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Los Angeles Looking For World Peace

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Los Angeles Looking For World Peace

Pandas in L.A.?!

Yes that’s right friends, this can only mean one thing; the Artest formerly known as Ron is back in town. And we could be set for a thriller from player 37.

Reports have the Los Angeles Lakers quotably “seriously” interested in bringing back their former champion and dynamite defensive legend Metta World Peace. And it seems like only a barricade will stop this star from giving the City of Angels hell again.

But if you think this would be a ludicrous move by the Lakers, looking desperate in signing the player/rapper then bear with us and the Panda. Besides they may as well try to ink their old friend…they’ve tried to sign everyone else this Summer.

L.A’s own Paul Pierce and now hometown Clipper ‘The Truth’ is showing todays NBA generation that the fact remains that great teams are built on the backbone of former All-Star legends turned valuable veterans. Even with all these one year deals and the Lakers trying to make another one there’s nothing minimum about it. With the 37 year old franchise face Kobe enthusiastic about his ages number, it looks like all is set for the Lake Show to bring his old 35 year old friend back in all this bizarre reality.

Not ready for the Hills yet, it looks like one last walk of fame in this game before World says Peace. Only in Hollywood right?

Still in quite a show this is no charity to a player they previously amnestied. Metta could matter by being more than a Mark Madsen mascot or lucky charm at the end of the bench with Rony Turiaf celebration enthusiasm that sparks the hardwood from the pine. Besides L.A. has their Canadian Robert Sacre for that. World Peace could help Los Angeles battle through their war for the city with the Clippers, critics and all the cruel twists of fate that turn with Kobe’s ankle and tear with his shoulder.

M.W.P. may no longer be M.V.P. material but he’ll be far from a DNP-CD off the bench. Giving these Russell and Clarkson young Lakers veteran and championship experience. To go with the pedigree for these pups of a physical and psychological lift. Not to forget teaming up with former perimeter partner and lifetime friend Kobe Bryant and muscling up with the rest on defence. He’s already been on court in El Segundo putting in work at the Lakers practice facility by shouldering some defence and training returning from injury sophomore Julius Randle. The perfect defensive player built for this role, Metta has told press he is incredibly impressed with how the young Randle is handling strength and conditioning in his offensive, post game, but we wouldn’t be surprised if some of that old Ron Ron has rubbed off too. Now this is exactly what these young Lakers need practice in, practice out and in the locker room, especially the returning from rookie campaign crippling injury Julius and his confidence. Surely, if Peace doesn’t suit up he’ll still be offered a coaching position with the Lakers if this one last wild shot like his one in the finals leads to retirement.

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After his Queensbridge Knicks experiment with Lamar Odom (is it time to give L.O. one last shot of livelihood saving redemption?) under former Lakers winners Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher ended in a New York minute, Metta moonlighted in China and Italy as The Pandas Friend. But now with his playing days endangered the Laker legend and NBA defensive, all-time great either way could bolster a roster that has rounded into shape with guys like fellow former Indiana ‘D’ Pacer Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and reigning ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ Lou Williams to go with the swag of some young players and of course the old doberman Kobe. At the very least Metta’s return to the big name game makes for some of the best looking basketball statement jerseys since World B. Free.

Now it won’t just be Miss America beauty queens wishing for World Peace.

We can just see the Wheaties box now!

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Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host and former no. 1 overall pick Jay Williams to discuss basketball and his business ambitions and aspirations.

Barrett is expected to be amongst the highest global sponsorship earners of his generation and is represented by agent Bill Duffy — who has done over 3.5 billion dollars in contract negotiations and also represented Canada’s greatest basketball player to date and RJ’s very own Godfather Steve Nash.

Under Duffy’s direction, Barrett is expected to capitalize on the immediate rise of Canadian Basketball and the national corporate entities looking for an immediate association with the sport.

Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak french, Duffy also sees a market in china but as well as Africa.

When its all said and done, Barrett stands a chance at being Canada’s top earning athlete, both in salary earnings and corporate dollars.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Is The Real MVP

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You're The MVP Too Mom...

Santa Monica, California was on an award tour like A Tribe Called Quest for the NBA’s end of season grand prize spectacle last night. Hanging out in the coolest performing arts theatre in all of Los Angeles (my apologies to the Hollywood Bowl), the converted airplane Barker Hangar played host to the 2019 NBA Awards. The Emmy’s, Oscar’s and Grammy’s of hoops Tony.

The best of the Basketball best and the cream of the future hops crop descended on this hangar, suited and booted like they were flossing injured court-side.

Shaq sized in the perfect setting in a place that houses feats of brilliance that take flight like Mike, this event could only be hosted by the one and only, Big Aristotle of the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal (sorry Drake. Although you troll NBA players better than Kevin Hart telling Kenny Smith he’s so ashy if he smiles his lips will bleed as he goes to take a sip of his water). And the most entertaining NBA player ever (give him his award) laughed, joked, sang, rapped and danced his way to an enjoyable evening in the place he racked up three rings on repeat.

But how about the prize giving? Well your real Most Valuable Player this year is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say what you will about last year’s MVP and this year’s runner up in the closest of recent races as tight as the Rookie of the Year voting, James Harden racking up triple-doubles like Charles Barkley says Lonzo Ball does triple-singles, but it’s the Alphabet’s time now after slaughtering this season gone. Sure he didn’t come away with the ‘chip like worthy candidate Kawhi Leonard and his (we still hope) Toronto Raptors, but that is his next challenge for the Mamba Mentality tweeted in congratulation by Kobe Bryant who predicted this MVP years back. And in a beautiful and emotional speech, Giannis dedicated all this to his dearly departed dad and his brothers and mom in attendance as every eye not dry in the house got out their seats in unanimous ovation.

And in a truly global game flying the flag outside the United States for each category winner, Antetokounmpo almost doubled up, finishing in second place for Defensive Player Of The Year, under the stifling Eiffel of French fly swatter, Rudy Gobert. As Paul George after an incredible season-no lucky shot-came in third place like he did for the MVP voting. Toronto not only got the ‘chip in the Six however as their X-factor Pascal Siakam came up with the Most Improved Player award ahead of Sacramento sophomore De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s own (if they play their free agent cards right), D’Angelo Russell.

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Coach of the Year was bucked by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dry-erasing for the MVP. And Bradley Beal was passed the Community Assist Award for all the good this All Star has done. Give him a hand for all the ones he has. Whilst the Sportsmanship award went to new Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., who also racked up the Teammate Of The Year award for his grit n grind time with the Memphis Grizzlies. But who else for the Sixth Man of the Year award then the ‘6 Man’ of all-time, Lou Williams? Joining Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford as the only player to win the Sixth award three times over.

And the House Of Highlights Moment of the Year of course went to Derrick Rose. Can you guess for what game?

We have a ball rattling around the rim forever in Toronto that shoots for even more stars though.

But how about that Rookie of the Year award? Who you got? Because in narrowly beating out Atlanta Hawk Trae Young it’s clear the award belongs to superstar right now Luka Dončić after a Maverick season in Dallas. Where the Texan gunslinger from Slovenia is about to draw on them all next season. Look out for the kid like Pat Garrett, Billy.

Sager Strong, broadcaster Robin Roberts took home that award named in honor after the suited court-side with a microphone presenter. And her “make your mess your message” speech was the most inspiring of the night after her fight against breast cancer and bone marrow disease, raising awareness.

Executive of the Year went to Jon Horst of the Milwaukee Bucks (sorry Rob Pelinka…jokes) but the Lifetime Achievement? Well that went to a former President who has just left office. No not Obama (although POTUS does have game…WAP!). But the Magic man, Earvin Johnson. The Laker legend honored in California for all he’s done since starting the fast-break of Showtime, to changing the game behind the back without taking a single shot. All the way to walking away from it bravely when he was diagnosed with HIV and then making a comeback so beautifully for the man who will always be purple and gold with all this entrepreneur pulls out the empire of his top hat. Say what you will about his presidency residency but as we look to free agency this crazy off-season, remember who started all this off by bringing the King to Hollywood last Summer, waiting outside his house in his car at one in the morning.

Now that can’t be tampered with.

But all in all last nights NBA Awards show of All-Stars showed us one thing like the NBA Finals. No matter who took home the gold, we all came away winners.

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