You should be!
We hear it again and again. “Kobe’s done!” “This is just a retirement tour.” As for the rest of the Lake Show. “They suck!” “They can’t get the job done!” “They aren’t beating anybody!” “Especially the Golden State Warriors! Nobody is beating them! This game is just a formality”!
112-95 Lakers win.
Looks like everyone is getting tacos tonight…except the Golden State Warriors.
Okay! Let’s not get carried away now. Even if the young guns and the old hand just knocked out the Ali of basketball. On their champ, champagne charge to beat the Chicago Bulls regular season record 72 win season the Golden State Warriors are still the team to beat for more than just one game. But as the Lakers handing them their 6th out of the 82, this California clash had a little more heat on the Pacific coast.
It wasn’t raining in Southern California for Chef Curry (after saying there was “no chance” he could eclipse Kobe’s record 81 against the Raptors, he had 18…but most of his special 20 threes were sent back to the kitchen) and his Warriors only made 4-of-30 shots from downtown and Pico. No wonder Steph looked so sad saying goodbye to his fellow All-Star in Toronto, Canada after saying he’ll see him one more time in L.A.
But even Laker legend Kobe wasn’t the high man as he notched 12 points before wrapping that sore shoulder and huddling up his teammates and telling them to “beat the s###” out of G. State. Still rocking special Kobe Stance Socks, the rest of his team pulled them up like Nick Young’s back-to-back, Macklemore thrift shop, three point swag (he’s really filling it up, filling in for injured Six Man Lou Will). From future big man, big star Julius Randle, to fellow frontcourt force, rookie Larry Nance Jr dunking off the amazing assists (plural) Marcelo Huertas who has finally been given the change to show just how perfect the passes of this selfless player really are.
Still it all came down to two dimes. It was the rising stars that were all ball like the Lake Shows Sunday best was all white. The number 2 rookie and the slept on sophomore D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson were doing work. Forget the Splash Brothers across the Golden Gate Bridge. Past the Hollywood Sign and the Jack Nicholson celebrities sitting courtside the backcourt “Brodie” brothers made a name for themselves as number one and two (wearing the old Eddie Jones number 6 (a guy who was the man on the Lakers as Kobe was just starting out…coincidence)) in purple and gold.
Russell booked in an athletic 21 points out West and continued running ice through those purple and gold veins that hit highs of 39 points last week. Looks like the waiting game has finally paid off for the confidence hot rook who is breaking through all sorts of walls. But it was Jordan that ruled last night with 25. Clarkson is looking to be in a school of his own even taking these Warriors to a crossover spin class. Working it like his off court fashion as stylistic as Russell Westbrook the man thats game is inspired by Steph Curry worked it like the chef last night as he dished and served it all up in front of his influential idol.
Looks like a new Jordan is about to become one too.
Worst versus first…shocked?
Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo
Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”
‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.
He deserves the character.
Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.
No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.
The hoodie and headband is back.
Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.
Now it’s time to really ball.
Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?
They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”
What a difference a year makes.
It’s all A-O.K. now.
Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.
No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.
He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.
The respect he deserves.
The legacy continues.
You can’t keep a good man down.
Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.
All for the love of the hardwood.
Summer run to season come.
Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.
Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.
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