Heads are about to roll in this game of thrones!
Steph Curry’s big/small, three-ball Golden State Warriors are the California kings of the West Coast and this best team of the NBA as a whole holds its throne in the Bay Area of Oakland. Those storied chapters of the Los Angeles Lakers really are history and even if they do re-write their script, the new rebooted ‘Lob’ Angeles Clippers are the STAPLES top billing. After all they’re the ones with Jordan!
Still there’s one more spot under the sun across the Californian coast and it belongs to a franchise that almost ended up joining the STAPLES of L.A. for a Hollywood big-three. The almost Los Angeles or Orange County Royals (or even Seattle Supersonics like potentially the Milwaukee Bucks) still reign in Sacramento as the Kings with a royal appointment with destiny.
By the decree of great General Manager Vlade Divac this team could be shaping up to have their most successful season since the legendary Serbian centre joined superstar Chris Webber, sharp-shooter Peja Stojakovic, defensive dominator Doug Christie and the Point Guard rotation of the White Chocolate Jason Williams and Henry Bibby’s son Mike…not to mention one of the greatest Sixth Men of all-time in Bobby Jackson. When if it wasn’t for a “lucky shot” would have overthrown the Lakers gold with their own purple hearts.
This organisation as a whole is an outstanding one, led by a coach as great as Rick Adelman back then in the form of the legendary George Karl. He leads a squad that is back on point like Rajon Rondo…their new signing in fact. One of the games greatest generals that they stole from under the nose of their rival Lakers, when L.A. where too busy trying to unload all their new young, rookie and sophomore superstar potential points in D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson for All-Star DeMarcus Cousins (who knows in someway this trade may still go down). Now with their new, big free agent signing joining their Barkley like superstar, who could end up being even better than C-Webb, these Cats have more than a slight Kentucky connection in the Wild West. Drafting Willie Cauley-Stein in the sixth spot from the almost unbeatable Big Blue Nation certainly caps that off, joining more of Coach Cap’s former alumni that will know how to play with each other on a base-line level. Just think of the familial relationship in the post that the two towers of Cousins and Cauley could have in their post college NBA career.
It doesn’t end their either. This after all is a team that can lean on the scoring shoulder of Rudy Gay to keep them happy. Completing this perfect starting five could be one of their smaller seeming but more significant summer signings. Journeyman, defensive master and muscle scorer Caron Butler brings much needed experience after all his years and teams of service. While speaking of California kings, Stephen Curry’s younger brother just torched a red hot Summer league with his Dad Dell’s hand me down shot as a New Orleans Pelican letting it fly out in fabulous Las Vegas. Seth Curry with the spot?
That’s still not all. All this versatile talent of offensive options is joined by a bench that is more bolster than bluster. Names like Quincy Acy, Marco Belinelli, Darren Collison, Reggie Evans, Ryan Hollins, Kosta Koufus and the biggest when it comes to veteran greats Andre Miller rounds out a roster that’s in great shape making a circle towards ring royalty. Even David Stockton, son and seemingly clone in how he looks and plays of one of the greatest Point Guards in league history John Stockton is here to pick and roll with the mentoring of some of todays leading P.G’s and post players. Just like this young gun, who knows how high this Stock of this team could soar and if their ceiling belongs in the rafters like the jerseys and banners of the greats they try to emulate. Who knows who they’ll add too. A few more jewels to all these gems may just make this crowning complete.
The state of California’s Sacramento has been dribbling around the moat for too long now. It’s time for them to throw the rock and return to the castle where they belong. Winter is coming and the Kings are watching the throne.
Get your prescriptions because it’s time for more cow-bell!
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.