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King LeBron Leads Cavaliers To The Promised Land

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What more can you say?

With his story LeBron James made history. The records speak for themselves. The once and future King…forever.

Homecoming.

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…

…until now!

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…

…until now!LeBron-James-2016-NBA-Finals-MVP

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.

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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.

And redemption.

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…

…Champion!

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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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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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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