Grinding through all the grit, Mike Conley Jr. just last November broke so many bones in his lower back that if the team physician picked him up and shook him it would have sounded like the last ice chips in a just slurped super sized soda hurled from courtside.
The man who signed a contract bigger than all that he needed a fountain pen bursting with ink just to make the dotted line was meant to be out for almost 8 weeks. He came back in just 17 days. And like Mike after that Conley had the biggest year of his career. All coming for the veteran after an injury that should have crippled him and his day job. Not give them born again, new life.
Now the grit-N-grind era of his Memphis Grizzlies franchise he lead from the Point may be all about over. But just like suede shoes in this Presley city will always be blue, this guard and his big man rock rolling partner off the pick, Spanish brother and centerpiece Marc Gasol will always be reliable for 20 points and 10. Whether rebounds or assists. Even without the likes of Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Tony Allen…or even Vince Carter. Sorry Chandler Parsons and Tyreke Evans.
So why hasn’t Mike Conley Jr.’s all prototype Point Guard play made an All-Star game yet?
Out West call all that MVP Westbrook, best three-point shooting champion of all-time, Steph Curry and the Houston Rockets have two in The Beard and CP3 under Mike D’Antoni B.S. all you like but the pure point of Conley junior, ‘The Conductor’ is an All-Star type of player already. So it’s damn high time to make him one. Even already Los Angeles Lakers Rookie Of The Year candidate Lonzo Ball doesn’t deserve a spot before Mike who really big balls without a brand name.
Sure the wild west once known for bigs like Aristotle has become a place for freewheelin, P.G.’s that like to shoot like they should move a position over like D’Angelo Russell. But Conley is full court, front and center part of this classic collection of those with the ball. So it’s only fair you give him his. Sure out in Timberlake’s Tennessee at times hoops seem so secondary that the Grizzlies may aswell grin and bear it back in Vancouver like Steve Francis. But Mike Conley is a superstar and hero of this franchise like Flashes in Miami or Supermen in wherever Dwight Howard calls home these days. Did you not see his indescribable suits at the Grammy like ESPY’s and NBA award Oscar shows that only perhaps the weird and wonderful acting great Jeff Goldblum could rock?
This mans a player. Lets make him one on Valenties weekend this February.
You know what to do with the ballot paper. You know where to punch. Even if none of his playing association peers do so now with all the power in this captains pick first new format of the midseason NBA classic. One that now discounts East and West and is just a player powered performance that will now see Mike battle with the likes of traded Kyrie and Isaiah, let alone Dame Lillard and Eric Bledsoe. The post-30, pre-primetime about to expire star has still got plenty of years, but time to give him good and ready all of that in terms of how many times left he can call himself one of the Wests best for real. Even if he’s already un-officially been performing like so since the moment they tossed the ball up on opening night of his rook year.
And will do, All-Star or not all-team until they drag his body off the hardwood, bone by bone as he earns every red cent of that grandchildren offspring serving contract.
But your respect?
Time to pay all due.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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