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Wade’s World Belongs Back Home In Chicago

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“I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time”.

By now every NBA team has made their 2016/2017 season debut. From King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers coming out of the gates like the champions they are against the new look Knicks. To big free agent deciding factor Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors dropping their first game of the season to the Tim Duncan-less San Antonio Spurs like the growing pains the best team of superstars on paper will go through this season, especially against the only player for squad team that could surprise surpass them out West.

We’ve had even more surprises. Some pleasant. Some not so much. Like a Sixer fan flipping two eagles at Russell Westbrook after he claimed this years MVP lane frontrunner called him “fat”…and we thought these type of hostile gestures would happen in Oklahoma City once the Thunder weathered the return of someone that bolted for sunnier California climates. Not just a rountine start-up game on the road in Philly. It’s a good job it’s sunnier in Los Angeles, even following Laker legend Kobe Bryant leaving the building. With the ice in D’Angelo Russell’s veins and the one off the bench cooler in Jordan Clarkson proclaiming STAPLES Centre as their house as this young core of the brodies plus this years number two draft choice Brandon Ingram and the lottery pick that started all these balls rolling Julius Randle looks to prove everyone wrong in the next 82 and whatever follows.

Still there seems to be a homecoming theme this year in an NBA season were history has already been made with Anthony Davis’ 50 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 blocks legendary line debut. Following the coronation of LeBron as the King turned his Ohio home into ‘Believeland’. Dwight Howard has redemptively dunked his way back to Atlanta. Showing his number 8 was a wonder for the Hawks. But no return home was as sweet as Alabama as LeBron James former South Beach running mate taking his talents to the Windy City that have been through a storm of Rose and concrete.

Dwyane Wade may be synomonous with the Miami Heat franchise he lead to the promised land with Giants and Kings and all men inbetween, but he’s actually even more Chi-town than D-Rose. Chicago is coded in his Illinois born DNA. And now aligning with Rajon Rondo in the backcourt, rookie love Denzel Valentine and the man the team serves, Jimmy Butler the Bulls look to lock horns with this franchise change of all guards in this small ball revolution running league of associated players.

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And in his official debut at home in Chi-city, Dwyane Wade lifted this town back on the shoulders that were raised here like the new Common album ‘Black America Again’ (expect a shoutout dreamers and believers). As he knelt to the United Centre floor, held his fist to his heart and prayed during a player introduction as emotional as the pre-game stars and stripes National Anthem standing together of all teams and players linking arms, the whole home state of Illinois could feel it like the Cubs swinging big and hitting so much they even resurrected Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impression of late, great announcer Harry Carry on Kimmell.

And the actual game itself was as storybook beautiful as all these perfect preludes when Wade went as explosive as Kevin Garnett joining TNT. As against Rondo’s former Boston Celtics team lead by the new general Isiaah Thomas, Wade held guard scoring 22 points to go along with 6 rebounds and five assists and a clutch dagger with 26 seconds to go as he went for the jugular in the teams 105-99 win and celebrated with a stank face, throat slash gesture. Something that wouldn’t fly in the NFL from this basketball Q.B.

Something perhaps a little inappropriate in a city marred by gang violence, but the home fans loved it. Because their boy was home and this show of solidarity meant so much more in standing defiance than all the torment and troubled times the Second City has been through.

For this storied franchise looking for a new tale to tell, Dwyane Wade in closing the Miami one, wrote quite the opening chapter.

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Gary Vee & Nik Stauskas: The Truth About Success, Grinding & “Eating Dirt”

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Gary Vee & Nik Stauskas: The Truth About Success, Grinding & “Eating Dirt”

There is no doubt Nik Stauskas knows a thing or two about “eating dirt” and grinding your way to reaching your dream. An accomplished Canadian NBA Basketball player Stauskas, currently in his fourth season sits down for a great one-on-one chat with Gary Vaynerchuk aka GaryVee to discuss his craft and the rare opportunity to pick the brain of one of the fastest rising internet media personalities and business minds in the industry. Like Stauskas, Vaynerchuk grinded is way to where is at today focusing on outworking the competition and staying patience.

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La La Lakerland Played Host To A City Of All-Stars At The Weekend

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Like Father, Like Slam,

Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this. Even if Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and even the other Michael (B) Jordan were taking in all the lights, camera action court-side.

After the 2017 Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year and two calendar’s after our native Toronto held the All Star Weekend in Canada, the sixth A.S.G. in the Clipper and Lakerland of the downtown STAPLES of L.A. was the first of it’s kind. As two of the best players in the association and reigning finalists decided to draft their own pool of players against the wall for the ultimate black and white pick-up game between ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team LeBron’, for all the marbles of which of the last two champions would be King.

Well it certainly helps if James picks his rivals reigning MVP teammate Kevin Durant and his own former partner in pine championship crime Kyrie Irving for the big shots first.

But before all that it was down to regular festivities to begin the weekend of All-Star. Basketball’s equivalent of music’s Grammy’s or movies Oscars in Superbowl February. Opening these ceremonials Team World beat down Team USA 155-124 in the Rising Stars game that should really tell you something. Despite home court advantage rookie steal, Kyle Kuzma notching 20, fellow Californian franchise face Buddy Hield was king as the Sacramento star hit 29 as the two sides wore Clipper and Laker interloped Buffalo and MPLS throwbacks for the Hollywood script. And after Quavo of hit duo Migos took home the Celebrity Game MVP as Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 79-66, Spencer Dinwiddie paid the bills in a superior skills comp. Before scorching Sun in California Devin Booker showed his career high 70 was no one-hit wonder as he burnt down all the nets and the money-ball rack. Winning the three-point contest showdown from reigning winner and sixth man Eric Gordon. Grounding the Rocket as this Phoenix rose. Book it!

But after the most therapeutic competition of All-Star weekend it was time for the most exciting one just as compelling. And in honoring his father Larry Nance, the 1984 winner of the inaugural Slam-Dunk contest, Larry Nance Jr. rocked the baby cradle, like father, like dunk. As he even rocked the old-school Phoenix Suns jersey, short shorts and high-socks for an inspired imitation. But under the magicians cloak, those Los Angeles natives in attendance draped in gold wish he had turned into someone turning back the clock and wearing a Lakers jersey (those Lonzo assists with the ball would have helped). As what would have been a long awaited, eagerly anticipated home-team representation turned into an Akron homecoming for the Ohio hometown hero like LeBron in the Kings land once the trade deadline passed.

Pops Nance loved it though after he himself played the lions share of his career in Cleveland as a Cavalier. Even assisting his boy on his second slam, before he blew the house down with a windmill that even rocked Chris Rock and then double tapped an Instagram worthy picture perfect dunk that if your phone blinked, you’d have had to instant replay it to not miss it and believe it. But all this court creativity wasn’t enough like Maverick rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 360 reverse, through the legs 50. Or All-Star Victor Oladipo getting an assist off King T’Challa himself Chadwick Boseman, suiting up in the Black Panther mask and clawing a tomahawk. And if you think that was special, if only you were a fly on the wall for the moment entertainment megastar Jamie Foxx told Vic he loved his album and started singing ‘A Song For You’ with him in the parking lot (as told by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins). As Utah’s jazz man Donovan Mitchell won by jumping over Kevin Hart and his family (Come on! How hard is that? The comedian was even crouched down. Seriously?! He could have even been sat on his shoulders and Mitch would have been good), and then breaking out the classic Vince Carter Raptor jersey and doing you know what.

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The whole weekend turned out to be a testament to a throwback tribute despite Nike’s brand new Team LeBron and Steph duds. Last years All-Star representative, Pelican Anthony Davis paying tribute to his injury fallen teammate brother Cousins by wearing what would have been his numero zero jersey. Free agent suitors beware, DeMarcus is going nowhere now this summer after this. You see he saw on I.G. but look at the shot. How s### was his seat for a would be player?

But after Black Eyed Pea Fergie caught flack for her soulful and sultry rendition of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem (hey, you didn’t complain when Marvin did it) the game hit all the high-flying, dunking high-notes. So much so fans needed throat lozenges like Pink! Even if there wasn’t a single Clipper or Laker representative in the game itself. Despite the lobbying for 6 Man, Lou Will and new Laker Isaiah Thomas only recently being LeBron’s actual teammate.

The King took the MVP crown himself as his 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists helped turn a 15 point hole into a 148-145 victory. And from the look on his face as he leapt into Kevin Durant’s arms of all people, it looked like he just won the NBA Championship back. And from the look on Steph’s face on the receiving end reply it was hard to disagree.

You may be the champion, but I’m the best in the world those eyes said.

Well it’s up to you to decide when round 2 of the All Star draft is televised next year for all to see in M.J.’s land of the greatest.

Charlotte’s going to be good!

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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