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Sixers & Lakers Kings Of The 2017 NBA Draft

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Back to the drafting board some of the NBA’s most storied franchises looked to write their future history with a new legacy in the 2017 NBA Draft this Thursday gone.

And in a new class of legends it was the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers and even the rivalling Boston Celtics that hit the lottery.

Seemingly holding the first and second picks respectively for the last couple of seasons and beyond, the Sixers and Lakers have been building themselves some young, raw, star-studded teams of the future. Last season it was Philly’s Ben Simmons and L.A’s Brandon Ingram coming in for the drafts one-two punch. This year the 76ers gave their new team of F.E.D.S lead by chief Joel Embiid Washington’s own Markelle Fultz after cutting a deal with the Celtics. Decked out in fitting draft shoes made from basketball leather, Fultz finishes the process with his star-to-be game in the ready to go making.

Ball or bust over in L.A. however it got real Hollywood…or at least entertaining, as the Lakers drafted hometown hero from UCLA, Lonzo Ball and of course his package deal of Big Baller Brand father LaVar, brothers and even his new purple and gold signature sneakers. LaVar talks a good Muhammed Ali game, but his first born Drake lookalike and Jason Kidd playalike has the goods to back it up as potentially the next Laker great. From the Cinderella college stories to the Los Angeles times. Having a real ball, passing to Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr and Ivica Zubac and hopefully (or definitly by 2018) Paul George and Basketball Gods forbid, fellow U.C.L.A. alumni Russell Westbrook and even LeBron James (but you have to take rumors like these with a pinch of tossed up chalk).

But not last seasons Lakers leader D’Angelo Russell, traded with the cap clearing contract of Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez. A legit big-man in a 7 foot starved league capable of putting up 20 points and ‘you should really average more rebounds’. Perhaps the Lakers should have moved the Kobe-passing Russell to shooting guard instead of Brooklyn, as a Ball/D’Angelo backcourt could have thrived. Sure they want LeBron and Westbrook, but surely these dreams are the stuff of pipes. Perhaps the Lakers remember the time they tried to align Kobe with Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel in ’96. Or the show-time when Earvin Johnson shared a backcourt with Norm Nixon. Trading D-Lo seems crazy but president Magic knows a real Point Guard when he sees one and is tired of all the loading. Time for the ice to run cold in the veins of the B.K. Looking for the next Mamba moment the Lake Show even drafted Bryant (Thomas), along with Kyle Kumza and Josh Hart. But in L.A. taking clutch king Derek Fisher’s number two (the Lakers should just rafter the digits 0.4) with the second pick, it’s the balling Lonzo Angeles Lakers show now.

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The Lakers legendary rivals the Boston Celtics came in with the bronze pick and struck gold with Duke devil Jayson Tatum. From blue to green, Tatum brings court professionalism at the highest level and looks to team up with one of the leagues elite best Isaiah Thomas for contention right away.

The rest of the top picks fell like a buzzer beater kissed off the rim. Josh Jackson rose to the fourth pick with his new franchise the Phoenix Suns, just when the Lakers thought that they might be bringing those old number 17, Rick Fox jerseys back. As Kentucky grad DeAaron Fox slipped to fifth being crowned by Cali rival the Sacramento Kings. Sacto again no stranger to multiple Top 10 picks over the last couple of years. Just like the Minnesota Timberwolves who highlighted this first ten by trading their seventh seal (Lauri Markkanen) along with former picks Kris Dunn and dunk champ Zach Lavine to the Chicago Bulls for superstar Jimmy Butler, who has been rumoured to be shopped to every team from the Lakers to LeBron’s land for years now. Jimmy’s gold standard silver service will now shoot big three Buckets with superstars Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Townes as this twin to triplet, Minny city looks to party like it’s 2019 contention like Prince or Gatsby.

After the Stars Plum pick of the WNBA draft, expect more greats to keep rolling out of this NBA one, making this association competitively league pass watchable again no matter how many times the Warriors win.

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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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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

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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