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Washington Wizards Put 111-95 Spell On The Los Angeles Lakers

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Buzzing across the East Coast from New York City (more on the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets coming soon) to America’s capital, BasketballBuzz was in D.C. yesterday for more than just checking out the White House and Lincoln and Martin Luther memorials.

The Lakers where in town as the Wizards hosted them and a lot of purple and gold 24’s, which either suggests there’s a lot of die-hard Laker nation fans making the frequent flyer miles like this writer from England, or you really can find Laker fans everywhere (just like a small town in the U.K….and we aren’t talking about Kentucky (stay up Julius Randle)).

Kobe didn’t disappoint either going off, doing work and putting in a clinic early with 15. To hell with father time and the critics. And what’s all this “Vintage Kobe” talk? He’s always been this way. Putting on an epic show of crossovers and fadeaways the man who is about to pass Michael Jordan at number 3 on the all-time scoring list (to just be behind former teammate Karl Malone and fellow Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) really does care. Even Mike wasn’t this prolific in his latter D.C. days. Standing on his own like his new 30,000 points and 6,000 assists record the Mamba went off. Kobe brought more excitement to both sides of the Verizon Centre audience then a new ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Star Wars’ trailer combined. The force was truly awoken.

Truly. After a dismal 1-13 start in the West, the Lakers have gone four unbeaten in the East coming off a big win in Motown. Still the Lakers where facing off against the Easten Conference’s second best D.C. Wizards and their ‘House Of Guards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal. It was about to get realer then Kevin Spacey in ‘Call Of Duty’ for this modern warfare.

Kobe’s 29 was prolific, but it came without a field goal in the second half. The Wizards waved the wand and put the clamps on the Lakers as Kobe had to earn his 11 from charity. Nick Young was the sixth man spark plug for the Lakers, off the bench like he’s been since coming back from his injury. Five D.C. threes and 21 points in 24 and a half minutes was inspired. As was Ronnie Price’s all green circles 11. Still a red cross for the interior design as Carlos Boozer’s point-sake could have come with more colourful aggression in the paint and the insane zero from Jeremy Lin hurt this team more than they cared to admit as they shot 38.8% to Washington’s 44.4.

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Although the Lake Show stop-plugged an 11 point deficit to four in the fourth, after two horrendous turnovers the Wizards went on a 14-2 run punctuated by power dunks. The ridiculous foul call on Wall against Bryant sparked it all off. For the record even this Lakers fan can admit that Wall couldn’t have been further from Kobe if he was in the parking lot…of the STAPLES Centre.

Wall’s double, double of 17 points and an inspired 15 assists was the catalyst. Still the spark came from monster Marcin Gortat who had 21 and 11 rebounds and ferocious dunks that upped the epic ante of his passion cries. Get this guy in the ballot. He is an All-Star. You may even say this Wiz team that was paced by Bradley Beal’s 27 have a big three. They for sure have big name strength in depth as Rasual Butler and Paul Pierce (who left with an injury but the L.A. born and Boston bred Celtic legend had a nice, nostalgic, vintage duel and fun, trash talk session marking Bryant). Kris Humphries huge 20 boards also kept the possession in Washington’s favour as the ball fell their way to an 111-95, closer than it looked call in a scrappy but stellar game.

In town tonight Tom Hanks may be switching on the lights of President Obama’s, White House Christmas tree with the help of Ne-Yo, but last night the Wizards turned out the lights as they illuminated the Lakers.

Now in this mission impossible season how long before Kobe Bryant and his Lakers fuse burns out?

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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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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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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