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?
The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give Kemba Walker, Antoine Walker’s number and he’ll take it away.
Why you shaking that shimmy like that? Sometime between the big three of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird’s shot and the big-three of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed by Paul Pierce (sucks…just kidding), his former dynamic duo partner in the age of Shaq and Kobe, Antoine Walker had a decent one on him from downtown. Which he’d shake and bake before breaking out that signature dance. Stepping out after cutting a rug against his opponent like leaving broken nail patches in that old splintered parquet floor in the garden. As the one/two punch of ‘toine and P-Double really were the truth. I’ll always remember the time these two and the rest of the Celtics led by Horry like (I love Waltah) super microwave sub off the bench Walt McCarty took the Sixers to the statistics with a box score barrage of threes. Even Mark Bryant was getting them (old Mamba). Everyone was shaking the shimmy, like Walker this way. A certified classic Celtics legend.
“And just then, the highway opened up-right at the junction, right at that spot on the highway where you see the skyline of Boston, and you go, “What!?” Because it suddenly goes from trees, woods, and crickets to cars flashing by and skyscrapers and apartment buildings…Just at that moment, I went “Oh, s***, the city!” That’s what Boston boy, Aerosmith legendary lead singer Steven Tyler says about entering (ha, ha) his New England home. And from a guy whose got there from New York on more Peter Pan and Greyhound’s than Tinkerbell and Santa’s Little Helper, trust me the ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ singer is right about this moment of sweet emotion. Try and catch a shot on your smartphones all you like (believe me…I’ve tried and failed), but you won’t want to miss a thing. Now I’m sure Kemba Walker’s journey to the city will be a lot more glamorous than crying whilst binge watch episodes of the latest ‘Stranger Things’ series on a coach trip. But he’ll get plenty of chances to see this skyline envelope him in all its epic, awe and scribe inspiring feats when he rides the team bus.
Because now after Kyrie Irving left the opposite way for no sleep on the drive to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, the city is Kemba’s after he said goodbye to Charlotte and the Hornets nest.
A little disrespectful of a heartfelt Nike commercial, but then again so is Kyrie ghosting the Celtics like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man did Nick Fury ‘Far From Home’.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “that’s some bull####!”
Kanter’s banter is the off-season Iverson step over of the Summer. And him playing a bunch of Boston kids on the playground full court in his full uniform is the hallmark, heartfelt moment of the year. But keeping the uniform on and sticking with numbers, the new star of the show Kemba Walker hopes to be the new eighth wonder of Boston’s world.
Now although he got legend Antoine Walker’s blessing, I originally believed that Boston should have already raised this to the rafters with a shimmy for their original employee number 8. The biggest wonder of that digit since the Black Mamba in the same ’96 draft class of its own. Even if Kemba hilariously tells us that there wasn’t any other numbers left with the amount of legends that have retired with the NBA’s most storied franchise (Walker’s old 15 obviously being retired for Tom Heinsohn). Up in the banner ceiling with all that dust and Red cigar billowing smoke. But then this writer realized that it was probably just jet-lag after his Beantown trip last week, or the Laker fan in me trying to pick fault with a Boston I love more than most purple and gold (in this garden every Batman need his Joker who he really, truly loves madly, deeply (savage)) talking.
I’m actuality it’s really a beautiful homage. They both have the same last name Martha. Now if Kemba unlike Kyrie makes sure that no one else ever wears this number in a fitting moment they could retire both players together, like their Laker rivals may do with LeBron and AD once the 23 is passed next year, as the King looks to have more jerseys retired in Hollywood than Kobe.
Antoine and Kemba together forever.
Walker this way.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
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.
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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