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Raptors Turn Lakers Upside Down In The 6

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6 flags were waving everywhere like theme parks in Orlando last night as the Los Angeles Lakers headed up north from the best coast to play the Raptors in Toronto. But the Lake Show was stopped before they even had time to make port at Lake Ontario, let alone leave the visitors locker room. Leaving the team that came into this city 10 and 10 looking more like a 9 now after they put the Lakers road uni on a spin cycle and rinsed them.

Staying at home for such a long stand that they may aswell be fossilised, the Raptors did the same to their opponent as Kyle Lowry took the lead again (like the Philly native started this week in the 6 against the Sixers) with 24 points, as Mr. Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 16 rolling with his woes, passing Air Canada legend Vince Carter (who was in the house Wednesday as the Raps beat the former Vancouver Grizzlies for a dual Canadian homecoming reunion) for second in the franchises all-time field goal leaders after the man in the middle of these two, Chris Bosh. Making it extremely hard for this team in desperate need of a big or a 4 in the 6 (an unhappy DeMarcus Cousins before he reunites with his Kentucky ‘cat Wall anyone?) to part with one of these wings. Which all past, right now and future told looks like the only way these Raps can clip the Cavs.

They had no trouble clawing the young Lakers however as these Jurassic Raptors cooked up more heat and hell than Curry’s cooking and Harden’s chef bowl behind the hot plate. Alley-oops were on the menu as were Basketball Buzz catching one last game in the home of Canadian basketball this week.

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The Lakers had no ice or swag in their veins last night as the Most Improved and Six Man of the Year candidate Nick Young joined sophomore leader D’Angelo Russell and D-Fender Ivica Zubac on the inactive list. These are two big players with equal contributions too many to be without. Especially as Julius Randle and a still all air dunking Larry Nance Jr. couldn’t get it going quite like they or the Lakers would have liked. As Toronto’s block party had more in the Lakers way like the cities rising number of condos.

Even former, well received Raptors Lou Williams and Jose Calderon couldn’t shoot the ACC lights out like they are accustomed to, leaving it up to the heart of Jordan Clarkson (and what should have been more time for the unlimited skill of Marcelo Huertas) to take it to the rack and shoot for broke. It was a big night for B.I. though. As rookie Brandon Ingram was no longer put to the back, showing strength as he hit a season and therefore career high 17, as the teenager showed he was ready to grow and put up twentysomething numbers.

But the Lakers just couldn’t break an early blowout 20 point advantage like a Five Guys peanut that turned into a 113-80 rout and pizza. Thanks to a big dunking 16 from Norm Powell and 14 from Mr. Six and Captain Canada Cory Joseph. Sure it wasn’t a Warrior thrashing, but it was still the gold like Octobers Very Own’s black alternatives trim.

The throwback Toronto Huskies would have been proud, the Raptors treated the former Minneapolis team like their old wolf logo without losing breath, leaving them blue in the Canadian cold.

Winter even comes to California.

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It’s Time For The Lake Show To Seek Redemption With Randle And Russell

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Raised eyebrows, the Lakers have finally got Anthony Davis.

This you know as clear as the fact that the young core is gone and done.

I mean are y’all finished or are y’all done?

Lonzo Ball. Brandon Ingram. Josh Hart and all those draft picks starting with the one the Lake Show were going to go fourth with this weekend. Joining the likes of Zubac, Bryant (Thomas), Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.

Everyone expect Kyle Kuzma…and my boy Moe Wagner.

And now with the new dynamic duo of Davis and James set there are at least two more players the Lakers should realistically pursue in free agency this Summer of smash.

And we aren’t talking about any of the special K’s for the King.

Kawhi, Kevin, Kemba or Kyrie. Finish your breakfast.

That might just be too much for the Lakers plate. Y’all remember what it was like when Chris Paul got nixed and became a Los Angeles Clipper instead. Well funny thing that might come full circle and redemption may happen as CP3 may finally get his chance to team up with another purple and gold legend of our generation on the Lakers. Even if it is too little, too father time late.

But the ultimate redemption that should be sought with the Lakers isn’t with a former Houston Rocket.

And we aren’t talking about Carmelo either. Or one Anthony finally coming around deserves another to join that McGee, Stephenson and Rondo meme team of former All-Star big name bench.

We’re talking about two former young, future  Lakers who could hopefully be that again.

Yeah in our wildest memes.

How the Lakers didn’t ask for Julius Randle back when they gave up the whole house and coast for A.D. is beyond me. Maybe because he’s about to be free (but they didn’t learn that with Ant Davis). Maybe because never in a million years. Either way perhaps it’s time for the Lakers to offer Julius the millions they should have this time last year.

We all make mistakes what matters is that we learn from them and make that change.

And if that wasn’t enough. The Lakers may not need another big but they for sure need a clutch closer. And although with word of him wanting to join Davis and still being in play for a LeBron reunion. If Kyrie Irving does end up signing in Brooklyn like rumors have it, then it is said that there will likely be no room in the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. No matter how many he netted last season. Swish, swish. He’s a three point shooter. Now the Lakers could go after D-Lo instead. Despite the fact that the Lakers (Magic) gave up on him when they ended up going after the Ball…but as of this morning we all know how that turned out.

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Russell doesn’t deserved to be let down by another team. Especially with the home be found and all be did for the city as a first time All Star in the B.K. But if all isn’t O.K. there then no one quite understands what it’s like to be scorned like the ones who spurned you. The Nets would be wrong to give up on D’Angelo like the Lakers were and will make clear with their pitch for the guy whose been hanging out in soccer stadiums like Barcelona’s Nou Camp recently, before both team and former player maybe face off in Shanghai and Shenzhen this October.

Will once Laker D’Angelo Russell be remade in purple and gold by China?

Crazier things look to still happen this off-season in Hollywood now we need something to replace the LaVar Ball reality show. I mean this is a team that even wants to bring Brook back downtown.

The only Lopez in L.A. can’t just be George. And we don’t mean his twin. Although like if they kept both Gasol’s it would be so much better.

Still with the draft blowing in, if the Lakers officially sign Anthony Davis after Independence Day on July 6th then they will be able to save more money. Especially if A.D. waives his trade bonus (which would be a good sign to tell if he’s sticking around next year when he becomes a free agent that could just walk away after all this and all the Lakers lost for nothing). Around 30 mill they get to spend with the cap space to bring in any Kemba, Kyrie or Kawhi they want…K?

But even so if they at least make an offer for Randle or Russell then it will be a pitch that at least says, we we’re wrong.

Sorry.

It’s the least they and the likes of Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and Hart (hey Josh I’ll give you a high-five if you stay) deserve.

And at the most it could lead to so much more.

No story in Basketball is quite as beautiful or real as redemption.

The Laker like Marley should make it sing.

They just got rid of their entire young core. It’s time to get it back, piece by piece.

Eyebrows down.

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Lakers Finally Get Anthony Davis. But At What Cost?

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Ambivalence.

Like a rat crawling over some controls and releasing Scott Lang from the Quantum Realm in this Endgame, just like that the Lakers have their Ant-Man. And it’s an avenging, giant, levelling up move.

Anthony Davis is finally a Los Angeles Laker.

Still I hate to piss on this parade and sound like Morgan Freeman in ‘The Dark Knight’, but at what cost?

Well to be specific here’s the receipt.

Lonzo Ball (bad move).

LaVar Ball.

Brandon Ingram (okay we expected that, but still).

Josh Hart (what?!).

The fourth pick in this weekends draft (or should we say Cam Reddish).

And a load of other picks over the next few seasons. Or should we say a couple of Jordan Clarkson’s and Larry Nance Jr.’s.

Well at least they got to keep Kyle Kuzma for a formidable frontcourt that might be the new, next big three.

But the young core and that keep the hash-tag campaign is officially the casualty of this trade bait like the jobs of Magic and Dell Demps, that’s been fish on the line dangling for longer than that Kawhi Leonard rim rattling shot against the Sixers.

Rob Pelinka’s a beast…and not in a good way.

We will say it again. That clip of Rob Pelinka claiming he set up a meet between Kobe Bryant ans Heath Ledger after Mamba watched ‘The Dark Knight’ is beyond messed up. We all know Heath passed away before the film even came out. Don’t disrespect the dead. Can’t buy character. But can sell your integrity.

That’s who you are dealing with Lake Show.

Hollywood’s Rob Lowe would have been better.

Let’s see who you’re not dealing with anymore.

D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart.

Is that everyone?

What you wanted more?

All the years all the young guns with plenty more calenders left in their clips. All gone.

And they didn’t even ask for Julius Randle back as part of the trade kicker.

Come on.

But look to him staying in New Orleans now with Ball, Ingram, Hart and whoever else would have ended up in Los Angeles with that luck of the lottery fourth ball. And the Pelicans about to fly with the road to Zion looking like the closest thing to what would have been the young Lake Show for the future Mardi Gras in Crescent City.

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Don’t write off NOLA it’s all about to go down smooth in the Big Easy.

But after months of speculation, social media tweets and articles I rest my case, I’ll say no more. But you know how it is.

On the bright side in sunny California…Anthony f##### Davis.

The Lakers finally have their man. And next to LeBron the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe…sorry Pau. It could be Finals…it’s at least playoffs.

Now it’s time to put another great core together.

Kemba? Three Kings?

Kyrie? Kevin? Kawhi?

Cue that laugh…hey we all have dreams in Hollywood.

Free agents will be more likely to join the ‘Space Jam’ show now too, but whoever LeBronland casts like throwing up movies off your phone on to your T.V. it’s a whole new world in L.A. now the Genie (or Jeanie) has finally granted their wish.

But how about two more Aladdin? On the spirit of Robin Williams help us Will Smith!

Then that will make up for all the young princes they’ve lost for one King.

As of right now like Swiss, this team has more holes than “fashionable” hipster t-shirts on Rodeo. There’s no starting point for one. And not having Lonzo ball out on the tutoring of both legendary super sub Rajon Rondo and the fellow pure point Basketball I.Q. of new assistant coach Jason Kidd is a real shame. Like losing a pure scorer like Ingram (or *clears throat* D-Lo). Or the best role player the Lakers have ever had since the days of Horry, Fox and Fisher in Josh Hart. Not to mention whoever would have come next starting this weekend.

All for a guy who was going to come to us next Summer anyway and in these changing player power times could still walk away next season anyway.

All for nothing?

I guess the Lakers looked at Leonard winning it all with Toronto and thought it was all worth it.

But at least it’s all done. It’s over now. And for now Anthony Davis in that Glen Rice 41 is the next big man great in the legendary Laker lineage of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau.

Just don’t Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard this up.

Rich Paul for MVP.

That’s all folks!

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