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NBA 2K18 Lets Gamers Play Their Ultimate Dream Team



How’s this for a CPU assist?

Imagine a world where Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas played on exactly the same Boston Celtic team. Or Chuck, Dr. J, the Answer and the Process on the same Philly Sixers one. Well imagine no more (sort of). Because today that’s the digital world for you. And from the sweat of the King, LeBron James, to the saliva on Steph Curry’s gum-shield, NBA 2K18’s graphics are so good it damn well looks like the amazing feat is actually coming true.

Now when it comes to 2K if it’s not in the game like EA used to be then it’s going to be as close as you can get to this fantasy league, like sitting courtside with Rihanna. As close as you can be to something that’s more than just a video game.

But this aint any regular, run of the mill video game.

2K18 has all the bells and whistles to get you as close as possible to the digital hardwood and we aren’t just talking about the My Career mode. From the streets to the stadium mode Houston Rockets All Star P.G. and almost MVP James Harden’s cover star turn is showing you just how realistic this game is like the rendering of every hair on The Beard’s chinny, chin chin. And if you don’t believe this hype, a trailer set to Mobb Deep’s hip hop classic ‘Shook Ones (Part II)’ (Rest Peacefully Prodigy) in a soundtrack that features Nas, Naughty By Nature, Toronto Raptors owner Drake and the NBA and Portland Trail Blazers own resident rapper and All-Star Damien Lillard, AKA Dame D.O.L.L.A. is as eagerly anticipated and exciting to hoop heads and gaming geeks as leaking an ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer from Comic Con.

It’s hard to fathom it’s been a year since that Imagine Dragons trailer but the friction excitement for the 2018 model is more heat inducing than rubbing two sticks together and as palpable as a fan rubbing their hands together for the start of the real 2017/2018 NBA regular season.

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And covering a special edition of this game across the XBox and Playstation platforms the Notorious Big, ‘Most Dominant Ever’, Shaquille O’Neal could cover more games here than he does as a host on TNT. A new explosive mode were you can play a 15 man roster of your favourite franchises All-Time team will surely see him suit up in the Florida colors of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic again. Hey he could even make the cut for the best the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers have to offer. But for the Big Fundmanetal that has played for almost everyone-even the Boston Celtics-he stands most proudly like he does in the purple and gold rafters and as a statue outside STAPLES as a legendary Los Angeles Laker. In an NBA legacy team for 2K18 that also features pictured teammate Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlian and even Pau Gasol finally getting his due. This Magnificent Seven surely to be joined by the legendary likes of the logo Jerry West, the Fire to his Ice Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Jamaal Wilkes, surely Minneapolis Lakers, first superstar George Mikan and who knows when it’s all said and done Lonzo Ball. And how about Big Shot Bob, Robert Horry to go along with Big Game and the big fella?

That just leaves one…hello Kwame Brown or Smush Parker!

Hell the Lakers could add someone’s Grandma (whats up Larry Johnson) and the result would still be ths makings of a Hollywood ending. This line-up has Dream Team written all over it like Barcelona in 1992. Proving that at least in todays digtal world fantasies come true, even if you thought it was out of this league.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?



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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles



Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History



Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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