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Do The Lakers Ball Or Buy George?

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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.

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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?

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New Toronto ‘City’ Jerseys Point North To The 6

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Better late and sharp to the party than never looking fly.

Sometimes in the streets of Toronto you just have to wait for a good thing. Like that CN Tower forever in the distance drive from Pearson Airport to the downtown dot. Or waiting for a table and menu for something good to eat at Jack Astor’s on any given night. But Drake always delivers from serving up playlist picks to albums that offer ‘VIEWS’ that honour the great city of the six. So you know if you’re reading this it’s never really too late.

Now after Nike just gave us ‘Association’, ‘Icon’ and real ‘Statement’ jerseys for the new season where they are now the official uniform supplier of this National Basketball Association the ‘City’ line is complete like riding a Matt Bonner tram from King Street West to the Air Canada Center. As Toronto didn’t want to be left out like Kyrie Irving didn’t want to be the next Dwyane Wade. Now the only one rocking sleeves like Adidas is Lakers rook Lonzo again, looking to ball like his UCLA alumni days. Forget Christmas Day, unless you’re rocking Sixers script. As for the 6, the new Toronto Raptors jerseys that go back to black like the late, great Amy Winehouse with Octobers Very Own gold, couldn’t be more Drake or OVO if they had that Owl hooting from the shooting shorts. And you know these third blackouts will be a permanent fixture on ‘Drake Nights’ when the Raps court will be decked out in the black gold same lining.

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But these new duds that All-Star ‘Step Brothers’ DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will rock like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly did ugly sweater vests are less ‘Hotline Bling’ and more for the town he calls his own for the citizens of Toronto. ‘They The North’ and have that in six court copying chevrons that in glittering gold, road point to this very Canadian NBA destination. Do you see. And if you don’t know, now you know…player.

This is B.I.G. for the notorious north OVO town of the six. We’ve had the ATL neon, Boston parquet, Lakers Black Mamba snakeskin, Cleveland Land, Detroit ‘Motor City’ industry, New York’s F.D.N.Y. department, the Suns not losing the ‘Los’ love and Chicago’s classic city edition. But nothing for the homestand looks as good as this to the T-Dot.

And with all six signs pointing north to Toronto, we only wish these Raptors threads could be put on for the city every night.

Now the only ‘Fallen Kingdom’ in this Jurassic World will be found in cinemas with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum this summer season Blue.

It took a minute for the sap to meet the tree but the Raptors and the Toronto city they call home are far from extinct.

Nike finds a way.

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The ‘Human Highlight Film’ Dominique Wilkins Almost Made ‘Showtime’ Worthy

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How Unique Would The Lakers Have Been With 'Nique?
Hollywood’s show kept fast break rolling last night like a Golden Globe as the young Lakers finally snapped their losing trend by clipping the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113 at STAPLES. All behind 20 points from Brandon Ingram, 15 and 9 from Julius Randle and 13, 10 and 6 from rookie Lonzo Ball. J.C. with 18 and K.C.P. with 14 also had three three’s each as the Lakers made a sweet 16 season best from downtown, to go along with a franchise record 42 points off fast breaks on a momentous night for the storied franchises record books.
It kind of looks like Showtime’s go on all over again.
But straight from the Fox Sports hole pregame did you know that back in the 80’s day the NBA’s Hall of Fame, Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the centerpiece of Showtime? The Atlanta Hawk legend who has a statue outside the ATL arena like all the Magic, Kareem’s, big fellas and logos outside Lakerland told us himself play-by-play as part of the pregame panel.
“Jerry Buss didn’t want me but Jerry West did”, ‘Nique said with warm affection to what could have been. And we can’t help muse like Shea Serrano’s brilliant ‘Basketball And Other Stories’ book to what legacy and Laker legend would have been like if the Basketball God’s didn’t cast down a thunderbolt. You see apparantly it all came down to an injury to Lakers Celtic bruising forward Mitch Kupchak, which will no doubt leave some Laker fans thinking this may be the first time but not the only time their former G.M. Mitch has messed up things for the Lake Show.
Kupchak’s season crippling injury made Buss want to go bigger and taller. And the rest is Big Game history as the Lakers drafted Wilkins’ fellow North Carolina alumnus James Worthy who made his own H.O.F. career more than just his second name that resides in the forever rafters like 42. The second in goggle command behind Cap remains one of the Lakers and the league as a whole’s most underrated legend.
But we can’t help but think what it would be like if we just looked up at the STAPLES ceiling and saw Dominique’s name up there like Kobe’s too (or two) with his 21 in that acclaimed area. It would have certainly brought more hard-nosed hostility to those Larry Bird fights and more Hollywood to that iconic Slam Dunk Contest between the Human Highlight and the G.O.A.T., M.J. And could you have imagined the Magic between a player who finished his career with Orlando and actually the legendary Boston Celtics and the man with the top hat himself Earvin Johnson? Now you thought watching Lake Show greats A.C. Green and former coach Byron Scott was good.
In the end it was all scripted the right way. The Lakers had their own Big Game dunking James worthy of a King and Dominique Wilkins soared as a Hawk in the A. But if Magic’s all smiling Showtime had a few more Human Highlights for the film? Now that would be something straight out of Hollywood.
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LeBron’s Land Now Has I.T. Support

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I.T. Follows All The Kings Men

Cleveland plainly dealed their point prince Kyrie Irving away from the King’s Cavalier land this Summer, to make the NBA’s historical Boston Celtics storied again behind their new superstar handle. And in return they got a glorious gunner with an 80’s iconic name, albeit one hip checked to the new year with injury.

But even if Christmas has come late this year like changing your calendar to 2018, Isaiah Thomas is back like you’ve never seen him before, like a Detroit Piston legend kissing and making up with an 80’s Showtime one in an emotional NBA TV reunion.

Now that’s Magic!

Like Pennywise the clown, injury tempted I.T.’s reign into the gutter for the opening chapter of his story with the King like he was wearing a yellow raincoat. But just wait for part two…it’s about to get slicker as forget arms, Thomas is about to take everyone’s legs off from the ankles up.

He’ll float too.

The land was in need of a hand. One that even the way of Wade couldn’t help after the thorn that went in probably retired, former franchise player Derrick Rose’s side. And now they have it all for one and one for all in I.T.’s support. The King now has a fellow crowning talent ready to hold the throne with. Isaiah Thomas’ return to the trail against Portland was blazing too. Normally a nice 17 points and 3 assists would seem modest for a pocket dynamo of this young Iverson’s stature, but when we answer that it came in just 19 minutes of burn than you know it’s something else altogether.

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It’s the makings of something greater.

But all that failed to blend in Beantown as his reunion with the Celtics he was supposed to retire with and his renewed rivalry with the guard he was traded for was put on a DNP-CD hold (at least he too made up with 80’s great Danny Ainge). But the whole event game of the night turned out to be a wash-out as the Celtics 102-88 scrubbing of the Cavaliers on polished parquet only saw the real rivalry of James (19) and Kyrie (11) amass less than 20 points each when this explosive TNT match-up should have gone 30 for 30 for ESPN.

Still Ohio will rise again when the King and I.T. return to their land and maybe even the promised ones of the NBA Finals. As another Celts/Cavs conference finals match-up without Gordon Hayward and this time more Love could beat towards the heart of a lion. And the five foot something with a headband has plenty of that under his too.

And you best believe tooth and hip surgery nail he’s going to leave it blood, sweat and tears all on the parquet this playoff postseason.

But this time instead of against one, Isaiah won’t just be running alongside a King…he’ll be one.

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