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.
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.
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”.
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.
Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick
Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.
“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”
For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.
Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.
The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.
Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.
Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.
Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion
Zion. Zion. Zion.
Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.
The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.
Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?
I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.
What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.
But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.
And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.
Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!
Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.
Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.
But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.
This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.
But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.