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You Got My Vote For The 2019 NBA All-Star Game

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Good Charlotte, the 2019 All-Star Weekend in that North Carolina city is just over a month away. But you’ve only got 12 days left to cast your choices. So it’s time to ‘Vote Or Die’ as P. Diddy once said in a time of Bush, were years later we ended up getting the great Obama and then two terms after that…well…erm…yeah. Sometimes we don’t learn from our mistakes. I know that’s true. But hey, this is a Canadian site. And this writer isn’t even American…he’s British. *Reads the paper and looks at our own political status*. Erm…

But hey, this right here isn’t that serious…yeah we say that. This is NBA politics as usual with everyone from Barack to Jay-Z voting on who they want summoned on court in Michael Jordan’s alumni city of Charlotte for the greatest show of the year. Our weekend of love in February. Our Superbowl before the madness of March. Let’s just be thankful the L got rid of those terrible ‘Twilight’ teams like when the NBA tried to reinvent the Dunk Contest with the wheel. Even though I’m firmly Team LeBron now. The only question remains is ‘who you got’?

And with two rooks and a couple of vets in a year of personal picks but no Rose (or Celtics or Warriors and not why you think), here’s our take…

WEST

LeBron James-Los Angeles Lakers

One in a million. Out in Hollywood new Los Angeles King LeBron James has already broken records by becoming the first player in NBA history to hit 1,000,000 All-Star votes in a year. So you could say this is a wasted ballot. But that type of attitude has no place in voting. This is history. This is a thank you. Plus the best player in the world is having a Most Valuable MVP year. He may even be the greatest of all-time. But we ain’t about to say that in Mike’s house.

Anthony Davis-Los An…New Orleans Pelicans

Kuzma, Ingram, even his new teammate Randle (told you we shouldn’t have let him go). We could have picked them all. But what self respecting Lakers fan in a Magic (nudge, wink) recruit isn’t voting for the Ant-Man this year? The last great of a dying breed of bigs. I mean do you even know how many of Paul George’s sneakers I brought last season?!

Russell Westbrook-Oklahoma City Thunder

Light the fuse. No George, but O.K. we will go with this OKC. Because there is no player in this league as exciting as Russell Westbrook in trademark Jordan’s in the Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman’s town. And boom goes the dynamite.

Luka Doncic-Dallas Mavericks

We really wanted to go with Dirk in his last year…but hey so did Dallas. But how good is this kid? Remember they used to say that about Kobe. The new Maverick Doncic is doing it all. We could write a new article about Halleluka every week and still not say enough. And we kind of do and don’t. You saw him take over Harden and Houston in the Texas derby. But how about how he looked after that kid he fell into courtside? Look at Luka. He’s on first name terms already like LeBron so you know he’s already an All-Star, let alone a problem. Rookie of the Year? How about MVP? We said at the start of the year after Drazen and Dirk when it’s all said and done Doncic could be the third best European player of all-time. He may already be there.

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Yuta Watanabe-Memphis Grizzlies

Big in Japan, Yuta’s already going to amass the votes out of Asia. But between Gatorade breaks in the G-League and 1.2 ppg averages, just you wait. Soon Watanabe will make make his point. He won’t be just be the Grizzlies greatest big, versatile player since the Gasoline brothers. Out in Memphis he’ll soon do for Japan what Yao Ming did for a whole continent. If he isn’t already. Basketball has borders beyond the NBA and he has our vote for more than our love of the Far East.

EAST

Giannis Antetokounmpo-Milwaukee Bucks

Forget Hollywood. If I was to start a franchise today I’d begin with the man from Milwaukee like Lew Alcindor before he became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Not even the King. But the most versatile, can play ever position player we’ve seen since Kevin Garnett. And for sure the most exciting right now. Tomorrow the Greek Freak will be the one and only best player in the association of Curry’s and Durant’s. Today let’s just have fun.

Kevin Love-Cleveland Cavaliers

What Love did for The Land after LeBron left was all heart. What Kevin did in opening up about mental health for everyone that suffers was pure soul. For those reasons alone he’s already one of our favourite players. But ever wrote off in LeBron’s old land all alone he’s reminding us of just how good he is, 30 for 30. He deserves his place regardless.

Vince Carter-Atlanta Hawks

Really we want to see him in one last Dunk Contest. Make it happen. A former young man in Toronto. We at Basketball Buzz are caught up in that Raptor rapture that used to be hate. But even though this is 40 the Vinsanity of Air Canada is still making flights. Carter can still get up. He want to see him get down one more time. All man. Still amazing.

Dwyane Wade-Miami Heat

And if we are making picking legends a thing. Hey they did it with Jordan and Kareem. How about a few Flash votes for one of the top five (or maybe even Holy Trinity three) Shooting Guards ever? Then Wade’s world will see Dwyane swapping his jersey with everybody. Save your pick for one last dance. Because I know who I want to see take it to the floor.

Kemba Walker-Charlotte Hornets

But finally and most fitting how you going to have an All-Star Game in the great Charlotte without the Hornet hometown hero? And possibly the most underrated All-Star in the NBA. Don’t believe me? Just do what the ‘Uptown Funk’ said. Watch! Buzztime baby…

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Lakers Finally Get Anthony Davis. But At What Cost?

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Ambivalence.

Like a rat crawling over some controls and releasing Scott Lang from the Quantum Realm in this Endgame, just like that the Lakers have their Ant-Man. And it’s an avenging, giant, levelling up move.

Anthony Davis is finally a Los Angeles Laker.

Still I hate to piss on this parade and sound like Morgan Freeman in ‘The Dark Knight’, but at what cost?

Well to be specific here’s the receipt.

Lonzo Ball (bad move).

LaVar Ball.

Brandon Ingram (okay we expected that, but still).

Josh Hart (what?!).

The fourth pick in this weekends draft (or should we say Cam Reddish).

And a load of other picks over the next few seasons. Or should we say a couple of Jordan Clarkson’s and Larry Nance Jr.’s.

Well at least they got to keep Kyle Kuzma for a formidable frontcourt that might be the new, next big three.

But the young core and that keep the hash-tag campaign is officially the casualty of this trade bait like the jobs of Magic and Dell Demps, that’s been fish on the line dangling for longer than that Kawhi Leonard rim rattling shot against the Sixers.

Rob Pelinka’s a beast…and not in a good way.

We will say it again. That clip of Rob Pelinka claiming he set up a meet between Kobe Bryant ans Heath Ledger after Mamba watched ‘The Dark Knight’ is beyond messed up. We all know Heath passed away before the film even came out. Don’t disrespect the dead. Can’t buy character. But can sell your integrity.

That’s who you are dealing with Lake Show.

Hollywood’s Rob Lowe would have been better.

Let’s see who you’re not dealing with anymore.

D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart.

Is that everyone?

What you wanted more?

All the years all the young guns with plenty more calenders left in their clips. All gone.

And they didn’t even ask for Julius Randle back as part of the trade kicker.

Come on.

But look to him staying in New Orleans now with Ball, Ingram, Hart and whoever else would have ended up in Los Angeles with that luck of the lottery fourth ball. And the Pelicans about to fly with the road to Zion looking like the closest thing to what would have been the young Lake Show for the future Mardi Gras in Crescent City.

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Don’t write off NOLA it’s all about to go down smooth in the Big Easy.

But after months of speculation, social media tweets and articles I rest my case, I’ll say no more. But you know how it is.

On the bright side in sunny California…Anthony f##### Davis.

The Lakers finally have their man. And next to LeBron the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe…sorry Pau. It could be Finals…it’s at least playoffs.

Now it’s time to put another great core together.

Kemba? Three Kings?

Kyrie? Kevin? Kawhi?

Cue that laugh…hey we all have dreams in Hollywood.

Free agents will be more likely to join the ‘Space Jam’ show now too, but whoever LeBronland casts like throwing up movies off your phone on to your T.V. it’s a whole new world in L.A. now the Genie (or Jeanie) has finally granted their wish.

But how about two more Aladdin? On the spirit of Robin Williams help us Will Smith!

Then that will make up for all the young princes they’ve lost for one King.

As of right now like Swiss, this team has more holes than “fashionable” hipster t-shirts on Rodeo. There’s no starting point for one. And not having Lonzo ball out on the tutoring of both legendary super sub Rajon Rondo and the fellow pure point Basketball I.Q. of new assistant coach Jason Kidd is a real shame. Like losing a pure scorer like Ingram (or *clears throat* D-Lo). Or the best role player the Lakers have ever had since the days of Horry, Fox and Fisher in Josh Hart. Not to mention whoever would have come next starting this weekend.

All for a guy who was going to come to us next Summer anyway and in these changing player power times could still walk away next season anyway.

All for nothing?

I guess the Lakers looked at Leonard winning it all with Toronto and thought it was all worth it.

But at least it’s all done. It’s over now. And for now Anthony Davis in that Glen Rice 41 is the next big man great in the legendary Laker lineage of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau.

Just don’t Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard this up.

Rich Paul for MVP.

That’s all folks!

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The Six In 6. Toronto Become First Canadian NBA Champions

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The Six In 6 Toronto Become First Canadian NBA Champions
Kawhi Not?

They the North did it.

Last night in the Bay the 6 got turned upside down with no need for a seven right now. As Drake’s really big team got some really big rings.

And with a 114-110 win in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. After almost a quarter century the Toronto Raptors became the first franchise outside of the United States to win the National Basketball Association finals to make history and become Canadian champions.

And in their Canuck colours pointing to the North from California with the gold, these red and whites flying the flag in the U.S. did it for all of us as they truly changed the game.

It started with an expansion 24 years ago in Toronto. Alongside the Vancouver Grizzlies. It ended with them being the sole franchise outside of America in the NBA as former Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol joined another former gritted Grizz in the form of his big brother Pau Gasol to be the first siblings in hoops history to be NBA champions.

It started with throwback cousins Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady in Dino unis, throwing it up and putting it down. Bringing the Air to the Air Canada Center. It ended like Vinsanity in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest for a new millennium. Looking at the camera after honey dipping and putting it through the legs, telling us emphatically with cutting hand gestures, “it’s over”.

This is for him. Mac. Mighty Mouse. The Camby Man. The Junkyard Dog. Iron Man, Mo Pete. Chris Bosh.

You know it’s for DeMar DeRozan too especially.

Kyle Lowry (what more can you say with 26, 7 and 10 leading the way?). Gasol. Siakam (G-League to big league champ). VanVleet. Ibaka. Lin. And of course quite possibly now the greatest player in the world right now and Finals MVP (joining Kareem and the King as the only Most Valuable Finals Player with multiple teams), sinking that last free throw as epic as his around the world and a day buzzer beater against the Sixers in the six, Kawhi Leonard.

Nick Nurse the architect. And of course another one, James Naismith. This game was invented by Canadians, played by Canadians and like the first ever game in NBA history, this victory belongs to Canadians.

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Drake. Real superfan Nav Bhatia and the Canadian coffee house company Tim Hortons raising a cup to him commercial tribute. Everyone in Jurassic Park roaring like T-Rexes for these Raptors and of course all of you. Truly bringing the buzz to basketball.

This if for the real Warriors too. Five straight finals for the first time in a half century, 50 years (love Commish Adam Silver’s lining tribute). The dynasty that is nowhere near dead as they fought to the end for their last look in the Oracle in those Town across the chest jerseys before moving from Golden State across the Golden Gate to a new era of dominance in the hilly streets of San Francisco (the next time we’ll see Toronto is in Tokyo, October for our very own NBA Japan), where that digitally developing skyline from those tram peak points is the limit. No matter who stays or goes in this Curry, Durant, Draymond and Klay juggernaut with guys like Igudola and Cousins relating too. This is for Kevin Durant (who we apologize to for every Canadian fan who cheered his injury in Game 5. Although Warrior fans cheered for an injured Kawhi back in the day too) who played to the pain as all heart he proved everyone wrong and did it all for his team. And true Warrior mode Klay Thompson who went down with a crippling injury too in this final game and came right back to the right kind of cheers. This superteam and one of the greatest in history is far from extinct.

But right now for the Toronto Raptors it’s Jurassic World and the Golden State Warriors for the last time, fallen kingdom.

And as the final horn called for the last game of the season all hands were kept high for the North who overcame all the cold to break the ice for the first championship. And the champagne no longer on ice tasted as good as these underdogs proving everyone wrong as they bit back.

I’m not crying…we’re all crying.

We the champions my friends and Canadian countrymen.

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