After K.G. when it comes to retiring NBA legends this Summer I bet you thought there were would be no tickets left.
But the truth is Kevin Garnett’s former teammate and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce will join Da Kid, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in hanging up his sneakers before walking into basketballs Hall of Fame.
But Paul isn’t leaving this game on the double…more like the 82. And however many postseason games he can propel his playoff bound, hometown Los Angeles Clippers too.
Pierce will retire after the forthcoming 2016/2017 Clipper season has concluded. He announced this via a Kobe like black and white portrait post on the sports star diary site The Players Tribune, which the forward player and thinker has wrote candidly and consistently for about his life and times in the NBA over the past few seasons. A players personal site that seems to be in this social media sharing age the new press conference when it comes to big basketball decisions and announcements. See; ‘Durant, Kevin’.
Just days after basketball brother Garnett agreed to a buyout with his signature Minnesota Timberwolves ending his playing days, one of Boston’s greatest Celtics announced he had one more in him. Stating: “Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more oppurtunity”. And unlike fellow former big-three partner Ray Allen-whose been out the game for years now but has hinted at many a comeback like the only man he can outshoot Reggie Miller once did-after this one Paul is done. Adding, “I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”
Like Laker legend Kobe Bryant, Clipper Paul Pierce will have one more farewell tour of the league from his Los Angeles home before they send him off to the rocking chair. One made with the same wood they use for Beantown parquet.
He’s come a long way since Kansas. The moment Paul Pierce was drafted by the Boston Celtics ‘The Truth’ was set free. And partnering up with fellow Celtic great Antoine Walker he gave the league it’s best one, two punch after the Lakers dynamic duo of Shaq and Kobe. As a matter of fact it was the genuine giant Shaq that gave P-Double his truthful nickname. Pierce overcame so much. Even death after surviving being stabbed multiple times after a night out in his first years in Boston in what was a few inches away from being a Len Bias like tragedy. The toughest Celtic came back that season, stronger than ever. Playing like he hadn’t even had an injury to overcome, let alone a viscious life and death attack that scars both physically and mental.
The brave Boston son brought the Celtics back. Finally reigniting that legendary Laker rivalry that Boston always beat when the C’s moved with the times and saw it took more than two. Years after Antoine walked, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and of course P-Double, Paul Pierce formed the original big-three before Miami…or at least the first once since Allen alingned with Glenn Robinson and Kevin’s former teammate Sam Cassell in Milwaukee for Bucks. This was the biggest three Beantown had seen since Larry Bird was throwing it up from downtown. Of course there was championships and contention too. As another great Celtic champagne club was the toast of New England traditon and Boston pride.
But then rebuilding changes everything. And just when Boston looked to be adding more with Rajon Rondo a wrecking ball came to the Garden like the early 90’s. Picking up the pieces Brooklyn threw bucks at Pierce and Garnett so they would start shooting at their nets. But after that didn’t work out and K.G. brought a ticket home, Paul would do the same via a trip to the nations capital in D.C. for a spell with the Washington Wizards.
Now a Clipper this short stint is as significant as Pierce’s time with the Wizards that showed he still had the same tricks, no need for a trade. But let’s not write this mans career eulogy just yet. One of Boston’s best for all-time, top five, like the legend of Larry or Lord of the Rings, Bill Russell is still one of the premier perimeter players off the bench and clutch heart killer (just ask the Knicks). It’s not time to roll him out on a wheelchair like the Lakers just yet. These Los Angeles times could see him help Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and reunited Celtic championship coach Doc Rivers make some real banner worthy moments and headline clippings.
The headbands not coming off yet for number 34. Lets hear it for him one more time. Paul Pierce isn’t quite done…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.