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.
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?
Dame Time Forever. What Are Those New Adidas ‘Black Panther’s’?
Adidas are in the Endgame now.
Before we get started, Havlicek would have stole that ball. Just saying Paul George. Stop acting like Paul Pierce. It wasn’t a “bad shot”. And R.I.P. to a Boston Celtic and storied NBA great. Dear John will be stealing every ball in hoop heaven. Rest peacefully.
Like a cat toying with a mouse. That’s how we described Lillard’s Dame Time winning clutch three from Mt. Hood as Portland gave Oklahoma City roses in the first round this week. Damian had more clock than grandfather’s and still took his time. Because it is his after all.
And now as timely as ever in the same week as one of the greatest playoff game and series winning shots in basketball for all time and one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history coming out with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this cat is building a superhero legendary legacy.
You better check a comic-book or something.
T’Challa may have been Thanos snapped to cat litter in the Avengers ‘Infinity War’, but the King of Wakanda has a regal gift by royal appointment to Damian Lillard like he did Victor Oladipo in a victorious Slam Dunk Contest for testament tributes last season.
The cat has something out the bag.
Now you may be screaming “what are those” like Shuri at these royal sandals, but try these sneakers on. They embody everything about the next gen, nano tech Black Panther suit she developed for this emperor’s clothes. All the way down to the texture and trim which straps “Wakanda Forever” over the laces. The titan mad purple that runs like veins through Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit absorbs all the blows he takes and turns it into a recharged deflecting energy pulse. Kind of like all the rock the baby and wrist tapping crap Damian Lillard was taking off Russell Westbrook before he absorbed it all and gave it back in a half century energy that exploded with a game winning fireball.
Never delete that footage.
Marvel have also gifted Dame with his own Black Panther mask like Oladipo, but this time canvas created from his super sneakers. Part of the ‘Heroes Among Us’ series from the three stripes, a comic-strip advertising campaign has been crafted. Featuring Lillard standing in front of the downtown RIP City, PDX skyline looking Wakandan in artwork akin to the ‘Nation Under Our Feet’ graphic novel redux series that rebooted this classic character before his feature film debut.
Damian may have played Killmonger villain to the Oklahoma Thunder, going G.O.A.T. like Michael Jordan B. But he’s a hero to us now blazing a trail like a human torch possessed with a fire and the heart of a lion inside all that panther power.
The Dame 5 will assemble with the arc of the bolted up ‘Iron Man’ Harden Vol. 3 for James and the patch of the ‘Nick Fury’ TMac 1 for Tracy McGrady. As well as the ‘Captain America’ Adidas N3XT L3V3L, and a ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Pro Vision for all those who could take the lead all day, with us ’till the end of the line. HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
But we know which ones will be clawed off the stores shelf throne come it’s big blockbuster release with ‘Endgame’ right now.
It’s a drip fit for a King.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
Colder than February. More ruthless than a convertible in Summer.
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
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