So fresh, so clean like ‘kast, or that new Andre 3000 and Big Boi beautiful 30 feet mural of Outkast down in the A. Up in the 6 last night fans were poppin’ tags like it was the owl of October’s very own Drake night again this month.
As the really big rings of Kyle Lowry hung in the Nike, “Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman” Jordan air longer than his 33 year old body really should allow on his way to a picture perfect, instant replay lay-up, this was truly a throwback. He almost looked like the Mighty Mouse of Damon Stoudamire back in 1995 for the dino’s and it wasn’t just because of THAT hardwood hustle.
The Toronto Raptors took it back to their original ‘Jurassic Park’ days of 1995, like Mitchell and Ness or Samuel L. Jackson minus an arm instead of an eye for a real hardwood classic, big picture. Decking their court out in that old parquet from back in the day, centred around that iconic, classic logo, basketball bordered by the ball munching dino ones in the mid-range. Not to mention suiting up with the Barney of the old dinosaur uniforms, to teeth-to-teeth match for the instant vintage of a true classic jersey that over the last decades from thrift stores to official rereleases have made the statement of never being extinct with their own big bang.
This back to the future fit in this streaming age of an iPhone in every held hand took it back to television sets in every household for the jumbotron static, inspired introduction.
And the game itself too was a classic for the reigning NBA Champions against the Orlando Magic with the old tricks of their trade. Even with the legendary Leonard doing big things out in Hollywood with the Clippers.
Hey, hey, hey. Laugh now cry later because this night was as inventive as whoever came up with that Drake ‘Find Your Love’ Kawhi remix.
Most improved superstar Pascal Siakam added a shot clock 24 to Lowry’s 26 as the Raps wrapped up the Magic 104-95, with Orlando this season looking for their first 100 like a student who wants to ace at least one exam.
Hey a win would be enough for this team that needs to learn how to pass like James Harden.
A career high 24 from Jonathan Isaac and 11 from ex-Raptor Terrence Ross wasn’t enough for the Florida side as improving raw star Markelle Fultz’s 13 was unlucky for some (him) when he was all over the floor, falling after a VanFleet cross and dagger.
Big Spaniard Marc Gasol was also back with a double/double of 10 and 10 in points and rebounds, whilst Fred VanFleet-whose Steph like clutch splash against Curry in last seasons NBA Finals was the straw that broke the Warriors back for the last time Golden State lead a game-had 14. OG Anunoby 12.
But we all know what the high point was this night.
Celebrating 25 years in the association, expect these jerseys to be popping everywhere from Canada to the Far East of Harajuku’s fashion capital in Tokyo, following Toronto taking off against the Rockets in last month’s NBA Japan games in the land of the rising Rui.
Last night in the T-Dot was some McGrady vintage court cousin kinship. This timeless throwback’s texture was so traditional Toronto you almost expected Raptor legend Vince Carter to be there with the hops for his basketball barely, on the highlight reel that was his nightly slam dunk contest besting lay-up line down his legendary lineage.
Now how fitting would it be to bring this back one last time to get Carter’s Air Canada homecoming for his final game in The Six right? Soaring as a record breaking 22 season Atlanta Hawk for one last dance and one last dunk.
One last take off before it’s all took off.
Now that would be fly.
Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo
Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”
‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.
He deserves the character.
Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.
No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.
The hoodie and headband is back.
Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.
Now it’s time to really ball.
Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?
They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”
What a difference a year makes.
It’s all A-O.K. now.
Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.
No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.
He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.
The respect he deserves.
The legacy continues.
You can’t keep a good man down.
Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.
All for the love of the hardwood.
Summer run to season come.
Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.
Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.
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