Spreading his wings and flying away, the Lakers R. Kelly went all Jordan in the air as he touched the sky with an out of this world Space Jam last night.
Seeing it and then in turn being it, Ryan Kelly stepped in the paint and the name of a win as he clutched the winning shot for his Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers by stuffing it right through the hoop.
And they thought he couldn’t get up like that!
As he soared and scored the Lakers shut the open door, blazing Portland to a trail of 104-102 as Kelly took the Lake Show from the verge of breaking down with 2 point nothing seconds left on the clock.
The big forward who last year stayed in the Lakers rotation, earned starting spots thanks to a training table list of players more bandaged than Egyptian royalty. This year and last night going up against a former Laker Power Forward from last year (the talented Ed Davis now with the PDX), Ryno claimed his place even more in a team that isn’t exactly walking wounded anymore in that department (have you seen Julius Randle play lately?). Although they have just waived blocker Robert Upshaw in favour of keeping Canadian Robert Sacre and are taking ‘please don’t happen again’ precautions by resting the legendary likes of Kobe Bryant for the rest of the preseason.
Kelz’ buzzer beating dunk that got everyone off the bench like it was the playoffs and not preseason left everyone busting out in Magic Johnson smiles. It may be the early, early days but even Kareem or Kobe couldn’t frown at this one. After inbounding a previous play to a stealing away Portland player, Kelly faked out the biting opposition with a fool them twice look straight out of the pre-World Peace, Ron Artest dry-erase days that shamed Portland to the trail. This devastating, dominating dunk has even caught more fanfare than Larry Nance Jnr’s like father, like dunk slam smash.
“It wasn’t exactly how (Coach Byron Scott) drew it up, but I just read it a little bit, and I knew they were going to switch,” Ryan told the press postgame. “I attacked the basket. And at that point in a game, you’ve got to either finish over the top or have the defender make a great play.”
Ryan went all Machine Gun Kelly with this last second shot and showed with one vine of the moment that he was seven seconds away from being more than just a meme memory of Kelly standing next to the back of Clarkson’s jersey.
The Lakers where facing all kinds of former allies in the paint, from Ed Davis to big man Chris Kaman hitting last second baskets, but it was Kelly who left this case with the paint dry.
“I wanted to make up for it and make the play that made a difference,” the long haired, number 4 new Luke Walton-esque fan favorite remarked and boy did he! But he wasn’t the only one. Luck has been a Laker girl for L.A. of late, from tuning up international competition to having games against the champs in their favour called early due to ice hockey. Last night it was still rolling with future of the franchise Jordan Clarkson’s 17 points going mic-check, one-on-one, battling with Blazing hot rapper Damian Lillard who led a now LaMarcus Aldridge Portland (just like the Lakers mind you) with 20 points and 6 assists. Russell (12 points but 0 assists) and Randle (2 points but 4 assists) may have been quieter than usual…but x-factor, Brazilian signing from Barcelona, Marcelo Huertas wasn’t, coming along in his recovery and limited minutes. Notching and matching 8 points to go along with 8 amazing assists as the creative but controlled Point Guard showed he could be the new veteran leader of these young Lakers in his first NBA season.
Still you couldn’t hand this one to anyone else but Kelly as the R in the Lakers last night in Hollywood showed he in that moment was the worlds greatest.
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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