F*CK RACISM! Let me take the edits off for once. And this time I’m not sorry. And if you don’t agree or like my or Russell Westbrook’s reaction then this is a product of the hate you give.
Racism has no place in this game. It has no place in this world. It has no place anywhere.
After the storm and with the Thunder back in his Oklahoma home, Russell Westbrook launched a pair of his Air Jordan’s into the crowd following his home-stand. And catching them with grateful glee was a young kid decked out in the OKC City Edition jersey now with a new pair of Nike’s to lace up and match. The look on his face was as priceless as those game work drops by the O.K. God himself. So much joy he could cry as he took them in wide eyed, before his mum caught it all on smartphone cell camera for a different kind of permanence of this once in a lifetime moment courtside. All complete with auxiliary charge cable in her handbag…you have to love that as they hugged with lottery like winning celebration. Nice arm Russ. Great catch kid.
Now this is why we play.
Not to be heckled, harassed, abused, attacked, antagonized. Or called “boy”. It doesn’t matter which State you are up in. Or if you think your Trump privilege, or season ticket with the best seat in the house allows you to act out like you’re part of this game and not just receiving the privilege of being able to watch it…whilst you still can.
Are you listening those in Utah? A big and beautiful city full of kind-hearted and lovely people. Except…like anywhere those racist, ignorant individuals who think in stereotypes and believe in discrimination like everyone else does equality, peace, liberty and justice for all. You are not respecting the flag with this kind of bulls### behaviour. This is why people are taking a knee.
Because two nights before last Russell Westbrook got into a verbal altercation with a fan after receiving that very same abuse unprovoked by him. And check the tapes. Or the Twitter timelines. Because this isn’t the first time this sort of cruel, derogatory behaviour has been put on this singled out, singular talent of NBA. Much more to this game, association and country than the fat fans spitting abuse through alcohol and corn dogs, drunk off privilege perceived power. The fan in question despite his Donald like interview postgame and a MAGA timeline to match was said to have told Westbrook to “get down on his knees like you’re used to”. To which Russ-who this man in pathetic attempted rebuttal called “one of the greats, but classless” (very poor choice of words)-replied in kind telling the man with restrained, enraged Michael Beasley passion that he was “going to f### him up, swearing on everything he loves. But then losing his nerve and control he also added, “you and your wife”.
Which was too far but in defence, he was only defending himself by any words necessary. He later took it back stating that he “would never lay a hand on a woman”. And we believe him. Who we don’t believe is that coward courtside who should be more like that young grateful man last night and not like a child. Westbrook’s comments in this Wild West clash cost him 25 grand. But he still left the game under pressure with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and on reflection a 98-89 win. The Utah fan on the other hand of this exchange left the game unable to return to the Jazz arena ever again.
A lifetime ban. Justice served like the drop of a gavel.
“If I had it to do over again, I would say the exact same thing. I truly will stand up for myself and my family.” Russ told press postgame after years of telling Utah crowds “I’m not a boy”, or batting away stray hand and offensive gestures whilst just trying to play this game here.
Athletes may entertain us and we may pay the price to see them play. But they shouldn’t have to. They aren’t merely here to entertain us or bend to our whim, abusive comment or gesture, or not. They are here for something more. To compete for something we aren’t as half as invested in as we think we are sat on our seat. They are not here to dance. They are not here to perform. They are here to play for something that holds so much more importance than our own ignorance. We are living in a time where racism is still so alive and they ain’t even concealing it anymore. Word to the old Kanye…but it ain’t a choice Mr. West. We are living in a time where only this week in this writers home country a fan ran on a Premier League pitch and attacked a player during an Aston Villa game. What gives them the gall or the balls to think they even have the right?
And back in Utah in this post Hayward era with the new Donovan Mitchell age of star power and future, the fans aren’t only hurting their opposition but their own too. “Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena. The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase,” Spida says. And if some select few fans ruin this for all of Utah then the Jazz stand to lose more than their star out in the desserted dessert. This legendary, golden era franchise known for Karl Malone just as much as John Stockton could end up being pick and roll delivered elsewhere outside Salt Lake City if they’re not careful. Think that’s merely a threat. Remember where we had the All Star Game this year? How about what happened to the great North Carolina city of Charlotte when they tried to play host two years prior all whilst barring the LBGT community from the basic rights of their city? I promise this could be it if a stop isn’t put to this s###.
The Jazz fan who has already been named and shamed but doesn’t even really deserve our or anybodies (let alone a superstar role models) time, tweeted in October that Westbrook “should go back home where he came from”. Well now this real zero can watch this hero play his Jazz and rub salt into Utah’s racist fans (not the decent, beautiful like the game ones) wounds game after game, season after season.
From the comfort of his own home.
Because when it comes to an arena full of cheers to the greats in their own class, you ain’t going nowhere buddy boy.
Because Russell Westbrook stood up for what he believed in, instead of falling on his knees…like he never does. Or ever will.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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