Genuiely Boston Celtic Paul Pierce belongs in the same Hall as most famous NBA legends like Bill Russell and Larry Bird.
‘The Truth’ put his lips to the Leprechaun’s lucky Shamrock’s at center court of the TD Banknorth Garden one last time as he kissed goodbye the franchise of the Celtics and the city of Boston.
It was the perfect picture fit to why we play this game where amazing happens as the Los Angeles Clippers reserve played in the Garden for the last time on a road tour in this his retiring season.
It was an emotional weekend too in Beantown as they sent P-Double one game further into the rocking chair. The New England Patriots and maybe the only Boston legend that could rival the truth of Pierce right now Tom Brady turned the whole Superbowl on his head after halftime to touchdown a victory that sent everyone from Marthas Vineyard to Cape Cod Gaga like that Lady that flew from the top of the stadium to perform a show at the half. Now there was no reason for this city to feel deflated even if emotions were riding as high as the tensions.
Still despite this Patriotic win there was something touching about Paul’s final homecoming and Celtics career curain. After Houston honoured Yao, the Boston Celtics faithful thanked Paul and his classic chapter in the town and teams storied like no other franchise in this National Basketball Association.
Former Shamrock Shaq dubbed Pierce ‘The Truth’ in his rookie year when he was a purple and gold rival as a Los Angeles Laker. Paul’s piercing play proved this anything but fake. But we saw just how real and tough he was as he overcame a life threatening nightclub stabbing that could have left him another cruel Celtic untimely tragedy, like the deaths of the post-Larry legend superstars to be Len Bias and Reggie Lewis. And came back the very next campaign a seasoned pro who formed a dynamic duo with eighth wonder Antoine Walker, shimmying their way to success until number 34 wanted O’Neal figures.
That’s when after a few years of retooling Paul Pierce redefineand reintroduced todays superteam idea of the Big Three (and later the new Fantastic Four with Point prototype Rajon Rondo) with Ray Allen (who just came from one in Milwaukee with Big Dog Glenn Rob and former C, Sam Cassell) and the Big Ticket Kevin Garnett. Then the banner years came where those jerseys of the three from 5 to 34 will one day, sooner than later hang now all of those legends are off clubbing (we’re talking golfing of course).
Paul Pierce should have finished his career in Boston. But instead after no sleep in Brooklyn with K.G. ‘The Truth’ cut down those nets with a spell in Washington as a Wizard. Before reuniting with former Celtic championship coach Doc Rivers in his real home of Los Angeles for his latest clippings. And from the Times to the Globe they all heralded Paul Pierce and his spotlight moment, who ended the game with a trademark clutch three and a 107-102 win.
You just had to love it as he checked out for the last time and hugged Doc as everyone arose like the National Anthem. There wasn’t a dry eye in the watered Garden.
And that’s the truth.
Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick
Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.
“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”
For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.
Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.
The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.
Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.
Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.
Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion
Zion. Zion. Zion.
Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.
The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.
Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?
I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.
What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.
But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.
And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.
Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!
Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.
Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.
But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.
This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.
But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.