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.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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