The all new, All Star look, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets debuted their brand new, graffiti on grey Nike NBA jerseys yesterday in the heart of the B.K. On the perfect late Summer sunny afternoon for their annual Practice In The Park event.
And forget a blacktop. On this concrete playground with a grey-scale to match their new, innovative court design this season doing away with the parquet, the new Kings of New York spread love the Brooklyn way, doing it B.I.G.
Now how juicy is that?
Whilst Durant’s former Dubbed team the Golden State Warriors came out cold in their San Francisco arena warming and California clash against LeBron James’ new Anthony Davis led Lakers (and how about a 20 and 10 in one half for the next Hollywood big man great in Laker legacy?), Kevin had his hood up in the sun to all that with his own new dynamic duo with former Celtic Irving. Kevin and Kyrie and the rest of the DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris B.K. Net gains were cooking in their new heat like someone had the barbeque coals going for some burgers and hot dogs on this any given Sunday.
With the New York skyline of the Empire State that they are about to dominate (sorry Knicks, but you are really on to something too) like Chrysler or Freedom in the background, stepping out on one of the cleanest courts you’ve seen outside in the same Rucker lead town of iron rims, grazed knees and broken ankles, N.Y.C’s team made their new duds official in front of some of the best fans in the world…let alone city.
Now how’s that for a Statement, for a team who from ABA to Coogi sweater trim has had some of the best alternative takes in the association?
We just can’t wait for their classic drips…even though all of these are already. How about a sky blue shine to honour where they NBA came from in the Meadowlands of New Jersey for the late, great Dražen Petrović?
Now that would be love spread like grey across the parquet.
And I’m not sleeping until I see something go intergalactic with the Beastie Boys for Adam.
But this big fit of the day is tagged by the classic “BKLYN” graffiti spray. It’s not the first, or second time this abbreviation has donned the Nets duds and in grey too, but never quite like this.
Graffiti is as important, influential and as integral to the Brooklyn borough street scene as brownstone or Biggie. Notorious to it. Can’t you see? These jerseys are about to hypnotize you and me.
But don’t kick in the door just yet. It may be the Summer, but like Christopher Wallace that doesn’t mean we’re taking off the Coogi sweaters just yet as we count the Benjamins it’s all about. Like the herringbone lining here, they are going to be given one more chance this season, but this time in Net nylon white. Now how about that?
It’s all good baby, baby!
But now it’s time for the Durant and Irving BKLYN Nets to make their mark on court.
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa’s basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.
Damian Lillard silky smooth 60-point career-high
Damian Lillard’s ascend to NBA stardom is a primary reason for anybody to cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers all-star guard. Lillard’s sharpshooting game, combined with his poignant and fierce lyrically skills are yet another glaring trend that have pushed his name towards a future hall-of-fame ballot and a potential thriving microphone ‘chin checking’ career if he so desires when his playing days are over.
On magical NBA Friday night, matched-up opposite one of the games’ best rising star — Oakland’s finest took his game to another level by dropping a career-high 60 points against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time all-star and 2017-18 All-NBA first-team guard drilled 19-of-33 (57%) field-goals, 7-of-16 (43%) three-pointers and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.
The two dynamic scoring guards have a history of finding an extra gear when facing each other. Irving dropped a career-high 55 points on Dame and the Blazers back in January 2015 when he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although, the 60-point effort came in a tough 119-115 loss it’s hard to ignore the fact Lillard is one of a select few players that have dropped a 50-plus point game in the last five seasons — dating back to the 2015-2016 NBA season. Lillard’s previous best, was a 59-point outburst against the Utah Jazz in 2017.
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