Last week the Buzz was in Toronto as was Vince Carter as the former Vancouver Grizzlies now rocking in Memphis rolled back up north to Canada.
But what on broadsheet paper looked like a sweet story/spiritual homecoming for the Raptor legend/to some frenemy was put into check by the stars hip, in what looks like on scouting report paper the 40 year olds last season in the NBA and therefore game in a place where he was once the north.
And even chants of “We Want Carter” for the former Mr. Air Canada from the A.C. Center faithful that circulated like air conditioning didn’t give the Grizz any push to allow him to let off some steam.
But then again you can’t beat the buzzer on father time.
Still as V.C. looks to shoot his way to the same retirement halls as court contemporaries Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett gone and Paul Pierce going. It’s time we watched him run whilst critics put him out to pasture.
Because this guys still got hops like people with white moustaches have milk. That’s a big part of the reason why the Air Canada Center wanted to get Carter last week. And even know they didn’t for this years All Star Game gone in Toronto, New Orleans might have him next February for a legendary return to the Slam Dunk Contest one last time. And he couldn’t just still compete…he could still win this thing.
And here at Basketball Buzz we want to see Vince take-off from the free-throw line, 360 and honey-dip it more than this Laker fan writer wants to see Larry Nance Jr. compete like his father did and he should have done last go round.
So it’s not just the citizens of Toronto that want to watch tha Carter before he crosses his career and underlines it with a T-Dot. Carter’s vintage number 15 dino jersey still hangs throughout the 6 (a place that onetime wanted to do the same to him…figuratively speaking that is), despite him leaving under bad circumstances. Some places next to the purple and white throwback of his cousin Tracy McGrady…who left under even worse circumstances. The family ties of Vince and Mac made for a new dynamic duo for the ages in the Shaq and Kobe era that could have been a new milleniuum Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and big-time success for the Raps before DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. But like the potential of McGrady and injury prone, career crippled Grant Hill in Orlando this magic just wasn’t to be. Even though on his own Vince took these fantastic beasts where many thought you would never find them, away from grizzly bear like extinction. Almost taking them higher than the CN Tower that needle point pins this city like Google Maps, before all on his shoulders too Allen Iverson got in his way and then the Chris Bosh generation replaced him.
After Canada Carter had plenty more highlight reels and career chapters worthy of a bookmark, no footnote in the National Basketball Association in the United States. He had a devil of a good time in New Jersey tearing down Nets with Jason Kidd and he even played in Orlando himself like his cuz inbetween stints in Dallas and Phoenix.
But even though he now seemingly appears settled in Memphis, apart from the fact/opinion that his spiritual home and origin story like the Grizz belongs up north (and then again have you heard about the trade rumors? How about one last time in Toronto after all?). He truly belongs even higher than all of that and this. Taking residence above the rim like the Jordan like Nike Air that looked like it would always keep him there. So whilst scrolling through Instagrams and Snapchats of his career dunks perhaps it’s time to glance up from your phones and take one last look at the insane talent of Vinsanity.
Because from here, even at this point…it looks like Air Carter is never coming down.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.