Vino like a fine wine has been taking it back to a good year this week.
How do you spoil a Mardi Gras party in New Orleans? You throw a snake into the middle of it!
Kobe Bryant showed you could still draw venom from the Black Mamba last night. And it was a sweet Vino off Bourbon Street as Bean stopped the parade in Louisiana last night with his own retirement tour stop.
His decadent double, double of 27 points and 12 rebounds turned back the clock all the way to the end of regulation where the Lakers left the French Quarter and the fourth with a 99-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Kobe Bryant “exorcised those demons” last night like someone drinking their break up pain away at a local bar downtown. Those demons being a seperated shoulder injury here that lost him another of his closing chapter years almost a full calendar ago.
The Smoothie King Arena was made Irish last night by an aged Celtic rival that seems to be getting better with time during this seasoned 82 he’s fathering. The Mamba had the throne dressed in gold on the road as the home Bayou team where wearing their purple Mardi Gras sleeved specials, meaning there would be no Killgrave alternatives for the Lakers Show. But Kobe had a purple heart, saying N.O. to any on court celebration in Crescent City.
He didn’t take it easy on the Big one, on a tear a year after the torn shoulder. Averaging 29.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the last three per on a 50% rate from downtown with the Steph Curry.
This was all highlighted by his Youtube worthy shot selection rotation from the Lakers previous win against Minnesota where back in L.A., he and his Lakers showed the Timberwolves that Minneapolis was their original home too. His 38 special made him the oldest player in L history with at least 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists since Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone played with him as a late career Laker. His high ending a lowly, terrible ten game losing streak and starting their own two plus winning one that is even a puzzling mystery to the not confidence shy number 24 himself.
“I don’t know what to tell you”, the leading Toronto All-Star game vote getter told press postgame. Complete with an M.J. shrug.
Nawlins didn’t stand a chance in Gumbo. Even with new superstar Anthony Davis’ MVP caliber 39 points. The Lakers just had so much more in the chamber, especially the retiring legend. Even rebounding from being dunked and funked on by Ryan Anderson. His minute to go dagger three cut all that away.
The new Lakers Show added more grapes to Vino’s wine as Jordan Clarkson’s 18 led the future of D’Angelo Russell’s 13 and Julius Randle’s 11. But the main thing was Kobe wasn’t shooting any airballs in the town that once hosted the Jazz. The only air he took was out of that Smooth Arena. And that was music to the ears of any one wearing purple and gold without the ‘N.O.’ in front of L.A.
Across the coast in California the City of Lost Angels had a little parade party of their own. Can you guess what they toasted with?
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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