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Lakers Make Kupchak Disappear With Magic



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And for his next trick Magic Johnson will make the Los Angeles Lakers gold again without taking a single shot.

Just like the good old playing days of purple haze.

Earvin Johnson’s number 32 jersey resides in the rafters with the Worthy’s and Wilt’s…he’s been retired for decades now. Just like all the Shaq’s inbetween. His bronze adonis of a statue greets you at the entrance to the STAPLES Center with all the Kareem’s and Jerry’s. He’s a Laker legend for life.

But now the part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, who has been trying to bring a NFL franchise to the City of Angels he helped Starbucks spread its wings and latte orders in continues his status as king of L.A. by completing the sporting holy trinity and making sure his Los Angeles Laker legacy lives on. Arguably the most loveable and favourite player in the history of LAL that has lead the team from Point Guard to the head coaching position can now add another Hollywood moment to his purple and gold resume.

From Showtime to running the show, the outspoken when it comes to L.A.’s woes Magic has left his sideline gig at ESPN to be the Lakers new President Of Basketball Operations. It’s been looking like a script was about to be flipped for weeks, from meetings with Jeanie Buss to new Laker Point Guard leader D’Angelo Russell, but now it’s official. Just call him Mr. President. It’s no illusion. As Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss were fired and the Magic man was hired. But nothing was behind the back from the most unselfish basketball player in NBA history in a league, let alone Lakers based on showmanship. Everything appears above the boards.

Although this must be a dream for Jeanie. It doesn’t come without lost sleep for the Lakers first lady and president. Letting go of her brother must have been as tough as seeing beau Phil Jackson leave his head coaching position. But it was clear for awhile that the late, great redefining owner Jerry Buss’ son wasn’t cutting the Laker gold mustard. You have to feel for Mitch though. Just like during his playing days riddled by injury the former big forward of promising power has been unlucky when it comes to missed potential. From the nixing of the Chris Paul trade to the career crippling injuries to Kobe Bryant that vetoed the final curtain of his closing court chapter. And everyone in Lakerland remembers Dwight Howard don’t they?

Apparantly the final pink slip in Mitch and Buss’ in-tray was the failure to land DeMarcus Cousins across California from the Sacramento Kings from a G.M. known in his playing days to help the Lakers find their future (just Google who Laker legend Vlade Divac was traded to Charlotte for in ’96). Although DMC would have formed a formidable U.K. BBN frontcourt with Julius Randle in L.A. he ended up forming a twin tower one with fellow Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis in the N.O. L.A. All because the former Buss brass and Kupchak were unwilling to let number 2 rookie Brandon Ingram go for a Boogie Wonderland in Hollywood’s new Showtime.

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But from D’Angelo to Jordan. Larry Nance to Zubac and of course Julius and Ingram, Magic has made it clear as a reveal that the youngsters are the new untouchables. Despite a crazy rumor involving the Chicago Bulls disgruntled Jimmy Butler and Michael Carter-Williams for Randle, Clarkson and for some reason the Sixth Man Of The Year the Lakers keep dangling as bait, Lou Williams (BREAKING: At press time the Lakers sent the sparkiest of plugs Lou Will to Houston for a future first round Rocket pick and talented swingman option Corey Brewer). That sounds like a team gutting awful trade. On the other hand finding a deal that brings Brandon’s fellow Duke Devil Jahil Okafor on board feels more like serendipity than restaurants in New York’s Little Italy that became John Cusack movies. As it’s no secret that coming in second for the last two seasons the Lakers wanted their new big man for the 7 feet and rising Laker legacy that has stretched from George Mikan to Andrew Bynum (well…for a stunted season or two), even if they aren’t cooling on the man with ice in his veins who they ran with instead. Still it’s clear the Lakers have a glut of guards, just like the Sixers have more big stakes out in Philly then they have in cheese. Perhaps the Lakers could offer All-Star Luol Deng, a veteran back-up point like Calderon or Huertas and someone like Ivica Zubac as a package for Jahil and maybe another name (but Philly may not go for it without someone like Nance). If a deal is made for Okafor in the next two days he may be the final piece in this Russell/Randle/Clarkson/Nance Jr and Ingram jigsaw that could come together in completing the contention that Magic sees coming in the next couple of years.

But for now it seems like President Johnson is looking to bring back Bryant out of retirement (not to play, settle down) and Kobe’s agent Rob Pelinka of all people for the G.M. spot.

Major moves are happening from the M.J. before Mike just like the no looks he used to pass right before your eyes.

Don’t look now…it’s time to believe in Jeanie’s and Magic again.


Millsap Mishap Could Keep Forward Behind 3 Months



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Poor Paul Millsap.

This campaign after becoming one of the biggest free agent pick ups of the offseason, one of the leagues leading Power Forwards has been put down on the medical report with an injury that could call him off sick for a quarter of a year.

The most reliable player over four periods has spent the bird share of his career helping his former Atlanta Hawks make it to the first round knockout stakes of the playoffs each year. But following the season where they didn’t make the cut of the second one, it was time for a change for the 32 year old number 4 who once looked to be the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone replacement Carlos Boozer didn’t turn out to be early in his career alongside former leading Point Guard Deron Williams.

And in the mile high city of Denver with a would be big-three of sophomore sensation Emmanuel Mudiay, dreaded defender Kenneth Faried and of course The Joker with the last laugh Nikola Jokic, these Nuggets in their new Nikes looked golden and finally past that baby blue Carmelo era (they may as well be as Anthony, now with the blue, white and orange of the Thunder isn’t even a Knick anymore (it’s ‘Old York’ now Knickerbockers)). But now like Ben Affleck looking at the ‘Justice League’ box office returns it’s time to ask the Nugs “why so serious” Batman as an injury to their versatile veteran forward of seasoned upon seasons of experience doesn’t exactly put a smile on their face.

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The All-Star was averaging a helpful handful of exactly 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists before tearing the ligaments in his left wrist in a 127-109 loss to the Lakers who themselves recently lost all dunking son Larry Nance Jr. to a broken wrist, but are thankful to be having him return after they cut the turkey this thanksgiving. Millsap and the Nuggets are looking at second opinions from docs offering the same sort of speedy recovery that doesn’t sap their frontline. But if they concur with the original diagnosis, it’s three months in a suit and tie and not to mention cast for Paul who will return in late February after the All Star break he normally never takes off.

The man with the three year, 90 mill deal helped make this outside eight seed threat Denver the new gritty, grinding Memphis of the West. Now without him the older than Richard Jefferson roster is thinner than the air up there in Colorado.

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Somebody Stop The Mask Of Kyrie Irving





Even that phrase delivered at a perfect Jim Carrey pitch can’t quite put into perspective just how hot Celtic Kyrie Irving is right now. Especially in the Boston green, Rip Hamilton face-mask.

Maybe those three little letters would do more justice for this league leader?

You know Menacing, Versatile, Phantom?


How about M-V-P?

Kyrie joins Kobe, former Cleveland Cavalier teammate LeBron James and the man whose about to pass him the Maurice Poldoff torch, Russell Westbrook to be an absolute menace in the Phantom of the Opera face-mask, leaving other teams dead on basketballs biggest stage. He may have fractured and broken some bones in his face, but that won’t stop him as he fractures and breaks the backs and hearts of the faces of all the other franchises he faces off with night after excruciating night.

Those who used to say it must be the shoes (and have you seen his best in show sneaker designs complete with shamrocks like Starbucks on St Patrick’s Day this season heads? Those halloween pumpkin ones were the spice), are now saying it must be the mask.

Sure the plastic profile guard makes for some meme worthy Pinterest fan art appreciation but this guard has made a point at hating it…the sweat inducing mask that is, not the love. These kind of covers can blind you, but like the concussed legend of Celtic great Larry, letting it fly like a Bird above the baskets in the Boston Garden all the way to the rafters (as he saw too hoops like 80’s girls earrings and just aimed for the top one), Kyrie plays through all the pain and frustration. Taking it out on the ball (like opponents on Lakers rookie Lonzo) and the other teams hoops that to him seem bigger than those ones Bruno Mars sang about.

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Take Dallas for example. Irving just masked all his pain by taking the Mavericks for 47 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the last contest that took the Celtics to a sweet sixteen straight. After dropping two games following Gordon Hayward dropping out of the new season before the second quarter of his opening game one even played out, everyone was calling time on these new Celtics as soon as Gordon turned his ankle counter-clockwise. But now one of the best in the association Kyrie is showing LeBron and them he’s just as good as them or anyone alone like this man from down under always wanted to prove. This definition of clutch, who leaves everyone else in the fourth with straws has already shown on a championship scale against Curry of all hot guards that he can take the last shot that really matters. Now forget the Most Valuable Player award for a waning second or even the time his dynamic duo partner in pine Hayward comes back, Irving has the power to dribble drive all the way to the crown on his own.

And it’s going to take more than a mask to stop him.

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The Wind Brings The 2020 All-Star Game To Chicago



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1973. And the first NBA All-Star Game to play in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois features the last All-Star game in the last season of two lasting Los Angeles Lakers legends. One man who scored 100 points in just one game, Wilt Chamberlain. And one man who was and still remains the one and only logo of this National Basketball Association, Jerry West.

1988. And arguably the greatest All-Star Game of all-time and an even better, best ever All-Star weekend sees Michael Jordan become Michael Jordan. M.J. scored 40 in an 138-133 O.T. A.S.G. win for the East meeting the West. But a day before all that he and the Slam Dunk Contest became even more legendary. As mere moments after storied Boston Celtic great Larry Bird asked “whose coming in second place” before raising his finger in victory before the ABA coloured moneyball ripped through the twine (no Nick Young swag), Money took off from the free throw line like a good doctor for his above the rim J and jumped over everybody including Atlanta Hawk wing spreading, sky-soarer Dominique Wilkins.

Now more than 30 years later after next years All-Star Game in the purple and gold city of Los Angeles and the 2019 one in the redeemed city of Charlotte, the 2020 and 69th All Star Game will be played in Michael’s old town of Chi-city. In the same year as Tokyo, Japan will hold the next Olympic Games, the game of basketball will go back to it’s 90’s roots and an inspired iconic landmark of hoop heaven that didn’t really have the same spirit in the seventies, but really Jumpman took off in the golden era eighties. So much so that the old ’88 All Star Weekend t-shirt is a historical thrift store must find for more than it’s 80’s Tron like, cool, retro logo.

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And with mid-February lovers big blockbuster basketball coming back to the city of wind like the river that runs through it, Chi-town needs this like out of towners need deep dish pizza. You only have to listen to the news or the Common album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ (you know the legendary M.C. who used to wipe up Jordan’s sweat off the old Chicago Stadium hardwood has to perform at the mid-season classics halftime show) to know this classic city is marred by violence that burns through this second city like fire. The beloved Bulls have even become a “garbage team” to root for too, losing the big-three likes of last seasons Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (who may even be on a farewell All Star tour once his hometown All Star weekend comes crossed off the calendar and everyone is united in the airlines center).

Now this team who relies on sophomore stud Denzel like Oscar hopeful movies will hopefully be back by the next few valentines. As the heart of the city in twenty twenty will want to see something as visionary as Sinatra’s kind of towns history.

That’s just the Chicago way.

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