See this picture above Lake Show? The picture of Pau embracing Pop like he was Kobe…or better yet his own pop?
Learn from it.
New Buck Pau Gasol may have only registered 15 minutes of on court fame in a road game against his old hand the San Antonio Spurs last night. Recording the equivalent of a three pointer or bucket and one, whichever way you want to call it. And his Milwaukee Bucks team, sitting as pretty as the game of All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo uptop the Eastern Conference may have left Texas with the L. But the reception the Spanish legend got back in the Spurs saloon was that of a heroes homecoming.
Emotional embraces with his former band of brothers dressed in their military tribute fatigues. Jumbotron tributes of his entire, illustrious career. Standing ovations to not an unclapped hand in the house. You would have thought it was his last year in the association and not Nowitzki’s. Although the third best European player of all time behind big Dirk and the legend of what could have been the best player ever (word to M.J. G.O.A.T.) in the late, great Drazen Petrovic (Rest Peacefully King), until Luka Doncic or his Porzingis Mavericks teammate has something to say about it has still got plenty left in the Gasoline tank. After his former Spanish Bull teammate in Chicago Nikola Mirotic after his deadline deal told a bought out free agent in Pau to come to Wisconsin because and I quote, “you’ll love it here”.
And I’m sure he does riding the Harley Davidson’s with the bench he bolsters behind the best, not to mention the most versatile superstar in the league in the Greek Freak alphabet turning opponents into yogurt. A more complete team that could even splash the super one of the reigning dynasty Golden State Warrior kings. The G-League to All Star Khris Middleton and the somehow slept on ‘Bron built point superstar of Eric Bledsoe who has bled teams of late. Not to mention this writers Lakers.
And that’s the point. When it’s all said and done Pau Gasol will go down as one of the greatest players of all-time. Regardless of continent or stature. His time at the big-three in Chicago, San Antonio and now Milwaukee will go down as more than just a former All Star heading out to pasture, but a big time veteran contributor whose more than just a big name or locker room presence in this game. But when it comes to who will retire his jersey like his national team who from European Championship dominance to Olympic Gold will see the big Gasol brother as their unanimous greatest of all-time (here’s hoping for one last dance in Tokyo this coming 2020), we know who should even though we don’t know who would…yet.
The Vancouver ‘Rookie Of The Year’ to Memphis Grizzlies for sure will raise it up for their greatest Grizz after his younger pup Marc. But what of the Lakers? They dangled this guy disrespectfully as trade bait many moons before everyone was up in arms about Lonzo, Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and the rest of the team without a crown being offered up on a polished plate for the crawfish of New Orleans to give them a French Quarter in return in big-man Anthony Davis. And they did it again and again, an immeasurable amount of times before enough was enough and Pau signed on the dotted line for the Windy City. That’s why former Memphis man Marc is up north in Toronto now and not with the team that actually drafted him and traded his selection along with other pieces for Pau. He refused to sign for these Lakers before re-upping in Tennessee like Timberlake because of how they treated his brother. Karma’s a bitch Hollywood and just because you live in the Tinseltown hills doesn’t mean you avoid seeing it up there on your high horse. And did they learn from it with their post Gasol international talent in now Clipper rival (?) Center Ivica Zubac? The opposite of Dre for this Zupac, “hell naw”! Even Snoop may be selling his seat. And apparently the news just in word is that the Lakers staff pleaded for Magic to resign Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, before he opted for one year deals for McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley. What?! Is this a meme?! I’m shouting like John McEnroe as I write this.
And if it wasn’t for the brotherhood Gasol had with Kobe I’m sure this professional would have a lot more to say than the held high grace he keeps. Playing well is the best revenge. Although real purple and gold bleeders know that this champions number 16 (no way Kobe wins those other two rings without his in sync brother) belongs up there with all the towering greats in this seven foot plus legacy of Laker bigs. Wilt, Shaq, Kareem, Big Game, Mikan, what could have been with Bynum or Howard, Pau Gasol belongs there with every one of them as not only one of the greatest Lakers, but one of the greatest seven footers this game has ever seen. And like his European brother Dirk, with the added extra of having even more skill and range in this post paint age than all of these other greats of the game.
To finish this point let’s go back to the picture above that starts this whole article off. Is there a greater coach in history and longevity than Greg Popovich (aside form maybe Phil)? Look at his face. Really take in how they hold each other close. Real recognises real and the way Pau Gasol was honoured last night is looking familiar in this year of one last dances and a few more go rounds for those fine wine vets, pushing 40 and their legacies even further with each step they take on court.
And we’d bet our bottom dollar on this Buck until the day he stops lacing them up.
Let’s hear it for the new deer.
A Rose For Kuz?
The Rose that grew from the career incasing concrete of a plaster cast, potential legacy ending injury is still in bloom.
Now that’s legendary.
As a matter of fact with the trade deadline nearer than your office one, right now nothing smells better than Pooh.
Currently more than motoring on with the Detroit Pistons in Motown, the rejuvenation of Derrick Rose has already had his redemption season. Howling back with the Minnesota Timberwolves the last 82. But in this one mirroring his prime time stats as a Bull and the next era after M.J. for the Chicago way, it’s still a story as good as a Dwight Howard Hollywood reunion or blazing Carmelo comeback out in Oregon.
And now like the former D12, D. Rose could be heading to the wild west like the one Anthony the Lakers didn’t get in the end (but should of). But like the young core, Ingram, Ball and Hart trade for A.D. is the prize worth the price?
Although Derrick is linked with the 76ers like every superstar over the past few seasons and a reunion with Chicagoland (which Basketball God’s would be the perfect closing chapter to this story that is albeit still being wrote by his own penmanship), the Benjamin Franklin’s are on Rose reuniting with King James although he called his Cleveland time with the classic Cavalier “super awkward”.
The former number one, that draft pick and NBA MVP is still most valuable and at 31 is almost a half decade younger than the King. Plus with awesome averages of 18.3 points on 50.3 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes and 5.9 assists per contest this campaign, the guy wants more time and to get out of the elimination standings.
Clockwork and contention could certainly be on the cards for Rose who let’s face it at his age and stage and with the numbers he’s putting up is still a superstar, hate it or love it. He’s been put through the ringer for his career like Bill Simmons or Shea Serrano, but now he’s being called on like Phil Collins to be one of the games greats like the genesis of his association with National Basketball.
So he may just be worth a package deal like your next vacation. Even if the Lakers are offering Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook for his services. Can I make a counter offer of Cook, Troy Daniels (great…but underused) and DeMarcus Cousins (although I do want to see how big he can literally get coming back and grunting with former post Pelican powerhouse Anthony Davis)? Throw in Drummond and it’s a go. Like Jerry Seinfeld superimposed into ‘Deal Or No Deal’ by NBC’s ’30 Rock’, “I gotta take that deal!”
Pair Rose with LeBron and the frontcourt force of Howard and of course Davis then these London Olympic teammates would make for what a couple of five ring contests ago on dry erase would look like a dream team. And it still wakes up notions of one to this date in the 2020 year of Tokyo thanks to Vogels vision. But would the show be giving up too much this time?
“This time”…yeah right!
Quinn Cook has California championship pedigree, splashing with the brothers in Golden State like shopping on Rodeo Drive. And this Warrior has been integral this season. His number 2 from downtown reminding me of the should be retired clutch king Fisher (we can always raise 0.4 to the STAPLES rafters) and making me feel happier about buying a Lonzo Ball statement jersey last year…hey if I wear it under a jacket it looks like I’m cooking up love and representation for Quinn.
And then there’s Kuz.
If the Lakers trade away Kyle Kuzma then they will be giving up the last piece of their incredibly curated young core that is flying with the Pelicans right now. Although how could I forgot about the untouchable, All Star Alex Carushow and the fact that Anthony Davis isn’t calendar far from Larry Nance Jr. and new Jazz 6 man Jordan Clarkson?
Although Rose solves the Lakers perimeter problems and feels in the same prime time as what could be his All Star teammates (how legendary would a Rose/Rondo backcourt be although it’s hard not to know whether to deal him or Cook?), Kuz seems too good to let cruise like Tom. This top gun may have struggled early this season, but he was coming back from injury Lakers Twitter. And recently he’s been that Worthy third option behind the Big Game Magic of James and his Kareem or Shaq to his Kobe number 3 partner, waiting on those Jordan digits next season when the King carries the 6.
30 for 30 putting up “trade this” exclamatory numbers in the dynamic duos absence, even Batman and Robin needed a Nightwing. And as much as Rose could help the new Lake Showtime bloom and grow like fine wine for all of LeBron’s merlot men, you could imagine Kyle making the Lakers pay play after play like a D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle off the team that draft clever, but trade stupid.
Keep the player. Trade the barber.
Zero to 1. The legend or the future superstar? The choice for this deal is the Kings.
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.
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