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Kyrie Is All About Family



Kyrie Is All About Family
Father Time...

Poppa raised quite the player.

Just days after his opening night 50 piece in the B.K. on the anniversary of his grandfathers death, new Net Kyrie Irving hit the winning shot this time. All in the Everton/Liverpool soccer, or Lakers/Clippers West Coast like same city derby against their crosstown Manhattan borough rivals the New York Knicks, in this fight for N.Y. And this time looking pure joy jubilant after netting this clutch, the Net had the bounce like he wish his off balance rim rocker from his last game did, as he bounded into his fathers arms after stripping off his black B.K. jersey and giving it to the man who made this all possible.

Look familiar?

It was fathers day for Kyrie again last night.


We saw it on draft day, when he got signed by the C’s and in that all the feels Nike commercial with Uncle Drew talking about the Boston rafters. But now in this ‘Space Jam 2’ age it looks like there’s more chance of seeing an ‘Uncle Drew’ sequel (lets hope…hold my nuts) than this banner moment up there with all the Bird’s and championship cigar smoke.

In this where amazing happens association it’s one of the most beautiful things you love to see. Especially for a man who has been Harden hard times criticized as ball-hog selfish (they hate Kyrie, but yet they love Kobe? Cue the Nick Young GIF…no not the one where he’s celebrating after shooting a Commodore brick house). How can you even say that when he’s like this? The new headband warrior like his former Cavalier teammate LeBron James bringing that, the chalk toss and everything but the 6 back in Los Angeles, Hollywood with the Lakers, is fro’ growing it all out as he grows up, grows his game and never forgets where he came from in this father time.

Battling back from the legal age of being able to drink a Canadian Dry down, Kyrie lead his Nets, putting the syrup on the Maple Mamba R.J. Barrett’s new, New York Knicks, which looks like the big beginning of the new storied rivalry for the claim to the five boroughs, forget a rewoke storied Celtics/Lakers rivalry between the King and Kyrie. The Knicks fans in the BKLYN house may have booed Kyrie, but as he put 26 down on the new great grey replacing parquet almost as iconic as him, Irving showed love the Brooklyn way irking them even more. All before showing real love like J. Blige to his elder statesmen, watching his son go B.I.G. with courtside seats, Knicks vs Nets, the same price as private jets, as his son soared with his team taking off down the stretch like limousines.

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It’s all good baby, baby. Baby boy.

We all know the story now…and its a beautiful one. Kyrie’s father Drederick Irving playing down under had the game to ball in the NBA too like his son. He even tried out for Boston once. But he gave all that up after his wife and Kyrie’s mother tragically passed away when his boy was 9, to raise him and his daughter alone in Australia. And one day help his son achieve his and his own dream of the National Basketball Association certification.

Like Irving junior says, “my dad sacrificed his dream, so I could live mine!”

And just like last year in Madison Square Garden beating the Knicks again, the Irving’s had another mecca moment against the team he almost could have played for this Summer. As they hugged shoulder to shoulder, burying emotions and butt slapping them into attaboy joy.

Looks like they just did it and remade that Nike commercial. The one where the former Celtic talks about wearing number 11 for his father and wanting to be the reason no one else does.

Well maybe he can do that here, because that swoosh campaign was always more about family than the Boston born one.

But now in the brownstone borough of New York it looks like he’s found a new one with this bond, band of brothers and the senior officer he’ll always salute to.

This jerseys for you Dad!

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Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo



Blazing a trail back to the NBA Portland land Carmelo
Red, white and back...

Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”

‘Bout time.

‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.

He deserves the character.


Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.

No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.

Rest peacefully.

The hoodie and headband is back.

Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.

Now it’s time to really ball.

Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?

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They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”

What a difference a year makes.

It’s all A-O.K. now.

Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.

No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.

He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.

The respect he deserves.

The legacy continues.

You can’t keep a good man down.

Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.

All for the love of the hardwood.

Summer run to season come.

Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.

Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.

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Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win



Marial Shayok 42 Points Helps Delaware Blue Coats Get First Win

Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.

Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.

The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.


Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.

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Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss



Resilient, Short-handed Raptors Hand Lakers 113-104 Home Loss
Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell takes it to the hoop against Lakers

Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!

The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.

Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.


Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.

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