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Pacers Honour Indiana ‘Hoosiers’ 30th Anniversary With Hickory

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30 years is a long time. Boys become men, legacy become legend and 30 For 30’s become ESPN documentaries.

But this year one of the greatest basketball films ever to hit screens like Reggie Miller is no longer in it’s twenties like this writer….where does the time go? We’re so old!

The Reagan and Delorean era 80’s gave us ‘Hoosiers’ one of the greatest movies about sports most beautiful game next to Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’ and Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson’s ‘White Men Cant Jump’. I’m sorry ‘Space Jam’ fans…and ‘Like Mike’ ones too. Not only did the movie starring Gene Hackman garner some serious Oscar nominations including one for late, legendary actor of ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Speed’ fame Dennis Hopper, ‘Hoosiers’ also became iconic and instantly identifiable and influential with Indiana basketball.

Just check out how classic those white and red college jerseys even look in the test of time standing today.

Now look no further as to celebrate the anniversary of where amazing sports film happens, the Indiana Pacers have gone one sneaker step further than all these neon and vintage new jerseys that have been released by all sorts of teams this Summer by breaking into Mitchell & Ness’ locker room and bringing the throwback back to rock with the rock.

The Pacers are bringing the classic Hickory uniforms back for select games this season. But they look so good we could watch them run in them all season long like the ‘Picket Fence’ play, no matter how good their simple but sublime signature set of home, away and alternative look along with their more traditional throwbacks. There’s more at stake with these Hickory hardwood classics. Rocking the Ronald McDonald colours like high school All-American’s, these two tone set ups feature royal red vests and glistening gold shorts.

And you thought the new ATL Hawks mix and match sets where ugly/beautiful?

Well these are full 90’s Ewing sneakers in their different but dynamic design. Sure like any jersey older than father time they look a lot like practice unis. But trust there will be more weight to this amazing apparel once the warm ups are ripped off.

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Other teams won’t know what to do when they see this mismatch on their six. Perhaps this is Indiana’s home jersey advantage. They’ll need it and a reason to get excited as their former Sinister Six that almost lead them to the finals and championship contention is now the clean-up past of cobwebs. Post power players Roy Hibbert (Lakers) and David West (San Antonio) now join another big player they lost in passionate but hot-headed Lance Stephenson (Clippers…by way of Charlotte). They almost lost multi-faceted All-Star Paul George too, to an almost career clipping injury. They’ll probably need to clone him to play every position when he makes his comeback.

So it was up to the only other Pacer George and marquee player to suit up as George Hill debuted the new Indiana/Hoosier joints on Instagram. Posing next to the classic Pacers logo on a brick wall that this franchise faces in more ways than one. The cool, throwback photo was made complete with Hill’s hair dyed gold. Whether that was inspired by the jerseys remains to be seen, but it clutched some characters from Indy legend Reggie. It’s a little too wishful thinking if it was championship gold because even the Larry legend of Bird can’t help the Pace fly to the legacy heights of O’Brien.

Still looking the part is one way to start, even if the Pacers are paying homage to a somewhat fictional team only loosely based on history book fact. This isn’t the movies, but still a major move that shows more than just style, but class too taking it back to the old school halls of court and cinema fame.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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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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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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