Stare into the eyes of the big sleep. It looks like he wants to wake up his NBA career.
After trying his throwing arm in minor league baseball and making a decent swing at it like Mike, it seems like Tracy McGrady wants his own personal Jordan moment of returning to his sport first love.
The closer he gets who better to work out with then the leagues greatest competitor since M.J. and still one of the best today shaping up his own round ball return?
Those fans who think this Reggie Miller like desire to step back out of retirement is even more ludicrous than his base rounding should realize he made it there and could make it back in his true, million pound bread and butter profession. As he fields all sorts of criticism just remember who he’s training with, his fellow 35 club Kobe and once his peer a man who takes no messing around, with this time or the game he so Achilles sorely loves. Once when Kobe Bryant agreed to meet young stud O.J. Mayo at 3 for a clinic, Mayo was left waiting like salad dressing all afternoon for Kobe. When O.J. called Bryant, Mamba told him that he wasn’t late…Mayo was! As he was waiting for him, at 3am in the early hours of the previous morning.
Expect some day and night from the guy who doesn’t look like he gets much rest as he looks back fondly on the days where he was the numerical definition of the back of his jersey. Sure he wont be throwing slam dunk winning assists to cousin and former fellow Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter, let alone alley oops off the glass to himself, but the window is not completely closed for a man who impressed with Detroit and should have got more LeBron useful mirroring burn for San Antonio’s losing finals series a year prior.
Still its only slightly ajar for a man whose Magic time or Rocket soaring past is behind him. Call it like you see it however but the man who formed perfect but puncuated partnerships with Grant Hill and Yao Ming but never truly left the first round is still one of the greatest, all-star players of all time. From his incredible work in Darfur to his time in the sticks you also cant knock his extra curricula work performed when injuries robbed him of his twilight years. One of our generations most entertaining should at least be open armed welcome back to a training camp or 10 day. Besides those nursing the hurt of what could have been in the T-Dot in what seems like a minute ago should know Tracy and his cousin love this game more than the hand in hand, ankle and knee injuries and critics think. Vince recentely telling SLAM magazine for their throwback issue that he’ll be looking to drop 30 in old men leagues when he retires.
The passion never dies. Its a family thing and a basketball brotherhood. After switch hitting, before the Hall for Tracy what’s wrong with one last home run?
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa’s basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.
Damian Lillard silky smooth 60-point career-high
Damian Lillard’s ascend to NBA stardom is a primary reason for anybody to cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers all-star guard. Lillard’s sharpshooting game, combined with his poignant and fierce lyrically skills are yet another glaring trend that have pushed his name towards a future hall-of-fame ballot and a potential thriving microphone ‘chin checking’ career if he so desires when his playing days are over.
On magical NBA Friday night, matched-up opposite one of the games’ best rising star — Oakland’s finest took his game to another level by dropping a career-high 60 points against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time all-star and 2017-18 All-NBA first-team guard drilled 19-of-33 (57%) field-goals, 7-of-16 (43%) three-pointers and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.
The two dynamic scoring guards have a history of finding an extra gear when facing each other. Irving dropped a career-high 55 points on Dame and the Blazers back in January 2015 when he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although, the 60-point effort came in a tough 119-115 loss it’s hard to ignore the fact Lillard is one of a select few players that have dropped a 50-plus point game in the last five seasons — dating back to the 2015-2016 NBA season. Lillard’s previous best, was a 59-point outburst against the Utah Jazz in 2017.
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