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 show-business 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 thorns 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 decisions 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 grew 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 back-court 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.
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.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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