Last night Kevin Durant returned for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors who were up 3 games to one in the series. 48 minutes away from becoming the first Canadian champions in basketball history.
Last night Kevin Durant came back from injury and played. And you know what? It absolutely ruined everything. Even the game we love with all our hardwood heart, sweat and soul.
Because of you.
Yeah I said it…you!
If you cheered that is.
The Toronto Raptors where the underdogs about to extinct the notion that basketball up north meant nothing as they, behind a Drake all in good sport taunt and smile were going to give us court-side views to a death of a dynasty. Like LeBron playing David to this Golden State Goliath in 2016, before the digital San Fran age for the Warriors in Silicon Valley next season. But this time no team was going to make hoops history from 3-1 down.
The Raps where going to wrap it up on their home-stand floor and in their country with only every fan in the building singing the “Oh Canada” national anthem in a moment of beautiful unity. No Ne-Yo or Metallica metal. Just the mettle of every man and women in the six. Thousand dollar seats to nosebleeds and all the ‘Jurassic Park’ fans perimeter fence contained outside, spark plugging it all like the ultimate 6 man. Sorry October’s Very Own. Your Owl has nothing on these prehistorics.
By then the greatest offensive player in the league teamed up with the 48 points per of Steph Curry for Basketball God’s sake and last night was history. Durant hero ball pushed back and returned when he was still hurt. When he shouldn’t have. Talk that talk about him now. Scoring 11 by the second as Durant looked poised for 40 the Warriors would end up winning by one (106-105) with a chance to go back home and even up the series for a do or die Game 7 with both teams end on the line. But all that didn’t matter. As Durant went all Kobe with his own type of Mamba moment he didn’t want, injuring his Achilles in the second quarter and going down for good in the 2019 Finals and who knows what else for the free agent to be stock.
Looks like Toronto could truly take it now no matter how many games are left right?
Cause for celebration right?
This morning we’re writing a whole different type of article than we thought we would have been last night.
Call Durant what you will. A snake. A troll. The best player on this planet in the National Basketball Association. But cheering as a man goes down injured in pain is wrong. Celebrating and shouting and waving bye bye as Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry helped the same man who greeted them all in the tunnel after the previous game’s heartbreaking loss (even the walking off before the final horn King James doesn’t do that) off court is beyond poor sportsmanship, or crass cruelty. It’s the lowest of the low in this game.
Last night the NBA Finals and what is supposed to be entertainment for everyone to enjoy took a dark turn.
Shame on anyone who joined in this chorus.
They aren’t truly the North. They may not even really know what it’s like to truly be Canadian.
Yeah I said it.
And if you feel that cold like January up your spine like you shouldn’t have bully ball joined in then I’m sorry but I guess I mean you too.
Maybe it’s time to rethink.
You saw the perfect professional and true hero that is Kyle Lowry leading the call for the fans to stop cheering and be quiet. And if at that moment you did then it’s all good. We all make mistakes. You learned from it. And we aren’t throwing stones at those who didn’t do the same like Twitter trolls launching tirades in this meme and GIF erased age of turning someone into a swiped away afterthought the moment you wish like you’re better than them.
Even if they are the best of us. Not everyone joined in. Like Drake who displayed genuine concern for his friend tattooed on his arm and showed in good sport, despite all he’s teased and taunted — lately that this was bigger than Basketball and even the stage of what could have been Canada’s moment last night.
And I’m sure most people in Toronto would agree now that if it did happen last night. If they did win after all the cheering and jeering to the injury, then it wouldn’t have been any sort of victory at all.
In hindsight history could have already been made this morning but after everything that changed last night, would you have really wanted it like that? This way?
Besides in the nature of real, earned champions wouldn’t you have rather beaten a full strength Durant and Warriors like you probably would have ended up doing last night if he never went down with injury to make a point.
And now if they thought Durant would have been too much to deal with and in their weakness laughing at his pain was their way of showing how scared they really were of that, then just wait until they see the sleeping Warrior they wake up now. Curry, Klay, Draymond, DeMarcus and Iggy are pissed and for the next two games at home you know who they’re going to take it out on right?
They should have never been messed with.
They’re all sixes and Game sevens now.
Just like if Toronto win the finals it will have nothing to do with Durant’s injury before or after, if the Warriors end up making a King chess move against them in 2016, circle round and win it all then it will be because of last night’s pivotal moment. But not because Kevin went down. But because of what happened after.
Be careful what you cheer for.
Laugh now. Lose later.
There’s no worse opponent than karma.
Let’s hope Kawhi has some good ones left.
Does it really all come down to this?
Step it up.
Wade In The Rafters. The Heat Rises To 3
How’s this for a Flashpoint in NBA history?
Tonight the Miami Heat gave us ‘The Flashback’. DeLorean riding back to the future of last season. Were Dwyane Wade rocking a red Heat hot bomber jacket that was all “Great Scott” Marty McFly had his number three jersey under all that retired, as the Heat rose his 3 to the rafters in a flash.
After ‘One Last Dance’ for Dwyane last season were he swapped jerseys like trading cards, Wade and his former coach and President Pat Riley watched his last jersey go up past the nosebleeds to the ceilings he smashed, arm in arm like a proud father watching a home video of his sons wedding on the highlights of the jumbotron.
The relationship is exactly like that. Built on a fatherly foundation.
Miami has had a matrimony with Wade from the Chicago towns own All Star start, championship run on his own and then post Bulls and King reunion return to redemption.
Some may say Shaq. 90’s purists Zo Mourning and Timmy Hardaway. Others the greatest of all-time LeBron James forming like voltron with another Heatle that’s about to have his jersey retired, Chris Bosh. But let’s face it when it comes to Miami Heat players and franchise faces, D-Wade is the G.O.A.T.
Legacy. Legacy. L3gacy.
This is the way of Wade. How its been and how it will always been up in the air of those American Airlines. A father first and always part of the Miami family when the South Beach welcomed him like Will Smith, this guy is for life like Bad Boys and the number 3 that Martin Lawrence’s Marcus has framed in his own living room rafter raise for the latest sequel.
What you gonna do?
This was a Florida city union like pink or turquoise neon, or the ’till death do us part loyalty of ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘LA Finest’ spin-off star Gabrielle Union. The port of Miami Rick Ross rocked the mic and even King James sent a video tribute from his Californian Lakerland as fellow retired club legends Chris Bosh and Ray Allen were in awe attendance.
“Life is good” Wade said like Nas for this two hour special that seemed ready made for an ESPN documentary. 30 for 30 or 3 for 3.
3 in ’03 to infinity for his sweet 16. The sun will never go down on the legendary legacy of Miami’s adopted son.
And in a tragic start to 2020, like Chi guy Wade embracing an emotional Allen Iverson in a Kobe number 8 tribute throwback this moment was the answer to the pain from our prayers.
Now all that is left is one last step to the Hall.
Chicago, All-Star 2020 blows in the Windy City for Kobe
Like Eliot Ness, that’s what Common’s city of Chicago is when it comes to this court. All greatest of all-time thanks to the statue outside the United Center that they have to bring in from the cold when ice gets in it’s cracks like the veins of new Minnesota Timberwolves cold front player, D’Angelo Russell (he should be here. These lost Lakers are just glad Brandon Ingram is). Forming a duo with Karl-Anthony Towns as dynamic as that one of Star Marbury and the uncut gem of Chi-towns own Kevin Garnett heading for the Hall.
And just like the Big Ticket, the Rose that grew from concrete and the way of Wade who was moved to tears, the rapper slash actor, author and Microsoft poet Common (who fittingly won MVP of the Celebrity Game in his city. Even after Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith said “c’mon Common you can’t even dunk donuts in coffee” after giving Dwight Howard’s athletically graceful, camera flash freeze, cheese smile, spin dunk an 8 (Kobe?)) put on for his city like Barack Obama and of course the statue of the G.O.A.T. M.J. with a poetic rap that waxed lyrical on hoops history and it’s nuanced nostalgia.
Shouting out the real King MLK and Kobe before Magic made a moving speech, all players behind him dressed in warm-up white and Jennifer Huston brought the not a dry eye in the arena, house down with her tribute that beat the hardwood like the commercial Dr. Dre one for this California love in Chicago, like the National Anthem of treasure Chaka Khan in a 23 jersey.
Common also had rhymes for each player introduction for all those who would take to the floor dribbling across the Chicago skyline, as he rocked the mic like fellow Chicagoland legend Chance The Rapper halftime and injured All-Star Dame Lillard, who still got to play this weekend as Dame D.O.L.L.A. The first player to perform on this stage of Basketball’s Grammy’s, bringing out ‘Tha Carter’ himself Lil’ Wayne and a Mamba Forever leather that we all want to cop for this year’s Winter jacket.
From saying “Sixteen-time all-star, three-time NBA champion/ We continue to witness his reign / One of the greatest to play the game/ From the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James”, to “A four-time all-star / He handles the rock like Gibraltar / From the Boston Celtics / Give it up for Kemba Walker”.
But hey, I’ve got one for you all, “like the Beard and the Brow he runs the show/so where the f### is Alex Caruso”.
But to the beat of his own raps and his milk carton brother Kanye, even if every event was set off by the “GO” vocal of guitar hero John Mayer on his Common collaboration with ‘Jesus Is King’ walking God, Mr. West (from the bam, bam Bam Adebayo BAM Skills Challenge bucket win. To the Buddy Hield buzzer beating on the last ball of the last rack, Devin booking, beating and winning the Three-Point Shootout (still one of the best and most underrated events of the weekend)), this night of all the All-Stars was all about the one who should have been in the crowd cheering with his daughter courtside.
From Superman, Dwight Howard returning and bringing back the red cape out of the phone booth, with 24 on the chest, to Man Of Steel and former Lex Luthor like enemy Shaq filming on that old camcorder again. In one of the best but most controversial dunk contests that saw an all 50 and 7-foot-5 Tacko leaping Aaron Gordon robbed again like when he cleared the mascot (seriously I don’t mean to leap to conclusions, but these guys need to get over jumping over things…literally. Only Leonardo DiCaprio gets over this many people).
This time by the South Beach, bringing the Heat in the Windy City, tornado storm of Derrick Jones Jr. Air Gordon won’t be back (thanks for that judges. Dwayne Wade said in the Skills Challenge his mind can be changed…ain’t that the truth), but let’s hope the backboard ball touching, Woody Harrelson Venice Beach wear honoring Pat Connaughton will be. Because white men can jump too in an epic exciting weekend of Chicago, 2020 that in the Olympic year of Tokyo, 2020 showed all the world’s a Basketball stage like the Rising Stars game (Konichiwa Hachimura).
For the main event of the biggest weekend on the schedule itself Team LeBron all wore number 2 on their blue jerseys for GiGi and Team Giannis 24 forever for Kobe (a bald Khris Middleton even sometimes from the nose bleeds making it look like Mamba was there…which spiritually he was like his mentality), to another LeBron like Kobe dunk running the floor like Bean and the 24 second shot clock that decided the fourth quarter of an entertaining All-Star Game that was more than the legendary lay-up line and was actually a competitive affair.
That’s just what happens when you win the game on a free throw (157-155, King over Freak) as Laker and hometown Chicago hero Anthony Davis did the honors after filling the stat sheet with the game on the line. But, the All-Star MVP now beautifully renamed the Kobe Bryant award went to another Los Angeles King in Clipper Kawhi and his 30 points. Who dedicated his award to the late legend it’s named after, as fans had their fill of their favourite weekend of the mid-season they love like the hearts of a mid-Feb Valentine.
Just don’t ask him what he had for dinner.
For Team LeBron. For Kobe. For GiGi.