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Young Lakers’ Magic Brings Showtime Back Against Warriors

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Golden State Warriors V Los Angeles Lakers

What Superteam?

Call it an upset, but some suspected rookie head coach and former Golden State assistant and interim leader Luke Walton had another dry erase pen up his playbook sleeve. As the young Lakers family we are now going to dub ‘The Waltons’ shocked and blew out his former dubbed Warriors 117 to 97.

And his old boss Steve Kerr couldn’t have looked happier! Call it pride (like Luke’s legendary father Bill Walton on the eve of the greatful icons birthday)…but then again the Golden State Warriors aren’t chasing his old ’96 Chicago Bulls team win record this year, just the real gold.

It must be the jerseys.

Because in this California clash for all the nuggets like Denver, the Lakers rocked the 80’s throwbacks like they will three more times this season. And the old Magic and Kareem jerseys turned out to be a real good look (and luck) as the young Lake Show brought Showtime back. Rewriting the ESPN script and defeating the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson NBA “villains” in a shock twist you only get in Hollywood.

Marvelling in their own Mitchell and Ness, this coastal battle in Los Angeles really had the makings of a hardwood classic as the Lakers own Fantastic Four of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram caught fire.

Who would have thought Luke’s Lakers own ‘Death Lineup’ of clones (Randle (Green), Clarkson (Thompson), Russell (Curry) and Ingram (Durant)) would run suicides on the reigning Western Conference Champions and best team on NBA scout sheet paper?

I guess the heroes gave their young pretenders too much praise pregame.

Because even though K.D. and his 27 points were on the Warrior king battle form that saw him win the war with Westbrook in his OKC return just the other night, the Lake Show showed out. Whilst Steph Curry had nothing downtown in Pico, as his streak of 157 consecutive games with a three pointer, stretching over three seasons was sent back to the kitchen so cold.

This in the Lakers house was an even bigger night than New York Knick Derrick Rose’s Chicago homecoming return.

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Quarterbacked by matured, sophomore stud Point Guard, who was just “tired of losing”, D’Angelo Russell in 80’s headband and blown out hair (an omen of what was to come), everyone was on the form that makes these raw players look ready for the big leagues, time and rings of the future. As Toronto Raptor owner Drake left cold for cool, Canada for California to watch courtside at STAPLES, it ended up not being “Steph Curry with the shot” that he caught Jack Nicholson views of.

Instead Julius Randle lead the show with a double decadence of 20 points and 14 rebounds. As what should have been a slam dunk for the Warriors turned out to be a lay-up line for the Lakers. With Flight 7 Larry Nance Jr. taking off with the tomahawk in the new Lob City and Jordan looking like Eddie Jones in the number 6 trimmed throwback as he caught air up there too, two-handed. Even “elder statesmen” Lou Williams got up (like monster Mozgov seemingly does every game now like Nance), as he continued his rise after soaring against his hometown Hawks in the Lakers first back-to-back win in Atlanta. His ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ auditioning 20 hit big from outside like Young, another “old” off the bench spark-plug for this youth movement.

“I love Lakers Basketball”! Metta World Peace voice.

And to think Draymond Green text his former Warriors coach Walton late last night to tell him how excited he was at the thought of what he was going to do against the Lakers.

What…choke?!

Oh and the Lakers held everyone under 100. How do you like them tacos?

Call the Warriors new bogey team Lakers that shock beat them last years win an upset, but it’s more like a statement.

Through the wire these big-game worthy Lakers incredibly never trailed, as in honouring the 30th anniversary of the 1986/87 champion team this academy of gifted youngsters showed the heart of the City of Angels that purple and gold shines again.

Kobe who?

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Philadelphia 76ers’ make Marial Shayok Ottawa’s first-ever NBA draft pick

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Philadelphia 76ers Make Marial Shayok Ottawa's First Ever Nba Draft Pick

Ottawa’s Marial Shayok has achieved his ultimate dream — becoming the city’s first-ever NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Shayok with the 54th-pick overall in the second-round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The former St.Patrick’s Irish high school standout celebrated his special and emotional moment at home with family and friends.

“You did it bro, you did bro…”
“Let’s go baby! You going to Philly…”


For Shayok and his family the historic moment is a culmination of life-long sacrifices that started in South Sudan with his 6’9″ father Makor Shayok moving his wife and three-daughters to America. The elder Makor set post at Alvin Texas Community College and earned a scholarship to the Dayton Flyers, playing from 1990-1992.

Makor’s eldest, Shayok Shayok (born in Miami) and his sister Yar Shayok also followed dad’s footsteps and played NCAA basketball – Shayok going to Bradley and transferring to UMKC and Yar playing with Detroit Mercy Titans women’s program.

The family migrated to Ottawa, Canada in the mid-90’s and on July 26th, 1995 the youngest Shayok was born.

Marial left Ottawa for New Jersey’s Blair Academy after three-years with the St.Pats Irish — he originally committed to the Marquette Golden Eagles but transferred to the Virginia Cavaliers after the coach (Buzz Williams) that originally recruited him bailed on the program in 2015.

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Shayok had busy NBA draft process – showcasing his versatile skill-set to 14 NBA front offices. Here is footage of his 76ers’ work-out.

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Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion

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Mardi Gras For New Orleans On Pelicans Road To Zion Williamson
Duking It Out...

Zion. Zion. Zion.

Cause for celebration, or at least a premature parade in a conclusion as foregone as the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. The Duke KABOOM of all the all dunking Zion Lion is a YES for N.O. As with the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft live from New York City a few days before Saturday Night, Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.

The most exciting league prospect since LeBron James may not get to play with the King’s new man after the Davis trade. But he has all the toys in the form of all the boys that would have been the future of the Lake Show (out of a lucky 13 over the last half-decade of drafts only Kyle Kuzma remains) in the young princes of soaring, scoring Brandon Ingram, true teammate Josh Hart and the alley-oops to be thrown by point man and former number 2 pick like B.I., Lonzo Ball (have you noticed that since this trade there has been little word of Zion dropping out the draft and heading back to college like Yeezus in reverse?). Not to mention Julius Randle if they can convince the big to stay and bolster their Davis-less frontcourt with the top picks of guys like Okafor. And not to forget like Jrue Holiday all the draft choices over the next few years the Pels will get. Just like the one they’ve just traded on draft night. As with the fourth pick in the 2019 Draft the Los Ange…sorry the New Orle…excuse me, the Atlanta Hawks select DeAndre Hunter.

Good will hunting. See what you could have won Lake Show?

I guess the Duke isn’t going back to college anymore.

What a way to replace Davis in a matter of days with the Thanos game changing, season of wind in a draft snap.

But like the year the King took his throne with the likes of Carmelo and the Flash of Dwyane for his first dance, the NBA Draft isn’t just about one man, Sam Bowie.

And as the Just Do It Nike campaign “from underated to undeniable” don’t write off Murray State’s Ja Morant like people did and for some reason still do (Hello Brooklyn?!) D’Angelo Russell. Replacing veteran the Grizz grit legend of Mike Conley Jr. traded to Utah, Morant will bring that grind. Rolling, expect Ja to rule Memphis like another King with the rock.

Now the New York Knicks may have wanted to make Zion their new King, but the lottery that New York didn’t win weeks ago already said balls to all that. But judging from the reaction of ‘BlackKklansman’ director Spike Lee with the big three pick, the Mecca made the right choice with the franchises new face of Madison Square Garden and Big Apple in another Duke standout in R.J. Barrett, for their post Porzingis and ‘Melo era. It almost looked on the cards, or in the bag like his shot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Where he bucketed a Knicks mannequin head (don’t ask) after trying the cap it wore on first to which Jimmy replied after he nailed it, “it must be the Knicks”!

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Darius Garland completed the top five for the Cleveland Cavaliers still searching for that new Land owner after the King took his talents to Hollywood. The Timberwolves got the sixth of Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver after a trade with the Suns that will soon be as official as the AD one. Whilst coming in seventh and eighth, the Bulls got Coby White and the Pelicans after a trade with Atlanta further their Lake Showtime future with two top tens and Texas’ blocking and dunking with a Texan name straight out of ‘A Star Is Born’, Jaxson Hayes.

Big in Japan. History was made last night in a draft that was already one for the record books as straight out of Gonzaga and now a Wizard like Harry in Washington D.C., Rui Hachimura became the first ever Japanese player to be drafted in the first round with the ninth. But don’t sleep on last year’s rookie out of Memphis, Yuta Watanabe who still has all the tools to be the future next to Morant.

But in one of the best drafts in recent years in a class of its own, there was so much talent to choose from in this pool that there was always bound to be players that missed the top ten cut, way below their deserved position. But just making it to the first block, Duke’s Cam Reddish taken at ten by the Hawks (who also have their talons in two top tens for their Trae Young lead future) still seems like a sleeper. This Laker fan who when we originally held the fourth wanted us to go with Cam or Manute’s son Bol Bol (second round slide? Really? This guy with the spiders’ web suit has the length and versatility to be a game changer). But just wait until this fire under him proves everyone (or at least nine or so other teams) wrong this killa season.

This draft is so Method Man abyss deep that it won’t just be the Pelicans who fly this season in Crescent City. With so much uncertainty this free agency at least some teams that hit the lottery have just the ticket punched for the future of their franchises with what the draft blew in.

But reaching the mount with Zion at number one is a gift from the Basketball God’s.

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