Expect even more new Nike jerseys to be ripped this New Year.
But this time it will be off store shelves and not the back of players like King LeBron James.
After the swoosh took over from Adidas this season to be the new symbol of the league. The brand that just does it like giving Air to Jordan immediately turned heads like a Jumpman with their uniforms and related apparel. First came the interchangeable home and road, Association and Icon jerseys. And then for your amazing alternatives came the Statement duds with (even better) no sleeves.
Even if some did come with tears like those old Adidas “t-shirts” many wanted to turn back to vests. Like the corner of the shoulder “subtle” sponsers that to be fair aren’t as dreaded and more relevant than first feared thought.
And if that wasn’t enough Nike have gone fourth and come out with a whole new range. Another awesome alternative for your closets and wallets. And like Stevie or the wonder that they are these City Edition jerseys are running for the town these teams rep and reside.
It all started with a leaked rumour that the Lakers were going to rock a sick snakeskin Black Mamba jersey in honor of L.A. legend Kobe Bryant’s dual jersey retirement ceremony. And although it wasn’t alright on the night as both 8 and 24 went to the rafters, the Lakers will rock these back to black jerseys, part designed by Kobe himself that more than make up for the lack of Hollywood nights this year too. Whilst their Los Angeles STAPLES Clipper neighbours like a MPLS staple take it back to baby Buffalo blue.
And if you missed unwrapping those Christmas Day jerseys this December 25th gone then just peep Ben Simmons script with the whole city behind him like Rocky or The Process going out for a morning run up those Liberty Bell iconic Balboa steps. Many teams are keeping tradition with their City game. Like Atlanta’s hawking black neon. Boston’s beautiful grey parquet. Detroits industrial metal Motor City. Portland’s trail blazing ‘Rip City’ in funeral black. And of course New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Golden State’s Chinese New Year, the Los Suns of Phoenix and let’s not forget the uniform of those who serve for their country with San Antonio’s stars and stripes.
Aswell as that amazing attire is some new looks for some of the leagues most traditional teams. Highlights include the red, white and baby blue classic Chicago way look for those baby Bulls. And the cream of the instant classic new Milwaukee Bucks crop. Just like the grey of the new Minnesota Timberwolves team that is as black and white beautiful. And if we’re talking about that then the simple but substantial look of the new Memphis threads and the Jumpman of the Hornets Buzz City for Charlotte are amongst the best of this new signature line like the old candy painted Bullets jerseys for the Wiz that honor the District of Washington D.C.’s Colombia. And let’s not forget Dallas’ downtown look and OKC’s thunderous one. But aside from Utah’s desert burnt orange that is cool for the Summer it looks like grey is the new black this fashioned season. Especially in the form of the Cavaliers new collection for the King that truly represents for ‘The Land’ all for one and one for all. But if you want real representation that honors then look no further than the new jerseys of the New York Knicks. As these fire house uniforms crests pay tribute to all the bold and brave heroes of the cities F.D.N.Y. From 9/11 to now.
Now that’s really making a statement.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.