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Will The Lakers Ever Get Anthony?

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Team LeBron?

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!

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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!?

Well…that too.

Now whose going to wear number 23?

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RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX

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What Time Is It...

Blazing!

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 Sprewell 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!”

Colder than February. More ruthless than a convertible in Summer.

Damian Lillard 37 Footer Over Paul George
Damian Lillard buries series clinching 37-footer over Paul George – Photo Blazers

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.

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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.

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Blazers Win. – Photo: Portland Trail Blazers

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

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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.

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U Sports MVP Kadre Gray dribbling against Ottawa Gee-Gees – Photo: Laurentian Voyageurs

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.

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Kadre Gray U Sports Basketball Highlights
Two Time U Sports Mvp Kadre Gray Caree Conference Stats
Laurentian Voyageurs’ Kadre Gray Career Conference Stats
Two Time U Sports Mvp Kadre Gray Caree Conference Stats Other Stats
Laurentian Voyageurs’ Kadre Gray Career Conference Stats
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Kadre Gray takes it to the rack during FIBA Americas Qualifiers Against Brazil – Photo: FIBA

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.

Ryerson’s seven-foot center Tanor Ngom also declared, making it the first time in the history of Canadian university basketball that two U Sports players have entered the draft.

Additionally, with a record number of Canadian players in the NCAA tossing their names in the draft process we should expect 2019 to be the biggest year for Canadian’s at the NBA Draft.

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