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OKC’s KD…From MVP TO DNP

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Durant’s done!

I guess for the Thunder, when it rains it really does pour.

Oklahoma City have weathered a lot of storms in this turbulent season. Many of their top flight players have been grounded with injury, missing games and thus potential playoff frames. As a matter of fact, with everyone from Kobe Bryant to Derrick Rose swapping the sweats for the suits, it seems like every team in the league has taken and L when it comes to DNP’s. But more than a coaches decision, it seems like the ones of the fickle fingers of fate of the basketball God’s.

After missing more time than employees who sleep through the snooze button, Kevin Durant has now officially punched out for the season. But it has been by a forced hand…or should we say foot!? As Kevin’s right kicker requires graft surgery that won’t see him resume “basketball activities” for at least another 4-6 calender months.

Goodbye season…goodbye playoffs!

So what does this mean for the Thunder and the rest of the league as a whole? It was all good just a year ago! Durant had one upped LeBron James as league MVP and his OKC side looked favourite to take home even bigger trophies. But then those old dog and bones the San Antonio Spurs showed them and the King where the real throne belonged. Now without KD both LBJ and the S.A.S. have a better chance of fighting for victory again. As do the Chef Curry with the hot pot Golden State Warriors or the Harden Rockets (speaking of Thunder strikes shining in Durant’s absence)…or any outsider for that matter. Like the still in the stampede Chicago Bulls, who will see even more red and maybe gold if heartbreaking Derrick Rose really does return and bloom before the playoffs.

That is unless Russ has something to say about it.

If the video game cover cursed Durant (who has been a mainstay for this franchise ever since they where slung from Seattle like some Pikes Place Market cod) had stayed healthy for the course, we’d surely be talking about who was Most Valuable again and maybe finally the champion they deserve. Despite the cruelty of injury that can rob even the most competitive of their time in the sun (we see you Californian Kobe). With that being said, between K’s burn and bench and battling through his own, potential season ending injury, Russell Westbrook has shown the city of Thunder and the league of association that he is no Robin sidekick to Durant’s Batman. More like a War Machine next to what was the Iron Man of number 35. Now ready to suit up with avengance now his teammate is down. Desperate times call for stark measures.

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Between the baby face of Curry and the beard of Harden-not to mention the four time King and what could have been with KD-Westbrook deserves to be MVP. He’s not just picked up the slack from a missing teammate, he’s also carrying the weight of his own injury time. Refusing to go down again after a facial fracture and strapping on the phantom mask like Rip Hamilton and going all Kobe and LeBron opera menace, destroying the league in a symphony of no sympathy and his signature strong arm dunks, only this time with more epic engravings. His all round play has looked video game like in its graphic content. Movie making with more cannon fodder victims, taking names like John Wick. His numbers going to Pythagoras lengths. What’s the theory? Running the floor battle to battle, longer than the Bayeux tapestry. Weaving between the defenders and keeping his team embroided in this playoff race, despite the stiches.

He deserves Maurice enough for this, but maybe a Finals one would be in order if this unstoppable juggernaut could take his team all the way. It would be quite the trilogy and league story for this years most valuable All-Star. Either way, injury or not, OKC or not, Russell Westbrook has confirmed himself as one of the runaway, best superstars this league has offered in recent decades. You don’t need an Allen Iverson co-sign to answer that.

Unquestionably without Kevin, the Thunder are still forecasted for the next few months, but boy oh boy if only they had him too, next to their dynamite dynamo for the most devastating dynamic duo.

Then you’d be guaranteed to see reign.

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New Toronto ‘City’ Jerseys Point North To The 6

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Better late and sharp to the party than never looking fly.

Sometimes in the streets of Toronto you just have to wait for a good thing. Like that CN Tower forever in the distance drive from Pearson Airport to the downtown dot. Or waiting for a table and menu for something good to eat at Jack Astor’s on any given night. But Drake always delivers from serving up playlist picks to albums that offer ‘VIEWS’ that honour the great city of the six. So you know if you’re reading this it’s never really too late.

Now after Nike just gave us ‘Association’, ‘Icon’ and real ‘Statement’ jerseys for the new season where they are now the official uniform supplier of this National Basketball Association the ‘City’ line is complete like riding a Matt Bonner tram from King Street West to the Air Canada Center. As Toronto didn’t want to be left out like Kyrie Irving didn’t want to be the next Dwyane Wade. Now the only one rocking sleeves like Adidas is Lakers rook Lonzo again, looking to ball like his UCLA alumni days. Forget Christmas Day, unless you’re rocking Sixers script. As for the 6, the new Toronto Raptors jerseys that go back to black like the late, great Amy Winehouse with Octobers Very Own gold, couldn’t be more Drake or OVO if they had that Owl hooting from the shooting shorts. And you know these third blackouts will be a permanent fixture on ‘Drake Nights’ when the Raps court will be decked out in the black gold same lining.

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But these new duds that All-Star ‘Step Brothers’ DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will rock like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly did ugly sweater vests are less ‘Hotline Bling’ and more for the town he calls his own for the citizens of Toronto. ‘They The North’ and have that in six court copying chevrons that in glittering gold, road point to this very Canadian NBA destination. Do you see. And if you don’t know, now you know…player.

This is B.I.G. for the notorious north OVO town of the six. We’ve had the ATL neon, Boston parquet, Lakers Black Mamba snakeskin, Cleveland Land, Detroit ‘Motor City’ industry, New York’s F.D.N.Y. department, the Suns not losing the ‘Los’ love and Chicago’s classic city edition. But nothing for the homestand looks as good as this to the T-Dot.

And with all six signs pointing north to Toronto, we only wish these Raptors threads could be put on for the city every night.

Now the only ‘Fallen Kingdom’ in this Jurassic World will be found in cinemas with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum this summer season Blue.

It took a minute for the sap to meet the tree but the Raptors and the Toronto city they call home are far from extinct.

Nike finds a way.

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The ‘Human Highlight Film’ Dominique Wilkins Almost Made ‘Showtime’ Worthy

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How Unique Would The Lakers Have Been With 'Nique?
Hollywood’s show kept fast break rolling last night like a Golden Globe as the young Lakers finally snapped their losing trend by clipping the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113 at STAPLES. All behind 20 points from Brandon Ingram, 15 and 9 from Julius Randle and 13, 10 and 6 from rookie Lonzo Ball. J.C. with 18 and K.C.P. with 14 also had three three’s each as the Lakers made a sweet 16 season best from downtown, to go along with a franchise record 42 points off fast breaks on a momentous night for the storied franchises record books.
It kind of looks like Showtime’s go on all over again.
But straight from the Fox Sports hole pregame did you know that back in the 80’s day the NBA’s Hall of Fame, Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the centerpiece of Showtime? The Atlanta Hawk legend who has a statue outside the ATL arena like all the Magic, Kareem’s, big fellas and logos outside Lakerland told us himself play-by-play as part of the pregame panel.
“Jerry Buss didn’t want me but Jerry West did”, ‘Nique said with warm affection to what could have been. And we can’t help muse like Shea Serrano’s brilliant ‘Basketball And Other Stories’ book to what legacy and Laker legend would have been like if the Basketball God’s didn’t cast down a thunderbolt. You see apparantly it all came down to an injury to Lakers Celtic bruising forward Mitch Kupchak, which will no doubt leave some Laker fans thinking this may be the first time but not the only time their former G.M. Mitch has messed up things for the Lake Show.
Kupchak’s season crippling injury made Buss want to go bigger and taller. And the rest is Big Game history as the Lakers drafted Wilkins’ fellow North Carolina alumnus James Worthy who made his own H.O.F. career more than just his second name that resides in the forever rafters like 42. The second in goggle command behind Cap remains one of the Lakers and the league as a whole’s most underrated legend.
But we can’t help but think what it would be like if we just looked up at the STAPLES ceiling and saw Dominique’s name up there like Kobe’s too (or two) with his 21 in that acclaimed area. It would have certainly brought more hard-nosed hostility to those Larry Bird fights and more Hollywood to that iconic Slam Dunk Contest between the Human Highlight and the G.O.A.T., M.J. And could you have imagined the Magic between a player who finished his career with Orlando and actually the legendary Boston Celtics and the man with the top hat himself Earvin Johnson? Now you thought watching Lake Show greats A.C. Green and former coach Byron Scott was good.
In the end it was all scripted the right way. The Lakers had their own Big Game dunking James worthy of a King and Dominique Wilkins soared as a Hawk in the A. But if Magic’s all smiling Showtime had a few more Human Highlights for the film? Now that would be something straight out of Hollywood.
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LeBron’s Land Now Has I.T. Support

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I.T. Follows All The Kings Men

Cleveland plainly dealed their point prince Kyrie Irving away from the King’s Cavalier land this Summer, to make the NBA’s historical Boston Celtics storied again behind their new superstar handle. And in return they got a glorious gunner with an 80’s iconic name, albeit one hip checked to the new year with injury.

But even if Christmas has come late this year like changing your calendar to 2018, Isaiah Thomas is back like you’ve never seen him before, like a Detroit Piston legend kissing and making up with an 80’s Showtime one in an emotional NBA TV reunion.

Now that’s Magic!

Like Pennywise the clown, injury tempted I.T.’s reign into the gutter for the opening chapter of his story with the King like he was wearing a yellow raincoat. But just wait for part two…it’s about to get slicker as forget arms, Thomas is about to take everyone’s legs off from the ankles up.

He’ll float too.

The land was in need of a hand. One that even the way of Wade couldn’t help after the thorn that went in probably retired, former franchise player Derrick Rose’s side. And now they have it all for one and one for all in I.T.’s support. The King now has a fellow crowning talent ready to hold the throne with. Isaiah Thomas’ return to the trail against Portland was blazing too. Normally a nice 17 points and 3 assists would seem modest for a pocket dynamo of this young Iverson’s stature, but when we answer that it came in just 19 minutes of burn than you know it’s something else altogether.

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It’s the makings of something greater.

But all that failed to blend in Beantown as his reunion with the Celtics he was supposed to retire with and his renewed rivalry with the guard he was traded for was put on a DNP-CD hold (at least he too made up with 80’s great Danny Ainge). But the whole event game of the night turned out to be a wash-out as the Celtics 102-88 scrubbing of the Cavaliers on polished parquet only saw the real rivalry of James (19) and Kyrie (11) amass less than 20 points each when this explosive TNT match-up should have gone 30 for 30 for ESPN.

Still Ohio will rise again when the King and I.T. return to their land and maybe even the promised ones of the NBA Finals. As another Celts/Cavs conference finals match-up without Gordon Hayward and this time more Love could beat towards the heart of a lion. And the five foot something with a headband has plenty of that under his too.

And you best believe tooth and hip surgery nail he’s going to leave it blood, sweat and tears all on the parquet this playoff postseason.

But this time instead of against one, Isaiah won’t just be running alongside a King…he’ll be one.

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