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Odom Is Owed More Than This

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Here’s the latest as of today-if some are still interested-another miracle has happened, Lamar Odom is off dialysis and will not need a kidney transplant according to sources. Thankfully he keeps getting better and better on his long road to recovery. What looked like touch and go, is now a turnaround of a survival story.

Yet, it’s all stronger and much more meaningful than that.

This is about making sure Lamar Odom gets better and recovers completely…physically and mentally. This is not about the gossip rags or social media trends…you can save all that tweeting for the birds. This is one step at a time…not one rumor after another.

Will the former NBA champion, ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’, Laker, Clipper and Miami Heat player that could stretch the court like no other player in history the way he could play all five positions on the floor ever play again? That’s the least important thing right now for a legend whose legacy will always live on on what he did during his time in the NBA. Will he get back with his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian? Are you kidding me right now? Although we wish them the best, that’s not even our business. Let alone something that should be brought up right now!

Come on!

This is about a troubled man who is much more of a person beyond his pain, finding health and happiness again no matter what people say.

To those bemoaning the amount of attention he’s getting in the media after his critical condition hospitalization after taking drugs in a brothel, he’s not welcoming this. Even if you are ignorant enough to think her brought it on himself. This is a man that has wanted the TMZ likes of refresh a second gossip columns in this digital newspaper age out of his life a long, damn time ago. And who could blame him? Or the people visiting and supporting him, famous name or not. This is not a reality show and he’s not a reality star. He’s a basketball one…and a man first. A man dealing with a depression and loneliness those looking to fuel the fire are too shallow to ever know. To ever know the shameful embarrassment of having your dirty laundry aired out in public…hourly. Now that is not our concern. And this is real life people. It’s not another exercise in cashing in on articles, (part of me, ashamed doesn’t even know why I’m writing this, although I feel it’s needed one way or another) shared posts, likes and retweets in a “me” generation age where some feign concern and sympathy over an addiction to celebrity tragedy just to gain readers, followers, or a digital only respect that comes with this selfish culture, ‘selfie’ style of showing off about how ‘good’ or ‘nice’ they are.

That does not deserve a thumbs up. Liking is not caring…or helping. Action over reaction is.

Real help…real care.

Real life.

Don’t be fooled. Don’t fall for anything else. This is not about needing to know what’s going on and needing to have the first word or last laugh. This is about needing to know a mans OK. Have you seen how many people and news sites have dropped off now he’s better and he’s no longer the latest social media, cycle trend? Last weeks news?! Really? This is not about the latest breaking news that people will search and scrape for once they find out what’s really happening with Khloe and Lamar. Yet again that has nothing to do with us.

And I’m one of number sevens biggest fans, but more than anything I just want him to be OK. There’s a lot I’ve wanted to write, but it didn’t seem appropriate. Perhaps this isn’t either. All I did was tweet this (and I’m including it for what the words mean about the man)…’My Lamar Odom jersey still hangs proud in my room. No player could play like he played! No one has overcome as much as he! I have faith.’ Yet my and other real fans and concerned parties have more character than just what 30 keystrokes can give us. It’s unedited…unfiltered. Others treating it like it’s a hash-tag trend or first developing story wins just don’t get it. This is a mans life and livelihood.

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But they aren’t even the worse ones.

Those that think this is all for the sport of a mocking meme or vile Vine may just want to stick to the skit of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ video. For mocking a mans life hanging in the balance isn’t at all funny. It’s cruel and computer keyboard and screen cowardly. Those trying to make a point too that support shouldn’t be offered to a man who was addicted to drugs and spent time with prostitutes, whilst also using a shared post or whatever to ridicule are ridiculous and need to check themselves first before they throw stones from their transparent tenements. It’s pathetic and they owe him more than an apology.

From an early age Lamar lost his mother, than the grandmother that raised him, friends, hope and then his own baby infant. Then after overcoming all this mental torture and substance abuse he became one of the kindest men and unique ball players around. He found championship career success and love and then lost it all in front of television show cameras that didn’t even need all the blogs and b.s. to follow with their broke two cents…but oh did they. That’s just a summary guys! That’s enough to drive even the strongest of souls (which he is) to more than despair.

Now I don’t mean to speculate or make excuses but can you blame him? As we complain day-to-day about less or a life we don’t even know. If you don’t get that or him. If you don’t even respect it a little bit than you just don’t understand. Mental health or all the trouble and turmoil that causes it. If you see this man or this scenario as less than or not as worthwhile as others than you really, truly don’t get it. Or for that matter have any respect for those that suffer these type of problems or issues. These problems could effect any of us in any form and do. Disrespect and shamefully ridicule Lamar Odom for this and you disrespect and shamefully ridicule anyone and everyone that goes through personal problems that effect mental well-being. The person you just walked past in the street. A family member or friend you didn’t even know needed help. The guy writing this article. Maybe even yourself.

And we can both agree to those even worse that wish the worst for this kind, talented (not that that should be an issue) and troubled (that is the issue here) young man there’s words we can’t put down here that they deserve. But we don’t need to write that. Because Lamar’s about to rewrite it all. In the face of it all he’s going to get better and stronger and recover from this relapse. He’s going to live again and on. He’s not giving up…maybe it’s time those with a desire to disgrace or deface did when it comes to all they have to say.

Because just like the end of this…it’s nothing. And this man is more than all of that…much more!

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La La Lakerland Played Host To A City Of All-Stars At The Weekend

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Like Father, Like Slam,

Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this. Even if Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and even the other Michael (B) Jordan were taking in all the lights, camera action court-side.

After the 2017 Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year and two calendar’s after our native Toronto held the All Star Weekend in Canada, the sixth A.S.G. in the Clipper and Lakerland of the downtown STAPLES of L.A. was the first of it’s kind. As two of the best players in the association and reigning finalists decided to draft their own pool of players against the wall for the ultimate black and white pick-up game between ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team LeBron’, for all the marbles of which of the last two champions would be King.

Well it certainly helps if James picks his rivals reigning MVP teammate Kevin Durant and his own former partner in pine championship crime Kyrie Irving for the big shots first.

But before all that it was down to regular festivities to begin the weekend of All-Star. Basketball’s equivalent of music’s Grammy’s or movies Oscars in Superbowl February. Opening these ceremonials Team World beat down Team USA 155-124 in the Rising Stars game that should really tell you something. Despite home court advantage rookie steal, Kyle Kuzma notching 20, fellow Californian franchise face Buddy Hield was king as the Sacramento star hit 29 as the two sides wore Clipper and Laker interloped Buffalo and MPLS throwbacks for the Hollywood script. And after Quavo of hit duo Migos took home the Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 79-66, Spencer Dinwiddie paid the bills in a superior skills comp. Before scorching Sun in California Devin Booker showed his career high 70 was no one-hit wonder as he burnt down all the nets and the money-ball rack. Winning the three-point contest showdown from reigning winner and sixth man Eric Gordon. Grounding the Rocket as this Phoenix rose. Book it!

But after the most therapeutic competition of All-Star weekend it was time for the most exciting one just as compelling. And in honoring his father Larry Nance, the 1984 winner of the inaugural Slam-Dunk contest, Larry Nance Jr. rocked the baby cradle, like father, like dunk. As he even rocked the old-school Phoenix Suns jersey, short shorts and high-socks for an inspired imitation. But under the magicians cloak, those Los Angeles natives in attendance draped in gold wish he had turned into someone turning back the clock and wearing a Lakers jersey (those Lonzo assists with the ball would have helped). As what would have been a long awaited, eagerly anticipated home-team representation turned into an Akron homecoming for the Ohio hometown hero like LeBron in the Kings land once the trade deadline passed.

Pops Nance loved it though after he himself played the lions share of his career in Cleveland as a Cavalier. Even assisting his boy on his second slam, before he blew the house down with a windmill that even rocked Chris Rock and then double tapped an Instagram worthy picture perfect dunk that if your phone blinked, you’d have had to instant replay it to not miss it and believe it. But all this court creativity wasn’t enough like Maverick rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 360 reverse, through the legs 50. Or All-Star Victor Oladipo getting an assist off King T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman, suiting up in the Black Panther mask and clawing a tomahawk. And if you think that was special, if only you were a fly on the wall for the moment entertainment megastar Jamie Foxx told Vic he loved his album and started singing ‘A Song For You’ with him in the parking lot (as told by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins). As Utah’s jazz man Donovan Mitchell won by jumping over Kevin Hart and his family (Come on! How hard is that? The comedian was even crouched down. Seriously?! He could have even been sat on his shoulders and Mitch would have been good), and then breaking out the classic Vince Carter Raptor jersey and doing you know what.

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The whole weekend turned out to be a testament to a throwback tribute despite Nike’s brand new Team LeBron and Steph duds. Last years All-Star representative, Pelican Anthony Davis paying tribute to his injury fallen teammate brother Cousins by wearing what would have been his numero zero jersey. Free agent suitors beware, DeMarcus is going nowhere now this summer after this. You see he saw on I.G. but look at the shot. How s### was his seat for a would be player?

But after Black Eyed Pea Fergie caught flack for her soulful and sultry rendition of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem (hey, you didn’t complain when Marvin did it) the game hit all the high-flying, dunking high-notes. So much so fans needed throat lozenges like Pink! Even if there wasn’t a single Clipper or Laker representative in the game itself. Despite the lobbying for 6 Man, Lou Will and new Laker Isaiah Thomas only recently being LeBron’s actual teammate.

The King took the MVP crown himself as his 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists helped turn a 15 point hole into a 148-145 victory. And from the look on his face as he leapt into Kevin Durant’s arms of all people, it looked like he just won the NBA Championship back. And from the look on Steph’s face on the receiving end reply it was hard to disagree.

You may be the champion, but I’m the best in the world those eyes said.

Well it’s up to you to decide when round 2 of the All Star draft is televised next year for all to see in M.J.’s land of the greatest.

Charlotte’s going to be good!

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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