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Pacers Honour Indiana ‘Hoosiers’ 30th Anniversary With Hickory

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Pacers Honour Indiana 'Hoosiers' 30th Anniversary With Hickory

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!

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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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The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series

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The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
RIP Portland...

Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.

And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.

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This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.

Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.

The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.

Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.

The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.

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But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?

Well that just may be the secret of success?

The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.

I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.

Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.

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Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park

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Welcome To The Toronto Raptors' Jurassic Park
They The North...

“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”

Fans find a way.

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An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.

Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.

And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.

Welcome to Jurassic World.

With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the teams spiritual sixth man, spark plug. As electric as the paddock like perimeter fence surrounding them feels with this buzz over basketball (and national sport hockey come Leaf picking season), this crowd can’t be contained.

Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.

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Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?

I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic though, like it was all the basketball God’s plan.

Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.

This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.

And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.

But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.

Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.

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