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NBA No Longer Forgets Paris

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NBA No Longer Forgets Paris
Bonjour Le Basket...

Bon retour à Paris, NBA.

Better currency exchange those Bucks to Francs (oh no wait that’s Euro’s. Catch up United Kingdom). Because Milwaukee’s next stop is in Paris, France. After this season’s Big Smoke game between the winning Washington Wizards and New York Knicks at the former Millennium Dome, the 02 Arena became a game on the line, infamous instant replay goaltending call decision that seemed to stretch that contest for as beyond the buzzer as long as possible, it looks like Big Ben has tolled for the last time for the NBA’s regular season games in London, England. No wonder they took their time with that last horn chime.

All this after exclusive exhibition announcements in the Far East. Featuring a double header between D’Angelo Russell’s ice in China, Brooklyn Nets and the King’s Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzhen and our Toronto Raptors and Harden’s Rockets for their own one in Tokyo, Japan before next Summer’s 2020 Olympic Games in the capital of the land of the rising sun. The association is no longer forgetting about Paris too, like the classic Billy Crystal romantic comedy with the best, closer than courtside camoes of actual NBA stars (yeah I said it ‘Space Jam’). As the ‘When Harry Met Sally’ legend who took Meg Ryan to Katz Deli and the rest is “I’ll have what she’s having” quotable, fries with that history played a referee who was just glad for Muggsy Bogues as he finally had “someone to talk too”.

Can somebody give Crystal a call too please? Now the NBA will play its first game in Paris for over a decade.

Ten years in the making to the next one, could you think of a better team of the when the Warrior is fallen future then the Milwaukee Bucks that fits for this European exchange? Aside from the twin neighbouring Spanish bigs of legacy making Nikola Mirotic and legend Pau Gasol, they have the ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis, the greatest of this post-King generation. Call King James Harden the MVP right now, bit if you were to start any franchise today and had to pick one face, it would be the grinning Giannis. Therefore the alphabet of Antetokounmpo, leading the most international of teams in the NBA to this global game is the Most Valuable Player of not only this team and league, but this wide world expanding like his wingspan game as a whole, spinning on the finger-like basketball planet.

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Well, how about the basketball without borders buzz of the Hornets in Paris for the first time since 1994? Charlotte hosted one of the most nostalgic and beautiful All Star Games in recent memory this loving February and now they are taking their court to a whole new continent. And the Kemba Walker lead East beast of tomorrow has more French connections than ‘Hoosiers’ coach Gene Hackman. French-born and national team heroes Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum both play for the Charlotte Hornets and will be greeted in next Janvier’s game with a legends‘ welcome. And the owner of this North Carolina outfit, the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan’s Nike brand is as big over here as these seven footers trying to Gobert jump over the Eiffel Tower (those Air Jordan Paris t-shirts with the Jumpman as the A are the best in the fashion class, like those Nike symbol sponsored 90’s golden era Hornets throwbacks to go back into hoop history with that Buzz City hardwood). If only they could play on the iconic Nike Jumpman outside court overlooked by the most famous lady in the City of Light herself (although the pitch coveted AccorHotels Arena is a stadium of our future times).

Un jour.

The last time the NBA showcased their art of sport in the Louvre city, everyone including Mona Lisa were smiling as Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls team won the McDonalds Games for all the quarter pounders over 20 years ago in 1997. But come next calender in the New Year, season and 2020 of sport will it be his Buzz or the Bucks who afford more after four quarters of a franc?

With all love to Paris St Germain, the world’s most romantic city is about to meet its one, true, beloved beautiful game.

It’s only Au Revoir until we meet again.

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

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”.

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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.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists joins elite NBA company

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.

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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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