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Lou Williams Makes It Rain But Lakers Can’t Weather Thunder Storm In Los Angeles



Lou Williams Makes It Rain But Lakers Can't Weather Thunder Storm In Los Angeles

You know what? Sometimes it actually does rain in Southern California.

Continuing our road trip from New York To California, BasketballBuzz hit Los Angeles from San Francisco on Wednesday and was greeted with a shower of rain so heavy you would have thought we had got on the wrong connecting flight and headed to London.

But that was nothing compared to the monsoon that was about to hit us in the real Sunshine State.

The Thunder really was in town as OKC dynamic duo Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook looked to make it rain in downtown Los Angeles. And they really did as Durant’s Kobe like 24 and UCLA alumnus Westbrook’s 36, 12, 7 and one monster dunk to make up for a missed one helped this Oklahoma City team umbrella the Lakers 117-113.

But when it came to precipitation, Louis Williams was all water.

The former Toronto Raptors Sixth Man that has won awards and rap records subbed in and started for the Lakers, working the night shift as their number two pick D’Angelo Russell was taking it easy after a big game and rolled ankle against Sacramento. Telling the press after his 27-point outing that we “ain’t seen nothing yet”! Yet Lou Williams was King last night in California as he rained in buckets and three-after-three against the Thunder for the Lake Show with a career high, Jerry jersey 44 points (the first Laker since ’03, not named Shaq and Kobe to hit a margin this high) in this clash with the West’s best. Including his own jersey number of 23 points in the fourth to go with the fo-fo, almost winning it all for the Lakers and treating the Spalding like it was red, white and blue.

Money, money, money…


Williams was a Johnson microwave when most thought the game was in the Chick refrigerator. The Lakers just wouldn’t let Oklahoma staple them up at home. One of the most impressive things about Lou’s pure play was his ability to draw fouls from further downtown than Figueroa and then head to the line for three freebies. Normally it’s only paint players that can post up plays like this, yet L-Will is turning it into a sacred, lost art form from the Basketball Gods. He’s another facet and asset to this struggling but surviving Lakers team, including their post and point fantastic four future of Russell, Clarkson (a nice 17 after some big games, not to mention a buzzer beating, halfcourt heave), Randle (who only got on the board as fouling out after some recent struggles) and Nance Jr (you just have to love this kids hustle, nobody goes harder).

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And of course who could forget Kobe Bryant? BasketballBuzz on our own retirement tour couldn’t, looking to catch a game and glimpse of one of the best ever one last time.

And what a look it was with 19 points and some of that vintage vino to go with some streetball for a man whose tongue was flicking…not like Jordan but the Black Mamba serpent he is. Bean Bryant passed under Durant’s legs and even Jay-Z tripped a referee.

But sadly soon like one of the best ever Lakers and defenders to ever play this game Michael Cooper, signing autographs and dancing with fans outside of STAPLES, it wont be long before Kobe’s a retired legend. But despite all this and against two of the leagues top five in their prime this young Lakers team of the future showed something both Kobe and the fans can find solace in…


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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title



2019 Las Vegas Summer League Memphis Grizzlies V Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.

The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.

Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground



New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.

And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.

But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”

Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.

And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.

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Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?

Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.

It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.

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