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.
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!
Toronto Raptors: 2019 NBA Finals Trailer
Out with the old, in with the new.
The narrative has been switched. The Toronto Raptors’ and the
Re-live some of the best moments of the Raptors’ historic season with this excellent assemble of moments.
Compiled by JFX visuals, featuring Toronto Raptor rated R, goose-bumping footage that will surely leave you impatiently waiting for game one of the 2019 NBA Finals between Canada’s team versus the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors’.
OH CANADA! Welcome To Your First NBA Finals!
Extinct in Six? Like we said in my last article about the ‘Jurassic Park’ crowd of fans outside…NAH! The 6 just took the Eastern Conference Finals and Championship in that many games.
There will be no Game 7.
The Bucks stop here.
They the North are heading to the NBA Finals.
And it’s not only the first time Toronto have done it’s since their 1995 expansion inception into the North American league. It’s the first time Canada will be represented in the NBA Finals for this lands chance to be the first country outside those United States to win an NBA Championship.
And we believe this BasketballBuzz.
Even against the dynasty Goliath of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s Warriors. Cinderella stories are always better to the glass slipper. Get ready for this Raptor to roar.
Welcome to Jurassic World!
Giannis just abruptly walked out of his post game presser 👀 pic.twitter.com/QZp9NVmYY2— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 26, 2019
Greek warrior heart Giannis Antetokounmpo had to walk out of his postgame presser because of this epic emotion. Kawhi Leonard even bigger than his been around the world and I, I, back to Canada rim rattling series beater against the Sixers, made an even bigger play for MVP of this whole country. Let alone the season, even if the NBA end up giving it to James Harden now when they should really spell it out for the alphabet. Everyone watched Kyle Lowry as he glowed tears of joy with his kid wrapped in his arms. His hand across his mouth face above says it all. Jeremy Lin couldn’t believe the Linsanity. And Drake’s plans seemed forever placed on the blazer shoulders of Coach Nick Nurse (or the Bucks Bud in hilarious meme trolling) who nursed Canada to their first NBA Finals as center Marc Gasol beating his injured brothers team (a Spanish showdown we wish we could have seen) gave it up for his former Memphis teammates on Twitter, taking them with him to the Finals as the grit and grind of the Grizzlies account responded in timeline kind.
In 2016 after their 20 year anniversary in the association, Toronto held the first NBA All Star Game in a league of its own. Two decades after being the only National Basketball Association franchise in Canada after those Grizzly bears of Vancouver (bring their franchise back) led by Marc’s big brother Pau Gasol made that Blue Suede Shoe Elvis move to Memphis. Twenty plus years later and now the King of Canada. Two decades since those Barney purple dino jerseys went from a laughing one to Mitchell and Ness hardwood classic throwback, out of stock. Twenty plus years since country cousins Tracy McGrady and the Air Canada of Vince Carter threw the legs and straight in the honey pot started something way above the rim. Two decades since Chris Bosh almost led the most completely fun and love to run team in the league at that time aside from Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns, missing only their countryman making a point (how good would that have been? Almost as good as getting Carter back next season for one last dance and dunk. Make it happen Basketball God’s of the 6). Twenty plus years since Drake started rapping from the bottom of his basement.
And almost 25 years and seasons, 82 games, three rounds, six games, four quarters and an 100-94 win behind a double, 27 and 17 double from their leader Kawhi Leonard later and we’re here. Just like we hope our number 2, number one will always be.
Check out the views from Yonge Street on fire with fans celebrating peacefully and beautifully. Nothing was the same. And nothing ever will be again.
This is for them. Us. You. Me. Him. Her. The whole city. The entire country and the watching world that call themselves the North. 6 before Game 7 with that many left to try and Dub themselves Canadian champions over a whole dynasty heading for a parade across the Golden State of the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. This is for the Bucks too and their champion leader Giannis. Afforded as more than a worthy opponent but their own legendary legacy of the future. This is for a young man who at 21 years old moved to Toronto to start a Basketball writing dream. That man is me. But more than that. This is for the pride of Angola, Edilson Silva who had a vision to start Canada’s first Basketball magazine. This is for every fan in Toronto, Canada and the North that will always be theirs.
Now read all about it, the Toronto Raptors and Canada are heading to the NBA Finals.
Next stop beat the Bay.
The North will find a way.
T.O. Canada this is your time.
Make history like no NBA team before you.