That’s how Boston banners air-quotes, greeted Irving on his return to Beantown with the New Jersey Nets along with chants of, “where’s Kyrie”, as the injured superstar watched his new Nets team fall 121-110 to the Celtics in the TD Garden.
Revenge served like the best dish.
“BOO! HISS!” in a devilishly delightful double-header the NBA cooked up this Thanksgiving feast, parading like the floats of Macy’s so this day wouldn’t turn out a turkey, the Lakers also had a Mardi Gras in New Orleans…and if you don’t know that story where have you been over the last year? 365 days ago Anthony Davis let the Big Easy know it was an N.O. that he was going to re-sign with them once he became a free agent this Summer (the Chicago born legend may not even re-up with the Lakers). So it was better to trade him before they lost everything.
But negotiations with the Lakers lasted longer than a hostage one and finally today with the best record and the two best players in the league, the Lakers and A.D. were greeted with so much buzzing from the stands you would have thought the Pelicans were still their old Hornets namesake (now back in Charlotte), or at least trying to promote this very website.
Thanks guys…we appreciate it!
“I don’t want no smoke”, Davis told his old Pelicans locker room, before going out and giving them exactly that with a fired up a Glen Rice (remember when Shaq and Kobe tried him, J.R. Rider and Mitch Richmond as their dynamic duo big-three finisher before playing fantasy Basketball with the glove and mailman of Gary Payton and Karl Malone? Well finally the one, two of ‘Bron and the Brow have one in the late flurry of threes from Kyle Kuzma…the one part of the young core the Lake Show refused to trade to the Pels), 41 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Smoking them out.
Another big game for the big man, still nursing that big shoulder injury (you want to talk about “Load Management” now…this guy deserves a rest), leaving the game after colliding with a guy he was traded for Josh Hart, for longer than most fans at halftime who won’t return to their seats because there’s a queue of all the other empty ones waiting for hot dogs and nachos. But today A.D. had the extra dip.
But this revenge reunion for both sides wasn’t just about one of two players. The Pelicans had a haul of folks going against the Lakers like the disgruntled young core of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr, Jordan Clarkson, Ivica Zubac and more proving Magic Johnson (who gave up his job over all this) and Rob Pelinka. They have that in their own big-three of Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball…and even though Ball is out with Williamson. One day and one day sooner than we all think the Pelicans have a young team who could fly past even this new Showtime of the best in show and league leading Lakers looking for their ninth straight 16 and 2. A Lakers team that also has more former Pelicans than Davis in the point of Rondo (alleying so many oops to Ant’s hoops)and injured big DeMarcus Cousins (who once formed a twin tower future in New Orleans with Davis…now just wait until he comes back).
Despite all the boo’s that wouldn’t set in Crescent City, this is a big man who was big enough to tell New Orleans he wasn’t coming back way in free agency advance so they could get something for him in return (and get something, oh they did). That’s something he won’t even have the time to do with the Lakers if the Windy City changes his Hollywood direction next season. Jrue Holiday who had 29 points and 12 assists knows this. Passing his jersey in respect to his old friend for a Wade swap postgame in this one after their last dance as a band of brothers. The King, James had 29 points and 11 assists himself (making milestone after milestone this season, this game becoming the fourth player in NBA history (and Kobe, Kareem and Karl Malone it’s all former Lakers) to surpass 33,000 career points) as Big Game Kuzbis without the goggles (but getting one in the the eye again) added a sweet 16 like that iconic birthday. Whilst former Laker Brandon Ingram saying there was nothing but love for his organization pregame, showed his old team what they were missing with his day, coming out and of age with a double/double of 23 and 10.
Hart’s hustle. The ingrained game of Ingram. J.R. shooting with the clutch chronicles of Redick. Holiday not taking a single play off on a career night where he looked like the Raptors Kyle Lowry wrapping it up in the finals. Even without Zion and Lonzo the Lakers former lead guard the Pelicans made their point.
That was until Davis gunning for Defensive Player of the Year again with every buzzer beating block after dunking and free throwing his way to the lead, amongst all the jeers picked the pockets of the Pelicans with a key steal at the horn which blared a 114-110 win for the Lake Show. One that goes on beating teams they are as many as 14-zip down to (4-0) like they are wearing them down and playing chess with all these checkers.
Checkmate. Game. Set. And rematch.
That’s all folks!
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.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
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.
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.
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Canadian Basketball Insider Newsletter
NBA3 weeks ago
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 32 points most by Canadian against the Raptors
NBA4 weeks ago
Clippers Leave Lakers Under The Tree On LA Christmas Day
NCAA3 weeks ago
Abu Kigab career night powers Boise State Broncos
NBA4 weeks ago
Yuta Watanabe’s Japanese ‘Liking Yields Power’ Autobiography Message Not Lost In Translation