1949. Since their first NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers have won the league title in every decade running, except the Celtics dominated Sixties and Jordan dominated nineties.
Now in the growing pains problems of the teens, how do the sixteen time champs make the decade they began with the legend of Larry theirs again? To ensure that this time next year in 2016 they’re back on top. Especially after the worst season in franchise history this year.
A season that saw 82 game ending injuries to top rookie Julius Randle and one of their all-time, greatest legends Kobe Bryant. Not to mention a training table list of so many injured players missing time on the pine for Gary Vitti. Including and especially Canadian and Point God icon Steve Nash who was forced into earlier than intended retirement. Even if he is now in his forties.
You’d wonder why after a lottery year like this Coach Byron Scott still had his job and a ticket to ride next time round. But with all due respect to the Showtime legend whose actually making a lasting leader, even the greatest coach would be hard, playbook marker pressed to fix all this mess. I mean just look what the Zen of Phil Jackson and clutch of Derek Fisher have to bite through when it comes to Big Apple, Knick rotten basketball right now.
The Lakers sure want to dry erase this year that’s seen few bright spots under the Cali sun. Still Scott has a lot of great young, showman talent to run and dunk with next season. Core, raw guys like Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Ed Davis and Jabari Brown should be kept in the exuberant locker room that overflows with energy, if not anything else. Along with Point Guard of the future, Jordan Clarkson, who in just half a season of no more DNP’s was the coaches decision for a top ten player of all rooks and may have even been a better rookie than Randle if Julius suited up more this campaign, despite being a second round, late sleeper.
And this young Jordan is already back in the gym.
Now once this impressive duo of Randle and Clark get really going they could become the new dynamic for the purple and gold. Still being in the draft lotto again is just the stub for the Lakeshow hub who have seven of Julius’ Kentucky alumni to choose from and more in what’s set to be a class apart for the future. Whether the Harrison twins, Frank the Tank or more from the new school graduate to the city of lost angels, its clear the Lakers future looks California bright in a Los Angeles that has now seen the one-time comedic Clippers as the Staple, champ dethroning, Spur shootout winners.
Still what about right now?
Kobe’s still the man! But for how long is another matter in the next season which owner Jeanie Buss is dubbing a “celebration” of his career. Will this toast be a swansong maybe? Is the Kareem chair coming a rocking? Either way there’s still some venom left in the Mamba, but they’ll need someone else to help them drain it before the young blood takes over.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the Lakers sure want to make a meal out of Kobe’s meeting with Rajon Rondo in Boston this Winter. Still, after Dallas this Point Guards stock has gone down…but has his price? Especially after Clarkson gives them a point for the future.
Then how about some Love? Cleveland certainly haven’t been giving Kevin any lately and surely even without popping out a shoulder, his ‘Bron burdens would have lead to him running off court at a frantic pace sooner than later anyway. Still, hate may just be in the air for Love as he has stressed repeatedly that he won’t end up in Lakerland. Even if he did start his basketball career in the college halls of UCLA. Even if he is the son of a Beach Boy, you may not find him in Venice. Maybe the closest he’ll ever get to the Lakers is last year in their former home of Minneapolis with the Timberwolves.
So, the Lakers may turn their attentions to Portland this Summer, where their star Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge is on the table. The Lakers want to make LaMarcus Aldridge an L.A. king and their next, great big man in their Mikan, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq long lineage. Still the moneys on this guy replacing Tim Duncan in San Antonio, in more ways than one after the end of this season if he does blaze a trail away from Rip City.
Then there’s the restricted free agent of Jimmy ‘Buckets’ Butler, the next big star in this league that could serve the scoring that will be lost once Kobe lets the sneaks hang. The Lakers are prepared to offer Jim the maximum. But in upping the ante we can’t imagine the Chicago Bulls not matching the offer for the ‘Most Improved Player Of The Year’, especially if he helps lead the Windy City charge to a championship.
More agents becoming free could set the Lakers this straight next season. Especially if the King opts out…but we all know how that played out last season. Sure the Lakers swung Babe big last offseason and even missed out on retaining Pau Gasol whose having the playing year of his life. Still the potential of even a Rondo, Kobe, Butler, Randle and Aldridge line-up with Clarkson leading the bench as Sixth Man has dynasty written all over it…let alone championship.
Then who wouldn’t want to play with Kobe?
Time for the Showtime script to have a Hollywood ending twist.
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.