Love, Gasol, Aldridge, Jordan. With all the big-men available in literally the biggest free agent market in recent years, through all the big-names that are in most part going to re-sign with their original teams, there’s one who isn’t that many are forgetting.
Except for the New York Knicks.
The Pistons according to their top big-man Greg Monroe are “not interested” in this star who should be the post cornerstone of the future of this franchise. They and everybody else should be and not just as a player option, when the second, and third choices aren’t in play. The Knicks learnt this this Summer with their fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft this week, which almost guaranteed them that they wouldn’t get one of the Karl Anthony-Towns (Timberwolves), D’Angelo Russell (Lakers) and Jahil Okafor (Sixers) big-three rookies. So they went fourth and selected international player of mystery, Kristaps Porzingis. Who some, including previous whispering rumors of Carmelo Anthony thought was a bust move. Instead, we think the Knicks have a kid in Kristaps that could boom into a surprise selection that fine wines in years like when the Dallas Mavericks gave a cap to the overgrown gown like suit to some German kid with more range in his shot then letters in his surname. Even if Porzingis has a quarter of a career that arguably one of the best European players of all-time-if not basketball players as a whole-Dirk Nowitzki has, then Phil Jackson’s Knicks will have done well in finally filling the doughnut sugared core of the rotten, basketball Big Apple with a big-man.
Just minutes after the draft the most famous Knicks fan not seated courtside in a chair reading; ‘Spike Lee’, Michael Rapaport tweeted and asked “When Will The Garden be Eden Again”? Like the name of the actors narrated 30 For 30 documentary on the championship team of the 70’s. Well the answer to that question from former player of that time and now owner Phil Jackson may be; “right now”!
Not only should Rapaport and the trend he started on Twitter not underrate and underestimate Porzingis as much as they would have preferred a guy like Kaminsky, Mudiay, Cauley-Stein or Winslow. They should also hold some hope for next season, even though they shared the frustration of ‘Melo’s re-signing under the new ownership of the Zen Master and fellow Laker alumni Derek Fisher which turned another encouraging season into yet another calmed down one. Even though it seems like season after 82 the Mecca doesn’t matter even if Madison Square Garden is the Worlds Most Famous Arena, this new year two of the leagues most famous names could help bring the bright lights back from Times Square.
Sure trading Tim Hardaway Jr was not a good start, but the first of July could set things right again if the Knicks really are the favorites to land Piston big-man Greg Monroe on their quest for the cup. Add their front-running status of acquiring another Portland Trail Blazer Free Agent star in Arron Afflalo and rumor could have this team back in the running across Manhattan Bridge. Beloved Knicks fans with a New York state of mind have been patient for all-too many years, but a team of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Arron Afflalo and Greg Monroe could be the perfect inside/outside mix to rule the M.S.G courts for the first time since back when a Monroe called Earl The Pearl was shining.
Phil Jackson knows all about this and it’s time for the rest of N.Y.C. to find out too. Sure it’s going to take even more of that precious New York minute time to grow, but for Adam’s Big Apple these could be the roots of Eden.
In the city that never sleeps without a rock, heaven doesn’t just have to be a playground.
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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