That’s what it was made on Tuesday via press conference as the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Luke Walton to the media as the franchises new head coach.
He’d already been named to be last years head Byron Scott’s successor months ago, but after King James Cleveland Cavaliers handed his Golden State Warriors’ the NBA Finals pink slip this week the time has come for the young coach to sit behind his desk and take to office as the Lakers Buss brass write his name on the frosted glass.
As a new door opens Walton closes one on a historic season were as an assistant in the Golden State of California Luke helped the dubs tune up a 73 game regular season record. Beating that of head coach Steve Kerr’s former Chicago Bull team alongside Michael Jordan during his clutch legendary playing days. Walton had an even bigger part of that leading the team to an unbeatable run at the head to start the season whilst Kerr was coming back from an injury to that very part of his body.
The then potential coach of the year may not have got enough credit for that…but he will now.
After the Lakers gave the Warriors their blessing for Luke to finish his year up with them before cleaning out his locker, Bill’s boy headed across California for the biggest break of his career.
“I am thrilled to come back down here and have my dream job, which is to coach the LA Lakers,” Walton began after General Manager Mitch Kupchak introduced him to the people he’ll be taking all sorts of questions and comments from this season.
And it only seems like yesterday Mitch was introducing Walton junior to the associated press as a young rookie player. Now tonight with the second pick in the NBA Draft for the second year running Luke will look to lead the next generation of Lakers and possibly the future franchise face that replaces retired legend and former teammate (future assistant?) Kobe Bryant. The Lakers would love to choose the most hyped future star since LeBron, Ben Simmons but he’s Philly’s stake. You really think the Sixers are going to let the Lakers take another one of their kids? Your lottery money should be on Bean trained Buddy Hield becoming the Lakers new friend.
Either way and whoever Luke’s Lakers can attract in free agency (ignore those King James rumors, he’s not leaving his throne. And it looks like if Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma it will be for Coach’s former Warriors), Walton vows to bring “fun” back to the Hollywood franchise. Adding that feeling good equates to playing that way and stacking up W’s instead of feeling like a loser. This young coach is perfect for this young team. The precision perfect passer as a player looks to pass on his saavy court knowledge and experience to some players who are about to go through exactly the same thing he has. And even though his former teammate and fellow kid coach Tyronne Lue just beat his Golden State, Walton can take what he learned from the Dubs and apply it to this new Lake Show. Especially if he runs the ‘Death Lineup’ in downtown L.A. with these fast talking and dribbling kids. With D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt and Julius Randle in the middle with the dunking Larry Nance Jr and whichever number two these Lakers make the centre of it all. This death by Showtime could run everybody off the court. What a time for young Hollywood to be alive!
Luke adding to our confidence in a presser streamed live on Facebook, “We’re going to play a brand of basketball that the L.A. fans will appreciate. We’re going to compete!”
He already sounds ready to lead doesn’t he?
Welcome home Coach! The show is yours!
Toronto Raptors: 2019 NBA Finals Trailer
Out with the old, in with the new.
The narrative has been switched. The Toronto Raptors’ and the
Re-live some of the best moments of the Raptors’ historic season with this excellent assemble of moments.
Compiled by JFX visuals, featuring Toronto Raptor rated R, goose-bumping footage that will surely leave you impatiently waiting for game one of the 2019 NBA Finals between Canada’s team versus the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors’.
OH CANADA! Welcome To Your First NBA Finals!
Extinct in Six? Like we said in my last article about the ‘Jurassic Park’ crowd of fans outside…NAH! The 6 just took the Eastern Conference Finals and Championship in that many games.
There will be no Game 7.
The Bucks stop here.
They the North are heading to the NBA Finals.
And it’s not only the first time Toronto have done it’s since their 1995 expansion inception into the North American league. It’s the first time Canada will be represented in the NBA Finals for this lands chance to be the first country outside those United States to win an NBA Championship.
And we believe this BasketballBuzz.
Even against the dynasty Goliath of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s Warriors. Cinderella stories are always better to the glass slipper. Get ready for this Raptor to roar.
Welcome to Jurassic World!
Giannis just abruptly walked out of his post game presser 👀 pic.twitter.com/QZp9NVmYY2— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 26, 2019
Greek warrior heart Giannis Antetokounmpo had to walk out of his postgame presser because of this epic emotion. Kawhi Leonard even bigger than his been around the world and I, I, back to Canada rim rattling series beater against the Sixers, made an even bigger play for MVP of this whole country. Let alone the season, even if the NBA end up giving it to James Harden now when they should really spell it out for the alphabet. Everyone watched Kyle Lowry as he glowed tears of joy with his kid wrapped in his arms. His hand across his mouth face above says it all. Jeremy Lin couldn’t believe the Linsanity. And Drake’s plans seemed forever placed on the blazer shoulders of Coach Nick Nurse (or the Bucks Bud in hilarious meme trolling) who nursed Canada to their first NBA Finals as center Marc Gasol beating his injured brothers team (a Spanish showdown we wish we could have seen) gave it up for his former Memphis teammates on Twitter, taking them with him to the Finals as the grit and grind of the Grizzlies account responded in timeline kind.
In 2016 after their 20 year anniversary in the association, Toronto held the first NBA All Star Game in a league of its own. Two decades after being the only National Basketball Association franchise in Canada after those Grizzly bears of Vancouver (bring their franchise back) led by Marc’s big brother Pau Gasol made that Blue Suede Shoe Elvis move to Memphis. Twenty plus years later and now the King of Canada. Two decades since those Barney purple dino jerseys went from a laughing one to Mitchell and Ness hardwood classic throwback, out of stock. Twenty plus years since country cousins Tracy McGrady and the Air Canada of Vince Carter threw the legs and straight in the honey pot started something way above the rim. Two decades since Chris Bosh almost led the most completely fun and love to run team in the league at that time aside from Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns, missing only their countryman making a point (how good would that have been? Almost as good as getting Carter back next season for one last dance and dunk. Make it happen Basketball God’s of the 6). Twenty plus years since Drake started rapping from the bottom of his basement.
And almost 25 years and seasons, 82 games, three rounds, six games, four quarters and an 100-94 win behind a double, 27 and 17 double from their leader Kawhi Leonard later and we’re here. Just like we hope our number 2, number one will always be.
Check out the views from Yonge Street on fire with fans celebrating peacefully and beautifully. Nothing was the same. And nothing ever will be again.
This is for them. Us. You. Me. Him. Her. The whole city. The entire country and the watching world that call themselves the North. 6 before Game 7 with that many left to try and Dub themselves Canadian champions over a whole dynasty heading for a parade across the Golden State of the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. This is for the Bucks too and their champion leader Giannis. Afforded as more than a worthy opponent but their own legendary legacy of the future. This is for a young man who at 21 years old moved to Toronto to start a Basketball writing dream. That man is me. But more than that. This is for the pride of Angola, Edilson Silva who had a vision to start Canada’s first Basketball magazine. This is for every fan in Toronto, Canada and the North that will always be theirs.
Now read all about it, the Toronto Raptors and Canada are heading to the NBA Finals.
Next stop beat the Bay.
The North will find a way.
T.O. Canada this is your time.
Make history like no NBA team before you.