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Live in New York City like Saturday Night, Basketball Buzz was in town and the Mecca of hoops, Madison Square Garden last night as the Portland Trail Blazers looked to take a bite out of the Big Apple Knicks.

But as ‘Ghostbusters’ star Leslie Jones was sat courtside next to Captain America’s Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan it was Derrick Rose who had the strong arm like the metal of Bucky Barnes, firing from his proton pack.

In a game that was a scrappy as New York sidewalks, but still as entertaining as the earths core of showbusiness a few blocks up in Times Square, Derrick Rose was erratic as he was epic when it counted. With former Bull teammate Joakim Noah out for the second straight gig with a Winter illness, Derrick took the horns. And Pooh produced as many throns as he did times he came up smelling like his namesake (his surname, not nickname (even if it almost looked like that)). The ever patient Madison Square faithful begged him to drive or pass to his open All-Star teammates as he made more bad decisons than his nation in the last month. Alas when it all came down to it, following a drive and slight of hand scoop lay-up that now belongs in the highlight reel of his careers greatest moves, Rose threw up a clutch shot from the concrete of 6.8 seconds to go that growed into a game winner as the Knicks blazed Portland 107-103 at the end of regulation.

D-Rose wasn’t the only Knick who struggled as Carmelo Anthony may have had 17 points and other court contributions but he was looking to build the same house the Commodores were talking about in N.Y.C.’s M.S.G.  Nor was he the only star as after Knick coach Jeff Hornacek (a legendary guard himself) warned that the Blazers backcourt brothers of Damien Lillard and C.J. McCollum could combine for 40, they actually managed for them a mere 28 (although Ed Davis another ex-Laker L.A. should have appreciated more like Kent Bazemore etc and former Boston Celtic Evan Turner showed out). Dame Dolla knows how to stack and rap them up like bars but last night he was dropping dimes in the form of spare change.

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Thank the basketball Gods for Kristaps Porzingis who continues to be New York’s newly favourite adopted son…even if the fan faithful did almost leave him on the doorstep on draft day. K.P. went nuts with 31 shot and slammed points to go along with 9 rebounds. Rose sidekick backup Brandon Jennings had 11 assists too, while the Knicks Justin Holiday was also shooting to the tune of Madonna’s same name hit. Even Mindaugus Kuzminskas came up big like Dennis Rodman as number 91 had 10 points to go with one huge three late.

Courtside Knick legend Bill Bradley liked what he saw. The Knicks Tape is rolling and running again like 80’s hip-hop legends DMC and D.J. Premier performing their Knick anthem at halftime, even if sometimes live it is tricky to rock or rhyme.

But then again when it comes to the Garden and Knicks basketball (that meets Charlotte Friday after Thanksgiving turkey Thursday) it’s like that…and that’s the way it is.

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Knicks RJ Barrett: Basketball + Business

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Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host — former no. 1 overall pick Jay Williams to discuss basketball and his business ambitions and aspirations.

Barrett is expected to be amongst the highest global sponsorship earners of his generation and is represented by agent Duffy — who has done over 3.5 billion dollars in contract negotiations and also represented Canada’s greatest basketball player to date and RJ’s very own Godfather Steve Nash.

Under Duffy’s direction, Barrett is expected to capitalize on the immediate rise of Canadian Basketball and the national corporate entities looking for an immediate association with the rapidly growing sport.

Barrett has already inked deals with financial powerhouse Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and global leader in made to measure apparel company INDOCHINO — Which costumed designed his Draft night suit.

Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak French, Duffy also sees a market in China but as well as untapped African market. After all, Duffy is somewhat responsible for Yao Ming’s massive success in the Asian-Pacific markets.

When it’s all said and done, Barrett stands a chance at being Canada’s top-earning athlete, both in salary earnings and corporate dollars.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Is The Real MVP

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Santa Monica, California was on an award tour like A Tribe Called Quest for the NBA’s end of season grand prize spectacle last night. Hanging out in the coolest performing arts theatre in all of Los Angeles (my apologies to the Hollywood Bowl), the converted airplane Barker Hangar played host to the 2019 NBA Awards. The Emmy’s, Oscar’s and Grammy’s of hoops Tony.

The best of the Basketball best and the cream of the future hops crop descended on this hangar, suited and booted like they were flossing injured court-side.

Shaq sized in the perfect setting in a place that houses feats of brilliance that take flight like Mike, this event could only be hosted by the one and only, Big Aristotle of the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal (sorry Drake. Although you troll NBA players better than Kevin Hart telling Kenny Smith he’s so ashy if he smiles his lips will bleed as he goes to take a sip of his water). And the most entertaining NBA player ever (give him his award) laughed, joked, sang, rapped and danced his way to an enjoyable evening in the place he racked up three rings on repeat.

But how about the prize giving? Well your real Most Valuable Player this year is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say what you will about last year’s MVP and this year’s runner up in the closest of recent races as tight as the Rookie of the Year voting, James Harden racking up triple-doubles like Charles Barkley says Lonzo Ball does triple-singles, but it’s the Alphabet’s time now after slaughtering this season gone. Sure he didn’t come away with the ‘chip like worthy candidate Kawhi Leonard and his (we still hope) Toronto Raptors, but that is his next challenge for the Mamba Mentality tweeted in congratulation by Kobe Bryant who predicted this MVP years back. And in a beautiful and emotional speech, Giannis dedicated all this to his dearly departed dad and his brothers and mom in attendance as every eye not dry in the house got out their seats in unanimous ovation.

And in a truly global game flying the flag outside the United States for each category winner, Antetokounmpo almost doubled up, finishing in second place for Defensive Player Of The Year, under the stifling Eiffel of French fly swatter, Rudy Gobert. As Paul George after an incredible season-no lucky shot-came in third place like he did for the MVP voting. Toronto not only got the ‘chip in the Six however as their X-factor Pascal Siakam came up with the Most Improved Player award ahead of Sacramento sophomore De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s own (if they play their free agent cards right), D’Angelo Russell.

Coach of the Year was bucked by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dry-erasing for the MVP. And Bradley Beal was passed the Community Assist Award for all the good this All Star has done. Give him a hand for all the ones he has. Whilst the Sportsmanship award went to new Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., who also racked up the Teammate Of The Year award for his grit n grind time with the Memphis Grizzlies. But who else for the Sixth Man of the Year award then the ‘6 Man’ of all-time, Lou Williams? Joining Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford as the only player to win the Sixth award three times over.

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And the House Of Highlights Moment of the Year of course went to Derrick Rose. Can you guess for what game?

We have a ball rattling around the rim forever in Toronto that shoots for even more stars though.

But how about that Rookie of the Year award? Who you got? Because in narrowly beating out Atlanta Hawk Trae Young it’s clear the award belongs to superstar right now Luka Dončić after a Maverick season in Dallas. Where the Texan gunslinger from Slovenia is about to draw on them all next season. Look out for the kid like Pat Garrett, Billy.

Sager Strong, broadcaster Robin Roberts took home that award named in honor after the suited court-side with a microphone presenter. And her “make your mess your message” speech was the most inspiring of the night after her fight against breast cancer and bone marrow disease, raising awareness.

Executive of the Year went to Jon Horst of the Milwaukee Bucks (sorry Rob Pelinka…jokes) but the Lifetime Achievement? Well that went to a former President who has just left office. No not Obama (although POTUS does have game…WAP!). But the Magic man, Earvin Johnson. The Laker legend honored in California for all he’s done since starting the fast-break of Showtime, to changing the game behind the back without taking a single shot. All the way to walking away from it bravely when he was diagnosed with HIV and then making a comeback so beautifully for the man who will always be purple and gold with all this entrepreneur pulls out the empire of his top hat. Say what you will about his presidency residency but as we look to free agency this crazy off-season, remember who started all this off by bringing the King to Hollywood last Summer, waiting outside his house in his car at one in the morning.

Now that can’t be tampered with.

Apart from with this. How about one better? In a courtship of rivals and a year of what could have well just been shared MVP and ROY honours, Magic Johnson shared this award of a lifetime with his former, rival and friend Larry Bird. The college to big league opponent who was a Celtic classic legend from downtown Boston. All the way to the parquet green pride of more smoked Red cigars. Two lifetimes for the price of one. Now who cares whose coming in second place?

Because all in all last nights NBA Awards show of All-Stars showed us one thing like the NBA Finals. No matter who took home the gold, we all came away winners.

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