BasketballBuzz was in the Mecca, our Eden, the Worlds Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden last night. As were former Saturday Night Live comedian Tracy Morgan and Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Some of the funniest men on the planet as the Knicks showed they where no joke in a Christmas to New Year evening that was as New York, New York as the Pollack-esque Garibaldi, court canvas, halftime painting of old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra himself (you got to hand it to this young artist and whoever has to dry clean his suits).
Don’t look twice though because New York basketball in The Garden may just be the place to be like Times Square on December 31st going into the New Year as the ball is finally dropping for them. Even in a game where their Rookie Of The Year candidate sensation Porzingis and his big-man match-up with Liberty statuesque, motoring Piston Andre Drummond was like church mice in relation to the noise they could have drummed up.
Suiting up once again in those classic 50’s throwbacks that are selling almost as much as number 6 jerseys, these Knickerbockers played like a team that would make owner Phil Jackson’s old roster proud. Yet despite the Jeremy Lin, insanity like, albeit justified hype of more orange, white and blue, M.S.G. faithful carrying the six of Porzingis on their back, number seven once more had the upper hand taking his team to hoop heaven in the Garden of epic basketball.
This is still Carmelo Anthony’s team no matter if the future belongs to his dynamic duo, partner in crime. The former Syracuse and now Knick Orangeman is still the player introduced last and definitely not least in a revamped Madison Square arena and the Iron Man, Stark Expo like light Show pregame build up that is really something to marvel. It may be all new, New York for Derek Fisher’s Knicks, but the man who sacrificed it all and has been with this big, sometimes rotten apple team though thick and thin is not clutching at straws…especially short ones.
24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists was a classic line for ‘Melo who calmed down the charging Pistons with key buckets and stops, looking to pass Phila legend Hal Greer on the all-time scoring list, whilst showing in his history making legacy he is still definitely one himself. As New York as Pat Ewing or Bernard King, sitting on his throne in the Mecca, ‘Melo isnt just one of the greatest Knicks, but one of the all-round best this game has ever seen. And now with Porzingis we and he may finally get the contention run Carmelo has always deserved for one of the NBA’s most recognizable franchises in the Worlds Most Famous Arena.
But last night the stage set and the night falling on Manhattan was Anthony’s. Although he did have plenty of help from the team he needs to take and be took to the promised land of the playoffs. Seemingly ageless and limitless quick guard Jose Calderon (Canadians remember him as a Raptor in Toronto? 10 YEAR AGO!?) was falling it with 8 first quarter points, whereas new big and bridge brother to Brooklyn’s Brook, Robin Lopez had a twin 8 of his own to go with 5 rebounds and 4 monster blocks. But how about the stuffs from Derrick Williams? Who iced his 18 points and the Knicks win with two monster dunks in rapid succession as raw and crazy as his dreads.
With this game on lock the Knicks have ended their latest streak that had them sliding like three burgers on a diner plate. Don’t look now, because they could change their losing culture and the state of mind in this concrete jungle in a New York minute. In the city that never sleeps these mellow Knicks are finally waking up!
Toronto Raptors: 2019 NBA Finals Trailer
Out with the old, in with the new.
The narrative has been switched. The Toronto Raptors’ and the
Re-live some of the best moments of the Raptors’ historic season with this excellent assemble of moments.
Compiled by JFX visuals, featuring Toronto Raptor rated R, goose-bumping footage that will surely leave you impatiently waiting for game one of the 2019 NBA Finals between Canada’s team versus the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors’.
OH CANADA! Welcome To Your First NBA Finals!
Extinct in Six? Like we said in my last article about the ‘Jurassic Park’ crowd of fans outside…NAH! The 6 just took the Eastern Conference Finals and Championship in that many games.
There will be no Game 7.
The Bucks stop here.
They the North are heading to the NBA Finals.
And it’s not only the first time Toronto have done it’s since their 1995 expansion inception into the North American league. It’s the first time Canada will be represented in the NBA Finals for this lands chance to be the first country outside those United States to win an NBA Championship.
And we believe this BasketballBuzz.
Even against the dynasty Goliath of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s Warriors. Cinderella stories are always better to the glass slipper. Get ready for this Raptor to roar.
Welcome to Jurassic World!
Giannis just abruptly walked out of his post game presser 👀 pic.twitter.com/QZp9NVmYY2— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 26, 2019
Greek warrior heart Giannis Antetokounmpo had to walk out of his postgame presser because of this epic emotion. Kawhi Leonard even bigger than his been around the world and I, I, back to Canada rim rattling series beater against the Sixers, made an even bigger play for MVP of this whole country. Let alone the season, even if the NBA end up giving it to James Harden now when they should really spell it out for the alphabet. Everyone watched Kyle Lowry as he glowed tears of joy with his kid wrapped in his arms. His hand across his mouth face above says it all. Jeremy Lin couldn’t believe the Linsanity. And Drake’s plans seemed forever placed on the blazer shoulders of Coach Nick Nurse (or the Bucks Bud in hilarious meme trolling) who nursed Canada to their first NBA Finals as center Marc Gasol beating his injured brothers team (a Spanish showdown we wish we could have seen) gave it up for his former Memphis teammates on Twitter, taking them with him to the Finals as the grit and grind of the Grizzlies account responded in timeline kind.
In 2016 after their 20 year anniversary in the association, Toronto held the first NBA All Star Game in a league of its own. Two decades after being the only National Basketball Association franchise in Canada after those Grizzly bears of Vancouver (bring their franchise back) led by Marc’s big brother Pau Gasol made that Blue Suede Shoe Elvis move to Memphis. Twenty plus years later and now the King of Canada. Two decades since those Barney purple dino jerseys went from a laughing one to Mitchell and Ness hardwood classic throwback, out of stock. Twenty plus years since country cousins Tracy McGrady and the Air Canada of Vince Carter threw the legs and straight in the honey pot started something way above the rim. Two decades since Chris Bosh almost led the most completely fun and love to run team in the league at that time aside from Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns, missing only their countryman making a point (how good would that have been? Almost as good as getting Carter back next season for one last dance and dunk. Make it happen Basketball God’s of the 6). Twenty plus years since Drake started rapping from the bottom of his basement.
And almost 25 years and seasons, 82 games, three rounds, six games, four quarters and an 100-94 win behind a double, 27 and 17 double from their leader Kawhi Leonard later and we’re here. Just like we hope our number 2, number one will always be.
Check out the views from Yonge Street on fire with fans celebrating peacefully and beautifully. Nothing was the same. And nothing ever will be again.
This is for them. Us. You. Me. Him. Her. The whole city. The entire country and the watching world that call themselves the North. 6 before Game 7 with that many left to try and Dub themselves Canadian champions over a whole dynasty heading for a parade across the Golden State of the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. This is for the Bucks too and their champion leader Giannis. Afforded as more than a worthy opponent but their own legendary legacy of the future. This is for a young man who at 21 years old moved to Toronto to start a Basketball writing dream. That man is me. But more than that. This is for the pride of Angola, Edilson Silva who had a vision to start Canada’s first Basketball magazine. This is for every fan in Toronto, Canada and the North that will always be theirs.
Now read all about it, the Toronto Raptors and Canada are heading to the NBA Finals.
Next stop beat the Bay.
The North will find a way.
T.O. Canada this is your time.
Make history like no NBA team before you.