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Will Wade’s World Land In Lakerland?

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Will Wade’s World Land In Lakerland?

Could someone else be taking their talents away from South Beach?

If you thought the King leaving his heated throne in Miami to return home to Cleveland was crazy then…WAKE UP! It’s been a year and the Cavaliers are in the Finals already! Seriously though, with LeBron gone and replacement Luol Deng and Chris Bosh rounding out the rest of the big three, the vacated throne in Miami has belonged back to the guy that was the man in South Beach for what seems as long as when Will Smith was singing about “bringing the heat”! A guy who was a champion here before James. An even bigger Heat legend than Shaquille O’Neal or even Alonzo Mourning.

But could Dwayne Wade be making a decision that may see him finally leave the Florida sun?

Wade may opt for better climates than his hotter one this Summer as the Heat seem to be cooling on the ageing and injury prone superstar. Or at least the 16 mill and change they owe him over number 3’s next three seasons.

Mr. Gabrielle Union may not be top five anymore, but he’s still among the best…and we’re talking about ever. So surely D-Wade will attract a lot of attention in this open, second season free agent market over the next few months. Even if he is 33, he’s still averaging 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game. Sure the Heat where frozen out of the playoffs this year, buy they came close to the boil though thanks to their simmering star.

Crazily though according to sources around the league, one squad that could land Wade, could be the Los Angeles Lakers of all teams. No one would have thought that back in the brick wall and corvette days when Shaq swapped his Kobe sidekick for Dwyane. Now after the retirement of Steve Nash and the potential one of number 24 soon, everyone believes the Lakers are in the market for old guards.

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Still it looks to be a young future in Hollywood, as the number 2 pick in the forthcoming draft, looks to join top rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Along with the rumoured shopping list of free agents from the long time connected Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo, to the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Jimmy Butler and their former draft pick Marc Gasol (who they swapped for some guy named Pau) who could soon make Los Angeles their STAPLE home if rumours have it.

Still with Wade they could add another valuable veteran, who is still an All-Star and a player, who with Kobe could do even more than be the best mentorship for the changing of the guard to surprise star of the future Jordan Clarkson. If this signing is sealed you may as well engrave the ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ trophy right now with Wade’s name. Because imagine his contract as an insurance policy coming off the bench for Kobe and his limiting minutes. Than the Lakers would have an unstoppable guard rotation for whichever best player in the league their going head-to-head with for 48 minutes each night.

It would be a selfless sacrifice worthy of another championship and when those two finally get together in the same backcourt? Best ever!

When two corvettes ride together you don’t even have to worry about brick walls…even ones made out of contract concrete.

Time for the Lakers and Wade to sign and suit up!

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

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”.

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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.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists joins elite NBA company

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.

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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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