From the 305 to Drake’s city, here are your starters for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, Canada.
Atop the of throne as the King of Eastern All-Star vote getters, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James leads the home side with 1,089,206 first place votes. Or does he? Representing the T-Dot and the Raptors in their arena is guard Kyle Lowry, who edges out ‘Brons teammate from The Land Kyle Lowry with 646,441 votes for what will be a special, career night of honor on his hardwood home turf…or should we say ice?
The rest of the Eastern beasts look like this. Joining Lowry in the back-court is LeBron James’ former South Beach talented teammate Dwyane Wade. Still a flash and fan favourite with 941,446 votes, just like last years New York All-Star home boy Carmelo Anthony. The Knick joining his career contemporary in the front court with 567,348 ballot papers. The real, redemptive story of this side by George has to be the amazing one of the man with two first names. Paul George’s return from almost career ending injury to reclaimed superstar status is capped off by him doing the same to this team. The Indiana (this year) Hickory Hoosier keeps up pace with 711,595.
Out West there’s not much hotter than Steph Curry right now. Surely to be shortly joined by his Splash Brother and Dray day teammates once the reserves are announced, the reigning MVP and World Champion is about to set the tone with the shot and a million and 604,325 votes. He’ll be joined by former NBA Finals MVP and Defensive Player Of The Year Kawhi Leonard, whose 782,339 votes are the new front-court San Antonio Spur stronghold taking over from legend Tim Duncan in more ways than one. The most dynamic duo in basketball right now will also give the Eastern a run and dunk for their home-court advantage money. As the Oklahoma City Thunder striking stars Kevin Durant (980,787) and Russell Westbrook (772,009) are about to show the Canadian cold real weather.
But with a league leading 1,891,614 votes, in his 18th and last All Star Game selection, starting at the West Shooting Guard from the Los Angeles Lakers, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls give it up for your millennial generation star, Kobe Bryant. In what will help conclude his retirement road trip tour with a fond farewell to the mid-February love of the NBA Classic, Bean is back one last time. And he can hardly believe he’s the leading man of it all. The man who won the Slam Dunk competition in his warm ups as a rookie and once shared MVP honors with former Lakers teammate and West one Shaq back at STAPLES, as well as winning one in his hometown of Philadelphia is about to add one more, final enduring moment to the memory banks. Save some space on that iPhone because all of Hockey country will be there and it’s all going to look as good as the greatest jerseys we’ve seen All Stars rock in years. What a time to be a Canuck!
Octobers very own is about to own February like cupids arrow.
You’ve got to love this game!
The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give Kemba Walker, Antoine Walker’s number and he’ll take it away.
Why you shaking that shimmy like that? Sometime between the big three of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird’s shot and the big-three of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed by Paul Pierce (sucks…just kidding), his former dynamic duo partner in the age of Shaq and Kobe, Antoine Walker had a decent one on him from downtown. Which he’d shake and bake before breaking out that signature dance. Stepping out after cutting a rug against his opponent like leaving broken nail patches in that old splintered parquet floor in the garden. As the one/two punch of ‘toine and P-Double really were the truth. I’ll always remember the time these two and the rest of the Celtics led by Horry like (I love Waltah) super microwave sub off the bench Walt McCarty took the Sixers to the statistics with a box score barrage of threes. Even Mark Bryant was getting them (old Mamba). Everyone was shaking the shimmy, like Walker this way. A certified classic Celtics legend.
“And just then, the highway opened up-right at the junction, right at that spot on the highway where you see the skyline of Boston, and you go, “What!?” Because it suddenly goes from trees, woods, and crickets to cars flashing by and skyscrapers and apartment buildings…Just at that moment, I went “Oh, s***, the city!” That’s what Boston boy, Aerosmith legendary lead singer Steven Tyler says about entering (ha, ha) his New England home. And from a guy whose got there from New York on more Peter Pan and Greyhound’s than Tinkerbell and Santa’s Little Helper, trust me the ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ singer is right about this moment of sweet emotion. Try and catch a shot on your smartphones all you like (believe me…I’ve tried and failed), but you won’t want to miss a thing. Now I’m sure Kemba Walker’s journey to the city will be a lot more glamorous than crying whilst binge watch episodes of the latest ‘Stranger Things’ series on a coach trip. But he’ll get plenty of chances to see this skyline envelope him in all its epic, awe and scribe inspiring feats when he rides the team bus.
Because now after Kyrie Irving left the opposite way for no sleep on the drive to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, the city is Kemba’s after he said goodbye to Charlotte and the Hornets nest.
A little disrespectful of a heartfelt Nike commercial, but then again so is Kyrie ghosting the Celtics like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man did Nick Fury ‘Far From Home’.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “that’s some bull####!”
Kanter’s banter is the off-season Iverson step over of the Summer. And him playing a bunch of Boston kids on the playground full court in his full uniform is the hallmark, heartfelt moment of the year. But keeping the uniform on and sticking with numbers, the new star of the show Kemba Walker hopes to be the new eighth wonder of Boston’s world.
Now although he got legend Antoine Walker’s blessing, I originally believed that Boston should have already raised this to the rafters with a shimmy for their original employee number 8. The biggest wonder of that digit since the Black Mamba in the same ’96 draft class of its own. Even if Kemba hilariously tells us that there wasn’t any other numbers left with the amount of legends that have retired with the NBA’s most storied franchise (Walker’s old 15 obviously being retired for Tom Heinsohn). Up in the banner ceiling with all that dust and Red cigar billowing smoke. But then this writer realized that it was probably just jet-lag after his Beantown trip last week, or the Laker fan in me trying to pick fault with a Boston I love more than most purple and gold (in this garden every Batman need his Joker who he really, truly loves madly, deeply (savage)) talking.
I’m actuality it’s really a beautiful homage. They both have the same last name Martha. Now if Kemba unlike Kyrie makes sure that no one else ever wears this number in a fitting moment they could retire both players together, like their Laker rivals may do with LeBron and AD once the 23 is passed next year, as the King looks to have more jerseys retired in Hollywood than Kobe.
Antoine and Kemba together forever.
Walker this way.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
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