Ball or retreat to P.G.?
After the Los Angeles Lakers 2016/2017 season finished without a Hollywood ending, the famous franchise are already busy planning next years sequel reboot.
President Magic, G.M Rob Pelinka and Head Coach Luke Walton are going back to the dry-erase drawing board in L.A., but they’ve got a lot to work with for their escape from elimination.
From the previous playoff-less Draft lottery’s the loss Lakers have made the right choices with some perfect choices no matter the round. But now this postseason they look to hit the jackpot.
D’Angelo Russell may be running things at the Point position and this years number 2 pick and rookie Brandon Ingram could really be the Kevin Durant future for this young Golden State Warrior like death by small-ball band of brodies. But Magic Johnson and his legendary Lakers are looking for a new post-Kobe leader and they could find him in one hot Summer.
The young core of Ingram, Russell, big-man Julius Randle, gunner Jordan Clarkson, dunker Larry Nance Jr. and the biggest surprise of all Ivica Zubac are only a few years of maturity and no trade demands away from really being something. These guys were winning like sportsmen-no tankers-so much to end the season they almost played themselves out of draft position. But stick one more glue guy to this potent mix that stretches all the way down to the young bench of the boom clap of Tarik Black, the training camp survivor Thomas Robinson, the late trade of Tyler Ennis and the D-League star for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (soon to be South Bay Lakers) David Nwaba and the Lake Show could go on this far right now.
And if previous draft luck would have it the Lakers have to trust the balls. And with the third pick in this years upcoming NBA Draft it may just all be fate like a Vin Diesel film for these guardians of L.A.’s galaxy. Especially as the most famous member of the Ball family (no matter what father LaVar tells you) that features a high school kid by the name of LaMelo hitting Wilt numbers of 100 (take that Devin Booker…you too Muse Cage), LaVar Ball looks to be the prize pick of this years selection. And the U.C.L.A star doesn’t want to leave L.A. like Kurt Russell in the 80’s. The kid like Jason may aswell crossover to the Lakers new training facility in the university of California’s campus as he wants to be the next Earvin. And show his big-man Point Guard pedigree and magic to the Lakers.
We don’t know where that will leave D’Angelo or 6 man to be Jordan in the Lakers brodie backcourt but LaVar is adamant that he wants to join the Lakers and continue his L.A. legacy. And what better way for the Lake Show to get to the basket than with Ball? But there’s another P.G. from Cali’ that wants to end up in Lakerland perhaps even more. And by George do the Lakers want him. He may have just been swept by LeBron James and his Land of Cavaliers in the first round of the Playoffs last week but Paul George’s game is still as hot as his best in the league right now Nike sneakers…and his Indiana Pacers almost crept up on the King for a few games.
George has overcome some Tracy McGrady like career crippling injuries to become still one of the best players in the L and certainly the most versatile in this association. But it’s clear his basketball Jones wants out of Indiana. Almost as transparent as his desire to don the purple and gold like Magic’s wink on Jimmy Kimmell in return, tampering or nudge, nudge not. The injury-prone number 13 may seem unlucky for some. But last seasons number 24 change rebirth might just be another sign that he’s about to follow in Kobe Bryant’s sneaker steps as the next Laker icon.
Now trying to accomodate everyone, Magic Johnson-a man so nice he probably holds automatic doors open for people-will go to war with friend and former Celtic foe Larry Bird again. As the Pacers owner driving around New York in an Indy inspired motor car looks to out race his former Laker rival in New York and back home this Summer. Keeping Paul like the Clippers did a nixed CP3 and in turn Earv’s Lakers at bay. George will be a free agent in 2018 but why wait to make an offer and lose out? The Lakers tried to snag him before the trade deadline and in a summer blockbuster could offer their top 3 or a member of their core and their late first round pick acquired from a trade for what could have been their Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams for PG-13. The guranteed superstar who is still only 26 years young. Judging from their last few late first round picks (Clarkson, Nance and Zubac) let alone their top ten picks the Lakers might not want to part company with this type of potential personnel however. And do the Lakers give up Ball like Smush Parker with the rock? Even if there’s no gurantee he won’t go one or two.
Looks like these young Lakers should play the waiting game, but by George we think they’ve got Paul. Either way soon L.A.’s lay-up line is going to have more finger rolls than a buffet at George Gervin’s house.
Now which P.G. do you think the new Lakers should go for? The Drake lookalike before we thanked him later that could give them more life or the T-Mac one that can replace number 24 like jerseys to be retired?
Or should we just let LaVar decide?
Ottawa BlackJacks select Osvaldo Jeanty as first-ever Head Coach
The pieces of the puzzle are coming together for the Ottawa BlackJacks basketball team.
The start-up Ottawa basketball professional club named former five-time Canadian University champion Osvaldo Jeanty as the franchise first-ever head coach. General Manager Dave Smart made the announcement on Friday morning following a brief search that always included Jeanty’s name at the top of the list.
“Obviously, Osvaldo and I have had a long history together since he was probably 15 or 14, playing club basketball on the Ottawa Guardsmen to his time at Carleton (as player) and then he was my assistant coach at Carleton”, discussed Smart during the press conference.
“Os and I have worked together from a coach, assistant coach perspective, so I know what he’s about in terms of what his exceptions are, and we’re very much inline in terms of what our expectations are, and he knows how I operate and is comfortable working with me. So I think it’s an obvious fit, it’s and easy fit and we are really excited to start working together and put a team on the floor”, further elaborated the former Carleton Ravens on his selection process.
“It’s the first time he’s called me Osvaldo so many times since I was 15, I’m not really used to it.” a smiling Jeanty opened-up about his longtime head coach and mentor during his introductory speech.
Jeanty + Smart winning combination since the late 1990’s
The duo go back to late 1990’s with Jeanty playing for Smart at the Midget and Ontario Basketball U-19 Provincial teams. Under Smart’s guidance, Jeanty flourished as player helping turn the Carleton Ravens’ basketball program into the powerhouse that it is today.
The Ravens’ won five (2002-2007) straight U Sports men’s basketball championships during their time together as a coach-player combo — with Jeanty earning the Final 8 Jack Donohue championship MVP trophy twice, during his freshman and junior campaigns. A proven winner at all levels, Jeanty turned an outstanding collegiate career into a six year pro career, earning a championship with the Giants Nördlingen of Germany’s ProA league.
Inducted into Carleton Ravens Hall of Fame in 2015 — Jeanty earned an additional two titles as a coaching duo during their three-year (2016-19) stretch.
Both Jeanty and Smart were featured on the cover of the first-ever Canadian Basketball Magazine on March of 2005.
“I just wanted to say how thankful I am to Dave to Mike (Morreale) to the league for giving me this opportunity, also just for the Ottawa community. I’ve been here since I was six-years old and I appreciate what the community has given to me and the opportunity to be able give back to the community that has been so good to me is something that I’m very thankful for. So thank you and I look forward to really bringing a good product out there for the city, for the team and really representing the league the right way.”
As for the type of style and brand of the basketball the BlackJacks expect to play — Jeanty offered a glimpse of the same championship formula that has led to many successful moments between the now general manager and head coach tandem.
“He’s put into my head since I was 15, in terms of the keys to winning championships and I tend to follow the same of idea. You defend, you rebound, you don’t turnover the ball over — but at the same time you have 24 seconds on the shot clock so you want to play as fast a possible while not turning over the basketball.”
The attention now turns to rounding out the remaining coaching staff positions and the complex process of putting together a championship calibre team — that will undoubtedly have it’s sights on establishing an early grip on the proudly Canadian made Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) championship trophy.
With the addition of Jeanty to the head coaching ranks the CEBL now features two former Carleton Ravens’ players turned bench bosses. Niagara River Lions head coach Victor Raso also won two national championships as a member of the Ravens.
Coincidentally, Jeanty’s head coaching debut will be against Raso as the Ottawa BlackJacks will kick-off the inaugural 2020 season on the road on May 7th against the Niagara River Lions. The BlackJacks home opener is scheduled for May 14th against the Hamilton Honey Badgers.
A Rose For Kuz?
The Rose that grew from the career incasing concrete of a plaster cast, potential legacy ending injury is still in bloom.
Now that’s legendary.
As a matter of fact with the trade deadline nearer than your office one, right now nothing smells better than Pooh.
Currently more than motoring on with the Detroit Pistons in Motown, the rejuvenation of Derrick Rose has already had his redemption season. Howling back with the Minnesota Timberwolves the last 82. But in this one mirroring his prime time stats as a Bull and the next era after M.J. for the Chicago way, it’s still a story as good as a Dwight Howard Hollywood reunion or blazing Carmelo comeback out in Oregon.
And now like the former D12, D. Rose could be heading to the wild west like the one Anthony the Lakers didn’t get in the end (but should of). But like the young core, Ingram, Ball and Hart trade for A.D. is the prize worth the price?
Although Derrick is linked with the 76ers like every superstar over the past few seasons and a reunion with Chicagoland (which Basketball God’s would be the perfect closing chapter to this story that is albeit still being wrote by his own penmanship), the Benjamin Franklin’s are on Rose reuniting with King James although he called his Cleveland time with the classic Cavalier “super awkward”.
The former number one, that draft pick and NBA MVP is still most valuable and at 31 is almost a half decade younger than the King. Plus with awesome averages of 18.3 points on 50.3 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes and 5.9 assists per contest this campaign, the guy wants more time and to get out of the elimination standings.
Clockwork and contention could certainly be on the cards for Rose who let’s face it at his age and stage and with the numbers he’s putting up is still a superstar, hate it or love it. He’s been put through the ringer for his career like Bill Simmons or Shea Serrano, but now he’s being called on like Phil Collins to be one of the games greats like the genesis of his association with National Basketball.
So he may just be worth a package deal like your next vacation. Even if the Lakers are offering Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook for his services. Can I make a counter offer of Cook, Troy Daniels (great…but underused) and DeMarcus Cousins (although I do want to see how big he can literally get coming back and grunting with former post Pelican powerhouse Anthony Davis)? Throw in Drummond and it’s a go. Like Jerry Seinfeld superimposed into ‘Deal Or No Deal’ by NBC’s ’30 Rock’, “I gotta take that deal!”
Pair Rose with LeBron and the frontcourt force of Howard and of course Davis then these London Olympic teammates would make for what a couple of five ring contests ago on dry erase would look like a dream team. And it still wakes up notions of one to this date in the 2020 year of Tokyo thanks to Vogels vision. But would the show be giving up too much this time?
“This time”…yeah right!
Quinn Cook has California championship pedigree, splashing with the brothers in Golden State like shopping on Rodeo Drive. And this Warrior has been integral this season. His number 2 from downtown reminding me of the should be retired clutch king Fisher (we can always raise 0.4 to the STAPLES rafters) and making me feel happier about buying a Lonzo Ball statement jersey last year…hey if I wear it under a jacket it looks like I’m cooking up love and representation for Quinn.
And then there’s Kuz.
If the Lakers trade away Kyle Kuzma then they will be giving up the last piece of their incredibly curated young core that is flying with the Pelicans right now. Although how could I forgot about the untouchable, All Star Alex Carushow and the fact that Anthony Davis isn’t calendar far from Larry Nance Jr. and new Jazz 6 man Jordan Clarkson?
Although Rose solves the Lakers perimeter problems and feels in the same prime time as what could be his All Star teammates (how legendary would a Rose/Rondo backcourt be although it’s hard not to know whether to deal him or Cook?), Kuz seems too good to let cruise like Tom. This top gun may have struggled early this season, but he was coming back from injury Lakers Twitter. And recently he’s been that Worthy third option behind the Big Game Magic of James and his Kareem or Shaq to his Kobe number 3 partner, waiting on those Jordan digits next season when the King carries the 6.
30 for 30 putting up “trade this” exclamatory numbers in the dynamic duos absence, even Batman and Robin needed a Nightwing. And as much as Rose could help the new Lake Showtime bloom and grow like fine wine for all of LeBron’s merlot men, you could imagine Kyle making the Lakers pay play after play like a D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle off the team that draft clever, but trade stupid.
Keep the player. Trade the barber.
Zero to 1. The legend or the future superstar? The choice for this deal is the Kings.
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