D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Julius (expletive) Randle. Even a kid named Bryant.
How much of this better drafts than car windows not rolled all the way up this time of year of the young core Lakers have to end up rebuilding other teams formidable futures, pip by pip across the league?
Lonzo Ball? Brandon Ingram? Kyle Kuzma? Ivica Zubac (yeah you like him now the rest of the league has finally seen what we always have)? Josh (expletive) Hart? Plus draft picks that they hope yield the same magic beans as this team that have drafted beanstalks?
And all for one of the best, last bigs, albeit one that could walk next Summer already as a free agent? When they could just wait until he comes around anyway, whilst keeping all of their other assets. That’s the smart business move for a man that owns Starbucks and other American franchises in sports.
Like Viggo Mortensen says in this year’s for sure Tinseltown Oscar winner ‘Green Book’, “take it easy”!
LeBron’s agent Rich Paul better have a better deal on this table that needs a folded up piece of paper under one of its legs if he wants to help form the most dynamic duo in the whole of the NBA since Shaq and Kobe.
Even if Mychael’s son Klay Thompson is reported to follow in his pops Showtime sneaker steps if the Warriors don’t dub him the maximum. Or if our Toronto’s very own Kawhi Leonard has just brought a home in Hollywood like LeBron last year in La La Land.
But we’ve learned from Paul George that you never can predict the future no matter who promises what.
Earvin Johnson and the Pelinka owner we will always call Rob Lowe want Magic in Lakerland right now. It could be a city of stars even when the Academy Awards roll the red carpet back up after the mid-season Oscar break.
But the hilarious ESPN analysis of offering the whole team, Magic’s statue and two letters of the Hollywood sign for the New Orleans Pelicans best player to fly seems like a ‘Semi-Pro’ move. And the kitchen sink too!? At this point I’d rather trade a washing machine to the Kentucky Colonels for Woody Harrelson.
You want us to give up that much? Then we at least get Randle back too!
Yes this writer is a Lakers fan, but I’m a Lakers fan from outside Hollywoodland that knows writing the perfect script takes time.
I mean we love what LeBron is doing here. And we aren’t talking about ‘Space Jam 2’. But if it involves running everyone out of town like capable and not culpable coach Luke Walton then we aint buying…or watching. Sorry Bugs. You know why the perfect superstar spark-plug Isaiah Thomas wasn’t offered a contract to re-sign right? And it had nothing to do with that injury. He’s more than fine.
This young core has the prolific potential already in exciting, epic young gunner effect to be a powerhouse long after the mid-thirties King James has retired to wine country. Haven’t we learned before from the death of the best one, two punch of all-time to not give up a dynasty for a three-peat?
LeBron James joined these Los Angeles Lakers this off-season gone. Not those New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron James came here to attract other free agents…which will soon come. Not to have the future exchanged for a head start on someone who could come for free next Summer without losing a thing. The great interchangeable, veteran playoff big-game experience and young, fresh legs and exuberance line-ups that can run death on anyone will be left dormant if half of it is culled for just one reason.
But still like Brad Pitt in ‘Moneyball’, “ooh I want this one”. Time to work the phones like Will Smith in ‘The Pursuit Of Happyness’.
But will the Lakers in the end ever get Anthony?
And for once this writer is talking about Davis (who at least from the beginning has been upfront and real with everyone that he wants out. Even reportedly adding that L.A. is his preferred destination and anywhere he goes will merely be a rental to there in 2020…but then again, remember PG-13) Not Carmelo. But speaking of which if we are so adamant on dropping a whole young revolution on one man how about cutting a couple of South Bay two-ways for a real star?
Then we can talk about wanting to win now.
And you think I’m just saying all this because I’ve just brought a Lonzo Ball jersey!?
Now whose going to wear number 23?
Lakers cut Cousins for Hollywood Morris vs Morris twin brothers story
Pelican and Wildcat pack connected with Laker superstar Anthony Davis and veteran legend point Rajon Rondo, when the Lakers copped Sacramento Kings great DeMarcus Cousins this off-season it was meant to be their strongest Summer signing. Reuniting D.C. with A.D. after their N.O. year this was just a campaign after Cousins related to a Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors superteam that only last season, after the arrival of the big-man — fans around the league were calling not playing fair.
Because Boogie down low was the best center in the league, reminded us of an explosive TNT hybrid of Shaq and Chuck. But his post power productions have been crippled by injury even if he ill-advised but all heart tried to redemption return for his former Warriors’ team in the losing finals against the Raptors.
Now out of California again, even though he is no longer a Warrior, like K.D. you can always dub DeMarcus as one.
Meanwhile, whilst Lakers fans were celebrating Cousins arrival with caution once they knew he still needed time to recover, the Lakers brought back to bewilderment the infamous name of Dwight Howard. It looked laughable and ludicrous to bring back the former Mickey Mouse superstar even on a non-guaranteed contract. Especially when there were other former All Stars and future Hall of Famers on the market (Carmelo Cough Anthony).
It looked like chemistry cancer. But it was as natural as biology. And then so many rebounds, blocks, dunks, one contest and guaranteed contract later and the redemption reunion was set for a season that took everyone by surprise. The epic, emphatic energy Hollywood needed way back when flipped the script, as changing his legacy number 39 dunked all over the legend of 12 with his signature smile.
Just when the Lakers thought their dynamic Wilt and West, Magic and Kareem, Shaq and Kobe following dynamic duo of the beard and the brow of LeBron James and Anthony Davis had a big-three like Miami in DeMarcus Cousins, it actually turned out that the Lakers had a big-three Ghidora like post blocking and dunking monster of Davis, Dwight and of course all-time fan favourite, JaVale McGee. But still fans thought that once D.C. came back to Cali’s capital, another head would grow. But now the Lakers have cut it off like a broken leg in the Wild West wilderness this Winter.
The Lakers have waived DeMarcus Cousins before he ever played a single game or before he got the chance to show that he’s still got it like that. But trust he still will as another team will pick him up (if only it was the Lakers next season as DeMarcus talked about how much he liked this brotherhood 1 through 15 before sharing on Instagram his “tough times don’t last. Tough people do” tattoo following the cut). Forget a Howard’s end in redemption, there’s about to be a revenge reunion. Especially if a rival picks him up in these mind games.
Because the Lakers have just played one whilst hopefully not playing themselves. Cousins could have been that Rasheed Wallace like Pistons’ signing after the trade deadline that could have guaranteed them a chip (and do we remember who that Detroit Bad Boys reboot team beat in the finals that season? I will give you a clue. Even adding the Mailman and Glove of Karl Malone and Gary Payton wasn’t enough). Although rumour has it with him rehabbing at the Lakers facility for the rest of the year (this isn’t the first time the Lakes have made a classy move like this. See, Xavier Henry), after this sacrifice he may re-sign with the Lakers this Summer anyway. But now however the Lakers’ have brought in another former Piston to hopefully fuel their assembly line.
After missing out on ‘Melo and Andre Iguodala the Lakers didn’t want to make the same mistake for one of the best on the buyout, even if they have just added the realest to the free agent pool to get him. The hustle and heart of Markieff Morris is exactly the true grit this Hollywood team needs for the playoffs that they have been missing since they didn’t re-up Tyson Chandler.
Bolstering the Caruso and cook-ed up bench and backing-up and giving more three space for Kyle Kuzma. But what’s more like the dreads and headband, Spider-Man pointing match-up of Harkless and Jae Crowder, the Lakers now have a Morris vs Morris brother Hollywood story perfect for their script ending that should see the Battle for Los Angeles Western Conference Finals closing chapter with the Clippers that much more compelling.
Now the L.A. King one-two punches of James and Davis versus Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have more in reserve for Markieff and Marcus matching-up with twin ambition. And it’s going to make for some epic entertainment come playoff time that we can preview at the start of April for the California clash rescheduled after the tragic death of Kobe and GiGi Bryant. And what’s more Marcus says the brothers after playing together for years are going to live in the same house in Los Angeles. That should make for some awkward dinners after we see who is eating come June.
The Lakers have just gained another brother. But in this Fast and Furious league when it’s all about family, don’t forget about your cousins.
Wade In The Rafters. The Heat Rises To 3
How’s this for a Flashpoint in NBA history?
Tonight the Miami Heat gave us ‘The Flashback’. DeLorean riding back to the future of last season. Were Dwyane Wade rocking a red Heat hot bomber jacket that was all “Great Scott” Marty McFly had his number three jersey under all that retired, as the Heat rose his 3 to the rafters in a flash.
After ‘One Last Dance’ for Dwyane last season were he swapped jerseys like trading cards, Wade and his former coach and President Pat Riley watched his last jersey go up past the nosebleeds to the ceilings he smashed, arm in arm like a proud father watching a home video of his sons wedding on the highlights of the jumbotron.
The relationship is exactly like that. Built on a fatherly foundation.
Miami has had a matrimony with Wade from the Chicago towns own All Star start, championship run on his own and then post Bulls and King reunion return to redemption.
Some may say Shaq. 90’s purists Zo Mourning and Timmy Hardaway. Others the greatest of all-time LeBron James forming like voltron with another Heatle that’s about to have his jersey retired, Chris Bosh. But let’s face it when it comes to Miami Heat players and franchise faces, D-Wade is the G.O.A.T.
Legacy. Legacy. L3gacy.
This is the way of Wade. How its been and how it will always been up in the air of those American Airlines. A father first and always part of the Miami family when the South Beach welcomed him like Will Smith, this guy is for life like Bad Boys and the number 3 that Martin Lawrence’s Marcus has framed in his own living room rafter raise for the latest sequel.
What you gonna do?
This was a Florida city union like pink or turquoise neon, or the ’till death do us part loyalty of ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘LA Finest’ spin-off star Gabrielle Union. The port of Miami Rick Ross rocked the mic and even King James sent a video tribute from his Californian Lakerland as fellow retired club legends Chris Bosh and Ray Allen were in awe attendance.
“Life is good” Wade said like Nas for this two hour special that seemed ready made for an ESPN documentary. 30 for 30 or 3 for 3.
3 in ’03 to infinity for his sweet 16. The sun will never go down on the legendary legacy of Miami’s adopted son.
And in a tragic start to 2020, like Chi guy Wade embracing an emotional Allen Iverson in a Kobe number 8 tribute throwback this moment was the answer to the pain from our prayers.
Now all that is left is one last step to the Hall.