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?
Dame Time Forever. What Are Those New Adidas ‘Black Panther’s’?
Adidas are in the Endgame now.
Before we get started, Havlicek would have stole that ball. Just saying Paul George. Stop acting like Paul Pierce. It wasn’t a “bad shot”. And R.I.P. to a Boston Celtic and storied NBA great. Dear John will be stealing every ball in hoop heaven. Rest peacefully.
Like a cat toying with a mouse. That’s how we described Lillard’s Dame Time winning clutch three from Mt. Hood as Portland gave Oklahoma City roses in the first round this week. Damian had more clock than grandfather’s and still took his time. Because it is his after all.
And now as timely as ever in the same week as one of the greatest playoff game and series winning shots in basketball for all time and one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history coming out with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this cat is building a superhero legendary legacy.
You better check a comic-book or something.
T’Challa may have been Thanos snapped to cat litter in the Avengers ‘Infinity War’, but the King of Wakanda has a regal gift by royal appointment to Damian Lillard like he did Victor Oladipo in a victorious Slam Dunk Contest for testament tributes last season.
The cat has something out the bag.
Now you may be screaming “what are those” like Shuri at these royal sandals, but try these sneakers on. They embody everything about the next gen, nano tech Black Panther suit she developed for this emperor’s clothes. All the way down to the texture and trim which straps “Wakanda Forever” over the laces. The titan mad purple that runs like veins through Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit absorbs all the blows he takes and turns it into a recharged deflecting energy pulse. Kind of like all the rock the baby and wrist tapping crap Damian Lillard was taking off Russell Westbrook before he absorbed it all and gave it back in a half century energy that exploded with a game winning fireball.
Never delete that footage.
Marvel have also gifted Dame with his own Black Panther mask like Oladipo, but this time canvas created from his super sneakers. Part of the ‘Heroes Among Us’ series from the three stripes, a comic-strip advertising campaign has been crafted. Featuring Lillard standing in front of the downtown RIP City, PDX skyline looking Wakandan in artwork akin to the ‘Nation Under Our Feet’ graphic novel redux series that rebooted this classic character before his feature film debut.
Damian may have played Killmonger villain to the Oklahoma Thunder, going G.O.A.T. like Michael Jordan B. But he’s a hero to us now blazing a trail like a human torch possessed with a fire and the heart of a lion inside all that panther power.
The Dame 5 will assemble with the arc of the bolted up ‘Iron Man’ Harden Vol. 3 for James and the patch of the ‘Nick Fury’ TMac 1 for Tracy McGrady. As well as the ‘Captain America’ Adidas N3XT L3V3L, and a ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Pro Vision for all those who could take the lead all day, with us ’till the end of the line. HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
But we know which ones will be clawed off the stores shelf throne come it’s big blockbuster release with ‘Endgame’ right now.
It’s a drip fit for a King.
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 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.
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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