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Philly’s New G.M. Is A Brand Name

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Philadelphia 76ers Introduce Elton Brand As GM
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Sixers are now the richer. As Philadelphia have answered the call to who will replace Bryan Colangelo as the franchises new General Manager.

Back when Allen Iverson was somewhere between crossing up G.O.A.T. Chicago Bulls and stepping over Goliath Lakers like Lue, Elton Brand was winning co-MVP honors with Houston Rockets franchise player, Steve Francis. Then the Baby Bull who shared a portion of the United Center frontcourt with big-man Eddy Curry joined a young Clippers team of Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Lamar Odom destined for greatness (think the Lakers last year). But then one of the smoothest All-Stars (I won’t forget how he hilariously responded to an A.S.G. snub by saying, “It’s O.K. I can spend the weekend with my wife and kids…oh wait! That’s right. I don’t have a wife and kids”. He ended up filling a West spot anyway) was the focal point with more at steak in Philly, during the lean years between questions after A.I. and the pre-process of Simmons and Embiid. After his prime-time Elton keyed in some seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks before he returned to Pennsylvania and retired with the 76ers. Where he will now finally be the one.

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The team you sit with last before you take the rocking chair always says you’ll remain family and a part of this franchise, which is certainly true in Elton Brand’s case. As the former Power Forward has now been named the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. And we couldn’t think of a better man for the job. Unless Allen answered the call. But we don’t see him in a suit anytime soon. Although we’d love to see him change the game again with the front office dress code.

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Brand approved. Elton was epic in leading Philly up the ranks like Rocky up those steps. And he’s the perfect young veteran statesman to lead the ‘Creed’ Michael B. Jordan generation. He looks like he could still play. But he need not lace ’em up. Philadelphia are such a young powerhouse this Lakers fan was almost fearfully sure the King would sign here before James chose Hollywood over taking a crack at the Liberty Bell. But right now Philadelphia has more big names than when Bruce Springsteen sung about the streets of Neil Young’s ‘Brotherly Love’ to a movie starring BOTH an Oscar winning Tom Hanks AND Denzel Washington (“Okay”!).

Who needs LeBron when you have the real Rookie Of The Year just like him in Ben Simmons. And we can’t talk or tweet enough about the future of the big mans game in Joel Embiid. But its not that seven footer the former center of attention Elton Brand needs to mentor. But last years number one rook Markelle Fultz, who has as many questions as he does potential surrounding his name. But couldn’t the same be said back in the playing day when it came to The Answer? No question! And in responding to the call, who better to relate than a former player? One that once again could lead them to the playoffs and maybe this time, beyond.

The Process continues.

Trust it.

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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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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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