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With The Game At Stake For Philly, Butler Serves Up A Buzzer Beater

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Butler, At Your Service...

Silver service is the new gold standard for Philadelphia’s freedom and the soul of their process. As new superstar Jimmy had that thing like Hendrix last night in Charlotte.

Buzzing behind Kemba Walker’s sublime 60 (isn’t it time to recognize even stuck in North Carolina under Jordan’s Jumpman, Kemba is on first-name terms as one of the league’s own, top ten best?) and in the vintage, Larry Johnson Grandmama jerseys and court design, Charlotte had Philadelphia in the crosshairs of their pinstripes. But Butler with just 15 in reply turned on the Mamba Mentality like young, hometown hero, ‘fro Kobe back when the floor of the Spectrum always looked like this (YouTube it, or search through all your old videotapes 80’s babies). Running wild like his own iconic hair in overtime. Hitting a 15 foot game winner from the honeycomb with less seconds than the Fish that saved LA with 0.3 to go. Hitting it in Dwyane Bacon’s grill, sizzling like vintage vinyl and silencing the Hornets nest, 122-119, O.T.

Game, Butler. Served.

Three-point specialist, gunner for hire, J.J. Reddick dared Butler to do it. And boy did he do it. Cutting the Spectrum lights off for the team with that original arena name. Joining his 23 like Ben Simmons who also had 11 rebounds like Joel Embiid, who led everyone indeed like the process he started with a Kareem like 33. Trust us if too soon to call a bust, Fultz booms and works on that charity stripe donation like he does a few other things than the Sixers starting five will be more than anyone can answer or handle like A.I. with the rock. It’s more than a big-three of a holy trinity of sought after superstars in Philly for the post number 3 generation of greats. Just when you thought that the Celtics famous five was the only thing that could possibly take down the Warriors golden state of beautiful basketball, dynasty dominance (apparently apart from themselves now). Philadelphia are rewriting the process, getting to the finish line quicker than the King’s Hollywood ending over in the best coast, city of stars.

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Now Jimmy is out the dog-house of his dog days in Minnesota’s wolf pack. The hangover is over. And now the former Bull boy has upgraded his Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins big-three with Embiid, sophomore, simmering Simmons and the big 3 of J.J. One taught him love, one taught him patience, one taught him pain. Thank you, next. Philly are now rocking and ringing the bell of their own full-court freedom. Running up those Rocky steps faster than ‘Black Panther’ Michael B. Jordan’s Creed too just in time for Thanksgiving, no turkey.

And the Michael Jordan had to process all of that last night in just 0.3 seconds.

He knows the feeling.

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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League Memphis Grizzlies V Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.

The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.

Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.

And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.

But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”

Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.

And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.

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Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?

Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.

It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.

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