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With The Magic Gone From Hollywood, Luke Walton Goes From A King To The Kings

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King Of Kings...

Unemployment is one of the worst feelings.

But then again when it only lasts about 24 hours, it’s more like a day off.

Magic disappeared as Lakers president, quicker than we wish we could impeach Trump, with a Thanos snap that almost made half the young core disappear for Anthony Davis. All with as little as a press conference before telling the team. Lakerland showed us this reality show season in memes that Hollywood wasn’t even the most messed up place in Los Angeles, City of Stars anymore. But believe me between free agency and ‘Space Jam 2′ all of King James’ men, Rob Lowe, President Kobe (Dear Basketball. He said no, but we can have hope right?) and the dreams of Jeanie can still assemble an avenging team of monsters this summer. Forget 2K the Lakers could be playing video game fantasy Basketball with 4K (the King, Kyrie, Kawhi and Kevin or Klay) and let’s not forget about their real 2K, Kyle Kuzma though either. We’re no longer in the endgame now.

But this campaign is ashes like the dust on the vacant coaching staff chairs after the Lakers and Luke Walton “agreed” to part ways (sounds like a Hollywood divorce on Instagram) and everyone else followed, straightening their tie and buttoning up their blazer suit. And in an NBA Sunday that saw Durant stare down Clipper Pat Beverly and Philly look down at their navels, checking their phones in work after more upsets than those remortgaging it all on the King, it’s all change on the Lakers split bench like tips shared at the end of your bar shift. Mad Dog is even out the house. As pine legend Mark Madsen (who will be sorely missed like a family friend) has been let off the leash to coach college bball in Utah Valley (best of luck). And at this point we wouldn’t even be surprised if B. Shaw from the Phil Jackson era was no longer here too. But as the Lakers look to Monty Williams or a couple of Mavericks in Juwan Howard and Jason Kidd (although even if former Lakers player and King Coach, Ty Lue looks to step over all of this, may we suggest another successful South Bay call up in George Karl’s son Coby? If you can’t get Kobe may as well get this kid who has had the better Lakers team this year), Luke Walton hitting the freeway from STAPLES may as well have made a left turn on La Cienaga to all green signs pointing to Sacramento. As Coach Walton struck a deal with another former Laker great forgotten, probably on his phone whilst he was still stuck in gridlocked traffic.

From the King to the King’s, this year’s Hall Of Fame big man and manager in Sacto town Vlade Divac made that call, as the Lakers checked a newspaper or something to see how the man they just dumped rebounded like finding the one on a drunken night out (I don’t know, maybe it can happen). The King’s legend and former Laker big man great (yeah I said it) like Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq or Pau (yeah I went there) was literally the post Showtime era with the last tricks of Magic (sound familiar) and an All-Star backcourt of Eddie Jones and Nick Van-Exel (when this old as Forum gold writer first became a fan), before being switched to Charlotte for the draft rights of some kid from Italy. And if anyone can show the Walton’s that there’s still gold in California on another sunny side of the coast in this wild west then its Vlade.

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They would have made great teammates back in the day. Which is what they’re going to be now, as of today.

This purple looks like the right by royal appointment for too for Luke’s new crown in this Game of Thrones. With even more of a young core (Buddy, Bagley, Cauley-Stein, Fox etc) than the Lakers have already gave up (theirs probably some Lakers leftovers here. Oh hai Corey) to nurture it looks like Luke’s vision with the King’s can be the same 20/20 one he didn’t get to see with the King.

Like former sideline mentor Steve Kerr of those sort of successful Golden State Warriors said on the Lakers, “they’ve just lost a great human being”. And you saw what he did with the Dubs before that former Bull was back in the interim. Sometimes you can’t just blame all problems on one man. The former perfect pass first Lakers role player from the Shaq and Kobe era the purple and gold just passed up is still going to be a great coach in this league for all the Kings men.

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A Rose For Kuz?

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Rose Reunion?

The Rose that grew from the career incasing concrete of a plaster cast, potential legacy ending injury is still in bloom.

Now that’s legendary.

That’s inspiration.

As a matter of fact with the trade deadline nearer than your office one, right now nothing smells better than Pooh.

Currently more than motoring on with the Detroit Pistons in Motown, the rejuvenation of Derrick Rose has already had his redemption season. Howling back with the Minnesota Timberwolves the last 82. But in this one mirroring his prime time stats as a Bull and the next era after M.J. for the Chicago way, it’s still a story as good as a Dwight Howard Hollywood reunion or blazing Carmelo comeback out in Oregon.

And now like the former D12, D. Rose could be heading to the wild west like the one Anthony the Lakers didn’t get in the end (but should of). But like the young core, Ingram, Ball and Hart trade for A.D. is the prize worth the price?

Although Derrick is linked with the 76ers like every superstar over the past few seasons and a reunion with Chicagoland (which Basketball God’s would be the perfect closing chapter to this story that is albeit still being wrote by his own penmanship), the Benjamin Franklin’s are on Rose reuniting with King James although he called his Cleveland time with the classic Cavalier “super awkward”.

Awks.

The former number one, that draft pick and NBA MVP is still most valuable and at 31 is almost a half decade younger than the King. Plus with awesome averages of 18.3 points on 50.3 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes and 5.9 assists per contest this campaign, the guy wants more time and to get out of the elimination standings.

Clockwork and contention could certainly be on the cards for Rose who let’s face it at his age and stage and with the numbers he’s putting up is still a superstar, hate it or love it. He’s been put through the ringer for his career like Bill Simmons or Shea Serrano, but now he’s being called on like Phil Collins to be one of the games greats like the genesis of his association with National Basketball.

So he may just be worth a package deal like your next vacation. Even if the Lakers are offering Kyle Kuzma and Quinn Cook for his services. Can I make a counter offer of Cook, Troy Daniels (great…but underused) and DeMarcus Cousins (although I do want to see how big he can literally get coming back and grunting with former post Pelican powerhouse Anthony Davis)? Throw in Drummond and it’s a go. Like Jerry Seinfeld superimposed into ‘Deal Or No Deal’ by NBC’s ’30 Rock’, “I gotta take that deal!”

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Pair Rose with LeBron and the frontcourt force of Howard and of course Davis then these London Olympic teammates would make for what a couple of five ring contests ago on dry erase would look like a dream team. And it still wakes up notions of one to this date in the 2020 year of Tokyo thanks to Vogels vision. But would the show be giving up too much this time?

“This time”…yeah right!

Quinn Cook has California championship pedigree, splashing with the brothers in Golden State like shopping on Rodeo Drive. And this Warrior has been integral this season. His number 2 from downtown reminding me of the should be retired clutch king Fisher (we can always raise 0.4 to the STAPLES rafters) and making me feel happier about buying a Lonzo Ball statement jersey last year…hey if I wear it under a jacket it looks like I’m cooking up love and representation for Quinn.

And then there’s Kuz.

If the Lakers trade away Kyle Kuzma then they will be giving up the last piece of their incredibly curated young core that is flying with the Pelicans right now. Although how could I forgot about the untouchable, All Star Alex Carushow and the fact that Anthony Davis isn’t calendar far from Larry Nance Jr. and new Jazz 6 man Jordan Clarkson?

Although Rose solves the Lakers perimeter problems and feels in the same prime time as what could be his All Star teammates (how legendary would a Rose/Rondo backcourt be although it’s hard not to know whether to deal him or Cook?), Kuz seems too good to let cruise like Tom. This top gun may have struggled early this season, but he was coming back from injury Lakers Twitter. And recently he’s been that Worthy third option behind the Big Game Magic of James and his Kareem or Shaq to his Kobe number 3 partner, waiting on those Jordan digits next season when the King carries the 6.

30 for 30 putting up “trade this” exclamatory numbers in the dynamic duos absence, even Batman and Robin needed a Nightwing. And as much as Rose could help the new Lake Showtime bloom and grow like fine wine for all of LeBron’s merlot men, you could imagine Kyle making the Lakers pay play after play like a D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle off the team that draft clever, but trade stupid.

Keep the player. Trade the barber.

Zero to 1. The legend or the future superstar? The choice for this deal is the Kings.

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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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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