“I like the concept of having the same number of weapons and just see who can run the ship the best”-Jerry Buss.
Superteams are officially dead…but Showtime isn’t.
It’s back like Magic.
With former Laker targets Kawhi Leonard and Paul George now on the Clippers side of Los Angeles and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving now on the Brooklyn Nets side of New York (sorry Knicks), the NBA is all about the dynamic duos again like the Splash Brothers of best backcourt Warriors in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in the Golden State of San Francisco. And now the Lakers have the best one-two punch, inside and out since Shaq and Kobe with Anthony Davis looking to be the next great big in the Lakers legendary lineage of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, the big fella and Pau and LeBron trying to get more jerseys retired than number 8 and 24.
And after the father time growing pains of his first season with the kids, now this is the only way he’s going to do it and become a Laker legend aswell as a Cavalier one in this land.
First ‘Bron graciously gifted and gave his number 23 to A.D. in a non-descript parking lot and then with the 6th sense of his talents in South Beach, Miami Heat heralded days he threw up the idea of bringing the iconic chalk toss back. And LBJ is going to need all the powder he can get as even with the 20 and 10 (not to mention all those blocks, steals and assists) of the Ant-Man in the paint, LeBron’s going to have the ball in his hands a lot more this season than last.
Time for the King to make a point in Hollywood for next season’s script. And we ain’t talking about ‘Space Jam 2’ fame Monstars.
Because after losing their Ball in the Davis trade (along with Ingram, Hart and more picks than Malone did when he left Stockton for Payton), losing out on Kemba Walker (Boston), Kyrie Irving (Boston to the B.K.) and a possible reunion redemption with D’Angelo Russell (dubbed as a splash triplet in San Fran) the Lakers had less points than broken pencils. Sure they have the purest one in Rajon Rondo, who they re-signed along with JaVale McGee, KCP (for two years this time after two years of one and done deals) and your two-way boy Alex Caruso. But it won’t be long before this legend joins fellow pure point Jason Kidd (who would have been perfect for Lonzo) on the coaching sidelines.
The Lakers also signed Warrior Quinn Cook with the splash alongside guys like the big DeMarcus Cousins, champ Danny Green and most recently defensive dog Avery Bradley yesterday like a Beatles tribute movie. And they have one spot left for a guy like the one he famously blocked on the fastbreak Andre Igudola or former Cleveland ally, Kyle Korver. Or maybe even the only Sixth Man to rival the former Laker and now Clipper Lou Will in Jamal Crawford or Banana Boat friend Carmelo Anthony for your wine tasting. But arms held out why, not the dribbling back, clock expiring J.R. Smith. Keep your shirts on. Meaning the Lakers have spent Davis’ kindly waived 4 mill trade bonus wisely on a lot of cap fitting free agents for their roster bill.
Meaning they have more options than paper or plastic on their offseason shopping list even if they didn’t find everything they were looking like U2 still singing about it for on this aisle to aisle trolly run. But still imagine a formidable, frontcourt force of a reunited Davis and Cousins (could still be the makings of a big-three. The last time he was healthy he was an All Star worthy of his own max deal) and ‘Bron, muscling up and going hard. Only for Kyle Kuzma to come off the bench like a potential Sixth Man Of The Year (and also being just one or two steps away from being the third tier of a new Lakers big-three. Or Fantastic Four like the rumoured ‘Far From Home’ Baxter Building in the new Spider-Man anyone?) and run what’s already worn down right off the floor.
But that’s just one playmaking option. The other sees Frank Vogel’s dry-erase starting with the new number 6 man of LeBron James running the floor as the Lakers new Point Guard. Perfect for this Basketball Beethoven (that’s what Kyrie once called him after the Cavs Finals win over G.S.W in twenty, sixteen) to orchestrate and re-establish chemistry for a team that only has six of their component players from last year coming back, including this new number 6.
Now think of the King running his kingdom from the throne of the quintessential basketball position. James has had the talents to do it before in Miami and now like the Heat it’s on for his California club in this La La LeBron and Lakeland city of superstars. Running the break like a GMC truck, he can dish off to Davis, Cousins, Kuzma, McGee and more. Before dishing off to the likes of KCP, Bradley, Green and Cook like the chef cooking it up from downtown L.A. on the perimeter like Shaquille’s bar and grill restaurant just outside STAPLES. He’s built like a quarterback, he may aswell play like one too. And we all know the King can create for himself too, when he needs to take over games for his crowning moment. Loose ball roll to long three, to Statue of Liberty power slam dunk. It just all makes sense.
At this point in his career and ageing LeBron needs to slow it down like Kobe before father time consumes him and his load management playing time with injury. It’s only natural his game will slow down even with his age defying. So what better way to slow it down than to actually slow down the whole game himself from the point position? Then he’ll really be in control. Sure it’s not Hollywood and in L.A. it’s not sexy (*Cuba Gooding Jr. in ‘Jerry Maguire’ voice*). But like Coach Vogel this brand of X and O basketball may just be entertaining for the purists and above all just get the job done. At the end of the day, season and run that’s all anyone in purple and gold wants to see as the sun next season’s 82 and bracket sets to whoever’s lifting a gleaming Larry O’Brien in the spotlight.
And it doesn’t shine brighter than this.
This could be the only way LeBron’s Lakers get a championship and the crown slipped King gets that chip off his shoulder in redemption. Because you best believe when they came at him, they best know that they missed. And what do they say about coming at Kings in this Game of Thrones? He has the ball now. And with this changing of the guard what better way for this Kobe/Magic hybrid to prove his point as one of the best Laker legends and more importantly teammates ever?
You can’t pass up this dish.
Revenge is one best served with the ball in his hold.
A Rose For Kuz?
The Rose that grew from the career incasing concrete of a plaster cast, potential legacy ending injury is still in bloom.
Now that’s legendary.
As a matter of fact with the trade deadline nearer than your office one, right now nothing smells better than Pooh.
Currently more than motoring on with the Detroit Pistons in Motown, the rejuvenation of Derrick Rose has already had his redemption season. Howling back with the Minnesota Timberwolves the last 82. But in this one mirroring his prime time stats as a Bull and the next era after M.J. for the Chicago way, it’s still a story as good as a Dwight Howard Hollywood reunion or blazing Carmelo comeback out in Oregon.
And now like the former D12, D. Rose could be heading to the wild west like the one Anthony the Lakers didn’t get in the end (but should of). But like the young core, Ingram, Ball and Hart trade for A.D. is the prize worth the price?
Although Derrick is linked with the 76ers like every superstar over the past few seasons and a reunion with Chicagoland (which Basketball God’s would be the perfect closing chapter to this story that is albeit still being wrote by his own penmanship), the Benjamin Franklin’s are on Rose reuniting with King James although he called his Cleveland time with the classic Cavalier “super awkward”.
The former number one, that draft pick and NBA MVP is still most valuable and at 31 is almost a half decade younger than the King. Plus with awesome averages of 18.3 points on 50.3 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes and 5.9 assists per contest this campaign, the guy wants more time and to get out of the elimination standings.
Clockwork and contention could certainly be on the cards for Rose who let’s face it at his age and stage and with the numbers he’s putting up is still a superstar, hate it or love it. He’s been put through the ringer for his career like Bill Simmons or Shea Serrano, but now he’s being called on like Phil Collins to be one of the games greats like the genesis of his association with National Basketball.
So he may just be worth a package deal like your next vacation. Even if the Lakers are offering Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook for his services. Can I make a counter offer of Cook, Troy Daniels (great…but underused) and DeMarcus Cousins (although I do want to see how big he can literally get coming back and grunting with former post Pelican powerhouse Anthony Davis)? Throw in Drummond and it’s a go. Like Jerry Seinfeld superimposed into ‘Deal Or No Deal’ by NBC’s ’30 Rock’, “I gotta take that deal!”
Pair Rose with LeBron and the frontcourt force of Howard and of course Davis then these London Olympic teammates would make for what a couple of five ring contests ago on dry erase would look like a dream team. And it still wakes up notions of one to this date in the 2020 year of Tokyo thanks to Vogels vision. But would the show be giving up too much this time?
“This time”…yeah right!
Quinn Cook has California championship pedigree, splashing with the brothers in Golden State like shopping on Rodeo Drive. And this Warrior has been integral this season. His number 2 from downtown reminding me of the should be retired clutch king Fisher (we can always raise 0.4 to the STAPLES rafters) and making me feel happier about buying a Lonzo Ball statement jersey last year…hey if I wear it under a jacket it looks like I’m cooking up love and representation for Quinn.
And then there’s Kuz.
If the Lakers trade away Kyle Kuzma then they will be giving up the last piece of their incredibly curated young core that is flying with the Pelicans right now. Although how could I forgot about the untouchable, All Star Alex Carushow and the fact that Anthony Davis isn’t calendar far from Larry Nance Jr. and new Jazz 6 man Jordan Clarkson?
Although Rose solves the Lakers perimeter problems and feels in the same prime time as what could be his All Star teammates (how legendary would a Rose/Rondo backcourt be although it’s hard not to know whether to deal him or Cook?), Kuz seems too good to let cruise like Tom. This top gun may have struggled early this season, but he was coming back from injury Lakers Twitter. And recently he’s been that Worthy third option behind the Big Game Magic of James and his Kareem or Shaq to his Kobe number 3 partner, waiting on those Jordan digits next season when the King carries the 6.
30 for 30 putting up “trade this” exclamatory numbers in the dynamic duos absence, even Batman and Robin needed a Nightwing. And as much as Rose could help the new Lake Showtime bloom and grow like fine wine for all of LeBron’s merlot men, you could imagine Kyle making the Lakers pay play after play like a D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle off the team that draft clever, but trade stupid.
Keep the player. Trade the barber.
Zero to 1. The legend or the future superstar? The choice for this deal is the Kings.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
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