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If Kyrie Will Be King, Where Shall He Rule



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Dang it!

And to think I had just brought a number 2 Cleveland Cavaliers, alternate red wine jersey. Sure it was in the sale, but it was more a New Years discount than a Black Friday one.


Apparently if you believe rumor has it, champion Kyrie Irving wants out of The Land. King LeBron James wants to kick his a## (O.K. that ones on Stephen A. Smith, so you know what it is). But Irving’s Instagram just wants to enjoy his Nike tour of Asia. Number 2 has already narrowed down his wish list to four teams. The New York Knicks are one of them. And in what looks on roster paper as an insurance policy, the Cavs have just signed former Point Guard Derrick Rose who played at the Garden last season before the Lakers had the chace. And if they retain reserve Deron Williams that makes two. But if their number one playmaker, Kyrie really kills his Cleveland career via a plain deal. In this itchy feet superstar age his teammate started, where will the Aussie P.G. rule?

New York

From champagne to concrete, the Knicks could tempt Irving with the bright lights of New York City from Times Square to M.S.G. Sure the Knicks always stink but who doesn’t want to play in the Mecca of the Worlds Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden? Especially now the Phil Jackson problems are gone (Wow! Years ago we’d never imagine someone saying that…especially us). The New York Kyrie’s could form a real big three with Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony…especially now Rose is gone from the concrete jungle. That is unless via this trade ‘Melo follows D-Rose’s escape from New York and finally forms Voltron with the fellow rookie rival he hyped entered this league with like he was meant to last season.


Then again he could take his you know whats to you know where in some sort of confused karma that would see Kyrie join the team LeBron left before he came back home. But also the team LeBron left the land for in turn originally. From a re-upped Whiteside to all the young talent on offer in South Beach, Miami really are bringing the Heat like white hot sand. But this is no longer Wade’s world, or Shaq’s shack. Irving would be the man here. But maybe one missing a superstar…or two.

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San Antonio

Remember when Kyrie crucified the San Antonio Spurs? Gregg Popovich certainly does. And no nonsense star Irving would certainly go well with the defence of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge (again if he isn’t the trade piece. Which would then leave the age-defying, four more years, Pau Gasol). Irving could be the influence that truly makes the Spurs click. A big three with no b.s. Now that’s a dream team.


But why do things in threes when you can go fourth? Former Bull Jimmy Butler has just joined the Wolves, but Kyrie Irving’s point service has superteam written all over it with the ability to take this team out of the woods of the Western Conference. Especially with big-man focal point Karl Anthony-Townes and the man Cleveland acquired Kevin Love for, Andrew Wiggins. All three of Minny’s big stars are there or there about superstar pups. But Kyrie is a cerified champion. Especially against Curry in the clutch. Once the T-Wolves were all about number 21, Kevin Garnett. Now with these four in the area of the Target Center arena you may just be looking at the best, young team in the NBA and the center of the next gen basketball universe.

Of course Kyrie Irving could always end up remaining a number two Cavalier in hope for this Ohio big three to get their love back (pun intended), but with free agent to be LeBron looking to Lonzo’s Los Angeles, La La Land of Lakers, Cleveland may no longer be a city of stars.


Xavier Rathan-Mayes inks 10-Day Contract with Memphis Grizzlies



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Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, ON) will be joining the Memphis Grizzlies on a 10-day contract. A well deserved opportunity for the 23-year-old, 6’4″, 208 lbs guard who has been tearing-up the NBA G-League. Mayes started 37-0f-39 games of the Westchester Knicks leading them to 27 W-14 L record while averaging 16.6 points per game, 7.2 assists and 6 rebounds. Including a career-high of 34 points versus the 87ers .

With the signing of Mayes, a former Florida State Seminoles standout will join fellow and current Memphis Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks forming yet another Canadian duo in the NBA. Currently, the Denver Nuggets have the best Canadian tag team duo with Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles both playing a key role in the Nuggets recent success.

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Miami Heat Icon Dwyane Wade Dedicates Season To Parkland Victim Laid To Rest In His Jersey



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For Joaquin...

Just weeks ago Joaquin Oliver was laughing and joking with his friends like any other teenager. A lover of music, sports, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade. The Florida franchises Flash legend and returning hero via a Cavalier trade from King James’ land. Making for an even bigger homecoming than the Chicago born D-Wade’s ride in the Bull-pen last season. And it wasn’t just the talents of South Beach that where nostalgically excited, but the entire Sunshine State as a whole. Especially one of Dwyane’s biggest fans, a handsome young man with so much heart known to his friends as ‘Joaq’.

But on Valentines Day, 17 year old Joaquin Oliver with his whole life to live and love ahead of him was one of the 17 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Parkland school shooting.

He was just a kid.

Oliver was buried in one of his most prized possessions, his number 3, Dwyane Wade Heat jersey. Upon learning this an emotional Dwyane Wade dedicated the rest of his returning season-which may even be the Hall of Fame ready legends retiring one-to Joaquin. And with a tribute testament to Oliver, Wade wrote his name on his sneakers took to the floor and hit 15 of the Heat’s last 17 (and his 27) and an epic, emotional game winner against the Sixers that was a classic, “this is my house” Flash-back.

The final score read 102-101 to the home team off Ocean Drive. But what truly mattered was what was wrote to see on the cleats of Dwyane’s feet. This tragic time is so much bigger than basketball. But whatever escape, solace and stand of solidarity sports and those who make it more can offer in comfort to families and friends in their time of mourning has real importance. Even albeit for a brief, but fleeting cathartic respite.

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“This is why we can’t just shut up and dribble”, Wade tweeted with a picture of Oliver, echoing the words of twice teammate and former Miami Heat leader LeBron James who responded to those critical of the athletes outspoken social stance. Wade has made big moves that matter with James before. And we aren’t talking about the big-three. Remember the ESPY’s? Echo those words. And sometimes even from the biggest stars in the world that seem a million miles away from our hurt it’s the little things that matter. Like in years past Chris Paul scoring 61 in honour of his grandpa who passed away at that age. Or a heartbroken Allen Iverson paying for the funeral of a young man shot over his jersey. Whatever we can do to help-no matter how small-is surely better than simply doing nothing.

Ignorance will get us all nowhere. Inspiration will though.

For Joaquin and everyone who lost their lives to the guns we must control and put down for good.

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Does The Lakers Future Belong To A Kid Named Bryant?



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The future of the second most storied franchise in NBA history is right now.

And it has little to do with the Los Angeles Lakers deadline trading for former Boston boy Isaiah Thomas from the Cavs. Although that may be the first Magic chess move that checkmate takes future(?) Hollywood King LeBron James from Cleveland to Lakerland.

But it has everything to do with that slow grind the young Lake Show and future Showtime have been putting in for just under a half decade worked. Ever since the injured Kobe stoppers hit the lottery they’ve chose the right numbers. Top tens or second round knockouts. Outside of maybe Philly only open doors have had better drafts than the Lakers over the last few years. First came Draymond Green like big-man Julius Randle and then Sixth Man steal Jordan Clarkson late in the game. And then the trend just snowballed like millennials that totally use words like “stoked” on the slopes of Pyeongchang.

A year later came the ice from the veins of D’Angelo Russell and the scorching slams of Sun son Larry Nance Jr. Then last season the biggest Durant like chance of a franchise face in Brandon Ingram and an even more pleasant surprise in talented big Ivica Zubac. But this campaign the team that has drafted tremendous talent like Noah’s arc has gone forth from their two-by-two nature over the last big-three years. Even if fans of this young core are steaming that the Lakers just let integral parts like Nance and Clarkson walk like Russell. Glue guys of this smartphone generation that highlight worthy fans wanted to stick around like screen burn. Even if they did get I.T. in return and even the cleared cap that may make space for the real ‘IT’ to take them out the gutter this summer in number 23 and even a hometown hero P.G.

This season however the purple and gold have gone from the wine cellar to a potential eight seed haterade upset. And it isn’t just because of their Hollywood big baller drafting of Lavar’s son. Although if you’re really watching the new number two ball then you know you are watching the post-Mamba moment, Lonzo Angeles Lakers. Even if potential R.O.Y. Kyle Kuzma has shown he’s not only the Lakers biggest steal of recent drafts, but one of the biggest rookie sleepers in draft dud history.

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But it doesn’t stop there for a team that’s so deep in youth they’ve even signed former guard Gary Payton’s son too. We’ve already detailed the Lakers defensive Hart before Josh got a start or even a high five. But it’s not just once, twice, or even three times a draft Jeannie for the Buss two times at once, waiting Lakers.

There’s another big kid ready to have a big future for the purple and gold Lake Show and he wears Bryant on his back like a snakeskin black Nike ‘City’ jersey.

No this Hollywood Magic machine hasn’t gone back in time and nabbed young Fro’be from the clutches of the basketball God’s. This isn’t 1996 people. Even if the Smashing Pumpkins have reformed and there’s a new Mulder and Scully series of ‘The X-Files’ networking right now. No this kid wears a number in the thirties like the giant greats of Shaq and Kareem. And the worthy 42nd pick Thomas Bryant wants to be the best two-way big in the game. Don’t scoff! Have you seen him block? And he’s got a real shot too. From downtown Pico, which you know seven foot expert from Brooklyn, Brook Lopez will help hone. Just like when he, Randle and would be teammate Russell worked out with Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade this summer. Thomas has already along with fellow two-way South Bay Laker Alex Caruso made the mid-season all G-League team but wait until he takes a real Gatorade break and joins the big boy ranks of the big leagues. His Twitter name reads, ‘No Limit’. Can you handle it?

With guys like Bryant do the Lakers even need LeBron?

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