6 God before Drake, Chris Bosh was the one after number 15, Vince Carter soared high like Air Canada to take the Toronto Raptors back to the clouds with his Dino dreads swinging in the wind. Back in 2006 when Bosh was in his prime and it was Toronto’s time like right now behind the big-three of Leonard, Lowry and Marc Gasol, CB4 was the one before DeMar DeDozan. He almost looked taller than the views of the CN Tower, the glass ceiling was that high.
But now it’s the Miami Heat that are looking to that same ‘Gods Plan’s perch as the former number four and fourth pick in the draft becomes the fourth Heat legend after the crossover of Timmy Hardaway, the passion over pain of ‘Zo Mourning and big Shaq himself to have his jersey raised and retired to the rafters of American Airlines. On a special night for a special player in an all Florida clash down south with the Magic of Orlando’s Kingdom a long way from Disneyland, who actually came away with the 104-99 win tonight.
But this night wasn’t about all that.
No matter the talent in South Beach, he’s the only one that will ever wear the number 1.
Voltron forming, there is no doubt also that the rest of the doubled up, ringed big-three of the Miami Heatles will have their pride of place right next to the banners they helped build up there. The talents of number 6 God, LeBron James before the return of 23 in The Land and the Laker one. And the most iconic 3 of the big-three, Dwyane Wade, on the One Last Dance retirement tour season now playing in an arena near you. Flash in a mob has already retired signed, sealed and swapped signature versions of his in-game ones to the best opposing player night after night. But on the week Chris Bosh celebrated his 35th birthday last night was a coronation for one guy and one guy only. As although everyone talks about his draft class and teammates Wade and James and their All Star reunion dunking photo fit being in the “name a better duo” stakes, you don’t need to wait. As it’s all about three in the M.I.A. and this one in particular. Those white hot Heat doubles were just as much powered by Bosh. It’s kind of fitting this number one went up first.
“Unfortunately for him, he had the fifth pick and I went at four, so he had to settle for this kid named D-Wade,” the ever, very funny postgame interview bomber quipped to fans during his quarter long speech at halftime, punctuated by one of his passionate, trademark screams (can we the North call it one last Raptor roar?). “And D, I’ve got to tell you man, sorry about beating you to this jersey retirement thing. I had to beat you at something.” As fans “oh no he didn’t” reacted like that downtown Miami block that put the Spurs on their heels. Trust this guy.
Everybody loves this Chris.
And they thanked the one weeks after he earned a Vice edition of one of Wade’s autographed Miami numbers like that hilarious Carmelo Anthony Photoshopped, free agent jersey exchange. Bosh brought 18.0 point and 7.3 rebound above averages to sixth sealed seasons of All Star status and we’re sure a Hall of Fame stature call, before life threatening health problems with blood clots he has now bravely recovered from threatened to stop more than just his playing career. The gum shield passion could probably still ball. And comebacks with the Lakers before LeBron and even a Heat homecoming like Wade’s Flash return were rumoured. And if it has it one day that the number one will be brought down one more time to save one last dance with Wade then it for sure will make for a Cinderella special moment with the pumpkin peach. But is this is the final ball and the iconic singular digit resides up there with the other seven foot and big-men legends, then like Heat lifer Pat Riley slickly says, Bosh and his jersey number will remain a member of Miami “forever and always”.
Time for the Raptors to bite like the Air Canada one day up their and amber preserve sap the same.
This boss was a beast. Bosh mode.
Raise the Raptor to the rafters.
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.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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