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When StubHub Sponsors An Actual NBA Team You Know The Game Is Rigged

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Just like Christmas NBA London comes round but once a year (around two weeks after to be exact) and what a gift it is to fans who live overseas and can’t come any closer to see an actual, real life NBA contest.

Or is it?

The NBA London is an amazing event in just as amazing a capital city. It began in earnest a decade ago with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen’s big-three Boston Celtics and now 10 years later Kyrie Irving’s new Boston Celtics (minus unfortunatly we’re sure Gorden Hayward) are back to take on the process of Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers. But the process of how you get tickets to this event at Greenwich’s O2 is more of a shambles then the former Milleniuum Dome this arena aspired to be back in 1999.

Now before we get into this column, lets make it clear like on someones Twitter bio that the views expressed here are of the writer alone.

Want a ticket to the only game on the NBA calender outside the United States in the United Kingdom next year? As oppossed to the 82 games over 30 teams in the National Basketball Association overseas? Well then you could always sign up for the online presale two days before the “real” general one. That is if you have a few hours between your working day and the one you took off especially for. But we should warn you when the 02 partners with a company called AXS and not the usual Ticketmaster route the process (without sounding passive aggressive) will be the same whether you’re up with the birds an hour before the online time of sale, or you’re just a few minutes late to the party.

Because here it is fans and folks. A ticket system for NBA London that puts you in a so-called automatic “que” for “fairness” and “security” for willingly over an hour both for the presale you signed up for and the general sale that everyone else did, even when you got there right on time. Only for it to be sold out minutes later whilst they still let you wait all this time and tell you not to refresh or close the page for risk of “losing” the tickets that have already gone without you realising. Only for the tickets they sold out of “fairness” to appear on second seller sites mere minutes later for over three times the price!

Now that my friends like Lavar beating M.J. is an absolute joke!

Being a real fan means nothing to these “official” sites that may as well be the scalpers. This is nothing new as this sort of ticket touting happens for gigs in concert with sporting events in the U.S. and Canada all the time. But when there is only one option for a game for fans every year then the zeroes mount up even more for the hardworking, Dolly Parton 9 to 5 fans bringing home minimum wage or mortgage eating better. This is a serious problem with sports and the die hards who bleed for it that’s no longer entertaining. Sure it’s nothing compared to the corruption running through the college game like gym bags packed with more than sneakers. Or those ignorant people refusing to stand up for those who take a knee or an arm in peaceful protest to the President and the National Anthem that disrespects only the former that does far more in that definition to them. But this is still a big problem. Even if it is seen as a minor one it still does major damage to the wallets, incomes and savings of those fans who just want to get a little closer to the game they love and a little further away from the mundane work and money matters that leaves them cheque to cheque looking for an escape.

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As for this fan its all good, I’ve seen my fair share. I just wanted to take my lady to her first NBA game and enjoy it together (not in seperate seats for 150 each AXS). But hey, it’s cheaper to book a trip to Paris for two believe me (if you don’t get it, that’s what we did for last years game instead. As a flight and hotel to the City of Light for two days for two cost less than resold nosebleed tickets for the game where someone I can’t remember played the Nuggets of all teams…Happy Birthday baby). Get romantic and make it happen. It would be more worth your time, effort and enjoyment I’m telling you. And I love this game!

Hmm!

I’m going to take that 400 you’re asking for on Stub Hub for two tickets worth 35 each and take her to see a game in New York…crooks! That’s almost as much. Time to stop ripping off real fans, especially when countless tickets appear on Stub Hub marked all the way up more than twice over minutes after the damn presale when fans are still in that “don’t refresh” online que.

And one more thing for this rant, what about families? It used to be about fans taking their kids to their first NBA game when they can’t go on vacation to see one now it’s businessmen on comp tickets mining Instagram likes.

Scroll past all that but not this Stub Hub is an official partner of wait for it…AXS. The same only, official provider of NBA London. And if you’re lucky enough to go to this capital city game that will take all yours and pick yourself up a number 1 Fultz Sixers jersey, look down at your left lapel as you take your seat and just see whose name is the sponser of that jersey and team you’re about to watch play.

Yep!

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La La Lakerland Played Host To A City Of All-Stars At The Weekend

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Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this. Even if Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and even the other Michael (B) Jordan were taking in all the lights, camera action court-side.

After the 2017 Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year and two calendar’s after our native Toronto held the All Star Weekend in Canada, the sixth A.S.G. in the Clipper and Lakerland of the downtown STAPLES of L.A. was the first of it’s kind. As two of the best players in the association and reigning finalists decided to draft their own pool of players against the wall for the ultimate black and white pick-up game between ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team LeBron’, for all the marbles of which of the last two champions would be King.

Well it certainly helps if James picks his rivals reigning MVP teammate Kevin Durant and his own former partner in pine championship crime Kyrie Irving for the big shots first.

But before all that it was down to regular festivities to begin the weekend of All-Star. Basketball’s equivalent of music’s Grammy’s or movies Oscars in Superbowl February. Opening these ceremonials Team World beat down Team USA 155-124 in the Rising Stars game that should really tell you something. Despite home court advantage rookie steal, Kyle Kuzma notching 20, fellow Californian franchise face Buddy Hield was king as the Sacramento star hit 29 as the two sides wore Clipper and Laker interloped Buffalo and MPLS throwbacks for the Hollywood script. And after Quavo of hit duo Migos took home the Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 79-66, Spencer Dinwiddie paid the bills in a superior skills comp. Before scorching Sun in California Devin Booker showed his career high 70 was no one-hit wonder as he burnt down all the nets and the money-ball rack. Winning the three-point contest showdown from reigning winner and sixth man Eric Gordon. Grounding the Rocket as this Phoenix rose. Book it!

But after the most therapeutic competition of All-Star weekend it was time for the most exciting one just as compelling. And in honoring his father Larry Nance, the 1984 winner of the inaugural Slam-Dunk contest, Larry Nance Jr. rocked the baby cradle, like father, like dunk. As he even rocked the old-school Phoenix Suns jersey, short shorts and high-socks for an inspired imitation. But under the magicians cloak, those Los Angeles natives in attendance draped in gold wish he had turned into someone turning back the clock and wearing a Lakers jersey (those Lonzo assists with the ball would have helped). As what would have been a long awaited, eagerly anticipated home-team representation turned into an Akron homecoming for the Ohio hometown hero like LeBron in the Kings land once the trade deadline passed.

Pops Nance loved it though after he himself played the lions share of his career in Cleveland as a Cavalier. Even assisting his boy on his second slam, before he blew the house down with a windmill that even rocked Chris Rock and then double tapped an Instagram worthy picture perfect dunk that if your phone blinked, you’d have had to instant replay it to not miss it and believe it. But all this court creativity wasn’t enough like Maverick rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 360 reverse, through the legs 50. Or All-Star Victor Oladipo getting an assist off King T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman, suiting up in the Black Panther mask and clawing a tomahawk. And if you think that was special, if only you were a fly on the wall for the moment entertainment megastar Jamie Foxx told Vic he loved his album and started singing ‘A Song For You’ with him in the parking lot (as told by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins). As Utah’s jazz man Donovan Mitchell won by jumping over Kevin Hart and his family (Come on! How hard is that? The comedian was even crouched down. Seriously?! He could have even been sat on his shoulders and Mitch would have been good), and then breaking out the classic Vince Carter Raptor jersey and doing you know what.

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The whole weekend turned out to be a testament to a throwback tribute despite Nike’s brand new Team LeBron and Steph duds. Last years All-Star representative, Pelican Anthony Davis paying tribute to his injury fallen teammate brother Cousins by wearing what would have been his numero zero jersey. Free agent suitors beware, DeMarcus is going nowhere now this summer after this. You see he saw on I.G. but look at the shot. How s### was his seat for a would be player?

But after Black Eyed Pea Fergie caught flack for her soulful and sultry rendition of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem (hey, you didn’t complain when Marvin did it) the game hit all the high-flying, dunking high-notes. So much so fans needed throat lozenges like Pink! Even if there wasn’t a single Clipper or Laker representative in the game itself. Despite the lobbying for 6 Man, Lou Will and new Laker Isaiah Thomas only recently being LeBron’s actual teammate.

The King took the MVP crown himself as his 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists helped turn a 15 point hole into a 148-145 victory. And from the look on his face as he leapt into Kevin Durant’s arms of all people, it looked like he just won the NBA Championship back. And from the look on Steph’s face on the receiving end reply it was hard to disagree.

You may be the champion, but I’m the best in the world those eyes said.

Well it’s up to you to decide when round 2 of the All Star draft is televised next year for all to see in M.J.’s land of the greatest.

Charlotte’s going to be good!

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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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