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.
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.
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.