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.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Speedwell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
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Two-time U Sports MVP Kadre Gray declares for NBA Draft
Two-time U Sports basketball player of the year Kadre Gray of the Laurentian Voyageurs has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Gray, a 6’1″, 190 lbs junior guard from Toronto, Ontario has been terrorizing Canadian university basketball since his freshman season — cementing his legacy as a two-time MVP and scoring champion with a ridiculous 26.3 points per game career average in three full-seasons with the Voyageurs.
The 2016-17 U Sports rookie of the year award winner took the league by storm — leading the country in scoring as a freshman with 23.2 points per game. He finished second in his sophomore season with 24.4 points per game and led the nation in assists total with 141.
He took his game to a different stratosphere in his junior season — increasing his league-leading output to the third highest scoring average in Canadian university hoops since 1981-1982 with 31 points per game.
Calgary Dinos’ all-time great’s Richard Bohn and Karl Tilleman both led the nation with higher and ironically, identical scoring averages.
Both Bohn and Tilleman averaged 32.8 points per game. Bohn doing it during the 1995-1996 season and Tilleman, a two-time Canadian Olympian and NBA draft pick dominating the league in 1981-82 — before Canada’s adoption of the three-point line.
Not a one-trick-pony, Gray averaged 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists, 1.6 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
Gray erupted for a career-high 48 points in a 101-81 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves — shooting 13-of-23 from the floor and burying 19-of-20 shots from the foul-line on November 3rd, 2018.
He delivered his third 40-plus point game of his career with another impressive performance — 16-of-29 shooting against the Ryerson Rams on February 9th, 2019 — his lowest scoring output of the season was 23 points on multiple occasions.
Gray also represented Canada during the FIBA Basketball World Cup process playing in games against Venezuela and Brazil.
Prior to Laurentian, Gray honed his skills as a two-time athlete at Eastern Commerce Collegiate for three-years — leaving track and field (high jump, 100 meters) in the rear-view mirror and transferring to rival Oakwood Collegiate to conclude his high school career.
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