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They Got It Wrong About D’Angelo Russell

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Regret In Your Veins?

Passive aggressiveness is bull#### and for cowards.

Just call that person an a##hole!

So when I say “they” you know who I’m talking about.

It’s the “they” I bleed purple and gold for.

The Los Angeles Lakers.

They got it wrong about D’Angelo Russell.

And for that matter they got it wrong about Julius Randle too. Who had 24 points last night as the Pels beat the Lakers by an unlucky for some in purple and gold, 13 in New Orleans…WITHOUT Anthony Davis. Making that big win look all too easy in Crescent City. To go along with some choice words for the Lakers bench as J.R. shot a big three. Paraphrased on 24/7 Sports like this, “It’s not fully clear what Julius Randle had to say to the Laker bench, but it probably wasn’t positive” (perfect). But I digress. As if you’ve read one of my articles before, you’ll know my Julius heartbreak and how often I go on about this. And if you think that’s bad you should see my Twitter. Wait…no, scratch that. You shouldn’t see my Twitter.

But if you thought 24 was good yesterday, then another former Laker D’Angelo Russell on his 23rd birthday hit 40 like the kind of age he doesn’t have to worry about for another decade and a half. Becoming the youngest player in history to hit that much on his bday. As he had ice in the veins and the Hornets nest winning a game 117-115 in Charlotte. Less than a week after he became an All Star for the first time dishing to a downtown Dirk, hitting dimes in the buzzing hub of North Carolina for Team Giannis.

Everyone talked about how the Lakers shouldn’t have trade away their young core of Lonzo, Kuzma, Ingram, Hart and Zubac (now gone) for one man who wants to Paul George (hmm) go there by free agency already. But look at Russell, Randle, or Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. They’ve been trading away their future for years. They talk about needing more three point shooting and a secondary scorer for LeBron. This guy would have got that bill as perfectly as a signature under a check. And they traded this guy for Brook Lopez?! Sure a great centre from downtown, but still for D-Lo?! I know they where making way for the pure point of Ball but in this small ball revolution of a league why not move Russ who likes to shoot to I don’t know…Shooting Guard maybe?

Makes sense?

They (Magic) said he wasn’t a leader. But look at him lead the Nets now. The Lakers don’t have a clutch killer. This kid learnt under another guard who loves to shoot as his natural birthright instinct. His name was Kobe. Do the Lakers not remember the time D’Angelo hit a big shot to win a game a day after he lost his grandmother? Falling emotionally and exhausted with his spent arms by his side into the open embrace of his family in the crowds. As he ran straight up the stands to them without even doing his signature celebration as the buzzer rang out (not walked out the tunnel before it even blared ‘Bron). It’s one of the greatest moments in modern Laker history like when Phil Jackson begged a plugged in Ron Artest to not shoot. Did they forget what this hero has in his veins? Pure, cold blooded Basketball heroin.

And you don’t need to spend all night, no sleep, saying hello to Brooklyn on your League Pass to get your fix. This former face of the future and franchise star right here and now is a nightly highlight reel. The Nets finally have a superstar to shoot for moon for the first time since they were Jersey boys. And his ice cold, big shots that he can set up for himself, off his own dribble with the confident (not arrogant) pause and poise of a great, looks even better than his dread locked down, high-flying look. Or the range of iconic Nets jerseys served this year. Even the ‘Juicy’ City ones in Bed Stuy. This kid is notorious. This man is B.I.G. It’s all good baby baby.

NBA champion great John Salley told me in an interview a few years ago that the Barclays Center banked in the B.K. borough of New York looks like a “spaceship has landed in Brooklyn”.

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Well…the future is here.

With all due respect to George Gervin here’s the next generation Iceman. The most passionately driven small guard since Iverson keeps stepping over the Lakers.

Fellow Lakers fans don’t just what could have been worry about Paul George. It’s not just PG-3 that’s putting up MVP numbers this year every day of the week. Now watch what you say about create for themselves scorers like Brandon Ingram. Or just wait until China this August when the Nets take on the Lakers in a doubleheader over the cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen, were there will be ice in the Far East for what I’m sure will be a B.K. crowning proving the Kings land wrong contest.

They (the whole nation) questioned his maturity. When he was still a teenager. They made him the fall guy scapegoat for the Nick Young situation. But failed to listen to or understand the accidental mistake he made. They failed to see that cheaters always get found out and ruin their own marriages anyway. They shipped him and then the Swag months later P. But still when it was all shoved under the rug they pulled they forgot to realize the amends D’Angelo made and how he reached out instead of acting out. But even when they saw the funny side they forgot that Russell was more than sporting enough to troll himself, throwing then rookie Ben Simmons’ phone into a pool in a Foot Locker commercial.

Trust me.

Now did you see how mature, professional and polite he was on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ with Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg? And the kids only 22 years old! Or the same politeness in smiles and honour during the Nets Lunar New Year honorary celebrations were he greeted everyone in the Chinese he learnt at Monteverde? Or how he was with his Three-Point Contest winning teammate Joe Harris in courtside support. Or even last night when he was as per, cold water drenched by Caris LeVert during his postgame interview only to playfully react with the same warm smile. Holding on to LeVert’s arms in an embrace and giving it up for him, “my dawg. My dawg”.

Forget ice under pressure! After all these years and all he’s been through he’s still lighting it up like that Magic (meant that) grin. How about grace under pressure?

So the next time someone talks that mess about you or someone else online with no reason. No matter how passive aggressively with that built in deniability. And then everyone joins in like they had coloured hair brushed all the way up, retweet and emoticon likes for the birds. Unless your Jussie Smollett, maybe don’t believe everything you read.

Just because you have a Twitter. Doesn’t mean you have a handle. This Point Guard does though. And have you ever heard him bite back? No! He just shoots back. Literally. Looking after number one with a bucket.

As Denzel Washington said in ‘American Gangster’, “the loudest one in the room is the quietest one in the room. Understand”?! Although this writer doesn’t want to get into trading pointed quotes because then we will be practicing what we’ve been preaching against. Although we will end on one more after this.

D is no longer loading. No more reason to ‘please wait’. The sliders are up like three burgers to go with your Brooklyn Lager. The bar is full. 100%. Loaded.

He deserved more. And now he’s getting it.

The Lakers loss is for sure the Nets gain. And on your birthday weekend here’s to you D’Angelo. It’s great to see you so happy. As they say living well is the best revenge.

“This was supposed to be the fight that Muhammad Ali was ended. Supposed to be the myth that Muhammad was gonna fall! Supposed to be my destruction! Well, they miscalculated, they misjudged, they got it wrong!”

You really need us to tell you who said that quote?

K.O.

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Boogie’s Productions Down Again

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Boogie's Productions Down Again

Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.

We refuse.

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.

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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.

Yeah right…”soft”!

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.

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New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition

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Starsky & Clutch...

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.

Joel Embiid New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition
Joel Embiid New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition

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.

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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.

Allen Iverson.

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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