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.
Boogie’s Productions Down Again
Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.
When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.
What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.
But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.
Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.
This games God’s people.
When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.
Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.
And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.
The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.
Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.
Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.
The bridge is far from over.
New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition
Philadelphia soul on ice.
Ever since Nike partnered up with the NBA like ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ there has been a fast and furious release of rock solid jerseys for the hardwood over the last couple of seasons. From the Association, to the Icon’s and Statement’s made. Last year the ‘Just Do It’ swoosh even helped Basketball’s best put on a vest for the City. Adding even more to the closet collection when it came to some alternates for the teams that made the postseason push to the playoffs.
But now if you thought fo, fo, four jerseys that have at least one changing by the year was enough for your locker room or throwback budget, then just you wait. Because all these fits and drips may be iconic, but Nike are about to release an addition that really is Classic for the five man team. Over the next calendar the Classic Edition jerseys will belong to only 12 franchises in this 30 strong league. Less than half for the next year that we hope includes some storied Lakers and Celtics duds.
But what better team to introduce this new tradition than the one with more classic throwbacks than Mitchell and Ness in the Philadelphia 76ers? The City of Brotherly Love may have lost Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick this offseason, but they’ve gained even more threads for new team player Al Horford and mainstays Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to rock with the rock as they push it down court next season.
Open your arms to that.
The classic PHILA Philadelphia jerseys have already been brought back with a next generation twist. Whilst the 76ers seem to be the only team who could still put up those Christmas script jerseys long after other teams have gone in the New Year sales. But with the only court apparel competition being what looks in the mirror as they try these on, the Sixers have out done and stitched themselves yet again. Bringing back like 1971, Hal Greer and ‘The Kangaroo Kid’, Billy Cunningham, the iconic and creative “Seventies Sixers” jerseys. A jumping, forgotten retro relic and slept on classic until now.
Waking up the league, back to the future in a Ford Mustang the Motown era of a classic Bad Boy, Detroit Pistons would be proud…or jealous of (inch or mile, you should have got there sooner Motor City men), Embiid and Simmons in a slick photoshoot sharing an ‘S’ on the chest popped the hood and revealed all the intricate workings underneath, bringing this classic back on the road like Hall & Oates.
Hold on we’re going home.
Before the process. Before the answer. Even before “fo, fo, fo”, Cunningham and the Sixers represented Philly like steak and cheese. The 1970’s where a defining era for the city. Philadelphia soul made its mark from stereos to nightspots and some young fighter named ‘Rocky’ went the distance with some kid called Creed as some man going by the name Sly Stallone wrote a classic movie. Oh and Questlove of the legendary Roots crew was born. Along with another Philly legend you might also be familiar with.
With this thrift shop like find that celebrates the spirit and legacy of a city that reinvents itself more times than it does it’s wardrobe, this is the perfect “new” look for a team that could take inspiration from their past when it comes to their latest reinvention on court. Playing on without the services of their Butler, or top downtown gunner J.J.
And after all they’ve loved and lost over the years, even if you don’t trust it you can always try on the process now.
And its a look that could fit over seventy games this season.
Now that has the makings of a classic.
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