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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.

Still.

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.

Miami

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.

Minnesota

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.

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

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”.

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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.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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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.

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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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