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Russell Westbrook Is The Real 2017 MVP…And Why Not?

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“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F—– balled out. Gotta respect it!”-Kevin Durant.

Golden State Warrior king and NBA Champion Kevin Durant just had to give it up to his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate this week. As the NBA Finals MVP may be a winner with a ring on his finger, but like K.D.’s mum, Russell Westbrook is the real MVP.

And you don’t even have to ask why?

Beating out another former OKC teammate in the bearded form of another triple-double machine, revolutionizng the point, James Harden. Westbrook went from jersey number to hero this year, beating the Big O, Oscar Robertson’s almost half-century triple double total record for the season with 42. But more importantly he took and put a team whose jersey Durant pulled off his shoulders on his back and did it all, beating the logo on his chest like Kong until the whole of Oklahoma roared so loud you could hear it way back in Seattle.

Sprinting down court at sonic speed, diming or dunking with trademark thunder this is the era of Westbrook reign. Even his other boss Michael Jordan co-signed with the personalised Air Jordan note and seal of approval that simply congratulated these words of encouragement, “I was MVP before I was champion too”.

In a emotional speech Russell, an ahead of his time trendsetter who also won the Style Award got real personal with his teammates surrounding him, having his back as he kept it real simple but sublime with a straight forward shirt and tie look to go with his spectacle frames that compliment his spectacular game.

In this new ESPY’s like format for the new NBA Awards happening postseason as oppossed to a playoff precursor there was plenty of glitz and glamour for this gold occassion. The first night hosted by Canadian rapper and Toronto Raptors owner Drake really was blinging like hotlines too. Plenty more answered the call as ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ went yo Eric Gordon and not former T-Dot ‘6 Man’ and former Rocket teammate now sent back to L.A. as part of the Chris Paul package, Lou Williams despite his legendary year with the young Lake Show.

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Gordon’s H-Town leader Mike D’Antoni took home ‘Coach Of The Year’…or should we say ‘James Harden Game Changer Of The Year’ award. Defensive Player Of The Year went to who else but Warrior Draymond Green, sporting a beautiful blue Y.S.L. suit jacket…and some shorts. Rookie Of The Year went to Milwaukee Buck Malcolm Brogdon, whilst superstar teammate Giannis Antetokoumpo in a year of Point Guard revolutionaries took home the ‘Most Improved’ nod. And probably will every year for the rest of his career with the amount of facets he adds to his all over the court, every position versatile game.

But in a night for the year that saw good Charlotte Hornets player Kemba Walker win the sportsmanship trophy and Boston Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas handed the Community Assist Award like he gives out passes, it was great green Celtic giant and legend Bill Russell who won the Lifetime Achievement Award. And what more could you expect from a man who is literally the Defensive Player Of The Year trophy? And as he was presented it by a team of elite, legendary centers he pointed at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and David Robinson one-by-one and whispered, “I’d kick all you asses”!

Cue his trademark laugh.

But last night the last one belonged to a new legend whose rest of his life and career is ahead of him until the clock reads 0.00 and the rafters O.

Kevin Durant may be your finals MVP, but the Oklahoma City Thunder knows whose Most Valuable.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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