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Rest Easy Golden Great Nate Thurmond…A True Warrior

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Rest Easy Golden Great Nate Thurmond True Warrior

Question: What or should we say who connects this year’s world champions the Cleveland Cavaliers and last years winners the Golden State Warriors apart from the last two NBA Finals and of course Brazilian Anderson Varejao?

Nate Thurmond.

One of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all-time and the seven-time All-Star played for both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (as well as the Chicago Bulls, were he introduced the gold necklace and bald look before Mike) during his illustrious career in the National Basketball Association. Sadly Golden Nate took his last trip across the bridge to the gold gates this week as Thurmond passed away at 74 years of age after a long battle with leukemia.

Even Warriors have to stop fighting in the end, but this great man never gave up and battled until the end. To know how this man left it all on the floor you wouldn’t expect anything less from a 15 and 15, point and rebound doubling up machine who rewrote the record books as the first player in NBA history to average a quadruple-double.

When these days NBA and Golden State Warriors are looking at the big three (or should we now say four Kevin?) numbers of Steph Curry’s 73 game record winning Dubs, or how much they could break that now it’s important not to forget those who set the standard. Especially when most of the Warrior war stories from the trenches splashed across the history book pages are only familiar with one Barry brother. Nate was great from the moment he entered this league and made his Thurmond name on the back of that iconic City jersey.

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Rising like a traditional tram up those iconic San Fran streets, Thurmond came to a band of Warriors lead by former 100 point PHILA player Wilt Chamberlain…in his position. But Thurmond was so thorough when it came to painting the area below the basket that he ended up powering the tallest forward position. Alongside the Big Dipper, stilted not stunted for the NBA’s original twin towers. Once Wilt was shipped Nate strongheld his lean and muscular honed frame to the centre of the court’s attention and in a time of greats like Bill Russell, Wes Unseld and of course Chamberlain in his way again, Thurmond was one of them.

Even if he was cruelly and critically underrated…perhaps until now poignantly and sadly in death in a year where we have lost too many from King Ali to Prince especially in this game. The man who also locked horns with the Bulls and was a true Cavalier rocking that iconic Cleveland ticker tape trimmed jersey when it wasn’t even a throwback was part of some of the NBA’s greatest moments. Just Google or youtube ‘Miracle Of Richfield’. Like Moses, this Malone big player knew how to bring people together by dividing all that opposed his path.

Now if the Cavs and Golden State meet again in the middle of the next NBA Finals you know they can’t cross each other without honouring the man that bridges their gap. His names up there and now in hoop heaven, he is too with the Basketball Gods that gave us this Goliath.

Rest Peacefully, Golden Nate.

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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League Memphis Grizzlies V Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.

The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.

Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.

And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.

But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”

Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.

And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.

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Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?

Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.

It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.

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