t even the playoffs. It’s the NBA Finals baby! Game 7. And history!
And there wasn’t much in it. As this game kept your nails bit right down to the cuticle. As both these teams came into this Game 7 equally with 680 total points each for the series and into the final 12 minutes of play with just one point between them in one last quarter.
But going forth in the fourth LeBron just wanted it more. We all knew it. We were just too scared to admit it. Even in our prediction piece. But just look what we wrote on Instagram yesterday before the game…
‘You would think the California in me would be rooting for Golden State tonight but this is a sport about stories and none is better than LeBron James’ homecoming. His Cavaliers could make history tonight and become the first team to win the NBA Finals after a 3-1 deficit and that really is too good to resist. The Warriors already have the 73 game record for the regular season and they won it last year. In this years rematch the King is actually the underdog. And imagine if he almost single handly beat some real Warriors? He won in Miami now he looks to bring one home and take his Cleveland to the promised land. Still by the by we’ve already got what we want already…an incredible Finals.’
You couldn’t script it better…but you best believe this was no fix!
This is what this British Basketball fan on the wrong side of the ocean stays up untill four in the morning for. Until the birds start singing. Watching his first live, full game-apart from going all the way to the States just to watch one-in years. I love this game! It’s worth all the crows.
It’s worth it all. All the doubt. All the blowouts. All the hate. All the staring down the barrell. These Warriors came for the crown. A three money Draymond Green almost took the Cavaliers head off with 32 points and 15 rebounds. Whilst a late, deep Curry three looked not like a dagger…but a sword. But still cutting through the rest of the Chefs recepie one thing is clear. When you come at the King you best not miss. Especially when a young Prince storms your castle too. And it was Kyrie Irving’s 26 points (who throughout this series and game showed he now belongs in the NBA’s elite before he even became a champion) that really won this from downtown as he put the big, game defining shot through the hole and in the face of Steph showing him how on this night its really done.
But between all the heart that Love showed and all the dirty work that Canadian Tristan Thomspon made proud. Not to mention R.J., Richard Jefferson’s experience (Happy Retirement legend…I can’t believe it’s your time. You still seem so young. Your time in New Jersey so last week), or J.R.’s big shots, these all in Cavs showed real strength in numbers in the ranks of all the Dubs big-threes. Coach Lue finally stepped back over everybody with an even bigger shot! And with all this reign in this game it was the King who finally re-took his throne again. But in a way it felt like the first time. His 27 points, 11 rebounds and assists (recording records again following Laker legends Jerry West and James Worthy as only the third player in NBA Finlas history to have a triple-double in Game 7) and three of the biggest blocks you’ll ever see in basketball (including one revenge one on last years Finals MVP and his former stopper Andre Iguadola) brought the Warriors walls down 93-89. ‘Bron had been watching ‘The Godfather’ continually throughout these playoffs but on this Finals finale he went full Corleone. BANG! Jab stepping like Muhammed Ali. Playing rope a dope with Draymond Green like the champ. Rumble yoing man rumble! The soul of a butterfly…the Gods let it be. And as LeBron finally fell to the floor of centre court and into the arms of his band of brothers in tears like an exhausted Jordan, the King won and made history in more than one way. And he did it on someone elses floor.
I bet you didn’t think you’d see that when you looked in the Oracle years ago. Once Cleveland soaked LeBron James’ number 23, Cavalier jersey in gasoline. But now it’s drenched in champagne.
When LeBron left home haters threw rocks at his throne and his arms out, chalk tossed banner that reached out over the city. Now the one you witness raised up last night like their first banner to the rafters says just one thing…
Dame Time Forever. What Are Those New Adidas ‘Black Panther’s’?
Adidas are in the Endgame now.
Before we get started, Havlicek would have stole that ball. Just saying Paul George. Stop acting like Paul Pierce. It wasn’t a “bad shot”. And R.I.P. to a Boston Celtic and storied NBA great. Dear John will be stealing every ball in hoop heaven. Rest peacefully.
Like a cat toying with a mouse. That’s how we described Lillard’s Dame Time winning clutch three from Mt. Hood as Portland gave Oklahoma City roses in the first round this week. Damian had more clock than grandfather’s and still took his time. Because it is his after all.
And now as timely as ever in the same week as one of the greatest playoff game and series winning shots in basketball for all time and one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history coming out with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this cat is building a superhero legendary legacy.
You better check a comic-book or something.
T’Challa may have been Thanos snapped to cat litter in the Avengers ‘Infinity War’, but the King of Wakanda has a regal gift by royal appointment to Damian Lillard like he did Victor Oladipo in a victorious Slam Dunk Contest for testament tributes last season.
The cat has something out the bag.
Now you may be screaming “what are those” like Shuri at these royal sandals, but try these sneakers on. They embody everything about the next gen, nano tech Black Panther suit she developed for this emperor’s clothes. All the way down to the texture and trim which straps “Wakanda Forever” over the laces. The titan mad purple that runs like veins through Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit absorbs all the blows he takes and turns it into a recharged deflecting energy pulse. Kind of like all the rock the baby and wrist tapping crap Damian Lillard was taking off Russell Westbrook before he absorbed it all and gave it back in a half century energy that exploded with a game winning fireball.
Never delete that footage.
Marvel have also gifted Dame with his own Black Panther mask like Oladipo, but this time canvas created from his super sneakers. Part of the ‘Heroes Among Us’ series from the three stripes, a comic-strip advertising campaign has been crafted. Featuring Lillard standing in front of the downtown RIP City, PDX skyline looking Wakandan in artwork akin to the ‘Nation Under Our Feet’ graphic novel redux series that rebooted this classic character before his feature film debut.
Damian may have played Killmonger villain to the Oklahoma Thunder, going G.O.A.T. like Michael Jordan B. But he’s a hero to us now blazing a trail like a human torch possessed with a fire and the heart of a lion inside all that panther power.
The Dame 5 will assemble with the arc of the bolted up ‘Iron Man’ Harden Vol. 3 for James and the patch of the ‘Nick Fury’ TMac 1 for Tracy McGrady. As well as the ‘Captain America’ Adidas N3XT L3V3L, and a ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Pro Vision for all those who could take the lead all day, with us ’till the end of the line. HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
But we know which ones will be clawed off the stores shelf throne come it’s big blockbuster release with ‘Endgame’ right now.
It’s a drip fit for a King.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
Colder than February. More ruthless than a convertible in Summer.
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
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