Last year for the hardwood polish off the pine the Lakers had two NBA ‘Sixth Man of The Year’ candidates to choose from off the bench. Former Drake dubbed Toronto Raptor ‘6 Man’ Lou Williams (now across STAPLES with the L.A. Clippers), who was actually an award finalist following his late season deadline trade to the Houston Rockets. And fellow point machine in Shooting Guard form Nick Young who gets buckets faster than videos upload online. Who is now getting it for the Durant and Curry champion Warriors in the Golden State of California, as the former zero subtely rocks the number 6 in uniform.
But maybe the current Lakers number 6, Jordan Clarkson could become this seasons ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ by regulation end like their last notable number six Eddie Jones didn’t want to be back in Kobe’s rookie year of ’96.
The Lakers have so much young talent on Coach Walton’s roster even his All-Star friend, upside down 9 now, Luol Deng can’t get any play. So much youth revolution that they’ve even assigned a guy called Bryant of all namesakes to the D-League for their South Bay Lakers development team.
Lonzo Ball could be Rookie Of The Year (Brook Lopez Wookie). Whilst if they had regular season categories for rooks, draft steal Kyle Kumza would be your Most Improved (if not future all-team MVP to be, sophomore sensation Brandon Ingram doesn’t actually win the real thing) while Josh Hart would be dogging for defensive player. But head and Jordan-esque shrugging shoulders above the rest Clarkson could actually be the one for his jersey number. The first since the man from the six almost mirrored the nickname of his old town in definition.
Although Clarkson’s Ingram matching 18 points (kid usually microwaves about 15 to 18 per) couldn’t band-aid the 109-96 bleeding in the garden of Boston last night in a comeback renewing the old storied Lakers/Celtics rivalry, J.C. has been a blessing everytime he’s gone from wood splinters to parquet. From mid-range to downtown he’s a great spot up shooter from three like the man who starts in place of him K.C.P. And just like from three leave C to run the open floor for an end-to-end ‘Baby Driver’ quick lay-in or dunk and this kid is more than J’s and more like the praised Pope free agent significant signing than first (after)thought. Expect the young veteran Kentavious Caldwell-P to mentor this decent defender more too as the Lakers new Showtime looks to its on the floor showstopper with a future as bright as K’s yellow Kobe kicks last night.
Leading a reserve rotation off the dry-erase change, Clarkson started this now four season long late round draft steal to go with their top ten draft picks like Julius Randle trend. One that has seen a Larry Nance Jr. or Ivica Zubac for every D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. And now even a Kyle Kumza or Josh Hart for Ball. And now arguably the most amazingly fashionable player in the L this side of MVP Russell Westbrook is about to reverse a new trend like the seventh heaven of former Sixth Man Of The Year Lamar Odom (stay up L.O.).
Carried by the 6, just years ago when Randle Gordon Hayward-ed himself on opening night who would have thought a post-Kobe Lakers would be in safe hands thanks to names like Jordan?
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
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”.
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.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
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.
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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