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G.i.a.n.n.i.s A.n.t.e.t.o.k.o.u.n.m.p.o.

Twitter timelines don’t come with a red line but it’s time to spell the future of the NBA’s name right before you end up looking like you’ve fallen asleep on the keyboard at your computer.

Forget fearing the deer because when Giannis Antetokounmpo runs the Bradley Center floor like a gazelle the Milwaukee Bucks afford even more of a match-up nightmare for opponents than the time they had the Big Dog Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell wonderful (if I say so myself) three.

In the age of LeBron, Kyrie (Wade) and Love (Bosh), forget a big-three, holy trinity. Because Giannis Antetokounmpo does it all. Shoot, slam, score. Dunk, dish, dive for loose balls he hasn’t already rebounded, stole or blocked.

Clone him five times over for 1 through 15 and you can have this forward and guard tweening all positions from point to center, playing small or with power. In this league heavily influenced by the decisions of Warriors like Kevin Durant we’d say the association hasn’t seen a player like this since Kevin Garnett. But when it’s all said and done even K.G. might not have been able to punch this kids ticket.

So put your bucks down for a Milwaukee game now. Because between Giannis, would be leader Jabari Parker, big-man Greg Monroe and the Point Guard situation the squad is trying to solve with former Cav champ Matthew Dellavedova (time for coach to suit up) this team looks like the franchise of the future…and we aren’t talking about their revolutionary rebrand.

But leading the charge strong like antlers, Antetokounmpo is steering this band of Bucks in the direction of prosperity. So much so that Coach Kidd is calling this 22 year old former number 15 pick a “once in a generation type player”. And pay heed to the prophercy as Jason put this argonaut in the same breath as a Kobe or LeBron. Don’t fear this Milwaukee deer from a different land in this Trump soapbox era of ignorance to the outside world. He could be just that Mamba mentality Bryant or big game King James.

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Sure like his sideline mentor he’s listed on the roster as a Point Guard. But when you read the scouting report and see that he is all of 6 foot 11 and 222 pounds (and they thought this was the small ball revolution) then that’s truly Magic on an Earvin Johnson level. It really is Showtime now for the Bucks as Giannis Antetokounmpo goes coast to coast on alphabet st like Josh Smith in his day. Blocking shots on one end of the floor before galloping down the hardwood and finishing on the other end with a dunk for your Insta vines. Two exclamation marks followed by multiple question ones with little puncuation in the form of commas and dots inbetween. How does he do it? It must be the gangly but gun-ho frame. Get the picture?

The Greek really is a freak of nature and in the post Redd era where Milwaukee have dropped the red trim it’s all white and green for the Bucks. Wisconsin hasn’t seen a wonder like this since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suited up as Lew Alcindor. This kid in the MVP numbers age of Harden and Westbrook that on any given night himself could give you 30 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks and steals each at least (one day he’s going to notch more than a quadruple double…and average it) is so good across the board he’s worthy of an Oscar. Like the royal players back in the day that came without names on the back of their bucked jerseys.

Today they do and they’re going to spell and press every letter of Antetokounmpo’s name right…every night.

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Knicks RJ Barrett: Basketball + Business

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Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host — 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 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 rapidly growing sport.

Barrett has already inked deals with financial powerhouse Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and global leader in made to measure apparel company INDOCHINO — Which costumed designed his Draft night suit.

Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak French, Duffy also sees a market in China but as well as untapped African market. After all, Duffy is somewhat responsible for Yao Ming’s massive success in the Asian-Pacific markets.

When it’s 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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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Veronica Antetokounmpo
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.

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.

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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.

Apart from with this. How about one better? In a courtship of rivals and a year of what could have well just been shared MVP and ROY honours, Magic Johnson shared this award of a lifetime with his former, rival and friend Larry Bird. The college to big league opponent who was a Celtic classic legend from downtown Boston. All the way to the parquet green pride of more smoked Red cigars. Two lifetimes for the price of one. Now who cares whose coming in second place?

Because 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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