Alleviating pressure does wonders for the soul of managing that load.
Carrying the weight of great expectations, worse injuries and the insult to the young core of a pitched trade for New Orleans Pelican Anthony Davis that came back like a script proposal to have ‘Space Jam’ 2′ star Sam Bowie or Darko Milicic, the Lakers 2018/2019 seasons playoff campaign ended on Friday night. And it was all iced off the glass of a Hollywood hangover, as the former Point Guard Magic said couldn’t lead, Brooklyn boy D’Angelo Russell shush silenced all that and his former squad into elimination in the clutch on his way to taking his team beyond predictions to the postseason of the playoffs.
But after that humble pie slice of karma they’re probably now serving at ‘Shaquille’s’ outside of STAPLES as just desserts, the Lakers staying at home with nothing to play for in terms of the playoffs put on their weekend whites and gave their level up best, making Sunday funday again.
The show goes on (DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ voice).
Snapping a five game losing streak which put their season at stake instead of turning into the next Philly process like a staple in downtown L.A., the King and all his men took the Kings in a chess game of a contest just depressing days after their own checkmate to the new Notorious biggie baby, king of New York from the B.K. (and if you don’t know. You better Robert Horry check a SLAM magazine or something). All in for a California clash with the Sacramento Kings that serves as the perfect precursor to a revival rebirth of a rivalry with these two young teams (the best thing to come out of Sacramento may be Jessica Chastain, but damn if the Kings have a team to crown right now) that stretches back to the Shaq and Divac days.
This one went to the hack-a-King wire like Kanye’s jawline. But clenched teeth through it all withstood the end of the line and LeBron even made his free throws as the Lakers prevailed 111-106. Making a statement in this game like those crisp alternate jerseys, although punching some lottery ticket blocks on their road to Zion. Which is fine by this writer. As although with the joy in my world like Lauryn Hill hopefully being in Zion, I want the Duke more than I need a date with the girl I met in Starbucks (that may not be true…we’ll let you know how that one goes), my favourite R&B singer may be Tank, but I can’t stand tanking. It’s killing this game like gambling. Change it.
Rebounding after his 8 turnovers and we’re sure the no sleep he got after Brooklyn, James made good on his “the spell won’t last” Instagram post (“believe” that “promise” like when he took everyone to school to begin this recreational year) as the marathon continues to the tune of his eighth double-double of a season were he has more than carried the load whilst being kicked in the groin. According to his physical therapist he should have shut it down earlier this season when he missed a Rick Fox or Andrew Bynum 17 games. So D’Angelo Russell silence those gums. We all have troubles, like we do with the ones we love. Even the greatest King isn’t immune. And we for one take back many of our frustrations. But not with that trade and the actual one you pulled off with turning Zubac into the next Randle and Russell, Magic and Rob.
And with 29 points and 11 in both rebounds and assists with some trademark hulking hammer or Thor dunks this Iron Man stripped of his Captain America shield was still a Hawkeye marksman as he moved up the all-time downtown list, no Thanos dust in this endgame after the war. The ball movement was royal appointment exquisite too, from the signature play to McGee (17 and 14. He’s had a hell of a season) to one play to a dancing with the dunk Lance that brought the Van Halen’s out. King Kuz also had 29 like James in this game, as the new Showtime that will still be renewed for another season outlasted Sacramento’s Buddy. As Hield tries to field some swinging for the fences, baseball like big hitters in this game that would ground the Lakers. But in the end the King and all his Lakers had the King’s and their big Bagley (25 and 11 as Marvin got it on) in the bag.
Now as the Lakers season that is still far from over closes out to the Summer of their real one, the front office just need to keep the kids, stop sending memes like trying to talk to the one you like (hello) and surround the King with a moat of closers with arrows that can help watch the throne.
The crown may have slipped, but with California gold looking to purple reign with the King and his princes it’s still a good fit.
For a you know what.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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