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Rose Enters New York’s Concrete Jungle For New Knicks Empire

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Rose Enters New York's Concrete Jungle For New Knicks Empire

Blowing in the wind, Derrick Rose’s time with the Chicago Bulls has come to an end.

The former top draft pick and league MVP has suffered more career ending injuries than a backcourt of Grant Hill and Penny Hardaway, but now he joins the oft insulted New York Knicks dynamic duo of All-Star, N.Y.C. through and through Carmelo Anthony and last years big rookie Kristaps Porzingis to hopefully form a big-three.

…if he’s still got it in him.

Rose seemed Chicago to the wind, but the former Bulls charge leader has more in common with the apple of New York basketballs court vision. Big…but a little rotten on the inside. ‘Melo may lead these Knickerbockers and big kid Porzingis may be the future of this league, let alone franchise but all is not calm in Madison Square Garden. If Zen Master Phil Jackson can’t bring harmony to all this lack of hardwood peace than former Laker and coach Kurt Rambis won’t be the only one following Derek Fisher out the revolving door.

Still this new holy trinity does speak to the basketball God’s. Even if New York’s acquisition of the concrete grounded Rose has shades of their big move for Amar’e Stoudemire. The former dunking dynamite whose fuse was doused by career crippling injury that he should have never came back from, but in even in valiantly doing so was never the same. It’s the same for D-Rose who one time took over the Deron Williams and Chris Paul debate as best point in the league. But now apart from the King it’s new repeat MVP Steph Curry’s league now in his small ball revolution of the big three.

Still if Derrick can set the table for leading scorer Anthony and sophomore sensation Porzingis on the inside than New York’s fine dining will be known for more than just street sidewalk Hot Dog vendors and pizza places on the corner. On the menu these three courses look like the real dish, but if it all leaves a bitter taste in the New York fans mouths than they, we and you will all here about it. You know how M.S.G. fans are.

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Rose is a big name in bloom however and it’s definitly worth the price of admission to the Worlds Most Famous Arena. These times in the square could be electric with this new neon. Still it’s not all gloomy on the windy side of the street. Chi-town many have lost their favourite adopted son since Jordan to New York but they got three big pieces in exchange for him and a Holliday. Speedy European Jose Calderon is more than capable of running point and Robin Lopez bolsters their big frontcourt, although taking away the New York, twin sibling rivalry, fight for N.Y. with Brooklyn’s Brook. The real potential lies with last years rookie Jerain Grant. He may have flew under Kristaps radar but Harvey’s son comes from a big frontcourt background and now reunites the family in Bulls great Horace Grant’s former paint stomping ground. This move could be crucial, especially if the rumors of Joakim Noah shipping out to join his former partner in dynamic duo crime across the Hudson are true.

Still all of this now is to service Butler. The former NBA’s Most Improved Player who is now a certified All-Star. Jimmy took to Instagram to thank his “brother” and mentor even though when it comes to this trade many will be left thinking ‘the Butler did it”. Either way Rose belongs in the jungle that’s home to the Rucker now.

But is this where dreams are made of?

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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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