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.
Jared Dudley Is The Lakers Unsung Hero
There’s a hero that could save us in Hollywood right now.
And I ain’t talking about The King.
Or the Brow to ‘Bron in A.D. and his best since Shaq and Kobe dynamic duo combining for 70 like one off Elgin Baylor’s career high.
I ain’t talking about Kuz. Canada’s champ Danny Green from downtown purple and gold. Or the redemption reunion of Superman returns Dwight Howard in the hash-tag “Washed King’s” revenge season.
I ain’t even talking about the bald identity of my hero the Alex Caruso show this time.
I’m talking about Jared Dudley people.
Yeah I said it!
Not the same Jared that got replaced by Joaquin as The Joker. Not the same Dudley that got nut checked by Shaquille O’Neal on the Knicks before lamely quarterback pitch throwing the ball after him on the inbound technical (we didn’t think centers apart from Shaq could pass like that). Or the same J.D. that like going with Coke welcomed us to Atlanta with Ludacris. But just Jared.
You may think the former Brooklyn boy fan favourite owns the last roster spot that should have gone to a blazing Carmelo. Or still a free agent Jamal Crawford (even a J.R. Smith?!). A spot reserved for Andre Igudola once he gets out of contract hell. Or even a South Bay call-up for legendary names in young Lakers like Antetokounmpo, Stockton and Payton II. And let’s not forget the one Ingram they didn’t trade in the Grey Mamba ‘dre.
And with that headband over his shaved dome you may think the guy who Balenciaga bigger than Basketball looks the part in the players only catwalk runway to the stadium for his fashion fit drip looks like he’ll definitely be in ‘Bron’s ‘Space Jam’ sequel too. That’s all for your insults folks (“baldy?!”). But with that number ten to go with the head check he kind of looks like a less ripped version of a former King that used to kill the Lakers…and that’s no insult to J.D. Have you see Mike Bibby these days? He really is a unit.
But to me he looks like one of those bench energy guys who lifts the whole team in the mould of a Rony Turiaf or ‘Mad Dog’ Mark Madsen. Even if his time on the pine is more than on the hardwood. He still has his Laker legend like that photoshopped number 10 next to James and Davis for the new big three, tongue in cheek.
And speaking of that number ten you just may see that jersey in the seats of STAPLES almost as much as the King’s 23. Why you ask. Are fans waiting until A.D. adds a King’s 2 to his 3 as LeBron carries the 6? Was there a sale? An in-game giveaway like that Shaq City Edition being on everyones seats pregame for its debut in L.A.?
It’s because Dudley has literally been gifting his number ten signature to almost everyone (hello!) whose asked this season on Twitter and it isn’t even Christmas yet. What a statement. And if you thought that was a grand gesture then half of these people in the stands in tens are there because Jared has personally left comp tickets waiting for them for games at will call (the other half probably just in thanks). Not just at STAPLES…but on the road too. Now how’s that for player power? Reaching out to fans in precarious positions, with problems when it comes to getting to games, or even those whose lifelong dream was just to see Hollywood’s Lakers live and in living colour one time.
He’s done it countless. More times than the 23 and 2 team to start their best season since the year 2000 have won.
Now how about that? You love to see it. Right now no one does more for the fans than the people’s champ Jared Dudley.
When he gets his ring it won’t be from riding coattails, but giving his all, everything.
And let’s not forget the heart and hustle he puts down on the floor every night his box score doesn’t read DNP-CD for a second, or minute of time.
Let’s see more from Dudley.
The Lake Show are the Hollywood story of the season. But we all know when it comes to the script from the Basketball God’s you need your character actors as much as the academy of award winners. And if Jared Dudley really is the Lakers unsung hero in L.A. like Denis Irwin was for Manchester United (know your history) it’s time to hit the high notes and shoot our shot like he does his.
Now is this enough for me to get a jersey Jared?
DO Call It A Carmelo Comeback. Anthony Is Guaranteed For Years
Three fingers like “what’s your poison” and shots to the dome like LL Cool J’s comeback. I’m calling it…
La La said knock you out.
They say there are no guarantees in this life, or league. But now after almost crossing off an entire calender, Carmelo Anthony has one in this league of X and O’s.
You best believe every team that slept on him has woke up now.
O.K. Thunder? Like old New York. No ‘Melo in Lakers yellow, or Houston’s problem.
And let’s not talk about that ATL jersey Atlanta tried to hawk.
The Nugget type of fellow that Nelly rapped about like ‘Na-Nana-Na’, with the heart of a champion sweat until he was no longer in a suit and part of the Sportscenter theme again. After waiting longer to align with The King in Hollywood for this Game Of Thrones than another Anthony (Davis), Carmelo ended up coming up roses in the RIP City of Portland. And boy has he blazed a trail. Voltron forming arguably a big three with the best backcourt in the league not in this nation’s capital with C.J. McCollum and Dame ‘Time’ Lillard with the look like the OK3 of Russell Westbrook and PG3 and not the Beard and the Brow.
And now he’s exceeded everyone’s greatest expectations. As one of the G.O.A.T.’s has polished his path to the Hall with a comeback even better than the return of Superman Dwight Howard with the Lakers…which could have had a Hollywood sequel with Carmelo’s comeback.
But the Lakers loss is the PDX’s blazing gain.
What more would you expect from a guy who still put up competent averages in the soaring Rockets cosmos, despite being grounded by little court acclaim? The problems in Houston could have actually been attributed to another guy who ended up ousted and in an Oklahoma home too. Despite the trolls who are now trading in hot takes like they never simulated 2K videos of him building a Commodore house with his shot selection. Or the analysts who are changing their discussion like a report rewrite.
Carmelo ain’t calming down. Anthony is taking everyone back to school.
Class has been in session.
And how about the report card? Eight games. 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Big shots. Western Conference Player of the Week. All Star legend spot? He belongs like the Carushow in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’s unstoppable like LeBron James’ Eurostep, spin-cycle lay-up that is like a runaway freight…word to Denzel Washington. Or his Kareem sky-hook. Tokyo 2020 Team USA bid for the best in five rings Olympic legend in his golden age? Big shots from the double 0 like seven. From nothing twice?! This is no time to die Mr. Bond.
He’s gone toe-to-shot with the MVP. Showed he was more than a most imported or Sixth Man, but still a star. More than the name, but the actual game. And now he’s guaranteed to be around for a while longer like he never left, but is here to stay. As the Blazers changed the trail on the end of the signature of his contract before the ink even dried for this guy’s with the wet jumper like staying outside in the snow with your ugly NBA sweater this Christmas.
This tax is more than a luxury. It’s about to cap off a classic career with one compelling closing chapter.
Even when he bit career highs at the core of his career in the Big Apple, the ever humble hero Carmelo was a walking and dribbling, “I just take it one game (or day) at a time” postgame soundbite like he has been in his comeback off court to on it. Well now the Blazers can guarantee him 365…or at least 82 or however far he takes them.
From the headband to the hoodie, stay ‘Melo. Anthony is here to stay.
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