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On Christmas Day, Lakers Deck The Warriors With Balls Of Hollywood

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On Christmas Day, Lakers Deck The Warriors With Balls Of Hollywood
Glory To The New Ball King...

Chestnuts weren’t the only thing roasting on an open fire this yuletide season. As in the heat of a California Christmas clash, the Lakers had a Merry one and they weren’t even home for the holidays.

Taking their Hollywood show on the road. After Kyrie went “this is 40”, two former Thunderous MVP’s went at each other in Houston and the Knicks, were…well the Knicks, LeBron James and all the King’s men went to the Oracle and turned it into a snow globe.

Let it reign, let it reign. Ho, ho, oh no they didn’t.

The Lakers have been like a Warriors bogey team of sorts for a few calendars now. Especially around this time of year. Ever since their young core of Ball, Kuzma, Ingram and more represented the next generation of Curry, Thompson and Durant death line-up splash (they also had the perfect Draymond Green match in Julius Randle…the one player they really shouldn’t have let go (but alas we will digress like we never did about the CP3 veto)). But this December with the captain Hart of the Lakers decked out in Grinch green Nike’s, these kids looked ready for the Hall as they stole Christmas like Dr. Seuss.

Now how’s that for a bedtime story?!

127-101 isn’t just a W it’s a WW..W.T.f.com. As the Lakers shook the pine out of the Warriors, needling them for a 26 point by the fireplace blowout on the 25th. And they did it for the most part without number 23 in the end. As after just 21 minutes, but still an all-time 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, King James left the game with a groin injury. He wouldn’t return and the Lake Show sorely hope we will do by New Year. Look at our last article…I hope we didn’t jinx him.

Sorry!

But even without his crown leading the way like the Queen’s speech from the throne, the young Lakers still knocked the dynasty Warriors off theirs…in their own castle too. As the Lakers wore ‘City Edition’, Lore Series, purple pinstripe in The Bay, they showed true Magic as the Warriors decked out in Laker gold couldn’t find any in their state in Oakland.

Iguodala had 23 and Durant 21. But you better suspended that “preordained” parade across that bridge to a new home in San Fransisco, with everyone talking about this could be the first time the King doesn’t see the Finals…or playoffs in eight years we could be looking at a new born California king. Sure we promised ourselves we wouldn’t get carried away but this is the Lakers earliest 20th win of the season in almost a decade. They didn’t even get there in 2015. The last time being when LeBron wasn’t in the Finals. It all looks too much like a sign. Leaving the Lakers nation as excited as they are to hear the eyebrow raising Anthony Davis say, “I’d take legacy over money”.

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The rest of the Lake Show know it’s time too. Brandon, Ball and Kuz just being Kuz with a team high 19. Or the vets. Rajon Rondo truly back from injury had a commentator described perfectly, “masterful” performance. Dishing and driving like the post Christmas dinner routine. Alleying to Zubac who once again went HAM like 2Pac in this California love, with a double dominance of 18 and 11. Blocking and dunking everything in sight like he was the down and out Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee, who really wanted to make the trip to face off in the paint against his old team but was still recovering from his bout of pneumonia (Get Well Soon McG, from the gym to the floor no one has gone as hard as you this season). And speaking of players out, prayers to Michael Beasley who lost his dear mama over this season, but at least got to show her him play live in his home state of Washington against the Wizards this fall. We’re thinking of you and everyone else mourning a loss this Christmas.

Even Lance Stephenson was clutching at downtown daggers. Rocking around the Christmas tree with a guitar. Taunting the Warriors like he was blowing in all their ears. And all that huff and puff brought the house down. As the Lakers left with more than a W, or the respect they earned last year…but an advantage that wasn’t even on their home-court.

So as you put up your “socks again” present on your coffee table. Wearing your ugly sweater and wondering whether to take ‘Elf’ off the shelf again or keep with real festive tradition and watch the NBA Christmas Day games, the Lakers reached under the tree and pulled out a cracker.

And for the New Year it looks like good tidings they bring, to the Lakers and their King.

From everyone from Basketball Buzz to you and yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Jared Dudley Is The Lakers Unsung Hero

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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.

Wait…what the?!

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.

Yeah right…”just”.

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.

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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.?

No!

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. He’s got a decent shot on him too. Even if it looks more awkward than me on dates…it works.

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?

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DO Call It A Carmelo Comeback. Anthony Is Guaranteed For Years

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Back From The Dead In RIP City...

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.

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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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