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LeBron James Is The Troll King

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Quick disclaimer. Trolling on the internet like cyber-bullies is for the cruel and cowardly. And we could never condone that. But when it comes to the face-to-face, one-on-one nature of the sport of basketball it’s all fun and games.

Even for the King and his latest subjects, Canada’s Toronto Raptors.

Tonight LeBron and his land of Cavaliers could sweep Toronto right out of the 2016/2017 NBA Playoffs, but he’s already knocking us off our feet with the jovial jokes and jibes.

First after one his signature breakaway Statue of Liberty dunks came his runaway talent careening into courtside where he met a member of the Cavs crew serving up concessions. Taking a beer from her hand and probably saving it from being spilt and cracked, James-to celebrating teammate and all round joker J.R. Smith’s amusement-pretended to take a sip of the suds. Before rightfully drawing it away from his mouth.

That would have landed him in more hot water with the NBA than vodka. But it turns out it was the Great Lakes brewery company out in Ohio that ended up facing a legal breathalyzer. After using LeBron’s likeness to flog more bottles in Cleveland, the King and his legal team stepped in to remind them of their rights and the fact that the first time LeBron left Cleveland in his decision to play for the South Beach Heat the same beer company brought out a brew called ‘Quitness’. And believe me this court has plenty of witnesses to that. Still, judging from the look on LeBron’s face with the beer in hand, Great Lakes might not want to use him as a sponser for their nectar after all.

Then the King briefly joined the Harlem Globetrotters mid-game. If you think finishing a dunk with a beer is good. Then how about starting a three pointer off against one of the best defenders in the L by spinning the ball on your finger? The only thing that was missing was ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’. Serge Ibaka and the rest of the Toronto Raptors weren’t impressed. But you best believe, sportsmanship or not, when ‘Bron calls it a legendary career and the highlight reel comes rolling around that move will spin right round for the record again.

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Then as ‘More Life’ rapper and Raptor owner Drake waited in the player tunnel to console his personnel, or even greet the King and all his men, LeBron came through again. “Where are we going tonight”? He said to Drake on his night. “The margaritas are on me” he quipped. And he wasn’t talking about pizza.

If you’re reading this…you just got served.

As James is the one turning the 6 upside down, T-Dot fans are screaming “NINE” like Germans. It even looked like LeBron was pulling the Raps tails even more as he tugged reserve Norman Powell’s jersey as he walked off court and back to the bench. What really looked like a moment of un-sportsmanship like conduct was actually a grand gesture as he was actually preventing Powell and the Raptors for being whistled for an illegal subsitution. A tech that could have got the blow out beaten Toronto another bucket against them from the free throw line for the Cavaliers.

See the King is classy after all. And even though the Raptors look on the brink of extinction they can take it. Just look what they did to the deer roadside after the Milwaukee Bucks were dunking inflatable dinosaurs at halftime during the first round of their last series.

On any given sunday even a King could be fooled though, but we think we know who will have the last laugh tonight. And he’s averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists in these playoffs.

From a memes to gifs world of jesters who knew the King had such a sense of humour?

Off with our heads.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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