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?
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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