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Reports Have Jimmy Butler Wanting To Serve A Year In Los Angeles

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Reports Have Jimmy Butler Wanting To Serve A Year In Los Angeles

Buckets of contract offers are about to fall on Chicago Bulls swingman, superstar Jimmy Butler’s front porch like sheet rain come this 1st of July.

Yet by the fourth, there may be fireworks in Hollywood. As last years ‘Most Improved Player Of The Year’ wants to take a breeze from the Windy City and escape to L.A. for a calendar year at the least. Aligning with the small-ball revolution Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers have now joined like their neighborhood Californian champion Golden State Warriors after drafting D’Angelo Russell with the second pick in this weeks NBA Draft, instead of big-man Jahil Okafor to join last years rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Opening up a spot for their big-man hole in this years free agent market.

One that likely won’t be filled by the opting out Kevin Love who intends to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially after having a pool-side sit-down with LeBron James (another in the long line of free agents who have opted out, but only really for financial decisions. There’d be a much bigger deal made if LeBron was even considering leaving home again) just today. Or the Lakers former pick Marc Gasol who was originally traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as a package for his brother Pau (now Butler’s teammate in Chicago), who according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times won’t even consider returning to the STAPLE he never suited up in due to how the franchise treated his brother in his final years before his own free agency last year. That’s karma for you after all the championships the older Gasol brought with him to the city of angels and how L.A. repaid him in turn. Offering more money than Chicago was too little when it was too late.

It looks like the big contract will be offered to Trailblazing Portland player LaMarcus Aldridge. One of the best big men in this open market. Yet it would probably be in L.A.’s best interest to not actually join the city that shares his initials, but instead Timmy’s town where he could eventually take over from San Antonio Spurs legend and greatest Power Forward of all-time Duncan as only a player of his quiet, but deadly demeanor, similar type could do. Then of course there’s always DeAndre Jordan (it’s not like the Clipper would have to change arenas, just lockers) and the bait of that big but ill-advised Cousins trade from Californian relatives Sacramento if Aldridge does not become an L.A. king.

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So with Kobe, the future franchise big-three face of Russell, Randle and Clarkson and a big-man front and center, Butler would serve as more than the complimentary piece that makes this team contention complete. Maybe even with a veteran All-Star like Dwyane Wade joining a brilliant bench of whoever this team can keep from last years Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Ed Davis, Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson pool of talent that will make much better bench players for a contender than starters for an eliminator. Still, this out of this world talent is so restricted downtown L.A. may as well be Area 51, because if the Bulls will have it this kid isn’t leaving Illinois. Still, with a prickly relationship with championship charge leading Rose, who is the bouquet of Chi-Town, it may be in the franchises best interests to part with Jim. Although Buckets water-wet shooting makes him one of the most improving and striving stars in National Basketball. Associated with the likes of Rose, Noah, Gasol and fellow Spaniard Mirotic (who at a veterans age and experience is more than just last years second best rookie), the Bulls on paper have a squad that could team-up for a championship, especially if they keep Butler for as long as they can in another year before he’s free to go wherever he pleases.

A year where someone else by the name of Kevin Durant will be in exactly the same position, with more than the Bulls and Lakers fighting over him like he was the legacy of the best years of legendary coach Phil Jackson.

Butler may be at neither teams service come next year, but as of this upcoming one where will this household name respond to the call?

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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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You're The MVP Too Mom...

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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