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Time To Embrace The Vinsanity Whilst It Lasts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The King’s Garden Bites Forbidden Fruit In The Big Apple

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Super Mario smashed ‘Bron.

On a Sunday afternoon in New York’s Madison Square Garden this St Patrick’s Day (side note: Nike need to bring back those great green Paddy’s Day NBA uniforms), the Lakers where in their East Coast equivalent big city to pay a visit to the Knickerbockers Mecca.

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M.S.G. usually plays host to the greatest games from the G.O.A.T.’s over the generations out the service elevator. M.J. Kobe. And now L.A.L. legend to be L.B.J. against the N.Y.K. And LeBron James didn’t disappoint with a Kareem 33 points off devastating dunks off rampaging runs down the floor of the World’s Most Famous Arena like a raging bull. Shouting “AND ONE” on foul calls that even people with bleeding noses sitting up in the Gods could hear (and how about a couple plays before an equally as loud Caurso yelping for the lay-up as hilariously as his “what’s up man, I’m Alex” Ringer soundbite spoof? But 5 steals and 3 blocks to go with that many rebounds plus add that up “AND ONE” for 12 points in the game? Never send him down to the G again). That was until he took the final shot at the horn that blared in his face.

It’s been that kind of season for the King by royal appointment. Anthony Davis and potentially missing the playoffs and all that.

Heavy is the head in this Game of Thrones.

Like Jordan vs Kobe, the Knicks came away with the 124-123 win. And in the clutch, the King going for the games crown slipped as he ended up looking as good as one of his free throws. Driving the lane and taking it to the rack before being denied by the Knicks Mario Hezonja. Who with this big block became the Knicks new right hand man.

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Off Broadway the King tried to Kong his way up the Empire State but this time the Bi-Planes normally swatted away shot him down.

‘Bron isn’t the only one who makes clutch blocks as big as a buzzer beating basket. Sometimes others hold it against him.

The Lakers 31-39 record is staring down elimination on the wrong side of .500. And with the game down the barrell L.B.J. went for the fadeaway like M.J. but couldn’t come up with ‘Space Jam’ too. As a matter of fact after a big game against the rotten 14-56 Knicks (on the free falling off the Chrysler wrong side of .500) where he also collected 8 rebounds almost on his way to a double/double, LeBron went fourth and colder in the final quarter than a text back from your significant other that just says “fine” when you ask if they’re ok and how their day was. With just four made baskets in the fourth period and the Lake Show missing their last six attempts it was all fat lady in Manhattan come the early evening afternoons end.

Right about now with most teams claiming their playoff berth, last year’s finalist and all the King’s men are just getting worse.

Even with a Garden state of mind in New York, New York, the King couldn’t keep his Empire going like Jussie Smollett.

Now there are only a few more notes before she sings again, but this time for the last time.

And that will be all she writes.

Time for Hollywood to hit the road and flip the script.

Every good movie ends with a twist.

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The Lakers Couldn’t Randle The Truth

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45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

I don’t mean to go on about this but DAMN!

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A career high 45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

That’s MVP numbers right there.

And that’s just the kind of king season Julius Randle is having.

I mean right now the Lakers should probably trade their whole roster for this New Orleans Pelican and not fellow Kentucky ‘cat Anthony Davis (who was out last night in the 122-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Probably with “load management”). But I know who most Lakers fans would love to trade him for just to get this guy back.

LeBron.

But after bringing the King to Hollywood this Summer, Magic and the Lake Show didn’t think they needed to match the restricted hustle and muscle of Randle, who they are sorely missing in their palette dry paint this season. Despite pleading from the coaching staff, President Johnson and his Hollywood agent of assistance let both Randle and big man from downtown Brook Lopez (who is really affording more with the Bucks alongside…Pau Gasol of all underrated and underappreciated Laker greats) walk. All because the thought the former Heat talents of Michael Beasley was enough on a team of McGee, Stephenson and Rondo vets behind the young core that really are now turning into a meme.

Remember this is the same Magic man who traded All-Star…ALL STAR D’Angelo Russell because he didn’t think he was a leader. As the purple and gold Lakers faithful now have no sleep watching him in Brooklyn as he LEADS the Nets.

This is the same Magic man who after offering his whole future to the Pelicans for a free agent to be with desires to come here for nothing (at least before all this drama and disloyalty really showed him something), will soon surely watch the legendary likes of Lonzo, Ingram and maybe even Kuzma and Josh Hart walk when they’re free to go, after the way they have treated them. Because like it’s been shown before time and time again in Laker history (I would name every example, but then I would be naming every other player not called Kobe), there is no price on loyalty. But there is one to pay when you treat these teammates like a commodity and not the individual assets that they are.

There’s only so long someone treated as bait will let you off the hook.

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Magic Johnson may be the greatest player of all-time in my opinion. In some ways even more gifted than the other M.J. He could effect a whole game and result without even scoring a basket. But now he’s really playing. Effecting the whole team and franchise whilst trying to make a point. Just how long will he last running this s### show. Remember how long he lasted when he was actually a coach?

Exactly!

And he wants to fire Walton?!

Exactly!

And soon the likes of Ball and his boys will end up All Stars like Randle will too. The Lakers need to make sure that they do this in purple before the Lake Show turns into the ‘Lame Show’. As once the gold goes out the crown, the Lakers legacy will be down to the hands of more than one legend.

A legend they could have had in Russell and Randle. With guys like they have now and the ones they also shouldn’t have let go. Like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac. Paul George would have been a better fit with all these core guys. But the Lakers didn’t even really need him either. With all due respect to the King and the next chapter in storied Lakers/Celtics history the NBA tried to build, both these iconic franchises and their great expectations have imploded this season. Ones of win big now or else, manifest destiny over pure personnel development. The real rivalry of the future would have been the lottery pick rebuilds of the old young Laker and the history making right now Philadelphia 76ers. Look at the stakes they have now. There’s a reason they call it a process.

Still the Lakers loss is the flying Pelicans gain. And even if they do lose Davis they have a big future in the big man Julius. And if New Orleans do end up taking half the Laker team for him, maybe along with Julius Randle it will all end up being the Basketball Gods master plan in the karma (it all goes around like a basketball spinning on your finger) of showing the Lakers what they could have had and won in the end.

How many stars of future fame will Magic’s Hollywood let walk?

45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Damn.

Sometimes you can’t handle the truth Jack.

And that is Julius Randle.

Believe that.

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