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.
DO Call It A Carmelo Comeback. Anthony Is Guaranteed For Years
Three fingers like “what’s your poison” and shots to the dome like LL Cool J’s comeback. I’m calling it…
La La said knock you out.
They say there are no guarantees in this life, or league. But now after almost crossing off an entire calender, Carmelo Anthony has one in this league of X and O’s.
You best believe every team that slept on him has woke up now.
O.K. Thunder? Like old New York. No ‘Melo in Lakers yellow, or Houston’s problem.
And let’s not talk about that ATL jersey Atlanta tried to hawk.
The Nugget type of fellow that Nelly rapped about like ‘Na-Nana-Na’, with the heart of a champion sweat until he was no longer in a suit and part of the Sportscenter theme again. After waiting longer to align with The King in Hollywood for this Game Of Thrones than another Anthony (Davis), Carmelo ended up coming up roses in the RIP City of Portland. And boy has he blazed a trail. Voltron forming arguably a big three with the best backcourt in the league not in this nation’s capital with C.J. McCollum and Dame ‘Time’ Lillard with the look like the OK3 of Russell Westbrook and PG3 and not the Beard and the Brow.
And now he’s exceeded everyone’s greatest expectations. As one of the G.O.A.T.’s has polished his path to the Hall with a comeback even better than the return of Superman Dwight Howard with the Lakers…which could have had a Hollywood sequel with Carmelo’s comeback.
But the Lakers loss is the PDX’s blazing gain.
What more would you expect from a guy who still put up competent averages in the soaring Rockets cosmos, despite being grounded by little court acclaim? The problems in Houston could have actually been attributed to another guy who ended up ousted and in an Oklahoma home too. Despite the trolls who are now trading in hot takes like they never simulated 2K videos of him building a Commodore house with his shot selection. Or the analysts who are changing their discussion like a report rewrite.
Carmelo ain’t calming down. Anthony is taking everyone back to school.
Class has been in session.
And how about the report card? Eight games. 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Big shots. Western Conference Player of the Week. All Star legend spot? He belongs like the Carushow in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’s unstoppable like LeBron James’ Eurostep, spin-cycle lay-up that is like a runaway freight…word to Denzel Washington. Or his Kareem sky-hook. Tokyo 2020 Team USA bid for the best in five rings Olympic legend in his golden age? Big shots from the double 0 like seven. From nothing twice?! This is no time to die Mr. Bond.
He’s gone toe-to-shot with the MVP. Showed he was more than a most imported or Sixth Man, but still a star. More than the name, but the actual game. And now he’s guaranteed to be around for a while longer like he never left, but is here to stay. As the Blazers changed the trail on the end of the signature of his contract before the ink even dried for this guy’s with the wet jumper like staying outside in the snow with your ugly NBA sweater this Christmas.
This tax is more than a luxury. It’s about to cap off a classic career with one compelling closing chapter.
Even when he bit career highs at the core of his career in the Big Apple, the ever humble hero Carmelo was a walking and dribbling, “I just take it one game (or day) at a time” postgame soundbite like he has been in his comeback off court to on it. Well now the Blazers can guarantee him 365…or at least 82 or however far he takes them.
From the headband to the hoodie, stay ‘Melo. Anthony is here to stay.
After Expelling The Order Of The Phoenix, Wizards Exiled By L.A. King.
Forgive the title…I’ve spent the week reading all seven of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ books. Expelliarmus.
Hey if its good enough for Kobe cosplaying as “he who shall not be named” one Halloween, like the King as Prince, or a cut above the rest Edward Scissorhands this year. It’s good enough for us. And Basketball’s the closest thing to Quidditch right?
But forget the Wizenard series for a page, today the Wizards were in town and speaking of Bryant some former young core Lakers were gunning for revenge like the Ingram, Hart and Ball-less Pelicans last game. Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and Isaac Bogna to be exact. Along with dynamo Isaiah Thomas shooting the bright lights out to prove LeBron, the Lakers and the rest of the league that shouldn’t have wrote him off wrong. Proving that the Lakers leave more youngsters on other people’s porches than the stereotypical beginnings of old movies about coming of age, against the odds. See ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’ and anything else set around that time.
But this weekend Hollywood had the perfect picture for their 10th straight W against D.C. Whose capital Washington game was big here in Tokyo with this writer and his new town for Japanese born Rui Hachimura’s clash with the titan. L.A. King versus the young king of the rising sun (no half-blood prince) that was going to be more Rakuten tuned into than when Tokyo hosted the Houston Rockets versus champion Toronto Raptors double-header first NBA Japan Games in decades last month.
But for the city in Shaq sized edition Dr. Buss tribute jerseys that were left on every fan that wanted tacos this Thanksgiving like LeBron calling on Tuesday’s seat pregame, it was former champion with Canada Danny Green who rediscovered his winners touch from downtown Los Angeles. Washington may be in a shooting spell themselves after scorching the Sun’s 140-132 Thursday in an Arizona shoot-out, but it was the Lakers who stunned them 125-103 today.
Yer a King, LeBron!
LeBron on a poetic couplet quest for the Lakers 17th championship in his year 17 was Magic with 11 assists and the number across his City Edition Nike in points. The same jersey number he’s going to give to Anthony Davis, despite this writer Black Friday buying his gold statement 3 yesterday (let’s hope that doesn’t end up like my Lonzo Ball road one this time last year next). A.D. lead the way with another double/double of 26 and 13 rebounds although Rui wasn’t afraid of going toe-to-sneaker toe with him, or never scared the King too with 16 points and 8 rebounds. As the next star next to star Bradley Beal’s 18 points and 9 assists showed Hollywood his coming to America story was Giannis worthy.
Bryant, Bogna and Wagner (seven and eight and one dunk on his head from Dwight in response to a flagrant) like Thomas with ten all showed out too against their old Showtime. But the Lakers who were still without defensive stalwart Avery Bradley like all these familiar, former faces got new help from Quinn Cook’s 17 out to the kitchen and another double trouble from fan favourite JaVale McGee who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Whilst one of the best Point Guards of all-time still in his game Rajon Rondo had 13 in just two minutes less than that of play.
Shaqtin’a-fool in another reunion Dwight Howard (8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 “oh no you don’t, Mutombo finger wags) continued his bolstered bench presence against his old Washington state. But off a beautiful bounce ‘Brookyln 99’ copped pass from everybody’s hero Caruso he was T’d up after taunting after his big jam. Still the STAPLES Center loved it like they loved number 39 again after the D-12 drama. Who would have thought this guy would be back and back like this? Let alone dunking in a Shaq designed uniform?
But going 14 and 1 in November and winning 17 of 18 for their 10th straight, the league best Lakers haven’t been on box score paper this victorious for the record since those O’Neal 2000 champion days with the Wizenard Kobe. The Wizards may have a lot of tricks up their sleeve at the moment…but they haven’t got enough in their bag for this in the first part of their Hollywood road trip (just the best in the league Kawhi and homeboy P.G. next). Being outscored 84-36 in a half worth 24 like a Kobe throwback by the Lake Show.
But just wait until their new Japanese son rises.
I solemnly swear he’s going to be so good.
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Canadian Basketball Insider Newsletter