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Sacramento Aims To Claim The Throne As California Kings



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.

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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!


New Toronto ‘City’ Jerseys Point North To The 6



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Better late and sharp to the party than never looking fly.

Sometimes in the streets of Toronto you just have to wait for a good thing. Like that CN Tower forever in the distance drive from Pearson Airport to the downtown dot. Or waiting for a table and menu for something good to eat at Jack Astor’s on any given night. But Drake always delivers from serving up playlist picks to albums that offer ‘VIEWS’ that honour the great city of the six. So you know if you’re reading this it’s never really too late.

Now after Nike just gave us ‘Association’, ‘Icon’ and real ‘Statement’ jerseys for the new season where they are now the official uniform supplier of this National Basketball Association the ‘City’ line is complete like riding a Matt Bonner tram from King Street West to the Air Canada Center. As Toronto didn’t want to be left out like Kyrie Irving didn’t want to be the next Dwyane Wade. Now the only one rocking sleeves like Adidas is Lakers rook Lonzo again, looking to ball like his UCLA alumni days. Forget Christmas Day, unless you’re rocking Sixers script. As for the 6, the new Toronto Raptors jerseys that go back to black like the late, great Amy Winehouse with Octobers Very Own gold, couldn’t be more Drake or OVO if they had that Owl hooting from the shooting shorts. And you know these third blackouts will be a permanent fixture on ‘Drake Nights’ when the Raps court will be decked out in the black gold same lining.

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But these new duds that All-Star ‘Step Brothers’ DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will rock like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly did ugly sweater vests are less ‘Hotline Bling’ and more for the town he calls his own for the citizens of Toronto. ‘They The North’ and have that in six court copying chevrons that in glittering gold, road point to this very Canadian NBA destination. Do you see. And if you don’t know, now you know…player.

This is B.I.G. for the notorious north OVO town of the six. We’ve had the ATL neon, Boston parquet, Lakers Black Mamba snakeskin, Cleveland Land, Detroit ‘Motor City’ industry, New York’s F.D.N.Y. department, the Suns not losing the ‘Los’ love and Chicago’s classic city edition. But nothing for the homestand looks as good as this to the T-Dot.

And with all six signs pointing north to Toronto, we only wish these Raptors threads could be put on for the city every night.

Now the only ‘Fallen Kingdom’ in this Jurassic World will be found in cinemas with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum this summer season Blue.

It took a minute for the sap to meet the tree but the Raptors and the Toronto city they call home are far from extinct.

Nike finds a way.

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The ‘Human Highlight Film’ Dominique Wilkins Almost Made ‘Showtime’ Worthy



How Unique Would The Lakers Have Been With 'Nique?
Hollywood’s show kept fast break rolling last night like a Golden Globe as the young Lakers finally snapped their losing trend by clipping the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113 at STAPLES. All behind 20 points from Brandon Ingram, 15 and 9 from Julius Randle and 13, 10 and 6 from rookie Lonzo Ball. J.C. with 18 and K.C.P. with 14 also had three three’s each as the Lakers made a sweet 16 season best from downtown, to go along with a franchise record 42 points off fast breaks on a momentous night for the storied franchises record books.
It kind of looks like Showtime’s go on all over again.
But straight from the Fox Sports hole pregame did you know that back in the 80’s day the NBA’s Hall of Fame, Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the centerpiece of Showtime? The Atlanta Hawk legend who has a statue outside the ATL arena like all the Magic, Kareem’s, big fellas and logos outside Lakerland told us himself play-by-play as part of the pregame panel.
“Jerry Buss didn’t want me but Jerry West did”, ‘Nique said with warm affection to what could have been. And we can’t help muse like Shea Serrano’s brilliant ‘Basketball And Other Stories’ book to what legacy and Laker legend would have been like if the Basketball God’s didn’t cast down a thunderbolt. You see apparantly it all came down to an injury to Lakers Celtic bruising forward Mitch Kupchak, which will no doubt leave some Laker fans thinking this may be the first time but not the only time their former G.M. Mitch has messed up things for the Lake Show.
Kupchak’s season crippling injury made Buss want to go bigger and taller. And the rest is Big Game history as the Lakers drafted Wilkins’ fellow North Carolina alumnus James Worthy who made his own H.O.F. career more than just his second name that resides in the forever rafters like 42. The second in goggle command behind Cap remains one of the Lakers and the league as a whole’s most underrated legend.
But we can’t help but think what it would be like if we just looked up at the STAPLES ceiling and saw Dominique’s name up there like Kobe’s too (or two) with his 21 in that acclaimed area. It would have certainly brought more hard-nosed hostility to those Larry Bird fights and more Hollywood to that iconic Slam Dunk Contest between the Human Highlight and the G.O.A.T., M.J. And could you have imagined the Magic between a player who finished his career with Orlando and actually the legendary Boston Celtics and the man with the top hat himself Earvin Johnson? Now you thought watching Lake Show greats A.C. Green and former coach Byron Scott was good.
In the end it was all scripted the right way. The Lakers had their own Big Game dunking James worthy of a King and Dominique Wilkins soared as a Hawk in the A. But if Magic’s all smiling Showtime had a few more Human Highlights for the film? Now that would be something straight out of Hollywood.
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LeBron’s Land Now Has I.T. Support



Portland Trail Blazers V Cleveland Cavaliers
I.T. Follows All The Kings Men

Cleveland plainly dealed their point prince Kyrie Irving away from the King’s Cavalier land this Summer, to make the NBA’s historical Boston Celtics storied again behind their new superstar handle. And in return they got a glorious gunner with an 80’s iconic name, albeit one hip checked to the new year with injury.

But even if Christmas has come late this year like changing your calendar to 2018, Isaiah Thomas is back like you’ve never seen him before, like a Detroit Piston legend kissing and making up with an 80’s Showtime one in an emotional NBA TV reunion.

Now that’s Magic!

Like Pennywise the clown, injury tempted I.T.’s reign into the gutter for the opening chapter of his story with the King like he was wearing a yellow raincoat. But just wait for part two…it’s about to get slicker as forget arms, Thomas is about to take everyone’s legs off from the ankles up.

He’ll float too.

The land was in need of a hand. One that even the way of Wade couldn’t help after the thorn that went in probably retired, former franchise player Derrick Rose’s side. And now they have it all for one and one for all in I.T.’s support. The King now has a fellow crowning talent ready to hold the throne with. Isaiah Thomas’ return to the trail against Portland was blazing too. Normally a nice 17 points and 3 assists would seem modest for a pocket dynamo of this young Iverson’s stature, but when we answer that it came in just 19 minutes of burn than you know it’s something else altogether.

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It’s the makings of something greater.

But all that failed to blend in Beantown as his reunion with the Celtics he was supposed to retire with and his renewed rivalry with the guard he was traded for was put on a DNP-CD hold (at least he too made up with 80’s great Danny Ainge). But the whole event game of the night turned out to be a wash-out as the Celtics 102-88 scrubbing of the Cavaliers on polished parquet only saw the real rivalry of James (19) and Kyrie (11) amass less than 20 points each when this explosive TNT match-up should have gone 30 for 30 for ESPN.

Still Ohio will rise again when the King and I.T. return to their land and maybe even the promised ones of the NBA Finals. As another Celts/Cavs conference finals match-up without Gordon Hayward and this time more Love could beat towards the heart of a lion. And the five foot something with a headband has plenty of that under his too.

And you best believe tooth and hip surgery nail he’s going to leave it blood, sweat and tears all on the parquet this playoff postseason.

But this time instead of against one, Isaiah won’t just be running alongside a King…he’ll be one.

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