Welcome to the Dallas Buyers Club.
Blooming in the Garden for what may be his last season, Dallas Mavericks, NBA legend and the greatest European player of all-time Dirk Nowitzki had a reverse of his jersey with 14 points in a coming alive win in the Mecca of the Big Apple.
But as Dallas left New York and the Knicks they may as well have left some of their personnel there and took some ‘bockers back with them to the Lone State on their team bus. As only a day later the Mavs where involved with a Times Square big, blockbuster trade that had deadline wrote all over it. Even weeks before the actual All Star break, trade deadline day. All whilst Magic and the Lakers were trying to pull their entire young core (don’t do it Earv’) out the hat to deal with New Orleans for Anthony Davis without even asking for fellow ‘cat and former player Julius Randle in return.
The Knicks got the expiring contracts of two, still big players in Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan (surprisingly someone the Mavs had been after for years (you remember the 11th hour turnaround on his free agent decision from the Clippers when Doc and Chris Paul rolled up at his house like Magic outside of the Kings an hour before free agency began (it ain’t tampering if you’re just waiting in his drive))) and has been huge this season. As well as their kicker, Dennis Smith Jr. The sophomore stud who now from under the shadow of Rookie of the Year, All-Star and MVP candidate sensation Luka Doncic gets to be his own man on his own team of young flyers like ‘Zo, Knox and Mudiay. And possibly even the new King of New York now the former one has vacated his throne like Carmelo Anthony.
Because in return Dallas buy a lot with this Maverick move. They get capable contributers Trey Burke and Courtney Lee. Not to mention somewhere between a role player and an All Star, veteran son Tim Hardaway Jr. who has been bounced back and forth from New York’s Penn Station more than Greyhound buses. Oh and some guy called Kristaps Porzingis too.
Wait…what?! Or “wow” and “damn” as every CP3 tweet coming out the NBA timeline read last night.
Now that’s a Maverick.
Dirk once said he “wished he could get to know” Kristaps more. Porzingis returning the compliment said he desired to be on Nowitzki’s level one day. Well now the pair of unicorn bigs have a chance to do all that and more…for the rest of the season anyway. As ‘taps, ‘zki and the wunderkid of Luka (who used to do epic, Euroleague battle with the new Mav) as a Texan titan trio like the three points on these Lone Star triangle teams of the N.B.A. look to form the best European big-three ever for as long and good as it lasts. As a matter of fact save Drazen and with all due respect to both Gasol brothers, these three making history may go down as the Holy Trinity, three greatest European players of all-time when it’s all said and done. Before Porzingis and Doncic become a one-two punch that spells dynasty once the number 41 goes up to the hoop heavens.
And we can’t wait to see how it all plays out in Texas of all states, the new hub of Eurostepping international talent taking over the Association it now owns.
Both teams in this Titanic trade gained significant depth. And even though both took their hat out the A.D. ring and put it back on the coat rack as they whistled away like Abe Simpson, neither came off with an L. Sure the Knicks lost Kristaps, their once and future King. But they also opened the free agent door sweepstakes for another one.
Now they can talk about Kevin Durant.
Let the Summer games begin.
Zero To Zero. We Could Watch Russ Vs Dame Until There’s No Time Left
Phones have been checked in Philly as missing posters have been put on telephone poles for Ben Simmons’ jumper. Whilst he has started a beef with Jared Dudley of the Brooklyn Nets that even rivals the one between Kevin Durant staring down Patrick Beverley.
Welcome to the 2019 NBA playoffs.
But the real rivalry of this first round that is a real knockout is the one between Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. Two noughts to add up to something over nothing that could take this wild West clash between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder the seven game distance.
Watching these two points make one in the changing of the guard has been where amazing hardwood history happens. And whether the Thunder will reign over Rip City, or whether the city of roses will bloom over OKC all depends on whether the fuse is lit for the stick of dynamite, or the ticking click rings out. Either way whatever adds up to more on the box score will come from nothing.
But these numbers don’t lie.
A Game 3 showdown saw Russell Westbrook explode with a Kareem 33 and the Thunder poured out a 120-108 victory back home as Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired like old ham on Dame and his men. But up 2-1 it’s not like Portland could blaze a trail to put OKC on the ropes. Even though they want to even things up and take it down to the wire for the next game and week.
D-Lill had 32. But Westbrook taunted that he was “too small” as he rocked the baby with one more point. Denis Schröeder also added 17 and a mock wrist watch tap celebration to Dame like Russell mocking Lance Stephenson’s air guitar against the Lakers. But time and Dame time again, hip-hop star Dame Dolla will play on until this all wraps up.
Laugh now, cry later. Because this one rhymes greater than you’re average player hater. He’s notorious. He’s B.I.G. and he’s ready to die for one more chance to kick in the door, for the skys the limit.
Dame Time runs 24/7 like a 7Eleven and with the ‘Mission Impossible’ fuse of Russell Westbrook never looking like it’s going to fallout like these two, we may need another P.G. by George to settle this score as these two Point Guard number noughts look to cancel each other out until the final score and last buzzer beaten rings out.
Trash talking. Sweat soaking. Until the clock runs out on Dame Time and one of our zeroes becomes hero, we could watch these two men go the full magnificent seven.
I mean ‘Why Not’?
Ryerson Rams’ 7-footer Tanor Ngom declares for NBA Draft
Ryerson Rams’ 7-foot-2 center
Ngom, a native of Dakar, Senegal, enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore season with the emerging Ryerson Rams’ of Canada’s U Sports basketball program — in 21 Ontario University Association (OUA) conference games, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 19 minutes — connecting on 63.8% of his 88-138 field goal attempts.
Rams’ head coach Roy Rana discovered the late-blooming Ngom back in 2017 when he and a few of his players travelled to Senegal to take place in a basketball exchange forum.
During his freshman
Appearing in 23 games the towering bigmen contributed 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes as the Ryerson Rams advanced to their first national title game.
Ngom’s improvement has been clearly evident in his two campaigns under Rana and features impressive mobility and athleticism for his size. A natural defensive disruptor — Ngom has worked hard to build his thin frame and expand his improving shooting touch from the charity stripe to the three-point line.
Ngom posted a career-highs in points (24) once and grabbed 11 rebounds on multiple (3x) occasions as well as swatting away 8 shots once. Additionally, he reached double-figures scoring in 10 of his last 15 games.
The seven-footer posted 12 points, six assists and three blocks in 24 minutes of action against the Duke Blue Devils during their much anticipated Canadian Tour. Ngom also bec
Unlike the recent NCAA rules changes that allow a player to test the NBA Draft process and still return to the collegiate ranks — The U Sports eligibility model and NBA Draft process aren’t quite clear at this point.
Regardless, Ngom’s path to the NBA faces a steep uphill battle — becoming the first player since Ottawa Gee-Gee’s All-Canadian guard Warren Ward broke barriers by tossing his name in the 2013 NBA Draft process — gathering buzz with a respectable workout at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.
Canadian William Njoku (Halifax, Nova Scotia), a 6’10”, 193-pounds forward from the Saint Mary’s Huskies holds the exclusive distinction of being the last player from a Canadian university to be drafted in the modern NBA era.
Brooklyn born, Brian Heaney, a Canadian Basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the 1965 Acadia University Axemen championship team
Carleton Ravens’ all-time great point guard Phillip Scrubb — arguably Canada’s best university basketball player of all-time — never declared for the 2015 NBA Draft — but managed to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.
Although not a common stake yet, it is inevitable that Canadian players declaring from Canadian universities to the NBA draft will one day, in the not very distant future become commonplace.
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