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Portland Blaze A Trail In The Garden

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There’s just something about New York City.

Maybe it’s the earth’s electric core in the hub of Times Square? Which many a man or woman will get down on one knee for before the ball drops on December 31st. The greenery of Central Park in the middle of this concrete jungle that is the heart of NY like those tourist shop t-shirts. The FDNY. The NYPD. Or the freedom of towers like the Chrysler or the Empire State Building made by God’s of men, looking over all this from the heavens. To all that grey and green amongst the smoke and hot dog steam lined streets of yellow cabs.

After all to be Frank like Sinatra, some guy did name this place twice.

Or maybe it’s another Garden?!

As the Worlds Most Famous Arena, M.S.G., AKA, Madison Square Garden really brings them out like when T.I. called himself the King of the South. But to be the King of New York like B.I.G. you really have to make it here. You see the LeBron James Nike billboards above Model Sports. “It’s only a crazy dream until you do it right?” So just do it! The Mecca of the Basketball Eden really draws people into the Big Apple like Adam and Eve. You’ll be tempted to take a bite. Even this writer has lost count at how many times he’s been here as BasketballBuzz was in attendance last night. The Garden or New York. And I’m not showing off I’m just proving a point to the amazing allure of the city that never sleeps, not even in a New York minute.

And there’s anything but hell to pay from the kitchen to selling everything including the sink to be heaven sent here. Even Hollywood’s elite are escaping L.A to New York like Kurt Russell in reverse. In attendance last ‘Hellboy’ himself, David Harbour danced his way out of the upside down of ‘Stranger Things’ for a ticket. Whilst also making the courtside celeb rounds were ‘Greys Anatomy’s head doc Ellen Pompeo and Rakim’s D.J. brother and rap legend, paid in full, Eric B…no joke. Even the Freddie Mercury, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of new, Queen movie king, ‘Mr. Robot’ himself, Rami Malek had a courtside seat for a game that always ends after 48, 82 and the playoffs with a final swan song of singing, “We Are The Champions’!

Rami was in a rock star like rapture, playfully pulling in Knickerbocker die-hard Spike Lee (who also owns one of this year’s best movies in the incendiary ‘BlackKklansman’) for his shot on the jumbotron, all whilst taking selfies with Harlem Globetrotters introducing us to Kyrie’s Grandma Drew (let’s hear it for Hoops Green and Bull Bullard, dribbling and spinning, keeping us entertained at the break of play like dancers from ‘The Greatest Showman’). Malek must have felt magnificent as the legendary foot stomp and call and response clap back of Queen’s iconic ‘We Will Rock You’ beat on the PA like the rhythmic ball to hardwood pounds of the signature D-Fence call and Mexican Wave like reply.

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But by the last cry of Galileo, nothing really mattered as the Knicks bit the dust 118-114 to the visiting Portland without Porzingis to fight back against RIP City’s coroner Damian Lillard. It was Dame Times Square in New York last night as the number zero hero lit up the Knicks and tuned them up to the tune of 29 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Along with best backcourt (now Bradley and John have hit a Wall in Washington on Beal street), perfect partner C.J. McCollum’s 31. Which is just par for the course for a swing big elite star like Lillard. The hometown MSG faithful were as mad as magnesium however at a late game play for three saw Lillard (flopped) fouled, when many thought there were enough Academy Award nominated actors in the house already tonight. Using two of the same (I see what you did there Garden staff) local New York artist posters to beat distract Lillard at the line for three with boos, the Portland player LeBron-ed his first free (sorry King…just playing). Before being clutch from the charity as the remaining, standard two were all dollar for Dame.

And that was pretty much the game. Although, if that was all she box score wrote it wouldn’t give much credit where due to these die-hard like Spike, young Knicks. Carmelo is gone and the Syracuse hometown hero probably won’t be coming back following his Rocket buyout. And Kristaps is injured and who knows when he’ll return. But the Knicks have plenty in reserve. Like star to be Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the best bigs Enes Kanter and youngsters that knock like Knox. Even Tim Hardaway’s junior with 32 last night can get it. As a matter of fact this roster playlist for the Spotify generation following the STAT and Marbury ‘Knicks Tape’ days look to fill the stat sheets until the scouting reports look for them. These young bloods play like the blood on the floor, hardwood warriors of the good old Knickerbocker days of Ewing, Starks, Oakley, L.J. and Mase (Rest Peacefully). Sure they’ll never touch legends like that, but the inspiration to come close is there to see, hiding in plain sight.

Sometimes watching the Knicks is more frustrating than trying to get down those Garden escalators post-game after sitting in the nosebleeds. But sometimes…someday, somehow like the King Kong of New York, the elevator is going to take these young princes to the tip top of the Empire State with the rock.

And wouldn’t that be a sight to see?

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Is Howard’s End In Hollywood?

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Is Howard's End In Hollywood

Should have bought that Dwight Howard number 12 Lakers jersey I saw in TJ Maxx for half off back in the day. Seriously though if Dwight can return to the Lake Show then there’s hope for my hairline yet…

…there’s not!

“Soft…soft!”

Kobe Bryant mouths this whilst shaking his head in dissing dismay from the baseline whilst staring down Dwight Howard on the other half of the court. Now a Houston Rocket the less than perfect pair have a problem…and it’s all getting flagrant.

Once upon a time in Hollywood with Mike D’Antoni running the show with an ageing Steve Nash, Hollywood’s Laker reality show was playing fantasy, legendary name Basketball again like the time they brought in late in their career legends like Karl Malone and Gary Payton to help raise banners like the point of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or logo of Jerry West. But when they picked up Magic man Dwight Howard who even took Orlando’s Mickey Mouse kingdom on his broad back all the way to the Finals against the Lakers, they expected D12 and KB24 to be the new generation Shaq and Kobe. After all Dwight Howard was a man of steel too.

And oh how they were Shaq and Kobe 2…but in completely all the wrong way. It turned out to be Batman vs Superman without the dawn of a justice league, or even their mothers having the same name. Kobe’s beef with Dwight made his repaired relationship with Shaq look like Japanese cows without the massage and feeding rituals that make their Mamba city namesakes cuts the best in the business…now served in Shaquille’s restaurant with more onion rings. And when they met the following season after the death of another dynasty to be, this time Dwight was the little red corvette and Kobe the brick wall unable to be felled or floored like the one in Berlin. Baptizing him like that time in Orlando with his most dynamic dunk.

Since going from the Orlando Magic to Magic smiles in Hollywood Howard has switched more teams than your 2K partner when you’ve already picked to play as the Lakers. He’s also received his fair share of off court and locker room problems including some chemistry cancer concerns. And even in this off-season, either looking to make some headlines or free agent publicity stunts he’s come out and said he’d be open to returning to the Lakers (…erm) and that Kobe was right (he already knows).

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Now most in Lakerland laughed at the social media scoffed idea. Especially with a front-court force more formidable than anything the association has to offer, lead by new big man legend Anthony Davis. Following in the sneaker steps of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau to truly be the new Shaq and Kobe with King LeBron James. But when his old New Orleans Pelicans reunited Wildcat brother DeMarcus Cousins went down with another season threatening injury last week the Lakers were forced to look elsewhere already, like filling out their final roster spot with Andre Igudola was a ring of last week’s past, or Carmelo was one long rumored Anthony never meant to be. Bursting the banana boat like a CP3 nix.

And although the Lakers have been linked with the arc of Joakim Noah or the Zaza land of Pachulia and with plenty of other big assets still on the market like Marcin Gortat or Amir Johnson, will we see Dwight Howard eating tacos and yelling with LeBron on Twitter this Tuesday as we all unfollow like too many tweets (my bad)? Bringing Howard back to Hollywood seems sillier than bringing the LaVar Ball show back to this Kardashian town. Because besides they already have the all dunking and blocking JaVale McGee who is worthy of a start with James (42) clapping like throwing up chalk. All as this hair blown out center throws it down again and again, coast to coast in California. But apparently there’s a mutual interest…what is this Tinder? Will this just be the makings of another Michael Beasley or make ’em dance Lance Stephenson meme team? Still the Lakers need more in reserve and Dwight needs this for his revenge to the past years that have taken his career from the red caped sun to being newspaper fodder to each cities equivalent of the Daily Planet. Time to rewrite all those who wrote you off Jimmy Olsen.

Read all about it, at the end of press next week Dwight Howard could be a Los Angeles Laker yet again.

News just in…I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Who would of thought it?

Certainly not Kobe.

But it’s the King’s town now.

And after all in this LeBron ‘Space Jam’ scripted season for the Los Angeles Lakers you know Hollywood loves a redemption story too.

Superman returns?

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Boogie’s Productions Down Again

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Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.

We refuse.

When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.

What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.

But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.

Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.

This games God’s people.

When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.

Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.

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And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.

The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.

Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.

Yeah right…”soft”!

Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.

The bridge is far from over.

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